What is a Mommy Makeover?
As much as a woman may welcome each addition to her family, there is no denying that pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a profound effect on the body. A growing baby needs space, and it is provided by stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin. Sometimes, the natural elasticity of the skin is overpowered by the expanding belly, and collagen breakage results in stretch marks.
Many mothers lose the weight that was gained during pregnancy over time. However, weight loss may not occur proportionately. Some women discover that, although their weight has stabilized, they have not lost the amount of fatty tissue that was desired from the areas desired. For example, the buttocks and the breasts may diminish while the abdomen remains somewhat plump and “fluffy.” Breastfeeding almost always causes dramatic inflation of the breasts for a time. After breastfeeding stops, the breasts deflate and may appear saggy due to the stretching of the skin. In combination, these changes to a woman’s body may create the illusion of being pregnant when she is not.
A mommy makeover is a series of procedures that are performed to reverse the changes that affect a woman’s sense of confidence in her body after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Drs. Albert and Michelle Carlotti have performed thousands of procedures in their careers. Their male and female perspectives join to enhance patient outcomes and overall satisfaction.
Am I a Good Candidate For a Mommy Makeover?
Women who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of what is possible with a mommy makeover are typically excellent candidates for treatment. Some of the common characteristics shared by mommy makeover patients include::
- Stable weight
- Deflated or sagging breasts
- Persistent fatty tissue or extreme laxity in the abdominal area
- Excess fat and skin around the hips and thighs
What Procedures are Included in a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a customized combination of procedures performed to achieve a patient’s desired shape. The process may include:
The liposuction procedure is performed to remove stubborn pockets of fat on the flank, hip, abdomen or other areas of the body. Unwanted, excess subcutaneous fat is broken up and then gently suctioned through a small cannula that is attached to a vacuum compressor. The technique doesn’t just remove fat; it sculpts the body based on natural curves and contouring. Liposuction is an excellent choice for women who have unwanted pockets of fat that just do not go away despite them being close to their ideal body weight and want to maximize their makeover.
This surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, is usually an integral part of the Mommy Makeover because it addresses one of the primary effects of pregnancy: muscle and skin stretch and distortion. A tummy tuck involves an incision along the supra-pubic line, between the hips with multiple variations that will be discussed with you and the most advantageous Type recommended to address your specific issues. The access allows the surgeons to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall that may have separated or stretched beyond their capacity to recover during pregnancy. A tummy tuck can be designed to remove an existing c-section skin scar if there is one. Also, this procedure can eliminate stretch marks or soft tissue irregularities from previous fat reduction procedures attempted prior on the lower abdomen.
Mommy makeovers address the various changes to breast tissue through augmentation and lifting.
- Breast augmentation with carefully selected saline or silicone implants can reinstate the desired amount of fullness and shape to the breasts.
- Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, may be performed independently or along with breast augmentation to further enhance the body by correcting ptosis (drooping) or asymmetry that may have resulted from breastfeeding, weight swings, or natural aging.
How Long After Having my Last Baby Should I Wait to Have a Mommy Makeover?
One of the recommendations that doctors make is to give the body time to “bounce back” as much as it will naturally. It is also advantageous to schedule a Mommy Makeover after returning to within 10% of your ideal body weight. Our docs request that you be completely done breastfeeding and having not lactated for upwards of a month.
If I Still Plan to Have Children, Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover Now?
If you are planning to have more children, your surgeon will encourage you to postpone at least the tummy tuck portion of the process; not due to safety concerns (abdominoplasty does not inhibit a healthy pregnancy) but due to the way the midsection will change again during gestation.
What is The Recovery Period For a Mommy Makeover?
Because a Mommy Makeover combines procedures, the recovery period is slightly more extended than an individual procedure. The typical full recovery time for a full makeover that includes breast augmentation and/or lift, abdominoplasty, and liposuction is about six-twelve weeks with incisions being ‘mature’ at 12-18 months. Our physicians encourage early activity as most of our patients are walking 1-2 miles by day 10, comfort is significantly improving over the first 7-10 days with most of our Moms off all pain meds within 5 and muscle relaxers within 10-14 days. Our docs will closely monitor your activity and give you the individual direction you need.
Why is it Best to Have These Procedures at One Time Instead of Individually?
The combining of procedures into one surgery day is advantageous because that is only one time under anesthesia, versus multiple surgeries. One surgery day also means one short sabbatical from work and family obligations, which is easier for most women to manage than several recovery periods. Additionally, our surgeons are so proficient at simultaneous mastopexy with augmentation that they find it easier for them and clearly more rewarding for the woman and significant other.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Surgical procedures have inherent risks that include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Unfavorable scarring
- Capsular Contracture of Breast Implants
- Blood clots
- Hematoma or other fluid accumulation
- Lingering numbness or tingling
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Need for revision surgery
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