Mommy Makeover in NYC
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes a considerable amount of change. Childbearing is a natural part of life and a beautiful human process, but can significantly affect the shape and appearance of many different areas of the body. Many women have difficulty restoring their pre-pregnancy body on their own and may struggle with self-confidence as a result. Luckily, Dr. Green in NYC offers a number of non-invasive cosmetic treatment options that can help women to look and feel their best again after pregnancy.
Plastic surgery can be an effective option for rejuvenation after pregnancy, however, many patients simply can not manage the expensive cost, an extensive amount of recovery time, and the level of invasiveness that are all associated with cosmetic surgical procedures, especially after welcoming their new baby. Thanks to advancements made in the field of cosmetic dermatology, there are now a host of non-surgical treatment options that can be used for a mommy makeover, a treatment designed to help women regain their self-confidence and revitalize their appearance post-pregnancy.
Dr. Michele Green in NYC is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the globe with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options available. Dr. Green utilizes the most cutting-edge technologies and innovative treatment techniques to deliver her patients their ideal cosmetic results that are natural-looking and long-lasting. Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors consistently identify Dr. Green as one of New York City’s best physicians for her holistic approach and ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to rejuvenation treatments. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is best suited to addressing your unique concerns and achieving your cosmetic goals.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is generally a unique combination of rejuvenating treatments that restore the appearance of a woman’s body following childbirth. A mommy makeover can target stretched abdominal muscles, excess skin, stubborn fat deposits, skin laxity, fine lines, and stretch marks, among other skin concerns that women may present with post-pregnancy. Since no two women have the same exact childbearing experience or the same body goals post-pregnancy, a mommy makeover is always personalized by an expert board-certified medical professional to incorporate the cosmetic treatments that will address a patient’s unique concerns. The areas of the body that are most commonly addressed in a mommy makeover are the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, genitalia, and face. When you have your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding the particular skin needs and overall aesthetic goals that you have after welcoming your baby. Dr. Green will work with you to select the treatments for your mommy makeover that benefit you and your specific condition most.
What does a Mommy Makeover consist of? Non-surgical Mommy Makeover procedure options
After pregnancy, many patients are interested in rejuvenating their appearance to regain their self-confidence and energy, yet are unable to undergo an invasive and costly plastic surgery procedure that requires a relatively significant amount of recovery time. There are luckily a host of non-surgical cosmetic treatment options offered in the private dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green in NYC that can be used for a mommy makeover, several of which are detailed in the following sections.
One of the most common concerns following pregnancy is the presence of stubborn fat deposits in different areas of the body. Despite maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise schedule, some fat deposits remain unresponsive and can negatively impact one’s self-esteem as a result. To effectively remove the excess fat in a particular area, patients can take advantage of the innovative Coolsculpting® treatment. Coolsculpting is an FDA approved non-invasive cosmetic procedure that eliminates up to 20-25% of the fat cells in a given treatment area after a single session. This non-surgical fat removal method relies on cold temperatures for cryolipolysis, the destruction of fat cells with fat freezing technology, that are metabolized by the body. The device is compatible with multiple applicators that are different sizes and shapes to accommodate the treatment of various areas of the body including the love handles, submental fat, upper arms, abdomen, bra fat, and inner and outer thighs.
It is important to remember that Coolsculpting is not intended to be a weight loss treatment, but rather a solution for the removal of stubborn deposits of excess fat. The results from a Coolsculpting treatment are permanent, provided the patient does not gain any additional weight following the procedure. If you are working on restoring your pre-baby body and are struggling to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat that have been unresponsive to consistent diet and exercise, Coolsculpting with Dr. Green may be just the non-invasive treatment you need. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists to integrate Coolsculpting into the treatment plans of her patients for body contouring and has helped thousands of patients, men and women alike, to achieve their aesthetic goals.
Loose skin is one of the most common complaints among women after pregnancy. Stretched abdominal skin that can often occur post-pregnancy can be effectively tightened with just a single Thermage® treatment session. Thermage is a radiofrequency device that heats the dermis to induce new collagen production. Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in the skin and provides it with a firm foundation. By encouraging the production of new collagen, treatment with Thermage can improve the appearance of crepey, loose skin to create a firmer, tighter skin texture. Thermage is a comfortable treatment and patients do not require any topical numbing cream in advance to prepare for their procedure. In addition, there is zero downtime involved with Thermage whatsoever, meaning patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately upon completion of the procedure. Not only can Thermage be used to tighten loose abdominal skin following pregnancy, but it is commonly used to treat the face, chest, neck, upper arms, and thighs to provide patients with an overall more youthful appearance. Patients enjoy that their Thermage treatment results last for up to two years in duration, allowing them to look and feel their best in a low maintenance way. Since there is no downtime associated with Thermage, it can easily be combined with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures as part of a mommy makeover treatment plan.
