Mommy Makeover surgery is the common name for a combination of procedures that address the 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
This procedure is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. Several procedures can be done under one anesthetic. For example, 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-appearing body
- Fit more comfortably into clothing
- Feel more confident in a swimsuit
- Restore comfort with their own bodies after having children
Mommy Makeover Procedures
A Mommy Makeover combines two or more of the following procedures to achieve your particular goals:
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 breast shape and projection. A breast lift is often combined with implants to augment the size and shape of a woman’s breasts.
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 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.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
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.
Why is it best to have these procedures performed at one time?
Combining a few procedures into one surgery can decrease the overall recovery time needed, and it is also more cost-effective than having the procedures done separately.
Can I have a breast augmentation without a breast lift?
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.
When is the best time for a Mommy Makeover?
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.
What is the recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?
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.