Surgery after Childbirth

Childbirth is a beautiful and amazing experience, but it can also be a very physically demanding one and can take a toll on a woman’s body. In some cases, surgery may be required after childbirth in order to repair any damage that was done during the delivery, as with diastasis recti. Just as often, women want cosmetic procedures to take their bodies back to the way they looked before they had children.

Sagging skin, stretch marks, and excess fat are all common complaints after childbirth, and many women feel self-conscious about their new bodies. While diet and exercise can help improve the appearance of some of these issues, they often aren’t enough to get rid of them completely, and who has the time? That’s where surgery comes in.

There are a number of different types of surgeries and procedures we offer at Millard Plastic Surgery. Read on to learn more about how we can help, and let us know when you are ready to take back your pre-baby body! Call (303) 792-5665 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to assist you with an appointment for a consultation. Dr. John A. Millard is an expert plastic surgeon who has years of experience in breast, body, and cosmetic surgery. He is well-known for his skill in performing cutting-edge breast and liposuction procedures that can help moms get their bodies back after a baby.

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About Post-Baby Changes

As a woman gives her body to the process of creating life, it’s no surprise that everything changes after the baby is born. Hormones, skin elasticity, and the distribution of fat all change during pregnancy and continue to change in the months after delivery. The post-partum period is when a woman’s body starts to recover from pregnancy and childbirth. In some cases, it can take up to a year for a woman’s body to fully recover. 

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes that do not instantly reverse the minute the baby is born. After delivery, many women are eager to return to their pre-pregnancy shapes. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. 

Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, many women find it difficult to lose the extra weight they gained during pregnancy and there is really no way to get rid of loose skin and stretch marks without surgery.

But the post-partum period is also when many women realize that they deserve more, which is what prompts them to reach out to Millard Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO. Self-care comes in many forms, including surgery, so why not do what will make you feel the best so you can give even more to your family?

Types of Post-Baby Surgery

At Millard Plastic Surgery, we offer several types of surgeries that can help new moms get their bodies back. Many of our procedures have the new mom in mind and are designed to help with the common complaints we hear after childbirth. 

Depending on your individual needs and goals, you may be a candidate for one or more of these procedures. When combined, multiple procedures in one surgical session are called a “mommy makeover” – no blush or mascara here, only the highest quality, longest-lasting surgical results to make you look and feel your best.

While the procedures below are some of the most popular among new moms, this is not an exhaustive list. If you have a specific concern that is not listed here, please call us at (303) 792-5665 and we would be happy to discuss which procedure is right for you.

Breast Surgery After Having Kids

One of the most common concerns among new moms is changes to their breasts. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause a loss of volume in the breasts, leading to saggy, deflated-looking breasts. Additionally, the areola (the dark area around the nipple) may become larger or darker and the skin of the breasts may become stretched out. All of these changes are normal after pregnancy and breastfeeding, but many women feel self-conscious about them. Some women are also concerned about asymmetry, or a difference in size between the right and left breasts. All of these changes are normal after pregnancy and breastfeeding, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them if you’re unhappy.

At Millard Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of breast enhancement surgeries that can help improve the appearance of the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Depending on your individual needs, you may be a candidate for one or more, but you should be finished with breastfeeding and also should feel that your family planning is complete.

Breast Augmentation

If you are unhappy with the loss of volume in your breasts, breast augmentation may help; this is a very popular procedure among new moms who want to restore their pre-pregnancy breasts. During breast augmentation, implants are placed to add volume and improve the shape of the breasts; this can also help with breast asymmetry.

Breast Lift

Conversely, if you are happy with the volume of your breasts but not the position (sag), a breast lift may suit your needs. Moms who want to improve the appearance of their breasts but are not interested in adding volume may benefit from a breast lift. Also called breast mastopexy, this procedure can make post-pregnancy breasts look perkier and improve symmetry.

Breast Reduction

If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts after childbirth, a breast reduction may be right for you. Reduce the size and weight of the breasts, which will help with back pain and other issues, certainly exacerbated by lifting children throughout your day.

