After having children, it may be hard for some women to gain back the confidence they once had in their appearance and body shape. A variety of "mommy makeover" procedures may help them get this back, said a plastic surgeon from Baylor College of Medicine.

"Following pregnancy, a mom will have distortion of her tummy or breasts or tissue loosening from gaining weight," said Dr. Fred Aguilar, professor of surgery in the division of plastic surgery at BCM.

"The truth is, women's diet and exercise may never help correct these issues, which can be very serious and depressing for some."

Plastic surgery is not the best option for everyone, but procedures are available for healthy women who desire to get their shape back, Aguilar said. "These surgeries remove those tissues that no longer tighten up and position them where they may not have been for years."

Procedures available

There is a large spectrum of procedures available for these women, including tummy tucks and breast augmentations, the most common procedures, he said.

Facial procedures include face lifts and brow lifts or facial rejuvenation with Botox or fillers.

"Botox will help get rid of wrinkles; filler can help correct a defect in the skin, such as a hollow look under the eyes."

Body contouring procedures may also be an option for women who want to remove excess, loose skin they cannot seem to get rid of, Aguilar said.

Having an open conversation with your plastic surgeon about the "menu" of procedures and the desired shape is important, he said.

Cutting-edge technology

Some women want several procedures and now, plastic surgeons have cutting-edge technology at their disposal that minimizes the risk of doing several of these procedures at once, Aguilar said.

"In the old days, we would do one procedure at a time," said Aguilar. "Now, with minimally invasive procedures we are able to do several at once."

Safety first

Aguilar emphasized these are very safe and have low risks of complications.

"Before we clear a person for surgery, we very carefully review their health," said Aguilar. "If they do not clear, they do not get surgery."

When choosing a plastic surgeon, it's important to make sure he or she is board certified, he said. 
Affiliation with an academic medical center is also a safety advantage because certifications and safety records have been verified.

"Mommy makeovers may be the answer for some women struggling with their appearance, but not for all," said Aguilar.