Get your confidence back with a mommy makeover.
For all the joy pregnancy can bring, it can take a toll on your body. Designed to restore your body's shape after childbirth, the mommy makeover is completely customizable, targeting specific areas to achieve your desired goals.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions.
A mommy makeover is a customizable set of procedures designed to address the key body image concerns experienced by women after pregnancy. The primary focus is on rejuvenating the breasts and abdomen, targeting common post-pregnancy physical changes. This includes addressing issues such as breast sagging, volume loss and excess skin with stretch marks and abdominal bulging. The procedure combines personalized plastic surgery techniques to cater to the individual needs and goals of each patient. Typical procedures include tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. The ultimate goal is to restore both the patient's body and self-esteem to their pre-pregnancy state.
The primary surgical choices for breast enhancement include breast lift, breast augmentation and breast reduction. A breast lift is designed to elevate the breasts, restoring their natural position or creating a more youthful appearance. Breast augmentation involves the placement of implants to enhance breast volume and restore fullness. Breast reduction is an option for women with excessively large breasts, helping them achieve their desired size or improve comfort.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that targets excess abdominal fat and loose, sagging skin. This involves the removal of excess skin and fat, along with repairing separated abdominal muscles, and is often combined with liposuction.
In general, any woman who has developed changes to the breasts and abdomen related to breastfeeding and pregnancies may benefit from mommy makeover surgery. Ideal candidates are women who are in good health, maintain a healthy weight, and do not intend to have more children. While it is possible to have children after the procedure, it is important to note that this may reverse the effects of the surgery. Candidates should have a BMI below 35, be near their desired weight, and be mentally, emotionally and physically prepared for the surgery. Furthermore, it is crucial to refrain from smoking and using nicotine as these habits substantially increase the risk of complications.
Once you and your plastic surgeon have determined that you are an appropriate candidate for a mommy makeover, the subsequent stage involves devising a plan for the specific procedures to be included. While a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast enhancement are commonly incorporated into a mommy makeover, the ultimate approach will depend on your individual goals and preferences, as well as recommendations from your plastic surgeon. Together, you will determine the best course of action to achieve the desired outcomes.
Ideally, patients should aim to reach their pre-pregnancy weight before undergoing a mommy makeover. We also recommend waiting 3 to 6 months after breastfeeding to allow the breasts to naturally return to their new position. New mothers are generally advised to wait about one year after their last child before considering a mommy makeover. It is important to consider that these procedures require a recovery period, which can make it challenging to care for small children during the weeks following surgery.
Patients who have previously undergone a C-section or hysterectomy can safely undergo mommy makeover procedures, achieving excellent outcomes. It is crucial to always inform your surgeon about any prior surgical procedures you have undergone. Do not let a previous operation lead you to believe that you are not a suitable candidate for future procedures.
Mommy makeover surgery entails inherent risks and potential complications. Some of these include the potential accumulation of protein fluid (seroma) or blood (hematoma) around the surgical sites. A possibility of scarring, asymmetry and changes in skin sensation also exist. These risks and those specific to your planned procedures are discussed during your consultation. Before any surgery, we ensure that patients are fully informed about the potential risks, benefits and alternative treatment options.
Downtime for a mommy makeover typically ranges from 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the procedures chosen. During the initial weeks, it is important to avoid heavy lifting, including lifting small children, and to take it easy. You may experience swelling, bruising and tightness during this early stage, but these symptoms should gradually subside as you heal. Each patient's recovery duration varies depending on their specific treatments. Walking is encouraged on the same day as surgery, gradually increasing activity levels. It is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks after the surgery, with a full return to regular activity within 4-6 weeks. This allows sufficient time for stitches to dissolve, incisions to heal, and muscles to recover from the stress of the procedures.
After your procedure, it is important to have a responsible adult accompany you home and stay with you for at least 24 to 48 hours to support your recovery and assist with household tasks. It is advised not to drive during this time. Your surgeon will provide you with specific guidance based on your individual circumstances, including a timeline for resuming driving. Generally, it is recommended to discontinue narcotic pain medications and wait until you feel sufficiently healed and confident to handle any emergency situations before operating a vehicle. Soreness or discomfort can potentially affect your reaction time and ability to respond effectively, so it is crucial to wait until you are confident in your ability to drive safely.
The timeframe for travel restrictions following surgery may vary for each patient, but it is generally advisable to avoid extensive travel for at least one month. It is particularly important to exercise caution when considering air travel, as it can pose a higher risk of blood clots during the recovery period.
On average, the recovery period for most women ranges from 2 to 3 weeks. While some individuals may feel better earlier and opt to resume work after a week, it is generally recommended to take off at least 2 weeks. During the recovery phase, patients should avoid heavy lifting for a duration of 4 to 6 weeks.
The duration of mommy makeover surgeries can vary considerably based on the specific procedures involved. On average, these surgeries typically take around 3 to 6 hours to complete.
Scarring is always associated with surgery. However, once the incisions have fully healed, your plastic surgeon will provide instructions on how to minimize and fade the scars over time. By employing precise surgical techniques and diligently managing scars during the postoperative period, our objective is to achieve the smallest and most inconspicuous scars possible.
Typically, within approximately 3 to 4 months following a mommy makeover, most women can get a realistic preview of their expected results. However, it may take between 6 months to a year to fully witness the final outcome of the procedure.
With consistent weight maintenance and a healthy lifestyle, the results of your procedure can be long-lasting, spanning many years.
To adequately prepare for surgery, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the purpose of the operation, the specific procedures involved and the anticipated outcomes. It is essential to effectively manage any underlying medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, prior to the surgery. For individuals who smoke, discontinuing smoking is imperative to minimize the risk of complications related to wound healing. It is recommended that all patients refrain from nicotine use for a minimum of 6 weeks before and after the surgery.
The cost of the procedures can vary depending on the specific treatments involved, and it typically includes three components: the surgeon's professional fee, the anesthesia fee and the cost of the operating room. For those seeking financial assistance, financing plans are available through CareCredit, a third party financing firm.
Mommy makeover surgery is considered cosmetic and generally not covered by insurance, although there are some exceptions. In the case of breast reduction surgery, where the breasts are excessively large and causing significant discomfort such as shoulder, back and neck pain, an exception may occur to alleviate these symptoms.