Cosmetic injectables: Botox and Dermal Fillers
Post-pregnancy, many women may experience the development of signs of aging that were not evident pre-pregnancy. Fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy can lead patients to experience volume loss in different areas of their face, which often present as fine lines and wrinkles. Depending on the severity, type, and location of the facial creases, Dr. Green may recommend Botox, dermal fillers, or a unique combination of cosmetic injectables to provide patients with a more youthful complexion.
Botox is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is derived from botulinum toxin type A, designed to treat the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form over time in response to repeated facial expressions. When Botox is injected into a treatment area, it essentially paralyzes the muscles that are responsible for creating certain expressions. The result is a smoother skin texture and a reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface. The most common areas to have Botox injected are the forehead, glabella (the area between the brows, often referred to as “11” lines for their shape), and around the eyes (the crow’s feet). The cosmetic effects of Botox injections typically last for up to four months. The use of Botox during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is contraindicated due to the unknown effects and possible risks it may have on the pregnancy and baby. Once patients have finished breastfeeding, they can resume their Botox treatment sessions with Dr. Green. Dr. Green is recognized around the world for providing what is known as “the best Botox injections in New York”. She takes a holistic approach and embraces a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to rejuvenation treatment, working with each patient individually to understand their specific concerns and cosmetic goals.
Similarly to Botox, it is not advised to have treatment with dermal filler injections while pregnant or breastfeeding. Once finished with breastfeeding, Dr. Green will work with you to determine which types of dermal filler are best suited to addressing your particular concerns. Whether you are interested in replenishing lost volume, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, or enhancing facial contour, treatment with cosmetic dermal fillers can help. Popular products like Juvederm and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that can naturally be found in the skin and provides it with essential hydration and a supple, youthful appearance.
Another commonly used cosmetic injectable, Sculptra, is unique in that it is composed of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra works by stimulating new collagen production in the treatment area which it is injected into, replenishing facial volume and revitalizing the appearance of the patient. It is important to consult with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist for your dermal filler treatment in order to achieve the best overall cosmetic results and avoid unwanted or undesired side effects. Dr. Green is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience customizing the treatment plans of her patients from around the globe. When you work with Dr. Green, she will help you select the dermal filler treatments that are best suited to addressing your needs and rejuvenating your complexion post-pregnancy
Laser treatment for stretch mark removal
Rapid weight loss or weight gain during or after pregnancy may lead to the development of stretch marks on the skin. There are other contributing factors, such as genetics and hormone fluctuations, that can influence the presence of stretch marks, making them very difficult to prevent. In the event that stretch marks form, it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible in order to achieve the best cosmetic results.
The VBeam® laser is considered the gold standard treatment for eliminating the appearance of redness in the skin, whether it be related to broken capillaries, acne scars, rosacea, or stretch marks. The laser device operates on a wavelength of light that exclusively targets the skin cells with red pigment, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. The affected skin cells absorb the energy from the laser beam, which is converted to heat, and are destroyed as a result. There is zero downtime involved with the VBeam laser treatment, meaning patients can resume their normal daily activities directly after their treatment session. Additionally, the incorporation of the patented Dynamic Cooling Device, DCD, eliminates any potential patient discomfort by releasing a burst of cool air on the surface of the skin before the laser beam is emitted. Most patients require a short series of laser treatment sessions to achieve their ideal cosmetic results. The VBeam can be integrated into a mommy makeover treatment protocol to reduce the appearance of red stretch marks on different areas of the body including the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs, waist, and face.
The eMatrix® sublative rejuvenation is a laser resurfacing treatment that relies on bi-polar radio frequency energy to stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis. Through heat application, eMatrix creates controlled injuries to the dermal layers of skin, inducing the natural wound healing process of the skin. In response, the body produces collagen and elastin, leading to an improved skin texture and a smoother, clearer complexion. Dr. Green often utilizes the eMatrix to treat the appearance of white stretch marks on different areas of the body. Stretch marks most commonly occur on the stomach and breasts but can also develop on the thighs, underarms, and buttocks depending on where pregnancy weight is carried. eMatrix is a safe and effective laser treatment for stretch mark removal on patients of every skin tone and skin type, and the recovery time is just 48 hours. Common side effects of treatment include facial redness and mild swelling, which resolve on their own shortly following the procedure.
