On average, most women gain 25 to 35 kilograms during pregnancy. This weight is stored as fatty tissue in the breasts, abdomen, flanks (love-handles), hips, lower back, buttocks and thighs. The breasts also grow due to weight gain and to prepare for nursing. But don’t despair, a mommy makeover can help you look your best again.
As the baby grows, so does the abdomen. This may result in a weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles, and stretching of the abdominal skin. This stretching may cause a breakage of the skin collagen, also known as stretch marks. These unsightly marks are purple-red in color and concentrated around the belly button and lower abdomen.
These effects often become even more apparent after childbirth and nursing. A mommy makeover can help reverse these effects.
Many new moms do lose the excess weight – eventually. Unfortunately, the weight loss is not proportional to the amount of fatty tissue in a given area. That means for some, more weight may be lost from the breasts or buttocks than the abdomen and waist.
The result? Smaller breasts despite fullness of the waist and abdomen. In these cases, a mommy makeover may be in order.
Once a woman finishes breastfeeding, the breasts deflate even further and begin to sag. The weak abdominal muscles and the excess abdominal fat appear as fullness and bulging of the belly. Many new moms may still look pregnant even as their child is taking his or her first steps. Once again, a mommy makeover can help.
A mommy makeover is performed using a unique combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing, and restore and enhance your body.
In general, a mommy makeover may include:
• Breast augmentation
• Breast lift
• Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
• Butt lift
Mommy makeovers can include any or all of these body contouring procedures depending on your wishes and needs.
For example, some women need breast augmentation to correct severely deflated “pancake” breasts, while others may need breast implants in combination with a breast lift. Still, some women may actually desire a breast reduction with a lift.
In the abdominal area, many women need a full abdominoplasty with tightening of the muscle layer as well as removal of the excess skin and fat, while some may need a mini-abdominoplasty.
Some women may also benefit from liposuction to sculpt the back, hips and thighs; and smooth out their contours.
Finally, an increasing number of women have also been requesting a buttock lift and other buttock-enhancing options such as the Brazilian butt lift as part of their mommy makeover. The length of the surgery varies based on the amount and type of procedures performed. Some surgeons may perform a mommy makeover as two or more separate operations.
It is important to ask yourself certain questions before deciding to have a mommy makeover.
Are you done having children?
If you plan to have more children, wait. The vertical muscles in the abdomen (which are tightened during a tummy tuck) can re-separate.
Are you at a stable weight?
Being at a stable weight before surgery can help maximize the results. Lose all your baby weight with diet and exercise before having plastic surgery.
Your plastic surgeon can help you devise a personalized mommy makeover that targets these trouble areas in one or more surgeries.
The next step in preparing for your mommy makeover is discussing your options with a board certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will help determine if your expectations are reasonable and develop a plan for your mommy makeover. Most surgeons recommend that you wait six months or more after having a baby before considering cosmetic surgery. This allows for ample time to give your body and your life a chance to normalize.
Once you set a date for your surgery or surgeries, you will be given a list of preoperative instructions. These may vary based on your doctor’s preferences and the type of procedure(s) you are undergoing.
Your doctor will likely tell you to stop smoking and drinking alcohol as these can impede healing. It is also a good idea to avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are known to increase the risk of bleeding. Certain herbal supplements can also increase bleeding risk, which is why it is paramount to tell your doctor about everything that you are taking.
In addition to what you should stop taking, your doctor may also suggest that you take certain herbs and supplements like bromelain and arnica to help reduce bruising and swelling.
Your recovery process will vary based on what your mommy makeover entails. Still, there are some basic precautions and instructions that you can take to help this recovery go as smoothly as possible, including:
• Arrange for someone to help you get around the house and help you with your medication for at least the first 24 hours after your mommy makeover. You may need medication for the pain and to control nausea caused by the pain medication.
• Try sleeping on several pillows on your back and keep your legs slightly bent at the hips to minimize the tension on your incision, reduce pain and result in a thinner scar.
• Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for up to six weeks.
• Call your surgeon immediately if you notice an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, bleeding in the surgical area or if you develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. Other red flags include shortness of breath, chest pains and unusual heartbeat.
Your surgeon will likely supply you with a surgical bra to wear early in your recovery after breast reduction or breast lift. This will help minimize swelling. Most swelling should subside within a few weeks, although some swelling may persist for up to four months after breast reduction.
You will need to wear an abdominal binder during your tummy tuck recovery. You can shower once the dressing, sponges and gauze pads are removed. This usually occurs within 72 hours of your mommy makeover. After showering, pat your incisions dry and replace your abdominal binder.
You will likely go back for follow-up with your surgeon within five days. During this visit, your doctor can remove the drainage tubes. Swelling should subside within five weeks, and the results are apparent in within three months.
All surgeries have risks, though longer surgeries that involve multiple parts of the body increase these risks. Risks may include (but are not limited to):
• Unfavorable scarring
• Poor wound healing
• Anesthesia risks
• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
• Possibility of revisional surgery
• Unsatisfactory results
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of plastic surgery and/or non-surgical cosmetic enhancement treatments designed to address the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and the raising of children. The procedure is custom-designed based on your needs and goals. Some of the treatments commonly performed as part of a Mommy Makeover include tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast enhancement, and facial rejuvenation.
It is often recommended that new mothers wait at least a year after having their last child before undergoing a Mommy Makeover procedure; however, Dr Maamari advises some patients to wait even longer periods of time. Its important to remember that many Mommy Makeover procedures involve recovery periods that will make it difficult to care for small children in the weeks following surgery.
If you are planning on having more children, it is best to wait until you have had your last child before undergoing a Mommy Makeover . During your initial consultation, Dr. Maamari will evaluate your needs and talk with you about the potential effects future pregnancies may have on your Mommy Makeover results.
A Mommy Makeover can include as little as two treatments or as many six , depending on your goals. The procedure is custom-designed to meet your specific needs.
Mommy Makeover procedures can be staged over a series of appointments or performed as a single procedure that addresses all of your concerns at once. The best option will be determined by factors such as your medical history, the chosen treatments, surgical risks, and your unique needs. Safety is our number one concern. Our goals are to minimize risks and create beautiful, natural-looking results that meet your expectations.
The answer to this question is dependent upon the treatments you undergo and whether your Mommy Makeover is performed in a single operation or over multiple appointments. Major surgical procedures such as tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast augmentation will require some downtime, while treatments such as injectable facial rejuvenation will likely result in minimal downtime or no downtime at all. Your overall physical health will also be a factor in the length of your recov