What Is A Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover at Adore Plastic Surgery in Broward, Florida, was designed with mothers in mind. The mommy makeover combines different surgical cosmetic procedures that address areas affected heavily by the stress placed on the body during pregnancy and labor. These areas include the breasts, stomach, and abdomen. Depending on what the patient’s goals are, their surgeon will recommend what breast procedure to undergo. Most mommy makeovers will include a tummy tuck where the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat from the area.
Mommy Makeovers are a combination of procedures that include tummy tucks, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, liposuction, and circumferential abdominoplasty. Combining these procedures also addresses issues concerning the breasts, such as drooping and loss of volume.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
The benefits of a mommy makeover are plentiful, leaving a patient with a tighter and contoured body. Mommy Makeovers give patients lifted and more shapely breasts. Patients are also able to get a cinched waist along with a flattened stomach for a fuller hourglass silhouette. Mommy makeovers are also able to address stretch marks in the lower abdominal region through the tummy tuck. While not all are removed, the skin is tightened, and a significant percentage of the stretchmarks are taken out.
Depending on what a specific patient desires from their mommy makeover, their pre-procedure starting point, and general health, our surgeons will propose a specific combination of procedures to achieve the patient’s goals beautifully in a safe manner.
Good Candidates for a Mommy Makeover
Mommy makeovers are designed specifically for those who have been pregnant and have given birth to get back to their preconception bodies when exercise and dieting weren’t enough. However, not everyone is a good candidate for a mommy makeover since it is an invasive procedure that takes a while to recover fully. Once a person has recovered, their bodies are most likely not going to snap back to their preconception bodies.
Good candidates for mommy makeovers are those who are looking to reverse the impressions that pregnancy had left behind. These effects include stretch marks, a separated abdomen, loose or excess skin, loose or excess fat, droop of breasts.
Those who have just given birth have to wait six months to a year (or after they’ve completed breastfeeding) so that their bodies have had enough time to recover from the stress pregnancy and childbirth puts on the body. Patients also need to be in relatively good health, not have smoked for at least three months before the procedure, and be in their surgeon’s standard BMI range to be considered good candidates for the mommy makeover. While this is not a requirement, it is highly advised that mommy makeovers are undergone by those who have decided they will not be bearing any more children, so the results of the mommy makeover are not compromised during pregnancy and childbirth.
Procedures Included In A Mommy Makeover
Breast augmentation is one of the staple procedures included in a mommy makeover, where the breasts are enlargened through implants. The sizing of the implant is determined by how many CC’s of filling is required to achieve the desired breast cup size. For example, to go up a full cup size, a patient will most likely need anywhere from 150-200 CCs in their implants. The outer shell of all implants is made of silicone, but the interior fillings is what distinguishes them.
Breast implants are either silicone or saline; their differences lie in the feel, durability, risks, and incision openings. Silicone-filled implants are tougher as opposed to more natural feel saline-filled implants. If ruptured, the saline in the saline implants will be absorbed then expelled by the body naturally and the outer shell will be left, needing to be removed by a surgeon. If a silicone implant ruptures, the silicone will likely stay in its place but can possibly move about and will need to be quickly removed by the surgeon. Saline implants can be implanted through transaxillary and trans-umbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) that leave less noticeable scars.
Depending on what a patient’s goals are and their current health point, their surgeon will suggest which type of breast implant is best to reach their aesthetic goal.
Breast reductions aim to reduce breast size by removing excess fat from the breast. The primary purpose of a breast reduction is to help a patient live a more comfortable life by removing extra stress placed on the shoulders and back from the weight of the excess breast fat.
During pregnancy, breasts are enlarged as they produce colostrum and breast milk for the coming newborn. Most women’s breasts don’t return to their preconception state; some might stay enlarged even after they’ve completed breastfeeding. When enlarged breasts become a burden on the muscles and bones, it can cause physical, emotional, and mental distress to patients.
Breast reductions are often combined with a breast lift for those who have excess fat tissue in the breast and don’t need the assistance of implants to reach a fuller-looking breast. Breast reductions combined with a breast lift give similar results to breast augmentations for full and perkier breasts without the need for a foreign substance in the body.
Breast lifts are used to correct drooping breasts that result from the enlargement and reduction of the lactation process. After a woman has finished breastfeeding, she is able to surgically lift her breasts as a part of a mommy makeover. Breast lifts are commonly combined with breast reductions when women don’t want to insert implants into their bodies but still want to improve the aesthetic of their breasts. This simple procedure allows women to do just that by tightening the breast tissue and removing excess skin on the breasts that cause them to droop.
Tummy Tucks or abdominoplasties are a staple procedure in mommy makeovers that aim to restore the abdominal area to its preconception state by tightening up the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. There are two types of tummy tucks, full and mini tummy tucks, either of which can be added to a mommy makeover. Depending on the patient’s specific situation, their surgeon will recommend one type over the other to better obtain their desired results.
