Mommy Makeover FAQ’s

Mommy Makeover

How do I get my pre-baby body back?

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling events in a woman’s life. However, pregnancy and breast-feeding can certainly take a toll on a woman’s physical appearance.

The most common changes that occur from pregnancies are to the breast and abdomen.  In addition to some women may have significant fluctuations in their weight. Breast changes include stretch marks, skin laxity, nipple enlargement, and volume depletion.

Similar changes can occur to the abdomen. Loose skin, stretch marks and increase fat are all common changes. In addition, the muscles of the abdominal wall can become stretched out or weakened.

There are multiple procedures to address all of the issues that have been mentioned above. The optimum results are achieved when diet and exercise are used in combination with surgical and nonsurgical modalities to treat the changes which have occurred during the pregnancies.

What is included in a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeover is a term used to describe procedures performed on women after their childbearing years. This usually includes change to the breast as well as the abdominal wall. These procedures include such things as breast augmentation breast lift liposuction and abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a Tummy Tuck.

Is it safe to combine procedures in a mommy makeover?

Frequently, procedures are combined in a mommy makeover in order to minimize downtime. Many of the procedures can safely be combined.

What should I expect during a mommy makeover consultation?

During a consultation, the patient will be interviewed to determine what her concerns are regarding her breasts and abdomen. We would then evaluate the patient’s tissues in these areas to determine what procedures would best attain her ideal goals. Following that, we would discuss the procedures themselves, recovery, as well as costs associated with those procedures. We may consider a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and/or liposuction.

Who is an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover?

Any woman who has developed changes to the breasts and abdomen related to breast-feeding and pregnancies would be an excellent candidate for a mommy makeover, assuming they have returned to their baseline weight and condition. It would also obviously be ideal that the mother does not wish to have any further children. While this is not an absolute contraindication, we do not recommend having surgery prior to completing one’s family.

How do you prepare for a mommy makeover?

After the childbearing years, women considering a mommy makeover should maximize their weight loss prior to any surgical procedure. This would allow for obtaining the optimal results possible. Certainly, the patient should have completed breast-feeding and should no longer be lactating. In addition to any other underlying medical conditions should be addressed by their gynecologist or primary care physician in preparation for a surgical procedure. Finally, as with any surgical procedure, a patient should be free of any nicotine products including cigarettes, nicotine patches, or vapor devices.

How long does it take to recover from a mommy makeover?

Depending on the procedures performed as instructed by her physician, recovery is generally in the 4 to 6 week period to return to full unrestricted activities and exercise.

Will I have significant scarring after a mommy makeover?

There is always scarring associated with surgery. An abdominoplasty, a breast lift, as well as a breast augmentation all involve some type of scarring; however, these generally heal very well and are well hidden by any bikini or bra garments.

How soon after having children can I have a mommy makeover?

Ideally, we would prefer that the patients have returned to their pre-pregnancy weight if possible. In addition, we recommend waiting at least three to six months following breast-feeding so that the breasts may return to or involute to their new natural position.

Should I get a mommy makeover if I plan on having more children?

If a patient is considering having more children it would be unwise to have a mommy makeover. Additional pregnancies would have the same effects on the breast and abdomen as the initial pregnancy did. Therefore you may require further revisionary procedures. While there is no contraindication to becoming pregnant after a mommy makeover it would be much more practical to wait until after the childbearing years have been completed.

How can I maintain results after a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a significant commitment and investment. We would hope that the patient would be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and maintain an ideal body weight postoperatively as with any healthy lifestyle this would consist of avoiding smoking and excess weight gain. With regards to the breasts, we do recommend patients continue to wear breast support to minimize gravitational effects on the breasts. In addition, it goes without saying that pregnancies after a mommy makeover would certainly have a negative effect on the recent procedures.

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