The Mommy Makeover is the newest trend in Plastic Surgery procedures. It is a combination of several unique procedures combined into a single surgical visit.
A Mommy Makeover most commonly combines several of the following procedures:
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Brazilian Butt Lift
The traumatic effects of pregnancy on the abdominal muscles and skin as well as the excess fat deposits of all areas of the body are either difficult or impossible to correct with diet and exercise alone. Breast feeding further complicates your post delivery appearance by causing engorgement followed by multiple deflations daily. These changes may cause your breasts to be deflated, pancake in appearance, droopy with excess skin and even stretch marks.
Love handles, arm, chin or thigh fat that was never a problem suddenly appears after the baby weight is lost. Many women complain that their buttocks has lost its’ shape and that nothing fits right anymore.
Most Moms complain about several of these issues and can have multiple procedures performed together as a single procedure on an outpatient basis. They are performed in an accredited surgical facility (private office) and you are sent home that same afternoon! Depending on the procedure(s), you may be up and around from just one to seven days.
Some questions you should ask yourself before doing the Mommy Makeover are:
Am I finished having children?
If you are planning on having more children in the near future, you may want to wait to avoid re-stretching the skin of your abdomen or breasts.
Have you completed breastfeeding?
Before considering a breast lift or breast augmentation, you should wait several months after cessation of breast feeding to allow the milk ducts to contract and for the increased blood supply to return to normal. This will reduce the potential for either bleeding or incorrect post-operative sizing due to normal post partum deflation.
Have you been maintaining your weight, or are you still gaining/losing?
It is always best to be at a stable weight (even if it is more than you would like). If you are actively losing, you may want to have the procedure performed after you hit ‘the wall’. This will allow me to remove more of your skin in a tummy-tuck or breast lift procedure. If you are doing liposuction alone and need an incentive or “jump start”, then you may perform the procedure at any time regardless of your current weight status.
Breast augmentation is used to increase the size, refill the empty areas, make the breast shape more round giving them a youthful appearance. Saline (salt water) or silicone gel filled implants may be used. The implants can be placed either above or below the muscle depending on your anatomy, physical fitness or desires. The incisions used to insert the implant may be in the armpit (axilla), under the colored area of the nipple (areola), below the crease of the breast (inframammary), or through the belly button (transumbilical). This procedure generally takes 45 minutes to 11/2 hours.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift removes only breast skin and elevates the height of the nipple and areola. The nipple and areola are not removed so the sensation and breast feeding capabilities should remain intact. This procedure takes between 2-3 hours and may be combined with a breast implant to further increase the size of the breast.
Liposuction entails the PERMANENT removal of fat from almost any area of the body. It is performed through tiny incisions in inconspicuous places. Abdomen, sides (love handles), back, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, upper arms, upper back, chin and neck are just some of the places that may be treated.
Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An abdominoplasty is the removal of the lower belly skin and fat with the tightening of the abdominal muscle s which stretch and loosen with pregnancy or weight gain. It is your same belly button but just made shorter and smaller and brought back through the new skin that was stretched down from the top of your belly. The elongated ‘c-section’ type scar should be hidden in your bikini or panty line. All stitches dissolve and you are usually back to driving in about a week.
Brazilian Butt Lift
Many women complain that their buttocks have changed shape and size over time. Some of these patients may do well with liposuction alone reshaping the areas around the buttocks. However, many of you have lost or never had the volume in the right areas of your buttocks to begin with. For these women, an autologous fat transfer (moving the fat from one area of your own body to another) is the perfect solution. Not only is your own fat used to enlarge or reshape your buttock, the fat is taken from other problem areas of your body so you get the reduction in those parts as well.
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of any or all of these procedures performed together as an outpatient basis in an accredited surgical facility.
Douglas A. Taranow, D.O., FACOS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon