Motherhood is one of the greatest joys in life. However, there is no denying that pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding take a toll on a woman’s body — particularly the breasts, abdomen, hips and thighs. If you’re unhappy with your post-baby body, Coastal Plastic Surgery Institute offers mommy makeover, which combines breast enhancement and body contouring procedures to restore — or even improve upon — your pre-mommy physique.
Am I a Candidate for Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is an individualized treatment. You may be an ideal candidate if you are bothered by any of the following:
- Sagging breasts that have lost their youthful shape and perky position
- Downward-pointing nipples
- Stretched out or overly large areolas
- Asymmetry between the breasts after breastfeeding
- Stubborn fat deposits on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, buttocks or lower back
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
- Loose, saggy skin on the abdomen
What Are the Benefits of Mommy Makeover?
The results of mommy makeover offer the following life-changing benefits:
- More flattering body contours
- Removal of stretch marks (if they are located on skin that is excised)
- Enhanced cleavage, breast shape, position and fullness
- Increased mobility due to removal of heavy, loose skin
- Boost in self-confidence
- Expanded wardrobe options (i.e., clothes fit better)
- Motivation to exercise and maintain results
What Procedures Are Included In a Mommy Makeover?
Breast augmentation restores shape and fullness to flat or deflated breasts after pregnancy or nursing. Our surgeons can place either silicone gel or saline implants, both of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Breast lift raises drooping and sagging breasts higher on the chest wall for a more youthful appearance. The procedure tightens breast skin that has loosened due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy and nursing. Overly large or stretched out areolas are resized and repositioned as necessary.
Tummy tuck , also known as abdominoplasty, removes hanging, loose skin on the abdomen and repairs weakened muscles that have separated after pregnancy and childbirth. Following tummy tuck, the abdomen is flatter and firmer. A possible benefit of tummy tuck is the removal of stretch marks located on the loose skin that is excised.
Liposuction creates firmer and smoother contours by removing small, stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure can be performed on the abdomen, back, waist, hips, buttocks and thighs.
How long does mommy makeover take?
Mommy makeover usually takes several hours to perform as the procedures are typically performed together. However, some mommy makeovers are staged out in several operations (allowing for shorter operations and recovery time in between each operation). The exact duration of the operation depends on the specific procedures and extent of surgery.
Is mommy makeover painful?
The surgery itself is not painful because you will be under general anesthesia. Some discomfort is to be expected after a mommy makeover, but it can be easily managed with pain medication.
Is there scarring?
Mommy makeover does leave a degree of scarring. The most significant scar comes from tummy tuck surgery, which is typically made on the lower abdomen, extending from hipbone to hipbone. Over time and with proper care, scarring should fade significantly.
How can I maintain my mommy makeover results?
The best way to maintain your mommy makeover results is to practice a healthy lifestyle, including eating a well-balanced diet, not smoking and exercising regularly. It is also recommended that you wait to have mommy makeover until after you are done having children, as future pregnancies and breastfeeding can affect the cosmetic results of the procedure.