What is a Mommy Makeover?
Once you have had your children, pregnancy can take a toll on the body. The “Mommy Makeover” has gained popularity to address many issues that affect a post pregnancy body, including sagging breasts, loose skin or a pooch in the abdomen. Motherhood brings about endless joys, but the effects of pregnancy on the body can sometimes be drastic.
If your body didn’t “bounce back” and getting it to look how it did than before pregnancy is problematic, a Mommy Makeover, which combines surgical procedures like breast surgery and a tummy tuck can restore what’s been lost and get rid of what’s become more permanent.
- IV sedation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Laser liposuction
Ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is hands down the best procedure available to get the body looking its best after having children. The surgery addresses all the problems that come from being pregnant: loose skin on the stomach, a lack of fullness and sagging in the breasts, stretch marks, and even hard-to-get-rid of fat. The results are dramatic and it gives a restored sense of self-confidence.
A Mommy Makeover may be right for you if you want to regain the body you had before pregnancy. You need to wait at least three to six months after delivering your baby before you should consider surgery. You’ll also want to be fully done breast-feeding so that your plastic surgeon can get a feel for your true breast size and position. If you are planning on having more children, you may want to wait until you are done with all of your pregnancies to consider a Mommy Makeover. Most plastic surgeons do not recommend tummy tucks for women who still want to have children.
Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc on what a Mommy Makeover involves.
5 things you should know about a Mommy Makeover
Exercising will be off limits for awhile.
Any time that you have plastic surgery you need to wait until your plastic surgeon has given you the go ahead before heading back to the gym. Expect to not work out for at least eight to 12 weeks, until you are fully healed and your doctor tells you it’s OK.
If you have a c-section or Hysterectomy scar an additional scar will not need to be created
Both a C-section and hysterectomy incision are made on the lower part of the stomach, which your plastic surgeon can remove during the tummy tuck portion of your Mommy Makeover. Any extra skin that hangs over the existing scar can be removed and tightened, resulting in just one scar and a much smoother contour.
Your weight needs to be stable
Since a Mommy Makeover entails both a tummy tuck and, usually, liposuction, it’s important that you are at an ideal weight for your height and body type. If not, you may not be happy with your results.
You don’t have to be a mommy to have a Mommy Makeover
Some women experience the same body concerns as mothers even if they have never had children. Just because you haven’t been pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t address what you don’t like about your breasts and stomach in a surgical setting.
Your belly button may look different
During a tummy tuck excess skin is removed, which necessitates a new hole be made and the skin redraped. Every plastic surgeon has their own technique when it comes to this part of the surgery. Because of the skin excision and redraping, your belly button may appear narrow and thin after surgery.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
- Breast lift
- Surgery consists of removing excess skin from around the areola, and possibly also from the bottom of the breast and breast fold
- Tightening the surrounding skin to re-shape and support the breast as well as elevate the nipple and areola to its original position
- Size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) can be reduced if needed
- Tummy tuck
- Incisions made at hips
- Excess skin and fat is removed
- Skin and muscles tightened
- Laser liposuction/ProLipoPLUS
- A tiny cannula is inserted through small incisions about one half inch in length
- Fat tissue is liquefied
- The laser component of the state-of-the-art laser lipo system promotes skin contraction over treated areas for firmer, smoother skin tone.
Prepping for Surgery
- Fill your prescriptions in advance
- Stock up with plenty of healthy foods that are easy to digest for when you get home and are recovering
- Take care of any house cleaning prior to surgery—you won’t have the energy or be able to do it during your recovery
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Recovery time is more significant due to combination of three procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Lorenc will discuss in detail what to expect during the recovery process based on the procedures performed.