Dr Tavakoli’s Philosophy on post-pregnancy makeover / mummy makeover
Regaining your pre-pregnancy figure through Post Pregnancy Makeover / Mummy Makeover
New mothers watch the likes of Kardashians, Angelina Jolie and Heidi Klum get back into shape with unnerving ease and now it appears many Australian mums are equally determined to get their pre-pregnancy figures back through post pregnancy makeover.
A study by UK Mother & Baby magazine found that the joys of childbirth are often soured by the toll it takes on mothers’ figures. The study found that 86 percent of women said that they felt less attractive post-pregnancy, while a similar number were unhappy with their weight and shocked by the changes in their body afterwards.
Women are choosing to have cosmetic surgery to help restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy state
It seems these sentiments are similar in Australia and such findings might explain the reason more and more Australian women are choosing to have cosmetic surgery to help restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy state. In fact Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Kourosh Tavakoli says that up to 30 percent of his female patients see him because they would like to improve their bodies after childbirth.
"These women are not wanting to create something new - they want to restore what they had previously. They have 50 or 60 years ahead of them and want to look their best."Dr Kourosh Tavakoli
1. Breast Enhancement (Implants & Lift procedures)
Dr Tavakoli says the degree of change women experience in their breasts can depends on whether they have breastfed and the duration of their breastfeeding. "The more a woman has breastfed, the more dramatic the changes that occur in her breasts usually are" he explains.
According to Dr Tavakoli, many women post pregnancy and/or breastfeeding opt for a breast augmentation procedure to improve the appearance of their breasts. For women who have experienced a descend of the breast tissue and some volume loss, a breast lift may be combined with breast augmentation. If there is no change to the volume of the breast, a breast lift might suffice. Other women might require both breast remodelling with fat to obtain the shape they desire.
2. Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
The abdomen is the area most affected by pregnancy,’ says Dr Tavakoli. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the muscles and skin which can cause laxity of the abdominal wall postpartum. This can result in a tummy that protrudes with excess folds of skin that is unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck allows Dr Tavakoli to completely remodel the patients core and waistline through repair of the rectus muscle separation and removal of excess fat and skin. This procedure is often combined with liposculpture to achieve optimal results.
Abdominoplasty, when combined with liposculpture, can remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, repair any underlying damage to the abdominal muscles and reposition the umbilicus,’ says Dr Tavakoli.
3. VASER Liposculpture
VASER® Liposuction is a surgical technique used by Dr Tavakoli since 2009. VASER Liposuction is used to remove unwanted deposits of fat from specific areas of the body and tighten the surrounding skin using ultrasonic energy. An ultrasound probe is inserted under the skin to dissolve the fatty layer into a soft material, which makes for a gentle removal. This technique is used to stimulate collagen production and therefore gives the skin a tighter and smoother appearance.
VASER liposuction can be performed to any area of the body including:
- Love Handles
The Liposuction cannula is inserted through a small incision in an inconspicuous area of the body (i.e., the bikini line, umbilicus). Following the procedure, you will experience a mild discomfort for 7-10 days. You will be required to wear a compression garment for 6-8 weeks.
4. Liposculpture and buttock remodelling (BBL)
In addition to performing liposculpture in combination with an abdominoplasty, problem areas including love-handles and inner- and outer-thighs can be treated with liposculpture alone. ‘These could be areas that troubled the patient prior to pregnancy but they may have become more prominent post-pregnancy,’ says Dr Tavakoli. ‘Most importantly, the area the patient wants treated needs to look in proportion with the rest of her figure.’
Increasingly, women are paying more attention to proportions with many seeking the hourglass figure. With liposculupture and fat grafting during Mummy Makeover, Dr Tavakoli can remodel the patients buttocks with the harvested fat to create better balance between the breast, waist and buttocks (BWB measurement) or S-Curve. Also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, buttock remodelling surgery combined with abdominoplasty can create an impressive contoured outcome for the patient.
Dr Tavakoli stresses that women who undergo an abdominoplasty or Buttock Remodelling (BBL) need to commit to a healthy lifestyle, involving a sensible diet and exercise regime, in order to maximise and maintain the results.
He adds that it is not his policy to operate on a post baby body until the mother’s last child is at least 18 months old. ‘I usually advise patients to complete all their pregnancies before commencing surgery, otherwise results might not be maintained,’ says Dr Tavakoli. He also screens patients to ensure they are not suffering from postnatal depression. Once these screenings have been satisfactorily completed, post-pregnancy cosmetic surgery can have a very positive effect, ‘As long as the expectations are realistic, I find the overall satisfaction rate in this group of patients is very high,’ Dr Tavakoli concludes.
5. Labiaplasty & Vaginaplasty
In the same way that pregnancy can place pressure on the abdominal muscle, childbirth can cause similar stretching and subsequent laxity of the muscles that line the vaginal wall.
During vaginaplasty, Dr Tavakoli is able to remodel the vaginal canal and tighten the muscles which can strengthen the pelvic floor and improve stress incontinence. Patients report a tighter feeling vaginal canal and improved feeling during intercourse.
A labiaplasty addresses the concerns of a large or protruding labia which can become more prominent after pregnancy and childbirth. During a labiaplasty, the redundant labia tissue is excised reducing its size and appearance.
Dr Tavakoli only performs labiaplasty & vaginoplasty on post partum women as part of their Mummy Makeover procedure.
Mummy Make-Over: Dr Tavakoli’s patient 6 weeks post Abdominoplasty and Breast Augmentation.
Women report both functional and aesthetic benefits following labiaplasty surgery.
MEDIA: Dr Tavakoli discusses Mummy Makeovers on The Morning Show on Channel 7 - September 2013
Dr Kourosh Tavakoli explains the increasing trend of new Mums having plastic surgery to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.