In the last decade, the mommy makeover has become quite popular since it allows people to tackle multiple issues in a single operation. We value time and any procedure that can effectively, safely, and simultaneously restore multiple parts of your body is encouraging. However, this procedure isn’t always right for everyone, as your specific concerns and goals may not require multiple surgeries or even surgery at all. The following five things are what you need to know about a mommy makeover if you are at the early stages of deciding to undergo it.
This surgical procedure (along with nearly all plastic surgery procedures) must be customized to a specific individual’s needs, anatomy, and lifestyle. Different surgeries are used to rejuvenate aging, weight gain or loss, breastfeeding, pregnancy, or menopause cases.
For example, your abdomen skin might stretch beyond the ability to return to its original state leaving undesirable sagging, droopy skin, and contour deformities. Another prevalent issue among many patients is the loss of breast volume and/or developing stubborn fat pockets in the tummy, hips, and flanks that are resistant to exercise and diet.
Finding the perfect timing and choosing the best combination of procedures to rejuvenate your specific problem areas are the keys to a pleasant mommy makeover result.
A mommy makeover normally includes some custom breast surgery and tummy tuck. The procedure emerged as a way to enable women to revamp the body parts impacted most by motherhood. Over time, however, it has significantly developed to include various combinations of procedures depending on your unique body shape, such as:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
- Buttock augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
A mommy makeover can include the removal of unwanted fat and skin, the use of implants to increase breast volume, and fat grafting to facilitate volume loss. The aim is to restore a more lifted, youthful appearance to your body outline.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to deflate, thus breast surgery is often a fundamental component of the mommy makeover. Although breast implants are usually an excellent restoration method for many people with deflated breast tissue, the skin and tissues can be stretched by age, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, thus breast augmentation might not always be the solution during your mommy makeover.
For example, if your nipples don’t face forward when you stand in front of a mirror, then a breast lift could be a better solution than an implant by itself. A breast implant restores your nipple to the center of your breast, giving you a more youthful look.
Many patients that give birth or have gained and lost significant weight undergo liposuction to address the issue of sagging skin and loose muscles. A tummy tuck can also be used in these situations to further enhance your results. It comes with two options: a full or a mini tummy tuck. Many patients prefer the latter as it implies shorter incisions while, actually, they need the former.
The mini tummy tuck is ideal for people with loose skin exlusively below the belly button which means that most new mothers are ruled out from the minimally invasive tummy tuck. The full procedure is significant and it requires downtime. However, it delivers a lean, fit-looking contour of your whole abdomen within just a month or two of recovery.
A mommy makeover requires an investment of time for recovery, thus you need to plan accordingly for the ideal outcome. The actual downtime for the procedure is about two weeks, but you will not be able to bend or lift normally for almost 3-4 weeks. If you want to achieve the best results, allow your body to heal by not exerting yourself and getting someone to take care of your children and run the house.
If you are in Charlottesville or the surrounding areas and require more information about the procedure, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rhett Willis Jr.Back to Blogs