Mommy Makeover surgery is a combination of procedures that address the undesirable effects that pregnancy can have on a woman’s body. These effects may include sagging and deflated breasts, weakened abdominal muscles, loose skin on the abdomen, and the accumulation of excess fat on various areas of the body.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
The Mommy Makeover is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. In just one surgery, the breasts can be augmented and/or lifted, the abdomen can be sculpted, and excess fat can be removed. Many women choose this surgery to:
- Attain a more youthful 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 a loss of firmness and volume in the breasts, which often results in sagging breasts with loose skin.
A breast lift can restore a more youthful, attractive breast shape and projection. A breast lift is often combined with implants to augment the size of a woman’s breasts and restore her confidence.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Pregnancy usually takes the greatest toll on the abdomen as the skin is stretched, and the abdominal muscles become separated.
Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and fat, along with any stretch marks located on the skin that is removed, and tightens weakened abdominal muscles to produce a more toned and slender midsection.
After pregnancy and childbirth, many women notice that fat has collected in areas that are very difficult to target with diet and exercise.
Liposuction can remove excess fat from many of the most common “trouble zones,” including the arms, back, abdomen, hips, and thighs to help boost a woman’s self-esteem.
The term mommy makeover has also been commonly used when referring to combination procedures performed not necessarily resulting from post pregnancy physical changes but due to weight loss or any other changes in body structure.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Q. Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A. The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are physically healthy and close to their goal weight. Liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck to eliminate stubborn abdominal fat, but patients should note that neither procedure is intended for weight loss.
Q. Why is it best to have these procedures performed at one time?
A. Combining a few procedures into one surgery will decrease the overall recovery time needed, and it is also more cost-effective than having the procedures done separately.
Q. Can I have a breast augmentation without a breast lift?
A. Yes, but both procedures may be needed to achieve the best results. If sagging exists and breast augmentation is performed without a lift, there is a higher chance of complications developing after surgery. However, if there is no sagging present, satisfactory results may be achieved with just a breast augmentation.
Q. When is the best time for a Mommy Makeover?
A. 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 achieved may be reversed after a subsequent pregnancy. Breastfeeding after breast implants or a breast lift is also possible, but the success rate is slightly lower.
Q. What is the recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?
A. 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 prescribed pain 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 at least six weeks.
Q. What results can I expect?
A. After surgery, your body will be significantly improved with more attractive, youthful contours. Scarring may be present but will be in inconspicuous locations and easily hidden beneath underwear or swimsuits, and the scars will continue to fade over time. Although the body will continue to age naturally, results are long lasting and can be maintained with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.