What is a Mommy Makeover?
Many women manage to lose most of the excess weight they gain during pregnancy only to find that they are left with sagging skin and fat cells 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 even take it one better! The board-certified surgeons at Plastic Surgery Specialists enjoy a reputation as excellent providers of Mommy Makeover surgery. Marin County women who want results that appear natural select our practice.
The procedure known as the Mommy Makeover has quickly become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. 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. San Francisco Bay Area patients seeking a Mommy Makeover sometimes choose to include only 2 of those procedures.
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.
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 considering a Mommy Makeover living in San Rafael, Novato or elsewhere in Marin County are invited to schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Contact us at (415) 925-2880.
- What are the procedures commonly considered in Mommy-Makeover surgery?
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.
- Is it safe to undergo a multi-procedure operation and how long does it take to do the surgery?
The first decision regarding any surgery has to be safety. More extensive procedures require more operative time. Although there may not be a significant difference between a 2 hour surgery and a 3 hour surgery, very long procedures can increase nonspecific risk. By working as a two-surgeon team with specially trained assistants, we can decrease the required operating time by half. It is therefore possible to safely address these problems in one procedure, if the patient is healthy.
- What is recovery like?
The recovery process has several variations depending on the procedure performed. However, for a procedure involving the breasts, tummy, and possibly liposuction, we would ask that you allow 2-4 weeks for recovery. The surgery itself can take 4-6 hours and in some cases require an overnight stay at the surgical facility if the patient wishes. You should plan to have assistance with all activities of daily living for several days after your procedure. Most moms are used to being a caretaker, and it is not possible to return home and resume this role immediately. We expect you to be up and around the day after the surgery with gradual resumption of normal activities such as driving, and independent care at approximately 7-10 days, and resumption of more vigorous activities such as exercise at 2-4 weeks. Complete maturation of scars and return of completely natural appearance can require several months or even a year.
- Do I need to be at my ideal weight before considering surgery?
The most important thing is to be at a stable weight. Many patients of ours have difficulty reaching their pre-pregnancy weight and feel defeated. The surgery should be a motivator to reach new goals and you will see dramatic results after surgery if you continue to exercise and strive for your optimal weight.
- Is Mommy Makeover surgery only for young moms?
Absolutely not. We have been introduced to moms by their daughters upon whom we have operated. Sometimes, one does not have the time or financial resources to do something for themselves until a later time in life. Facial rejuvenation with or without body contouring is of often the major focus of the more mature age group.
- What are the options to naturally rejuvenate the face without surgery one might consider?
Botox, combined with injectable fillers or laser treatments. The exciting new Quick Lift can take off 10 years in just a couple of hours and recovery is only a few days.
- My husband tells me I just need to work out more and my post-pregnancy changes will go away. Is this true?
Obviously, a return to pre-pregnancy exercise is important in younger moms. This will often allow you to approach your previous stable weight. However, there are anatomic changes relating to stretching of abdominal musculature and skin that no amount of exercise can correct. Lax breasts are not going to become high and tight with exercise, and abdominal hernia is not going to repair itself. We have found that when spouses understand the anatomic changes brought about by pregnancy cannot be corrected with exercise, they are very supportive of the options to correct it. We have often joked that if childbearing did to men’s bodies what it does to women’s, our practice would be mostly male.
- How do I decide if I am a candidate for Mommy Makeover and who my doctor should be?
In spite of the light-hearted nature of the name, this is real surgery and requires due diligence. You must understand what the tradeoffs and potential risks of your surgery are and be appropriately prepared for recovery. In order to be an expert in this surgery, the surgeon first must be an expert in all the individual procedures involved. In most cases this requires a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and a focus on this area. With these more extensive procedures, we feel it is definitely advantageous to have a team of surgeons and a supportive staff who are used to dealing with your special needs.
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