Melasma: The ‘Pregnancy Mask’
Hormone levels that are fluctuating, particularly a surge in the levels of the female sex hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, have also been linked to the development of melasma. Melasma is a skin condition characterized by patches of skin that are brown or grey-brown in color and darker than the rest of the surrounding skin. The areas of the face that are most commonly affected by melasma are the upper lip, cheeks, the bridge of the nose, and the forehead. It has been found that the use of birth control pills, oral contraceptives, pregnancy, and hormone replacement therapy can all cause melasma to flare since they impact estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. This is why melasma is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy, due to the increased amount of melanin and hyperpigmentation occurring on the faces of pregnant women.
For patients who experience melasma during pregnancy or as a result of taking oral birth control pills or other hormonal therapies, melasma may naturally subside either after pregnancy or once the hormonal medications have been stopped, respectively. However, for many patients, melasma is a condition that will require some type of treatment intervention in order to fully resolve the patches of hyperpigmentation on the skin. Laser treatments, such as Fraxel laser, IPL, and Picosure laser, are not suitable for treating melasma, and can actually worsen their appearance. Dr. Green finds that most cases of melasma and hyperpigmentation are best treated with procedures such as chemical peels, Cosmelan, Mesopeels, and other more appropriate cosmeceuticals and skincare.
Mommy Makeover surgery
Many of the traditional mommy makeover procedures are surgical treatments like the tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and labiaplasty. These types of cosmetic surgery procedures should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Patients who elect to undergo cosmetic surgery require general anesthesia and, typically, a relatively significant amount of downtime to recover. The cosmetic surgery treatments are detailed below.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure whereby excess fat and loose skin are removed from the abdomen to improve the overall appearance and shape. The remaining abdominal skin is tightened, creating a toned appearance. After pregnancy, many women feel self-conscious about the look of their abdomen, and a tummy tuck helps to restore their self-confidence. Patients who are planning to become pregnant may be advised to wait for their tummy tuck procedure until they’ve finished having children.
There are different types of breast enhancement surgery that may be incorporated into a mommy makeover treatment plan. Breast augmentation is a type of breast surgery that provides volume, relying on breast implants (silicone or otherwise) for adding breast volume. In a breast lift, the breast tissue is tightened and the nipple and areola are placed in a higher anatomical position. Breast surgery for rejuvenation after childbearing may also entail breast reduction, whereby the overall volume of the breasts is reduced. The type of breast surgery that is right for you post-pregnancy will ultimately be dependent upon your specific skin concerns and cosmetic goals.
Other plastic surgery procedures that are commonly part of a mommy makeover treatment approach include liposuction, labiaplasty, and an arm lift. Liposuction is a surgical procedure for the removal of excess fat. After pregnancy, many women have difficulty eliminating pockets of stubborn fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Liposuction entails the insertion of a cannula (a type of metal tube) that is used to suction the excess fat cells out of a treatment area. Labiaplasty focuses on removing extra skin from the labia minora, which is one of the areas of the body that can be affected by pregnancy. Many women may experience permanent growth of the labia which can affect not only their confidence but comfort, too. An arm lift is designed to lift and tighten the tissue in the upper arm.
How much is a Mommy Makeover?
The total cost of your mommy makeover will ultimately depend on the types of cosmetic procedures that are incorporated into your treatment approach and the total number of treatment sessions that you elect to engage with. A plastic surgery procedure will generally be more expensive than a non-surgical treatment option. The best way to understand what the cost of your mommy makeover will be is to have a consultation with a board-certified medical professional. Meeting with a cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, will help you determine which unique combination of cosmetic treatments is best suited to your mommy makeover treatment approach. Once it has been decided which cosmetic procedures will be involved with your mommy makeover, the cost can be accurately estimated. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned dermatologist with over twenty-five years of experience providing patients from around the globe with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available and will work with you to personalize your treatment plan within your budget.
What does a Mommy makeover consultation look like?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you’ll discuss with her in-depth regarding the specific skin concerns that you have as well as your aesthetic goals. A thorough medical history will be collected, photographs will be taken of the treatment areas for record in your private medical chart, and you will share with Dr. Green your cosmetic treatment history if you have undergone any previous treatments. Dr. Green will then guide you through the various non-invasive treatment options that are available, focusing on the cosmetic procedures which will benefit you most and help you best restore your pre-baby body. Some types of cosmetic treatment can be performed on the same day as your consultation, such as dermal fillers, Botox injections, and laser treatments, depending on time allowance and preferences. Coolscuplting and Thermage treatments will need to be scheduled for a separate date, as more time is needed to complete these types of procedures. If you are not a suitable candidate for a non-surgical mommy makeover treatment approach, Dr. Green will refer you to a trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in treating your primary areas of concern.
Does a Mommy Makeover include a BBL?
A Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is a cosmetic procedure that entails the redistribution of body fat to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks. No two women are exactly alike, and a mommy makeover should be customized to meet the specific needs of a woman after childbearing. A BBL may be included in one woman’s mommy makeover treatment protocol whereas another woman may decide to opt-out of the procedure. An expert in the field will help you determine which specific combination of treatments is recommended to help you achieve your ideal aesthetic goals. Dr. Michele Green in New York City is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience and expertise in providing the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available to her patients from around the globe. She will work with you to customize a mommy makeover treatment plan that incorporates all of the cosmetic procedures needed to effectively rejuvenate your appearance and leave you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself post-pregnancy.
Does Insurance Cover a Mommy Makeover?
Body contouring procedures that are associated with the mommy makeover are often deemed cosmetic treatments and are not typically covered by insurance. To understand the specific treatments that are covered by your individual insurance provider, it is advised to contact your insurance company and inquire with them directly.
Is a Mommy Makeover worth it?
After pregnancy, many women find it challenging to restore their appearance and feel confident in their bodies. A mommy makeover that is customized to meet exact needs and deliver optimal results is absolutely worth it to the women who make the personal choice to undergo the treatment. It is important to be selective, however, when choosing a provider to perform your mommy makeover procedures. Having treatment with an inexperienced or unknowledgeable provider can result in experiencing unwanted side effects or unsatisfactory cosmetic results. Working with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in New York City, is the best way to guarantee that you get the results that you’re after and to ensure that your mommy makeover procedures are worth it. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing patients from around the globe with the best non-invasive body contouring treatments available and is consistently voted as one of NY’s best dermatologists by Super Doctors, Castle Connolly, and New York Magazine. You can make sure your mommy makeover is worth it by consulting with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
What is the Recovery Time for a Mommy Makeover?
The length of one’s recovery period following a mommy makeover is entirely dependent upon the types of procedures that are incorporated into the treatment plan of a patient. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as Coolsculpting and Thermage, do not have any recovery time involved. Cosmetic surgery, however, is typically associated with a more extensive recovery period. The downtime associated with a surgical mommy makeover procedure is typically around 6 weeks. The type of mommy makeover treatment options that you choose to incorporate into your plan may be influenced by the amount of downtime required for the various procedures. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will help you develop a timeline for your mommy makeover treatments that works best for your schedule.
Are Mommy Makeovers dangerous?
A mommy makeover is safe and effective when you work with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with the required experience and expertise to select the treatments that are best suited to addressing your concerns and achieving your cosmetic goals. It is imperative that mommy makeover patients are selective when choosing the provider that is to perform their treatments in order to avoid dangerous or unwanted side effects and to get the ideal cosmetic effects. The cosmetic procedures that are used in mommy makeovers can be dangerous if performed by someone with inadequate knowledge or experience to execute them safely and effectively. Dr. Michele Green has over two and a half decades of experience as a leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology and is consistently voted as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. When you have your mommy makeover procedures with Dr. Green, they are guaranteed to be safe and effective and help you to achieve your ideal cosmetic results.
Should I get a Mommy Makeover?
The decision to undergo a mommy makeover is extremely personal and ultimately up to each individual to make for themselves. The majority of mommy makeover patients choose to seek treatment with a board-certified medical professional in order to restore their appearance and self-confidence after giving birth. If your self-esteem has been negatively impacted by any of the changes in your body post-pregnancy, and you’re in need of help from an expert in the field of rejuvenation, you may want to consider a mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available. When you work with Dr. Green, she will help you determine the non-invasive cosmetic procedures that will benefit you most and help you achieve your post-pregnancy aesthetic goals so that you look and feel your best.
How do you sleep after having a Mommy Makeover?
One of the greatest benefits associated with a non-surgical mommy makeover is the lack of an extensive recovery period following treatment. When you opt for non-surgical mommy makeover procedures, such as Coolsculpting and Thermage, you can sleep in any position that is most comfortable as there are no specific restrictions following treatment. After having a surgical mommy makeover procedure, like a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, patients are advised to sleep in a reclined position in order to keep pressure off of the area where they’ve had treatment. Depending on the extent of the procedure, patients may need to sleep in an elevated position for up to six weeks following their mommy makeover cosmetic surgery.
How to get started with a Mommy Makeover
If you are interested in restoring your pre-baby body and think that you could benefit from some professional help, but aren’t quite sure where to start, the best first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in New York City. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available to her patients from around the globe. Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine consistently identify Dr. Green as one of New York’s best physicians for her dedication to her patients and her practice. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to rejuvenation treatments, helping her patients achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results that leave them looking and feeling their absolute best. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green and learn more about the many treatment options for a mommy makeover, contact us online to make an appointment or call our private NYC office today at 212 535 3088.