Common Ways Pregnancy Changes Your Body and How to Counteract them

Anyone who has been pregnant can tell you the experience creates bodily changes, including a loss of breast volume, lax abdominal muscles, loose skin, and stubborn fat. These are natural and common changes that some experience to a greater degree than others.

Even if these are common to most mothers, there are solutions to be found in aesthetic medicine that counteract these physical changes and help patients enjoy new-found confidence.

Breast Volume and Skin Firmness

Many patients see dramatic changes in these areas after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Loss of volume and size may result in breasts which sit lower on the chest wall. Breast surgery options are available to restore breast appearance and help patients more easily find bras and tops that fit.

Breast Lift

If your breasts have lost fullness, particularly in the upper region, or have drooped with the development of loose skin, a breast lift may be recommended as part of your cosmetic treatment plan. To determine if you require a breast lift, your surgeon may check if your nipples fall below the natural crease of your breast during your consultation.

Many women opt for a breast lift as a standalone procedure, while others opt for comprehensive surgery with additional procedures to improve breast profile and projection.

Dr. Dreyfuss utilizes different techniques to lift and recontour breast tissue, eliminating excess skin from the nipple to the lower area of the breast. Repositioning of the areola is possible for a balanced and lifted appearance.

Breast Augmentation

Breast enhancement has been pursued by millions of cosmetic patients around the world to restore body shape and curves after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The breast surgery restores volume, enhances cleavage, and helps patients feel confident in any type of clothing.

Because of the natural feel and look of modern breast implants, augmentation can correct asymmetry, reposition the nipples, and increase volume. Breast augmentation is becoming one of the most customizable aesthetic procedures because of continued advancements in technique and technology.

Breast Lift with Implants

Some patients require the benefits of breast augmentation and breast lift. This combination will result in an elevated breast presence with a full, natural look and feel.


Liposuction is the most popular aesthetic surgery performed today. The procedure is a body contouring treatment which can target certain body parts like abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms and back. Because pregnancy may leave unwanted fat pads in one or more of these areas, liposuction is a common procedure for mothers looking to reshape their body.

This treatment may be used as a standalone procedure or combined with other procedures to create a full-body mommy makeover.


This non-invasive body contouring procedure is an effective substitute for liposuction that slims areas of the body with minor or moderate exercise-resistant fat. The treatment uses freezing technology to quickly and comfortably remove excess fat pads without downtime. Patients realize results within two weeks after the body naturally expels the dead fat cells for the body.  Results continue to mature months after treatment.

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure which restores a taut and sleek midsection. After childbirth, abdominal muscles may become separated and lose structure, resulting in sagging skin and the inability to effectively tone your stomach with core exercises. A tummy tuck will reinforce underlying abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and fat, resulting in a lean and firm abdomen.

Liposuction may be used in conjunction with abdominoplasty to remove any excess fat pads and sculpt the midsection for desired results.

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is designed to treat multiple areas of the body affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is a versatile procedure which utilizes different body contouring procedures, completed concurrently. The most popular of these surgeries are breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction.

Other procedures like a Brazilian butt lift, upper arm lift, and thigh lift can be part of any mommy makeover treatment plan if needed.

Skin Care

Because of the hormonal changes common with pregnancy, skin tone and texture can be affected. Issues like redness, melasma, and acne breakouts are common after-effects and can be treated with a variety of procedure.

At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, our medical dermatology services include skin care procedures to resolve these problems and include ultherapy, microdermabrasion, and laser genesis.


For patients looking to improve their body contour or skin appearance after pregnancy, a consultation with Dr. David Dreyfuss is a good place to start. During this visit, you can share your aesthetic goals and receive detailed information on how plastic surgery can help you look and feel like yourself again.

Call 815-806-9400 or schedule a consultation today.