Chicago Plastic Surgeons Detail 3 Things to Know Before a Mommy Makeover
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Brian Braithwaite and Dr. Lorri Cobbins provide helpful tips for women who are considering a mommy makeover.
Chicago, IL — Following pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, many women notice physical changes to their bodies. Chicago plastic surgeons Brian Braithwaite, MD and Lorri Cobbins, MD explain that while some of these physical changes can be addressed with diet and exercise, there are often changes that remain unaffected by these efforts. The surgeons note that in cases where patients experience concerns such as stubborn pockets of fat, separated musculature, and inelastic skin, surgical intervention may be necessary to achieve the patient’s desired goals. Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins offer mommy makeover surgery as a way to provide each mother with a customized approach to her unique concerns. The surgeons note that each mommy makeover combines two or more cosmetic procedures—such as tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction—depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Some important tips that Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins believe can help women who are considering a mommy makeover include:
- Conduct thorough research to find a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins stress the importance of seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon who has proven to have experience with mommy makeovers. They recommend looking through a surgeon’s before-and-after photos, as well as patient reviews to get a better idea of what to expect.
- Take time to relax and recover. Mothers can sometimes find it difficult to take a step back from parental, professional, and household duties, says Dr. Cobbins. However, she and Dr. Braithwaite emphasize the importance of taking the time to properly heal after a mommy makeover. They say that in order to achieve the best possible results, it is critical to follow the provided aftercare instructions and take it easy throughout recovery.
- Stay healthy. The final results of a mommy makeover can be extremely long-lasting if the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle, according to Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins. They explain that a nutritious diet and regular exercise can help prolong the initial outcome of the procedure.
In addition to these tips, Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins note that it is typically best for women to wait until they are done building their family before undergoing a mommy makeover. They say that while pregnancy after a mommy makeover is considered safe, it may alter the results of their procedure, potentially causing patients to seek surgical revision. Ultimately, Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins say that when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, a mommy makeover can be very rewarding for women who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy figure.
About Brian M. Braithwaite, MD, FACS
Dr. Brian Braithwaite is an active member of The Aesthetic Society (formerly known as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These memberships provide him with detailed continuing education, enabling him to provide patients with the best possible care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
About Lorri Cobbins, MD, FACS
Dr. Lorri Cobbins is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She maintains her skills and education while staying abreast of the latest techniques and technology through her membership in prestigious organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society.
To learn more about Dr. Braithwaite and Dr. Cobbins, visit aestheticinstitutechicago.com and facebook.com/plasticsurgeonschicago.
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