Post Pregnancy Surgery incorporates several different cosmetic surgery procedures with the goal of restoring your pre-pregnancy body. These procedures are designed to have a contouring and tightening effect on the areas that are most affected by pregnancy.
Post Pregnancy procedures are ideal for women who are done having children and are near their ideal weight but still battling the after-effects of childbirth. Post Pregnancy surgery refers to a package deal that combats all of the problem areas that new moms may be struggling with.
Post Pregnancy Procedures aren’t only for mums too. It refers to the combination of any breast and tummy surgery, and the result is often quite a dramatic change.
Post Pregnancy Procedures, at a glance
Target area: Excess fat and skin on the abdomen, breasts size and/or shape
Time off work: 1-2 weeks
Total recovery: 6-weeks
Compression garment: 2 weeks full-time wear, 6 weeks total
Scar position: Below the bikini line, extending hip to hip. Along the fold beneath the breast in some cases around the areola and down the breast
What Is Post-Pregnancy Surgery?
Post Pregnancy Belly Surgery
Your body goes through a number of changes during and after pregnancy. Choosing to breastfeed means your breasts may appear droopy because of the volume loss. The abdomen is another area that is affected by a loss of elasticity. This can take both a physical and emotional toll, leaving you looking different to how you did before the baby.
A few days after you give birth, your breasts will begin to swell. This is because your breasts are producing milk to feed your baby with. Once the milk is gone, whether you breastfed or not, it is likely that your breasts will lose density and tissue size, resulting in an aesthetic that is quite different to what you are used to. This usually results in sagging.
Weight Gain and Loss
Natural fluctuations in weight during and after pregnancy can cause stretch marks and loose skin. You may have stretch marks on your belly from where your skin was stretched during the pregnancy. They may also occur on your thighs, hips and bottom and will usually fade over time.
For the first two weeks after giving birth (sometimes longer) your belly will look quite baggy. This is because it needed to expand to accommodate your baby and now no longer needs to be that stretched. Some moms are unfortunately unable to be rid of the excess skin which leaves them feeling unhappy with their appearance and unable to remove it through any other form but surgery.
This is where Dr Doyle from Gold Coast Plastic Surgery can help.
Post Pregnancy Surgery Package Includes:
The surgical procedures included in a Post Pregnancy Surgery package will depend on what you want to achieve. Typically, the procedures included are:
- breast lift surgery — with or without breast implants
- tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
Some women even choose to combine surgical procedures with a series of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to achieve their desired makeover outcome.
1. Breast lift
Once you have finished breastfeeding, your breasts will likely have loose skin and sag a little more than they did before. A breast lift is an ideal solution to get rid of any drooping and obtain that nice natural shape and more elevated breasts once more. If you have lost a lot of volume or would like fuller breast size, then breast lift and implants are recommended.
The weight loss that occurs after childbirth is not always enough or as much as women would like to see. Sometimes there are more stubborn areas of excess fat that even exercise can’t get rid of. This is where liposuction would become an option, to remove that layer of fat below the skin. We do suggest that you first reach your goal weight or as close to it as possible as this is not a sole fat-loss solution but rather a tool to assist you with the more difficult areas.
3. Tummy tuck
As can be expected, your belly will have undergone a lot of stretching during pregnancy. For most women, the stomach will return back to its previous shape but there are instances of excess skin that cannot return back to normal. The ideal solution for loose skin is a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) wherein the skin will actually be removed and sewn back together to help your belly return to its normal shape. This is not a weight-loss technique but rather the solution for excess skin that cannot return back to its old position.
Obviously, these procedures will all be selected according to your personal post-birth needs and dependant on your end goal.
The ideal candidate for Post Pregnancy Surgery (abdominoplasty and breast surgery) is someone who is at a healthy weight and has completed their family.
At your initial consultation with Dr Doyle, he will assess your needs and discuss the options available to you. You will be asked a number of questions with regard to your health as well as your aesthetic goals. You will spend about 40 minutes with Dr Doyle and meet with his client advisor who will go into more details about the procedures that have been recommended.
