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Mommy Makeover

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover ModelMany women manage to lose most of the excess weight they gain during pregnancy only to find that they are left with sagging skin and excess fat in places where they don't want them. Most women once resigned themselves to living with new, less-attractive body shapes after having families. Thanks to state-of-the art technologies, women now have the option of returning to their pre-pregnancy figure, or making it even better than before through Mommy Makeover cosmetic surgery. The Marin County board-certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Specialists enjoy a reputation as excellent providers of this customized procedure.

A Mommy Makeover improves the specific areas of the body that are most commonly affected by childbirth. It generally includes Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, and Liposuction. Women interested in Mommy Makeover surgery, who visit us from Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, San Rafael and other surrounding cities appreciate our surgeons' extensive experience and beautiful, natural-looking results.

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Dr. Stanley G. Poulos and Dr. Yngvar A. Hvistendahl combine the surgical skills and aesthetic perspective that are the hallmarks of a world-class plastic surgery clinic in Marin County, CA.

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In order to be an expert in this surgery, the surgeons performing it must be experts in all the individual procedures involved. We can't stress enough how important it is to have a team of surgeons and a supportive staff familiar with your special needs when having a Mommy Makeover procedure. As experts in this procedure, Plastic Surgery Specialists works with patients to design a single operation and recovery program that can address all post-pregnancy needs for women. So as to ensure safety and to accomplish the procedure in a timely and cost-efficient manner, PSS plastic surgeons work as a team when performing the Mommy Makeover.

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Best Candidates for a Mommy Makeover

An ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover has stopped breast feeding and isn't planning to have additional children. You should be in good health and have support at home to help you through the recovery process.

Plastic Surgery Specialists begins working early with Mommy Makeover candidates, educating them about the entire process, and then making themselves available to address questions and concerns throughout recovery. In spite of the light-hearted nature of the name, the Mommy Makeover is a real surgery and requires due diligence. Candidates must understand both the tradeoffs and potential risks and be appropriately prepared for recovery.

Mommy Makeover Procedure

Liposuction is offered to remove any post-pregnancy abdominal fat from between the skin and the underlying muscle. The purpose of the Tummy Tuck is to improve abdominal and mid-torso contours by eliminating excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscle girdle. Because both of these procedures focus on abdominal fat, it may or may not be necessary in every case to perform both. That is one of several decisions to be made between patient and surgeons based on the patient's specific needs and goals. Breast Augmentation is offered as part of the Mommy Makeover procedure as well to improve the shape of deflated breasts with implants while Breast Lift can raise and reshape sagging breasts. Again, both may or may not be necessary to achieve aesthetic goals.

Post Mommy Makeover Surgery

Mommy Makeover differs from one patient to another. Many people ask, "How long does it takes to perform a Mommy Makeover?" Just as the specifics of the surgery depend on how many areas of the body are focused on, the Mommy Makeover can vary in the time it takes to complete. Four to six hours is an average according to our board-certified surgeons. Recovery time is usually two to three weeks.

For more information about the procedures involved in the Mommy Makeover, including Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck, please visit our 3-D Education Center. Visitors who searched for Mommy Makeover may also be interested in Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction. Women from Napa, Marin, or Sonoma County who are considering a Mommy Makeover are invited to schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Contact us at (415) 925-2880.

Featured FAQs

Q: What are the procedures commonly considered in Mommy-Makeover surgery?

A: Breast implants or contouring, tummy tuck, and liposuction.The most common breast deformity seen after pregnancy is what we call the deflation effect. This is a result of the expansion and contraction of breast volume during pregnancies. The skin may be stretched and breast tissue lost, leading to an "empty sac" appearance. In some cases, restoring volume with an implant completely corrects this problem. For others, breast uplift or reduction may be required. For many patients, uplift and implants must be utilized. Also, there are changes in abdominal contour after pregnancy. Stretching of the abdominal muscle girdle leads to unnatural protrusion of the lower abdomen often bordering on a hernia. Stretched skin creates multiple marks or striae and laxity of tissue around the belly button. Finally, there may be a tendency to carry extra weight in the mid torso especially in the abdomen and hips. This type of body contour surgery is much like sculpting. An artist would not create a perfectly formed breast, and match it with an aged or deformed lower torso. Optimum reconstruction therefore requires addressing these problems at once. As experts in the individual surgeries involved, we can determine which combination of the procedures will achieve the best results.

Q: What is recovery like?

A: Your recovery depends on the specific procedures performed. If you've had breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and liposuction, we recommend allowing 2 to 4 weeks for recovery. The surgery itself can take 4 to 6 hours and in some cases the patient may opt for an overnight stay at the surgical facility. Plan to have someone help with all activities of daily living for several days after your procedure. Most moms are used to being a caretaker, but it isn't possible to resume this role immediately. We want you to be up and around the day after the surgery and gradually resume normal activities such as driving after a week to 10 days. Exercise and other strenuous activities can be gradually resumed 2 to 4 weeks after your surgery. It's important to remember that it can take several months or even a year for residual swelling to completely disappear and scars to mature.

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