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Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy

Dr. Demetris Stavrou, a well established plastic surgeon trained in Israel and Australia, states that often a new mother gets depressed about losing her figure post-pregnancy.  Plastic surgery could well be the answer in helping you to regain or enhance your post-pregnancy figure.

There are several choices for post-pregnancy plastic surgery offered to women.  These are the most popular:

BREAST AUGMENTATION

This type of cosmetic surgery usually employs the use of breast implants.  There are two types of breast implant, silicone gel implants or saline breast implants.  The first employs silicone gel only, whereas the second has a silicone envelope filled with a sterile saline solution in the form of an implant.

Alternatively, breast lifts or mastopexy is a procedure to lift and reshape sagging breasts.  It also reduces the size of the areola, which is normally enlarged during and post pregnancy. A breast implant can be used at the same time to enlarge the breast.

Breast Reduction: 

This surgery is conducted to reduce the size of the breasts and to correct and possible asymmetries between the right and the left breast.

Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

For skin laxity, muscle weakness, C-section scars and the occasional hernias, this procedure is a recommended solution.

Liposuction:

One of the most popular procedures for new mothers is liposuction.  It aids in spot fat reduction on the hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms.  This results in a more contoured, smooth body.

Feminine Rejuvenation:

After childbirth, the labia of the vulva suffer the worse damage, mainly from skin laxity.  Labiaplasty repairs the loose labia minora and helps new mothers regain sexual pleasures and feel more comfortable in tight jeans.

Changes in Skin Pigmentation:

Chloasma refers to a common facial skin pigmentation change in women after childbirth.  This condition is often temporary but sometimes takes longer to disappear.  Bleaching therapy is a cosmetic surgery that can remove this pigmentation to restore the skin to normal.

Leg Veins:

The extra weight of the enlarged uterus during pregnancy can produce prominent veins on the legs.  This condition is also exacerbated by estrogen levels but can be rectified by sclerotherapy, or laser therapy.  This process is optional but may become necessary in the case of large varicose veins.

In summary, Dr. Stavrou advises that you only consider plastic surgery in order to feel comfortable with your post-pregnancy body and never in the case of post-pregnancy depression.  After all, your body took nine months to change and create a new life within you.  Likewise, returning to your pre-pregnancy body takes time. With the help of a certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Stavrou, this journey can be quite fulfilling.

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