One of the big changes your body may undergo during pregnancy is changing breast size and appearance. This can come out in a few ways – they might grow and subsequently sag, or you might find they simply don't sit in the same place any more. This is one of the hardest things to get back naturally – doing a lot of exercise won't necessarily budge the new fat on your breasts, and it almost certainly won't get them sitting back where you're used to them. For this reason, it's one of the more effective surgeries – it helps with something you may otherwise struggle with.
That said, it's worth considering why exactly you want it doing. Many surgeons will suggest their patient does a course of counselling before they'll operate, and though this may not seem like something you're interested in, it's worth doing. In many cases, there may be some underlying emotional issue that surgery alone will not fix, and it's worth considering and dealing with this before you go through with what is an expensive – and not completely permanent – procedure. Many people forget that plastic surgery isn't a one-off, and that you may have to have future medical procedures in order to keep on top of it.
This is one of the procedures we'd advise against, except in extreme circumstances. If something dramatic happened during birth, you may well already have this covered or booked in – but otherwise, its worth considering why you want it. It's completely normal to find the changes that occur strange and uncomfortable, and having surgery will continue the discomfort. In particular, if you choose to have another child, you will be completely undoing any work that you had.
There are two main methods of fat reduction – cryolipolysis and liposuction. Of the two, liposuction has the more obvious affect, but is the more invasive procedure. Many surgeons will require you to show evidence of having tried to remove the fat in other ways – via exercise and diet changes – because otherwise any work you have will quickly vanish. In addition, they may ask for proof that there is someone available to look after your children, since the recovery period can be fairly long.
With cryolipolysis, there are less of these issues, since it's not a surgical procedure as such. This is often more effective for the kind of results you might want, since it can target problem areas in a way liposuction can't. If you find therefore that you've got an area you want dealing with specifically – perhaps upper thighs, or arms – then we'd recommend cryolipolysis over liposuction.
Finally, there's the tummy tuck. This is another effective procedure, since, like with the breast surgery, it targets something hard to fix via other means. Whilst fat reduction can be induced naturally via exercise and diet changes, it is much harder to deal with the excess skin that remains.
A tummy tuck simply removes the excess skin – though be aware, it can leave scars. If you've been working for months to lift the weight off, but have been left with sagging, extra skin, then this procedure is worth looking into – though again, be aware it does have a recovery period that you may need help looking after your children during!
Once you've decided on a procedure, it's time to look for a surgeon. It can be tempting to go local, but in many cases it might be worth going further away. For something so long-lasting and important, you want to make sure you're confident, comfortable and happy with your surgeon – so visit a few have some consultations and only decide when you know they're right for you.
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