Post baby bodies - what you can do.

Pregnancy and the birth of your baby is a wonderful time in your life. For many mothers, however, the effects that pregnancy and breastfeeding have on your body can be less alluring.

If you are very lucky and genetically blessed, after one pregnancy your breasts and tummy may return to how they looked before you were ever pregnant.

For everyone else, and especially after two or more pregnancies, this is unlikely.

Maybe you think you are the only one whose breasts are less full and perky than they once were, and you now have a tummy with unwanted stretch marks and a little extra fat and loose skin. Well you are definitely not alone.

These changes in your body are commonly experienced by mothers and reflect the changes that were undertaken by your pregnant body to accommodate a rapidly growing baby and prepare for breastfeeding. Most of these changes are influenced by the hormones related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, and resulting in loss of the normal skin elasticity.

"Most of the mothers I see don't expect nor desire their body to be returned to what they were as teenagers, but rather are wanting a restoration of their breasts and tummy to what they were immediately before getting pregnant."

Though every mother I see in my practice is different there are some common things that come out in the consultation. These everyday women will give a history of being unable to shed extra unwanted kilos and tone up the skin and muscles of the tummy despite regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Others will note that their breasts were bigger and more firm during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but these changes have reversed after weaning their baby. In some women the larger breasts of pregnancy have remained so and they feel that the breasts are disproportionately large for their body.

Most of the mothers I see don't expect nor desire their body to be returned to what they were as teenagers, but rather are wanting a restoration of their breasts and tummy to what they were immediately before getting pregnant. Others have liked their larger pregnant breasts so much that they wish to have a breast enlargement to match. Many women will undergo surgery of the breasts and tummy so that they can return to wearing clothing and swimsuits that make them feel beautiful.

Not surprisingly, the most common procedures mothers seek are tummy tucks, breast lifts, breast augmentation (enlargement), and breast reduction. All of these procedures have the potential to enhance self-esteem and positive feelings to match the joy of having your children.

TOP TEN TOPICS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR PLASTIC SURGEON

Before your plastic surgery consultation, complete this checklist to make certain you are equipped with the key questions you'll need to ask to ensure that you choose the most qualified and appropriate Plastic Surgeon.

1. Training and certification

Make sure your doctor holds the appropriate Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) qualification, and is in good standing with the key associated professional societies. Also check the accreditation of the facility where you will be undergoing the procedure, and that anesthesia is only administered by a qualified Anaesthetist.

2. Area of expertise

Check your doctor's ASPS accreditation, and ensure that they are only practicing in the area of expertise directly related to their board certification.

3. Hospital privilege and accreditation

Your procedure may be performed at a fully accredited freestanding hospital or at an office-based surgical unit. Make sure the facilities meet hospital standards.

4. Professionalism

Make sure your Plastic Surgeon directly addresses your goals and listens to your concerns. At no time should you be made to feel uncomfortable, or be offered additional, unrelated procedures. The business should operate in a professional manner at all times, and be attentive to your needs.

5. Information

Make sure you are given all of the information needed for you to make a clear and considered choice. Have you been informed of all the positive (and negative) aspects of the procedure? Signed informed-consent documents? Received information on the level of post-operative care? Does your Plastic Surgeon have a special technique relating to the procedure? If so, how does it differ from other surgeons and what is the benefit to you?

6. Health

Are you a good candidate for this surgery? Is there anything you or your Plastic Surgeon should know about that may affect your personal outcome or expectations? Provide your doctor with a list of medications you are taking and provide the contact details of your GP and an emergency contact. Prior to surgery, you should undergo a full medical examination.

7. Proof

Ensure your Plastic Surgeon has performed the procedure in the past. Can they provide before and after photographs? Are there past patients you can discuss the procedure with?

8. Cost

Check what sort of payment your doctor expects. Is it up front? Most Plastic Cosmetic procedures are considered elective and are therefore not necessarily covered by health plans.

9. Record check

Check with the ASPS that your chosen Plastic Surgeon is licensed to practice and has no pending or prior cases against him or her.

10. Check yourself

Do you have any underlying personal issues that may affect your reasons for considering Plastic Cosmetic surgery? Discuss any previous medical conditions - reported and unreported - that you think may effect your reaction to the procedure.

Many thanks to Dr Benjamin Norris from Silkwood Medical for the article and tips provided. For any additional enquiries log onto www.silkwoodmedical.com.au
 
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