Having children is one of the most joyous parts of our lives. However, the damaging effects that childbearing and breastfeeding can cause on a woman’s body are 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 and stubborn fat deposits persist after childbirth. The abdominal muscles may separate and stretch marks may form on the skin.
As for the breasts, the process of breastfeeding can lead to sagging and drooping breasts. Also, asymmetries may develop or just an overall deflated appearance. These concerns are common among 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 shape
As every woman has unique cosmetic concerns, every Mommy Makeover is individualized. The core procedures of any Mommy Makeover are a tummy tuck and breast lift or breast augmentation. At Shaddix Plastic Surgery we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures 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 eliminate excess fat and further sculpt your hips and refine your waist.
Normally, the Mommy Makeover will involve breast surgery. Dr. Shaddix uses a number of techniques to provide the breast 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 for a breast augmentation to restore the volume of their breasts with implants placed under the muscle at the same time. This surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Some women are able to go home the same day, while others prefer a restful night in the hospital.
The recovery period following Mommy Makeover surgery is generally well tolerated. Since there are multiple procedures combined into one operation, the time to fully recover is a little longer than some more minor procedures. Mommy Makeover patients 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. At your consultation, 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.
Are Mommy Makeovers dangerous?
Although mommy makeovers are extensive cosmetic surgeries, when they are performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Shaddix, they are very safe.
How long does it take to recover from a mommy makeover?
Recovery time after a mommy makeover depends on the procedures performed and the overall healing abilities of the patient. Most people getting mommy makeovers can return to work after about one week.
Can a tummy tuck be considered medically necessary?
If a tummy tuck is being performed to correct for hernia or diastasis recti (loose abdominal muscles), it may be considered medically necessary, but still may not be covered by insurance.
How many plastic surgeries can be done at once?
The number of procedures that can be performed at once depends on the extent of each procedure, the patients ability to undergo surgery, and the areas being treated. Usually Dr. Shaddix combines two to three procedures for a mommy makeover.
Do you lose weight after a mommy makeover?
In some cases, people who undergo mommy makeover surgery find themselves more motivated or better able to handle workouts due to the benefits of tummy tuck and other procedures.