What is a mommy makeover?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By: Molly Soto

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A lot of changes come with pregnancy.


The redistribution of body weight can change, with more weight on your hips and abdominal region. Breasts might sag as a result of stretched skin and breastfeeding. These changes can make mothers wish they had their pre-pregnancy body back. 


The term “mommy makeover” has become popular. This set of surgeries aims at restoring or improving post-pregnancy bodies. 


“A mommy makeover combines multiple procedures into one surgery,” says Dr. Elizabeth A. O’Connor, a plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists. “It typically involves a surgery of the breasts as well as of the body.”



After pregnancy, breasts can take on a different appearance. They may look deflated, or may be larger or smaller than their pre-pregnancy size. 


“We can cater this procedure to the mother’s needs. This may involve a simple lift, implants or a breast reduction,” O’Connor says.


Body contouring, which also can be part of a mommy makeover, includes options for liposuction or tummy tucks. A saggy, stretched stomach and excess fat can remain after childbirth, even after exercise. 


“We can reshape the abdomen after a tummy tuck and reduce saddlebags on the thighs to restore pre-pregnancy curves,” O’Connor says.


“We remove the stretch marks, the loose skin and the extra fatty tissue, “and we also tighten those muscles that have been separated during child bearing.”


To find out more and discuss your needs, schedule a free consultation by calling 920-288-8240 or request an appointment online.

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Elizabeth A. O’Connor, MD, received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in plastic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. O’Connor is fellowship trained in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Learn more about her here.


James Zasuly, MD, is a Board Certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Zasuly earned his medical education at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

He has completed seven years of residency training which includes learning the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body, and face as well as breast reconstruction.  Dr. Zasuly offers complete skin cancer, reconstructive, and plastic surgery services of the face, body and hands in Northeast Wisconsin.


Steven C. Schmidt, MD, is a Board Certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Schmidt earned his medical education at Washington University in St. Louis and completed a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in General and Plastic Surgery where he also completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery. Dr. Schmidt offers complete plastic, cosmetic, and hand surgery services in Northeast Wisconsin.

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