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What is a mommy makeover? Queens NY specialist discusses the many surgery options to transform your body

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Mommy makeover surgery in Queens NY at the Flushing office of Edmund Kwan, MD refers to a number of procedures customized to each patient’s needs, unified by the goal of restoring pre-baby figures.

After childbirth, many women find that it’s difficult to lose pockets of stubborn fat in areas such as the lower abdomen, around the waist, and hips and thighs. Breastfeeding can also increase the size of your bust by a full cup size or larger. Enlarged breasts may be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness, especially if they’re out of proportion with the rest of a woman’s body. They can also interfere with physical activity and exercise and are associated with the pain of undergarments cutting into the skin due to their weight. After you’re done breastfeeding your child, breast tissue may have shrunk but the overlying skin remains stretched-out, leaving behind saggy, pendulous breasts.

Even after a mommy has returned to a healthy weight, she may find that the skin doesn’t bounce back on its own to fit her slimmer physique. Women may find themselves with very loose abdominal skin, which can’t be trimmed with diet and exercise modifications alone. Weight fluctuations can also cause cellulite to look more pronounced. Skin laxity is associated with other complications such as skin infections in hard-to-reach and hard-to-clean folds and rashes, as well as the back pain and other mobility problems that are associated with enlarged breasts, too.

The many changes that occur before, during, and after childbirth can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s quality of life. This should be a joyous time for the mother and her loved ones. Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Edmund Kwan, and the professional team want you to truly celebrate your new, larger family – free of the distractions that come with a body that doesn’t feel or look like “you,” and that gives rise to complications that may make it harder for you to care for yourself and for your child during these critical post-childbirth months.

Procedures to “makeover” your look and life

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Dr. Kwan is skilled at safely performing a number of facial, body, and non-invasive treatments from his AAASF-certified ambulatory surgery facility; however, there are certain types of surgical procedures associated with “mommy makeovers.” These procedures address the concerns listed above.

Any procedure starts with a consultation at Edmund Kwan, MD’s Flushing, Manhattan, or Fort Lee, New Jersey offices. During this complimentary consultation, Dr. Kwan evaluates your areas of concern, as well as your medical history and existing prescriptions, supplements, and OTC medication use. He’s also transparent about fees and is upfront about costs associated with each of the procedures that may be recommended, as well as the potential risks and complications.

As a new mommy, it’s also important to discuss if more pregnancies are on the horizon, goals for weight loss, and the specific changes you’d like to see in your post-baby body; for instance, it’s generally recommended that you forgo mommy makeover-related treatments for around 6 months or longer. Also, if you’re not at a healthy weight, it’s important to reach that goal before moving forward with treatments. We want you to be your healthy best before the day of your surgery and, likewise, additional weight loss can affect surgical outcomes. We want no less than for you to be thrilled by the stunning results of your mommy makeover, like so many other mothers who have been treated at the offices of Edmund Kwan, MD.

Common procedures that may be discussed during your consultation include:

Some of these procedures are commonly combined; for instance, abdominoplasty may complement liposuction to remove excess skin and fat and tighten abdominal muscles. There are many variations on these procedures, including a mini-tuck for those very small patients or those who have only modest needs to treat sagging and excess skin.

Regardless of the procedure, many patients comment about how quickly their scars fade. There is no substitute for advanced surgical skill from a Board-Certified specialist like Dr. Kwan. For more information on what to expect before, during, and after mommy makeover procedures, visit the FAQs section to the right of this page and call us! With three locations in the NYC metro, there is sure to be a convenient office for you to visit.


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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Rocky P
    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews T. Cannon
    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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