Post Pregnancy Surgery Before and After Australia
Why Dr Doyle?
Dr Mark Doyle, one of Queensland’s top plastic surgeons, has over 30 years of experience and has meticulously completed hundreds of Post Pregnancy Procedures. Post Pregnancy Procedures are a collection of surgical treatments done at the same time to correct the changes that occur during pregnancy. Post Pregnancy Procedure packages are a customised technique that can help a woman’s physique recover after pregnancy and childbirth.
Dr Doyle is a specialist plastic surgeon who practises on the Gold Coast. He operates out of John Flynn Private Hospital, which is about a 5-minute drive from Coolangatta International Airport. He works alongside a surgical operating team (Nurse Assistant and Anaesthetist) who are all well regarded in their respective fields.
Dr Mark is a big believer in patient-centered care and will take the time to listen to your concerns before making any treatment recommendations.
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What happens during Post Pregnancy Surgery?
To complete your Post Pregnancy Procedures (abdominoplasty and breast augmentation), a general anaesthetic will be required and possibly an overnight stay. The duration of your surgery will be determined by the procedures you’re choosing to undergo. During your surgery, any incisions will be strategically placed to ensure that any scarring is kept to a minimum. If you won’t be staying over in John Flynn Private Hospital, you will be taken to a recovery room where you still spend several hours. Drains may be placed underneath the skin to remove any excess fluid after your procedure. From there, someone will need to drive you home. Your drains will be removed a few days later at Dr Doyle’s offices.
What are the risks?
Like any surgical procedure, post pregnancy procedures can carry risks and potential complications. By following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon and closely monitoring your recovery, you can minimise your risk of complications.
Some risks may include:
- Delayed Healing
- Fluid Accumulation (Seroma)
- Numbness or Changes in Sensation
- Blood Clots
- Anesthesia Risks
Recovery After Post Pregnancy Surgery
In most instances, patients will need to spend at least a week to 10 days at home. In terms of regular activities, any exercise can only be resumed after six weeks. Dr Doyle will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that should be carefully followed to achieve the ideal outcome. This will include how to care for your wounds and steps you can take to make your recovery more comfortable. Patients may also need to wear a compression garment for six weeks to reduce swelling. Dr Doyle’s cosmetic surgery recovery tips may help you to have a smoother recovery.
If you are worried about scarring, know that all scars naturally fade over time. There are also specific steps you can take to keep scarring to a minimum. Keeping your incision sites protected from harmful UV rays, even after they’ve healed, is one way to prevent noticeable scarring. Patients can also use silicone gel sheets and massage techniques as a way to reduce scars after a Post Pregnancy Procedures.
Longer-term Results of Post-Pregnancy Surgery
The results of Post Pregnancy Procedures will take several months to appear. Depending on the types of procedures you included, you will see a noticeable difference directly after surgery. It’s important to wait until all swelling and bruising have subsided before you decide whether you’re happy with your outcome. In terms of how long your results will last, this will depend on your lifestyle and whether you choose to grow your family later on. Age will also still affect your body, which may result in the need for additional procedures later in life.
Prices and Fees for Post Pregnancy Procedures. How much do Post Pregnancy Procedures cost?
The cost of Post Pregnancy Surgery is different for all patients. Not all patients have the same requirements and not all procedures need to be included in the final surgery. Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will also need to be factored into the final cost. Since Post Pregnancy Procedures are mostly cosmetic, it won’t always qualify for a Medicare rebate. This possibility can be discussed with Dr Doyle during your consultation once your specific needs have been assessed.
You can access our list of pricing resources to find about more about the cost of Post Pregnancy Procedures:
Next Steps – Your appointment for Post Pregnancy Surgery
Once you book an appointment with Dr Doyle, he will be able to accurately assess your needs and discuss the most suitable options available to you. You will spend about 40 minutes with Dr Doyle and also see his Client Advisor who will go into more details about the procedures that have been recommended.
About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon
Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery. Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with 30+ years of experience. He has completed all required training and only carries out approved surgical practices. There are absolutely NO undertrained doctors or cosmetic doctors acting as surgeons in our clinic.
As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is committed to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.
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