Dr. Jeffrey Scott provides post-pregnancy plastic surgery options for mothers who would like to improve the appearance of their figure after childbirth.
Sarasota, FL – During pregnancy and after childbirth, a woman’s body goes through many hormonal and physical fluctuations, some of which can result in permanent alteration of the figure. According to Dr. Jeffrey Scott, board certified plastic surgeon and the director of The Plastic Surgery Center of Sarasota and Bradenton, pregnancy and childbirth-related body concerns are common motivators for many women to pursue plastic surgery.
POST-CHILDBIRTH PLASTIC SURGERY
Popular procedures that Dr. Scott offers, including breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction techniques, can be utilized to restore a tighter, leaner, smoother, and more lifted pre-baby figure. He explains that these particular enhancements target key problem areas for women that are often apparent after childbirth and may be intensified with age, which can include:
- Loose, excess skin around the abdomen
- Resistant fat deposits along the abdomen and flanks
- Stretched, and in some cases, torn abdominal muscles
- Droopy breasts caused by lax skin and depleted breast volume
A combination of procedures to correct these types of aesthetic issues is known as a Mommy Makeover. Many women begin seeking Mommy Makeovers soon after their child is born, while others wait until they have finished having children to consider plastic surgery. In either case, Dr. Scott recommends that women wait at least six to twelve months after childbirth to start planning for post-pregnancy procedures. He says that it is vital to the success of the procedures that hormones have a chance to rebalance and body weight becomes more stable or closer to ideal, all of which can take time. For women who are looking into breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, Dr. Scott notes that breastfeeding must be concluded and the glandular breast tissue given time to settle, which is a process that can take three to six months for most women.
HAVING MORE CHILDREN AFTER PLASTIC SURGERY
When women come to Dr. Scott seeking cosmetic surgery to correct childbirth-related changes, one of the first questions he asks is if they are finished expanding their family. Ideally, he says, procedures like breast lift and tummy tuck are performed after the final child has been born to help preserve the results achieved with surgery. While each case is different, he explains, another pregnancy after surgery has the potential to re-stretch the abdomen and breasts, which may alter the appearance of one’s results. If necessary, Dr. Scott may suggest follow-up procedures to try and regain the previous outcome. Often, he says, the secondary procedure is less extensive than the first, serving to make small adjustments that build on the remaining structure of the former results.
In addition to being concerned with their physical appearance after another pregnancy, many mothers worry about their ability to breastfeed following a breast enhancement procedure. Dr. Scott illustrates that precautions can be taken during breast augmentation to help prevent interference with the milk duct system, allowing women to breastfeed subsequent children without a problem. For women interested in breast lift, however, Dr. Scott notes that there is a possibility breastfeeding may become more challenging. The incisions required to accomplish a breast lift are more likely to interrupt the milk duct system, he says, however many women are still able to breastfeed normally. Dr. Scott explains that the determining factors in whether or not a woman is able to breastfeed after a breast lift involve the surgical approach of the procedure, scar tissue formation, and if she had the ability to breastfeed prior to surgery. In most cases, he states he is able to customize a breast lift approach that minimizes intervention in the milk duct system.
Dr. Scott believes that the physical remainders of pregnancy do not have to dampen the joy of motherhood. According to the Florida plastic surgeon, the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is to enhance the self-confidence and self-image of the patient, and mothers challenged by post-baby body concerns often achieve the most notable internal and external transformations with plastic surgery. Ultimately, he says he finds great satisfaction in helping women reshape their bodies after childbirth and is continually looking for new surgical and non-invasive techniques to assist in this endeavor.
About Jeffrey Scott, MD, FACS
Dr. Jeffrey Scott is board certified in General Surgery (1990) and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1993). He is currently the director of The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota and Bradenton and has been honored multiple times with the “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons Award,” the “Patient Choice Award,” and the “Compassionate Doctor Recognition.” As a Fellow of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Scott is a respected and recognized leader in his field. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, after which he completed a five-year General Surgery and Trauma residency and a two-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Scott is available for interview upon request.
The Plastic Surgery Center
1219 East Ave South
Sarasota, FL 34239
5807 21st Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209