The Mommy Makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to help you get your pre-baby body back.
The combination of procedures utilized in our practice are customized for the patient and can include a tummy tuck (to remove loose skin and regain firmness) and breast enhancement (which can include breast lift and/or breast augmentation). Liposuction could also be added to help with body contouring.
Other treatments often combined with the Mommy Makeover include: Skin tighteners, Cellulite treatments, and Stretch mark elimination
WHEN IS A MOMMY MAKEOVER APPROPRIATE?
Pregnancy can take a toll on our bodies, affecting our breasts, tummies, legs and more. After nine months—or more, if nursing—you are probably longing for your pre-baby body. After pregnancy, many women become frustrated because diet and exercise cannot achieve the results they desire and so they elect to have minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, cosmetic procedures or all of the above, to get back the shape they desire.
It is important to remember that combining procedures leads to longer surgery time and potentially a greater risk of complications. The biggest concern with multiple procedures in one surgical session is the length of time the patient is under anaesthesia. The good news is that a tummy tuck and breast surgery are frequently performed at the same time, and usually take from three to five hours, which is safe and reasonable.
With all the stress we put on our midsections—during pregnancy or with weight gain and loss—it’s no wonder that, as we age, the shape and size of our stomachs change. When diet and exercise don’t provide the results that you want, a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck (or lipoabdominoplasty) may be your best option.
A tummy tuck permanently restores firmness to the stomach and removes any loose skin. During the procedure, an incision is made at the pubic bone (your scar, once healed, will be concealed by bathing suits and underwear) through which our plastic surgeons will tighten up the muscles. Small pockets of fat can be removed with liposuction. Once the muscles are tightened the surgeon will want to make the muscles as tight as possible so that the stomach will keep its new shape as long as possible—and the excess skin is removed.
Depending on the extent of your particular post-pregnancy concerns, there are a variety of tummy tuck procedures that treat different degrees of muscle and skin laxity. Some procedures are performed with limited incisions and leave shorter scars.
Here are the various types of tummy tuck surgery you will may want to consider either as part of your Mommy Makeover or as a single procedure:
- Traditional Tummy Tuck – full abdominoplasty
- Extended Tummy Tuck – belt lipectomy
- Mini Tummy Tuck – short scar or small incision abdominoplasty
- Reverse Tummy Tuck – the incision is made from the breast bone to the stomach
Nonsurgical Body Contouring – using liposuction, lasers or injectables
Women who have had C-sections (or Cesarean sections) are in luck—your plastic surgeon can either use or remove that incision while performing the tummy tuck, so you will have only one scar.