One of the most versatile procedures on the market today, the Mommy Makeover is typically a combination of breast enhancement and body contouring procedures which address concerns which usually arise following child birth or extreme weight loss. Named for the main demographic it serves, the Mommy Makeover is ideal for women who wish to restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy shape.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover usually combines a contouring procedure such as liposuction, mini-tummy tuck or full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), with a procedure of the breast, such as breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation.
Candidates for Mommy Makeover
The combination of contouring and breast procedures is the most effective in reversing the effects of pregnancy on the breasts and abdomen. Mommy makeovers may also be ideal for patients who have lost a large amount of weight who are suffering from excess skin of the breasts and abdomen. Although there is no danger to the fetus or mother in patients who become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, it is recommended for patients who are through becoming pregnant, as pregnancy or weight gain may damage the result of a Mommy makeover.Patients in good health, within a stable healthy weight range who are past having children are the best candidates for this procedure.
Mommy Makeover Surgery
The consultation process is particularly important when combining procedures as is the case with the Mommy Makeover. Together with the surgeon, patients should set realistic goals, then find the best method for achieving those goals.Patients can opt for a variety of contouring procedures to address the effects of pregnancy or weight loss on the abdomen; with options ranging from liposuction of the abdomen and back to address unwanted fat, mini-tummy tuck to address a small amount of excess skin, full tummy tuck to address a larger amount of excess skin, or a combination of liposuction and skin tucking procedures.Next, the surgeon will discuss options to restore the breasts to their pre-breastfeeding glory. Patients can explore a variety of options such as a breast lift, breast lift with implants, or breast augmentation.
Liposuction, where stubborn pockets of fat are removed via the insertion of a long metallic tube attached to an aspirator, can be combined with a host of procedures to compliment the results. In the case of the Mommy makeover, liposuction may be used to shrink the waist, eliminate love handles, or bra rolls in a stand-alone liposuction, or combine with a mini or full tummy tuck.
Many patients opt to have liposuction of a small area such as the chin, or arms added to their Mommy Makeover procedures.
Many patients opt for a breast lift or breast lift with implants following pregnancy or weight loss. Breast feeding can cause the breasts to become engorged, stretching the skin beyond its capacity. Once breast feeding is complete, the breast tissue contracts, but the skin may not, causing the breasts to sag or droop, causing them to appear deflated. Loss of elasticity in the skin can only be corrected via surgery.
During a breast lift, the surgeon uses an incision from the nipple to the inframammary fold in order to remove the excess skin. An additional incision along the inframammary fold may be necessary for patients undergoing a lift and reduction.
Patients with smaller breasts often choose to combine their breast lifts with saline or silicone implants for added fullness at the upper poles, resulting in an enhanced appearance of the cleavage.
The full tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty serves to remove excess skin of the lower abdomen, typically resulting from pregnancy or extreme weight loss. The surgeon uses an incision from hip to hip in order to remove as much as excess skin as possible.
Alone or combined with liposuction, tummy tuck surgery can drastically improve the appearance and shape of the patient’s midsection.
There are several techniques which can be employed to successfully carry out a tummy tuck. Using different incisions, a skilled plastic surgeon can address a variety of concerns in the abdomen, hips, back, and thighs.
In some cases, a small area of loose, sagging skin is left beneath the navel following pregnancy. Skin which has lost elasticity cannot be addressed in the gym, only removed in a surgical procedure. The mini tummy tuck uses an incision about the same size as a C-Section scar discreetly hidden will beneath the bikini line. Some patients who have undergone a previous C-Section may enjoy the added benefit of having the skin bearing the C-Section scar removed along with the bit of loose skin addressed in a mini tummy tuck.
Patients without skin laxity at the breasts may opt to combine their contouring procedure with a breast augmentation to further enhance their silhouette. Several options are available for patients who wish to increase the size or change the shape of their breasts with saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can also choose to combine a breast lift with implants to address excess skin.
Advantages of Mommy Makeover
Mommy makeover surgery offers the patient solutions to address several concerns at once. Surgeons have the freedom to combine several procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation to maximize the patient’s outcome. Aimed at fully restoring a woman’s figure after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the Mommy Makeover can drastically improve the patient’s appearance. Removing excess skin of the abdomen and breasts, unwanted pockets of stubborn fat, and in some cases unsightly stretch marks stemming from pregnancy or weight loss, greatly rejuvenates the look and feel of the torso and breasts.Addressing these post-partum concerns produces a boost in self confidence in many, which may trigger a chain of positive reactions including improved day-to-day mood, as well as motivation to work out and eat well in an effort to maintain the results of their procedure.An added advantage of opting for a Mommy Makeover is financial. Combining procedures allows patients to save on other fees associated with plastic surgery such as anesthesia, surgical facility, and cost of medication among others.Patients who combine procedures also only go through the pain and discomfort of recovery once, meaning less time away from social, professional, and family activities.
What to expect from a Mommy Makeover
Performed on an out-patient basis, patients can expect to go home the same day their surgery is completed. In preparation for a Mommy makeover, patients should make arrangements to have a loved one or care giver by their side for a few days as movement of the upper body will be restricted and uncomfortable. Swelling, bruising, bleeding, leaking, pain, and numbness are all normal symptoms following cosmetic surgery, and subside slowly over the days following surgery.
Recovery from Mommy Makeover Surgery
Regardless of the combination of procedures, patients can expect to wear post-surgical compression garments such as body compression shaper, breast compression wrap, abdominal board with lipo foams, and post-surgical drains, as these exist to ensure the safe healing of the treated areas as well as to alleviate pain and discomfort.Mothers of small children are not able to lift their children for a while following surgery and are wise to arrange for care ahead of their surgery. Movement will be inhibited for a period following surgery; having a caregiver to assist in virtually every task is advised. Patients who opt for liposuction may be prescribed lymphatic drainage massage sessions in order to reduce swelling due to fluid retention.
Cost of a Mommy Makeover
Choosing to have a Mommy Makeover as opposed to multiple stand-alone procedures save patients time and money. As with all cosmetic surgeries, the cost of a Mommy makeover is impacted by geographic location as well as fees associated with surgery. A mommy makeover in Miami, Florida can start at about $3000, and varies depending on which combination of procedures the patient chooses.
Benefits of Mommy Makeover Surgery
It is natural for moms to put everyone else’s needs before their own. Often citing concerns over time, Mommy Makeover patients may be hesitant due to feelings of guilt or obligation. The Mommy Makeover is ideal for patients who wish for multiple procedures with minimal recovery time.Lux Cosmetic Surgery proudly offers a variety of finance options for patients who wish to undergo a Mommy Makeover. Prospective patients can reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff who can help arrange a virtual consultation with our skilled plastic surgeons.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.