Having children is one of the most joyous parts of our lives. However, the havoc that childbearing and breast feeding can cause to a woman’s body is undeniable. Most of these changes are noted in the abdomen and breasts. The physical stretching of the abdominal wall that comes with pregnancy leads to a loose abdomen without its youthful tone. Sometimes, excess skin persists after childbirth. The muscles of the abdomen may separate and stretch marks may form on the skin. As for the breasts, the process of breast feeding can lead to sagging and drooping breasts. Also, asymmetries may develop or just an overall deflated appearance. These concerns are common amongst women after having children. Luckily, they can be addressed by a combination of procedures packaged together and called the Mommy Makeover. The combination of procedures most often making up the Mommy Makeover are a tummy tuck and breast lift. Often, breast implants are added to restore the pre-pregnancy volume of the breasts. Other procedures, such as liposuction, can be included as well.
- Loose abdominal wall without tone despite exercise
- Stretch marks on the abdomen
- Loose abdominal skin
- Sagging or droopy breasts
- Deflated breasts lacking their pre-pregnancy volume
As every mommy has unique cosmetic concerns, every Mommy Makeover is individualized. The core procedures of any Mommy Makeover are a tummy tuck and breast lift. At Shaddix Plastic Surgery we offer a variety of options to get your body back.
Depending on the extent of abdominal changes, a full tummy tuck with muscle tightening might be necessary. In other cases, a mini-abdominoplasty may work best where the scar is limited and the belly button does not have to be manipulated. Very frequently, Dr. Shaddix will combine liposuction with your abdominal procedure to further sculpt your hips and refine your waist.
Normally, the Mommy makeover will involve a breast lift. Dr. Shaddix uses a number of techniques to provide the lift you need and minimize any scarring. This will all depend on how deflated the breasts have become and how much skin needs to be tightened. Many women will elect to restore the volume of their breasts with implants placed under the muscle at the same time.
Performed under general anesthesia, the Mommy Makeover generally takes between three and five hours. Some women are able to go home the same day while others prefer a restful night in the hospital.
The recovery following a Mommy Makeover is generally well tolerated. Since there are multiple procedures combined into one operation, the time to full recovery is a little longer than some more minor procedures. You should anticipate at least one week away from work to allow appropriate rest and healing. You may wish to take more time depending on your line of work. You will need a friend or loved one to help you take care of yourself for the first several days. The discomfort following your surgery is generally well tolerated with the oral medications that Dr. Shaddix will prescribe. Dr. Shaddix will provide you with detailed before-and-after surgery instructions and will be available to answer any questions you may have along the way.