AlpharettaMoms.Org is pleased to present an article from nationally known, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Amy Alderman with The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta. Dr. Alderman “provides a unique perspective to patient care by being a female surgeon and also a mother of two children. Each surgical plan is individually tailored to patients’ needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patients’ natural beauty and restoring their confidence.”1 Dr. Alderman is highly respected in her field and in 2014 received the national award for Outstanding Achievement in Plastic Surgery Research. She has given over 100 presentations, published over 70 articles, and contributed to over 10 textbooks.
As an Alpharetta mom and plastic surgeon, I often see women who are frustrated with the difficulty of regaining their pre-pregnancy figure despite endless hours at boot camps, mega doses of the latest diet pill, and a pantry full of the newest ‘cleanse’ shake. Proper nutrition and exercise are important contributing factors to feeling good about your body. However, for many of us, changes occur to our body after pregnancy that we can’t reverse on our own. Most commonly, those changes involve our breasts and abdomen. With pregnancy, our breast and tummy skin are stretched, and for some women (especially those with larger babies or multiple births), the skin does not tighten adequately after childbirth. These body changes often make moms feel like their breasts are deflated and leave them with excess skin above or below their belly button. In addition, the muscles of the stomach can separate, which makes it impossible to have a flat tummy despite infinite numbers of abdominal crunches.
Many challenges exist for new moms desiring their pre-pregnancy physique. Fortunately, many options are available to help repair & reverse the body changes caused by the birth of our little bundles of joy – including new and improved techniques and innovations! For women who desire a fuller, perkier breast but want to maintain a very conservative, natural look, The Swan Center offers a new anatomically-shaped breast implant that is perfect for moms. In addition, improved surgical techniques in tummy tuck procedures and the availability of less invasive options, such as the mini tummy tuck give women a beautifully contoured shape with minimal downtime and scarring.
So, don’t feel badly or get frustrated if your breasts are not tight after years of push-ups or that your six-pack tummy doesn’t show after hours of planks. It may not be your fault. From one busy Alpharetta mom to another, it is important to understand there are many options available in helping you return to your pre-baby body. With advancements in surgical techniques along with safe, effective products and treatments, moms can achieve beautiful, natural results and regain self-confidence without excessive scarring or an extended recovery.