Pregnancy brings a one of a kind joy, but it also significantly changes a woman's body in a way that affects mothers physically as well as emotionally. After a period of childbearing and breastfeeding, many women seek to restore their youthful body contour and regain their confidence. With an expertly-performed mommy makeover, our plastic surgeons deliver the most comprehensive and effective way to revive your before-pregnancy appearance. Tailored to your individual needs, this treatment incorporates a customized combination of procedures that typically include a tummy tuck, a breast lift, and liposuction.
Is A Mommy Makeover Right For You?
Following the prolonged strain of childbearing, mothers find their bodies transformed in a unique and often dramatic manner. For example, their breasts may decrease in volume or get larger after childbirth, becoming disproportionate with the rest of the body. Other patients may complain about an excess fat in the hips and thighs or a thick and undefined waistline. In some cases, women may discover resistant pockets of fat and stretch marks on their stomach that won’t go away even with the most rigorous exercise and diet regimen.
While some women may benefit from one procedure such as a breast reduction or liposuction to restore their before-pregnancy looks, others require a series of cosmetic interventions that together form a comprehensive treatment known as a mommy makeover. Most patients report high satisfaction with the results after a mommy makeover leaves them with a more youthful-looking body contour, fuller breasts, and flat stomach.
Scheduling A Consultation
Scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon is a crucial first step in undergoing a mommy makeover. During the consultation, one of our experienced plastic surgeons will carefully assess your needs and discuss your goals. Our mommy makeover specialists will walk you through every step involved in this treatment to make sure that you understand what to expect from the procedure. You and your surgeon will also discuss any prior medical conditions or drug allergies. Our staff will instruct you to quit smoking and avoid certain medications that may increase the risk of bleeding or complicate the recovery process.
A mommy makeover is not a simple procedure, but a complex and invasive treatment that demands an individualized approach. After an initial consultation, you and one of our surgeons will determine a treatment plan consisting of the combination of procedures that are uniquely tailored to your expectations.
In most cases, a mommy makeover incorporates a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty), which addresses skin laxity, eliminates excess fatty tissue, and tightens separated muscles in your abdominal area. A tummy tuck is often performed together with a liposuction, a less-invasive technique that removes unwanted fat from thighs, flanks, hips, and waistline, significantly improving the overall contour of your body. A mommy makeover may also include a breast augmentation, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a combination of a breast lift and augmentation. The type of breast plastic surgery you will elect as a part of your mommy makeover will depend on whether your breasts stretched, diminished in size, or became uneven due to breastfeeding.
Preparing For The Procedure
Since a mommy makeover involves a combination of procedures, it is considered invasive and requires careful preparation. You should aim to maintain a healthy diet and attain a desired target weight prior to undergoing surgery. Our staff will advise you to refrain from smoking and avoid certain medications such as aspirin that may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery or complicate the recovery process.
On the day of the procedure, you should make the arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery. If you are unable to do so, please notify us in advance so that our staff may prepare an after-care facility for you to stay overnight.
Recovery After The Procedure
A mommy makeover allows patients to go through one recovery period for multiple procedures, saving you time and money. Due to its complex and invasive nature, however, this procedure calls for a significant downtime. Regardless of the combination of procedures you choose, plenty of hydration before and after the procedure is essential to successful surgery and smooth recovery.
While most patients may have a light walk the day after surgery, they are strongly advised to rest at home and refrain from driving during the first two weeks of recovery period. During this time, you may have to wear compression garments and drainage tubes to control swelling and minimize any potential drainage from the incisions.
By the end of the second week, you may drive a car and resume most of your normal daily activities. However, you should still take care to avoid strenuous physical activities such as heavy lifting during the first six weeks after surgery.
Some swelling and bruising after the procedure is not uncommon and our staff will oversee your recovery process and prescribe medications in the event of mild discomfort. Usually, swelling takes about five weeks to resolve completely. Residual swelling may take 6 to 9 months to resolve, however, after which your final mommy makeover results will become fully apparent.