Breast Fat Transfer

If you are unhappy with the loss of volume in your breasts but don’t want implants, a breast fat transfer may be right for you. Breast fat transfer is great for moms who want to use their own body fat to add volume to their breasts. During this procedure, fat is harvested from another area of the body (usually the abdomen or thighs) and injected into the breasts to add volume.

Liposuction Changes the Post-Baby Body

Dr. Millard is a leading authority in liposuction, so he sees many moms who are interested in this body contouring procedure. And because he is a specialist, he offers the latest cutting-edge technology in the world of liposuction.

Liposuction is a popular procedure among many mothers who want to improve their body contour after losing its definition during pregnancy. Lipo can be used to remove stubborn fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise helping you to achieve your desired body shape. Another benefit of liposuction is that the fat can be transferred to the breasts for a breast fat transfer procedure, or the butt for a Brazilian butt lift.

VASER Hi-Def Lipo

A cutting-edge technique you can receive from Dr. Millard is VASER hi-def lipo; this is a type of liposuction that uses ultrasound energy to break up and remove fat cells. It can be used to sculpt the body and achieve very precise results taking your body from flab to fab. The ultrasound energy is delivered through a small probe (cannula) that is inserted into the skin through a very small incision. The probe emits ultrasound energy that helps break up the fat cells so they can easily be removed. VASER also boasts collagen-boosting benefits so your skin will firm up after the procedure. [1]

Tummy Tuck After Baby

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your stomach after pregnancy and childbirth, and so many women are, a tummy tuck may be right for you. A tummy tuck is especially popular among new moms who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen. Remove excess skin and fat, tighten the abdominal muscles, and get the sexy hourglass figure you desire.

Spreading of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy is called diastasis recti, and this can be corrected during a tummy tuck. Diastasis recti is a medical condition where there is an abnormally large space between the two abdominal muscles; this happens when the linea alba, which connects the two muscles, stretches and becomes thinner. The minimum amount of space needed to diagnose diastasis recti is 2 cm. [2] Diastasis recti is most commonly found after pregnancy, but it can also be caused by obesity or previous abdominal surgery.

What are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

So you want to change your body, but you have more than one area you’d like to focus on? A Mommy Makeover can help you achieve your desired results by combining two or more procedures into one surgery, which can save you time and money, and help you get back to your busy life sooner.

A Mommy Makeover can help improve your appearance and self-confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as back pain, breast pain, and incontinence. [3]

A Mommy Makeover can be tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you want a breast lift, tummy tuck, or something else entirely, Dr. Millard can help you achieve your desired results and tailor your procedure(s) to your case.

If you are ready to get your body back, contact Dr. Millard today to schedule a consultation. He will help you decide which procedures are right for you and create a customized treatment plan to achieve your desired results.

Brazillian Butt Lift for New Moms

You may not associate a beautiful, round butt with a new mom, but why not? Don’t moms deserve to look and feel amazing? A Brazillian butt lift can help make the butt look fuller and more lifted when having children means you’re not able to get in as many squats, or hormonal changes mean your butt isn’t as full as it used to be. Dr. Millard offers a traditional BBL, or awake BBL using local anesthesia.

A Brazillian butt lift is another fat transfer procedure Dr. Millard specializes in. The fat is harvested from another area of the body and injected into the buttocks to add volume; two procedures in one! Create a fuller, more youthful buttock, improve the appearance of the thighs and create a more hourglass-shaped figure.

Schedule a Consultation in Denver

If you are interested in learning more about Mommy Makeovers, or any of the procedures mentioned above, contact Dr. Millard today to schedule a consultation. He will help you decide which procedures are right for you and create a customized treatment plan to achieve your desired results. Call (303) 792-5665 or fill out our contact form to learn more.

How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost in Colorado?

Come in for your consultation with Dr. Millard and learn more about the cost of your single or combined procedures. After learning about what Dr. Millard’s techniques can do to restore your body after kids, you may be referring your mommy group to Millard Plastic Surgery. We love making our patients happy, especially moms because they deserve it! Call (303) 792-5665 today!


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