Mommy makeover procedure
Every woman who gives birth should have the opportunity to regain her pre-pregnancy body. This can be achieved with a mommy makeover. This is a surgery that uses a combination of cosmetic procedures that targets parts of the body that are affected by a pregnancy, including the breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs. The ideal candidates for this procedure are those who have completed child-bearing and who have tried to regain a pre-pregnancy shape through diet and exercise, but are not able to achieve the results they desire.
The most common techniques used during a mommy makeover include breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction surgery.
The surgical techniques used during a mommy makeover vary based on the condition of each of the body parts the patient wishes to improve. For the breasts, common issues include sagging and loose skin and a loss of breast volume. Some women will have breasts that remain enlarged. Surgeries that may be considered include breast reduction, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. For many, a combination of these techniques creates a youthful, beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance. The most common example is breast augmentation with a lift. For the lower body, it is normal to see loose skin, surface irregularities such as stretch marks, and persistent pockets of fat.
These are normally addressed with liposuction and by trimming away excess skin and ‘lifting’ the remaining skin to a new position.
The Mommy makeover procedure
The particulars of your mommy makeover will be dependent upon the specific procedures performed, the extent of the issues being addressed, and whether the treatment is conducted at one time or in multiple stages. For the majority of patients, the proposed combination of procedures can be completed in a single operating session using general anesthesia, though some individuals may require a staged approach to help ensure optimal safety and results.
Additional factors that may influence the treatment plan include available time for recovery, financial details, work/family responsibilities, at-home care, and more, all of which will be discussed in full detail at the time of your consultation.
How safe is it?
A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.
Recovery from Mommy makeover
Once again, there are many elements that will impact the mommy makeover recovery experience, including the unique combination of treatments employed as well as your body’s natural healing response. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling will often occur in the targeted areas, but these side effects should fade with time. Significant postoperative pain is uncommon, though any potential discomfort can generally be managed effectively with medication. During the initial recovery phase, it is important that you have a close friend or family member nearby to assist with everyday tasks (e.g. taking care of kids and/or lifting heavy items), as over-stressing the treatment regions can prohibit proper healing and negatively affect your final outcome.
Once the use of any narcotic pain medicine has ceased, you can typically resume driving and/or non-strenuous work as you feel comfortable enough to do so, but any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should be avoided for a minimum of several weeks.
Babies after surgery
It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before a patient decides to have a mommy makeover. Pregnancy may compromise the results of the surgery because additional skin stretching and weight gain are inevitable. Patients who are uncertain if they will have additional children should consult with their surgeon to discuss the best approach to take.
What about stretch marks?
Stretch marks may be minimized when the excess skin is removed. The tightening of the skin and underlying tissues will also help in making the marks less visible. The remaining stretch marks can also be minimized after surgery with skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser and chemical peels.