BabyWow!

Recovering your body after baby can be a process. Dr. Gorman understands the changes  you endure after giving birth. He can help restore your body and give you the WOW you deserve.  

  • Weight gain 

  • "Mom pooch"

  • Pockets of diet-resistant fat. 

  • Sagging breast 

  • Stretched skin in abdomen and breast

  • Changes to your areolas (stretched or enlarged)

  • Volume loss in breast 

  • Volume gain in breast

  • Umbilical Hernia

  • Still look pregnant (diastasis recti)

  • Stretched labia

  • Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy

What changes to your body have you noticed after giving birth? 

Why do these changes occur to our bodies?

 
 

Let's begin with why you may experience the "mom pooch". Diastasis Recti is when the abdomen separate during pregnancy, leaving a gap that allows your belly to pooch out. Here's how it happens. Your rectus abdominis (the "six-pack muscles") is a pair of long, flat muscles that run vertically down each side of your abdomen. These muscles hold in your internal organs and stabilize your core.

As your belly expands during pregnancy, the connective tissue gets stretched out, allowing the rectus abdominis to pull apart and separate vertically down the middle. (Pregnancy hormones also play a role by relaxing the connective tissue to accommodate your growing baby.)

Sometimes the tissue heals, and the muscles come back together after delivery when your hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels. But if this doesn't happen in three to six months, you can end up with a gap that won't close without treatment. Studies show that about 40 percent of women have a diastasis at six months postpartum.

When your baby is growing, your body is transforming and making the necessary adjustments in order to carry your baby to full term. These changes are magnificent and are one of the most beautiful things about creating life. However, the changes postpartum may not be what you expected. Why do these occur?  

CHANGES IN BREAST 

The breast will likely swell due to hormonal changes and become engorged when milk production occurs. 

After you wean, your body absorbs remaining milk, your nipples return to their regular color, and breasts return to roughly their pre-pregnancy size. Since the skin on your breasts has been stretched, you may notice stretch marks and the loose skin making your breasts appear more saggy or ptotic than before.

The nipple or areola can also stretch with pregnancy and breast feeding.  

CHANGES IN BODY 

An umbilical hernia occurs when the opening in the abdominal muscle that allows the umbilical cord to pass through fails to close completely. In adults, this usually occurs when too much pressure is put on a weak section of the abdominal muscles.

As the uterus becomes larger over the nine months of pregnancy , the tissue expansion occurs in the abdominal wall and skin. This may result in stretch marks and significant laxity of the skin after delivery. Often times the Rectus Abdominus will be separated  with with the gap between them up to several inches. This results in inefficient core strength. There may also be fat deposits in the abdomen and flanks that seem resistant to diet and exercises.

CHANGES IN VAGINA

After vaginal births there will often be swelling, bruising and pain in the vaginal area. After giving birth you may experience stress incontinence, vaginal laxity,  and dryness. Usually, the vagina will return to its size and appearance. If you have had an episiotomy or minor vaginal tearing,  healing and normal function may be delayed. 

Read Dr. Gorman's BLOG post about Labiaplasty.

What surgical options do I have to improve my post baby body?

There are many procedures that make up a "Mommy Makeover" and everyone can have a different treatment path.  Any of the procedures can be performed together or separately. If performed together, it is not only cost effective, but will result in only one recovery time.  This is also very helpful when you are a working mother in or out of the home.

 

For post operative recovery from a Mommy Makeover we suggest going to Elite Post Op Suites. There, you will be cared for by trained nurses for as many nights as you find necessary. This is especially helpful for those who have small children at home. 

Surgical options for the breast include:

  • Breast Augmentation 

  • Breast Lift 

  • Breast Lift with Implant 

  • Breast Reduction

  • Areola reduction

  • Liposuction of the auxiliary region

  • Removal of Accessory Breast Tissue

Surgical options for the body include:

  • Abdominoplasty/ Tummy Tuck

  • Abdominal wall repair

  • Liposuction 

Surgical options for the vagina include:

  • Labiaplasty

  • Clitoral Hood Reduction 

  • Labia Majoraplasty 

  • Monsplasty

  • Vaginoplasty

  • HALO (non surgical option offered by APSI Skin Care Clinic)

William Gorman, M.D., FACS

4701 Bee Cave Rd. Suite 202

West Lake Hills, TX 78746

Austin Area 

T: (512) 454-6733

F: (512) 454-0066