All women experience some degree of change in their body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers are often left with deflated breasts, excess skin and fat on the abdomen, unsightly stretch marks, and stubborn fat that has collected in new places. The Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures that address all these concerns.
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The Mommy Makeover is customized for every patient based on her needs. In just one surgery, she can choose to have her breasts augmented and/or lifted, her abdomen sculpted, her stretch marks removed, and/or excess fat deposits removed from particular areas of her body. Many women choose this procedure to:
- Attain an overall youthful, pre-pregnancy body
- Fit comfortably into clothing
- Feel more confident in a swimsuit
- Restore a sense of femininity
Mommy Makeover Procedures
A Mommy Makeover combines two or more of the following procedures to achieve the look you desire:
Breast Lift and/or Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause volume loss and sagging skin in the breasts. A breast lift is often combined with a breast augmentation to lift the breasts to a more youthful position. At the same time, the size of the breasts is increased with the use of implants. A breast lift/augmentation effectively:
- Enhances the shape and size of the breasts
- Improves projection
- Restores a more youthful bust
- Increases a woman’s sense of confidence
The abdomen is the main area visibly affected by pregnancy and often leaves behind stretch marks, sagging skin, and excess fat deposits. The abdominal muscles can also be stretched and separated. A tummy tuck, or “abdominoplasty,” effectively:
- Removes excess skin and fat
- Eliminates stretch marks that fall on the skin that is removed
- Tightens the abdominal muscles
- Provides a sculpted, toned abdominal appearance that is long lasting
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After pregnancy and childbirth, many women notice that fat has collected in new areas of the body that is very difficult to remove with diet and exercise. Liposuction can be used on many of the most common “trouble zones,” including the arms, back, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, and ankles. Liposuction effectively:
- Removes fat from a woman’s “trouble zones” permanently
- Achieves firmer, more proportionate body contours
- Provides a slimmer figure
- Boosts a woman’s self-esteem
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Mommy Makeover FAQs
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are physically healthy and within ten percent of their goal weight. Patients who are not in this range can still undergo the procedure, but the final results may be compromised once the patient achieves her goal weight. Abdominal liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck to provide the best results, but patients should note that neither procedure is intended for weight loss.
Why is it best to have these procedures performed at one time?
Combining several procedures during one surgery will lessen overall recovery time and is also more cost-effective than getting the procedures done separately.
When is the best time for a Mommy Makeover?
The best time for a Mommy Makeover is after childbearing is complete. Patients can still have the procedure if they desire more children in the future, but the results will be impacted with subsequent pregnancies. Breastfeeding after breast implants or a breast lift is also possible, but the success rate is decreased.
How long is the recovery?
Patients will need someone to drive them home after surgery and will require assistance for the first 24 to 48 hours. Although some discomfort is expected, this can be controlled with medication. Swelling may last anywhere from several days to several weeks. Most patients feel comfortable resuming their normal activities after two weeks, although they should avoid strenuous activities and exercises for six weeks.
Can I have a breast augmentation without a breast lift?
Yes. Most women have both of these procedures done because they desire to lift the breasts and increase their size, but if there is no sagging present, a breast augmentation can be performed alone.
What results can I expect?
Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure. After surgery, your body may not look exactly like it did before you had children, but it will be significantly improved with tighter, more youthful contours. Scars will be present, but they will fade over time and are located in inconspicuous areas that are easily hidden. This procedure is a wonderful option to restore to the body to a more slender silhouette, but it will not stop the aging process or prevent weight gain. Results are long-lasting and can be prolonged with proper nutrition and regular exercise.