Motherhood is a unique and fulfilling experience that no Mommy would ever give up. Unfortunately, motherhood taxes the body even in the most athletic and fit individuals. The phrase “mommy makeover” has gained widespread popularity as mothers have increasingly pursued a surgical option to redeem their body. In its essence, a “mommy makeover” is a breast procedure and a body procedure done at the same time in a coordinated fashion.
Why People Choose to Have a “Mommy Makeover”
The areas of concern usually involve two main areas: the breasts and the tummy. During pregnancy, the breast swells and the skin and ligaments stretch. Afterwards, the breast tissue undergoes some involution, sometimes resulting in a smaller breast. The suspensory ligaments and skin cannot always regain their original shape and the combination of less elastic recoil and loss of volume may lead to a loss of shape, loss of volume, or both. This may result in a sagging or deflated appearance.
Likewise, the abdomen also stretches during pregnancy. The skin, tissue, and stomach cannot always resume their original shape. Because the capability of the skin, tissue, and muscle has been overwhelmed, the skin loses its elastic recoil and cannot shrink back to its original size. In addition, stretch marks may also develop as a result of “micro-fractures” in the skin. Often there is widening of the muscles during pregnancy leading to an abdominal bulge or a softness that cannot be tightened with exercise. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can improve all of these concerns.
Patients that have undergone a “mommy makeover” have often expressed one or more of the following concerns or comments:
- “I wish my breasts were the way they were before.”
- “I liked the size of my breasts when I was breast feeding.
- “No matter how much I work out, I can’t tighten my abdomen.”
- “My tummy just doesn’t look the same anymore.”
- “I wish I didn’t have these stretch marks.”
About “Mommy Makeovers”
A “mommy makeover” can address all of these issues. A “mommy makeover” is basically a fancy or catchy term for a combination procedure which includes a breast operation and a body operation. This procedure “duo” can address the concerns regarding the breast and the abdomen. Common combinations include a breast augmentation combined with a tummy tuck or a breast lift combined with a tummy tuck. However, any combination of procedures may be appropriate.
- breast augmentation (implants)
- breast lift (mastopexy)
- lift and implants (augmentation mastopexy)
- tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- mini-tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasty)
- combination liposuction and tummy tuck
- abdominal tightening (part of tummy tuck)
Because each patient has different needs, no two “mommy makeovers” are the same. A consultation is an essential part of the planning and will help determine an appropriate customized surgical plan.
Your initial consultation will take approximately 60 minutes. During this time, Dr. Liu will take a thorough medical history, help you with the decision making process, and answer all of your questions. The goal of the consultation is for you to obtain all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding your “mommy makeover.” Much of the discussion will revolve around the appropriate selection of procedures and the exam will focus on all the areas of concern. Because every patient has different concerns and needs, no two “mommy makeovers” are the same. The information obtained during the consultation will provide the basis to develop a customized surgical plan.
Approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery, you will have a pre-operative appointment. At this time, you will sign the surgical consent, have photos taken, and receive an information packet. The pre-operative packet includes detailed instructions for before and after surgery. DO NOT shave for 48 hours before surgery. It is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinning medications for at least two weeks before surgery. Also, do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening prior to surgery.
The operative time depends on the procedure(s) performed. In general, each procedure takes 1.5 – 3 hours so the procedures can be combined at the same time. All operations are performed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist. We always place a pain pump during abdominal operations to minimize post-operative discomfort. For extensive operations, we recommend using an after-care facility or an aftercare nurse.
The incisions are always placed in a concealed location. If there is a caesarian section scar, this is removed during the operation. We ask that you bring your favorite clothing to your appointment so that we can demonstrate the anticipated scar placement. All incisions are closed meticulously with multiple layers to achieve the best possible result. The scars can take up to 6 months to fade following surgery.
All patients are required to walk the evening of surgery to prevent blood clots. The recovery period is variable, depending on the procedure and extent of surgery. In general, the immediate recovery period lasts approximately 3 to 10 days to resume normal daily activity. When the abdominal muscles are tightened, strenuous activity or heavy lifting is to be avoided for 3-4 weeks with a gradual increase thereafter. The results of body contouring are long lasting when combined with a healthy lifestyle.
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Whatever the reason, a “mommy makeover” can lead to significant aesthetic and personal benefits for the right candidate by enhancing the overall appearance and shape of the body. Often, this translates to improved self confidence and satisfaction. To find out if a “mommy makeover” (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, and/or breast lift) is right for you, please make an appointment with Dr. Jerome Liu or Dr. Tom Liu.