Full tummy tucks address the entire abdominal area while the mini tummy tuck focuses mainly on the lower abominable area. Full tummy tucks require a larger incision and will leave a larger scar than a mini tummy tuck. Both types of tummy tucks address stubborn areas that diet and exercise just haven’t been able to correct. For both procedures, surgeons are able to reconstruct the abdominal muscular walls and remove excess fat, the degree to which varies between the two and the available fat and skin a patient has for removal.
Liposuction, more commonly known as lipo, is how surgeons achieve the contoured figure of a mommy makeover. There are different methods of conducting liposuction, which your surgeon will discuss which method is best for you, but the aim is the same for all methods; removing excess fat through suctioning it out of specific areas. Liposuction is usually conducted as part of the breast reduction and tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover. Surgeons are able to loosen the excess fat from the area its in and remove it through a cannula (thin tube-like device). Often, patients request that more excess fat is removed from different areas of the body as part of their mommy makeover. Surgeons usually comply with these requests as long as the maximum amount of fat removed from a patient during one surgical preceding doesn’t exceed Florida’s legal limit of 4 liters.
Labiaplasties are becoming a more common addition to mommy makeovers which address extreme stretching of the labia minora that occurs during childbirth. Like with breasts, there are times when the labia minora doesn’t go back to its pre-labor state, staying stretched out as if in active labor. Surgeons can fix this issue by removing the excess tissue from the lips of the labia minora so that it returns to the pre-labor state within the labia majora. Since this is a more sensitive area
Preparing for A Mommy Makeover
Taking proper care to prepare for a mommy makeover procedure benefits both the patient and the surgeon. By preparing well for a mommy makeover, the actual procedure is more likely to go more smoothly and the recovery process is expected to be easier on the patient. The following are steps you can take to prepare for your mommy makeover:
- Complete the assessments, lab tests, and preoperative physical.
- Stop taking medication and supplements that thin the blood 2-4 weeks before your mommy makeover. Some of the most common medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory pain relievers. Consult with your doctor before suspending any medications.
- Stop drinking alcohol a week before your mommy makeover.
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before your mommy makeover.
- Make plans for a friend or family member to assist you during the first 2-3 days after your procedure while you rest. This person should also be the one who picks you and your mediation up after the procedure. If you have young children (or those who rely on you to care for them), this person should also be someone who is able to tend to them while for the first couple of days after your procedure.
- Prepare snacks and food for the first couple of days after your procedure for yourself and whoever will be assisting you for the first day or two.
Preparing for a mommy makeover is more than just preparing your body; it’s also prepping your recovery space. After discussing what a patient wants from their mommy makeover, their health status, pre-op assessment results, and overall specific situation, they’ll give them patient-specific instructions to prepare for their surgery.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
A mommy makeover is a combination of multiple invasive procedures, the recovery process takes around 6 months to complete, but you’ll need about 1-2 weeks of downtime. Swelling on and around the treatment areas will be the last to heal but, you’ll be able to see the full results of your mommy makeover once it does.
After the procedure, patients are put into their compression garments (to control swelling and promote circulation). They will be monitored by their surgeons to ensure that they are stable and recovering well. Patients will have bandages on their incision and surgical site areas that will need to be changed. Those who have had a tummy tuck with their mommy makeover will most likely have drains to help remove excess fluids from the abdominal area. Your surgeon and nurses will teach you how to care for your incisions and give you specific instructions to follow before you transition to caring for your incisions and recovering at home.
Once at home, patients must not carry anything over 10 pounds at the beginning of their recovery (about a month) and about 20 pounds during the second month of their recovery. Following the instructions and recommendations the nurses and surgeons have given are critical to a speedy and healthy recovery. Incisions need to be cleaned and redressed until the area has healed completely. Scarring is expected but, they almost always fade dramatically with proper incision care and the surgeon recommended scar creams and ointments once the areas have healed enough.
Patients will need to have lymphatic drainage massages to promote circulation and fluid movement throughout the body for a faster recovery. During follow-up visits, surgeons will clean the incision areas, assess how a patient is healing, address any concerns (if any), and answer any questions a patient might have.
Mommy Makeover Risks
A mommy makeover is a surgical cosmetic procedure, and like with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with this procedure. These possible risks include:
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Contour Deformity
- Loss of nerve sensitivity during the healing process in treated areas
- Loss of sensation on the nipples and areola
- Return of loose skin
- Future leaking of implant
- Inability to breastfeed in the future
- Capsular Contracture
- Death of fat tissue
- Fat Necrosis
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Pulmonary and Cardiac Complications
While these are only some of the possible risks brought about by a mommy makeover procedure, they do not often occur. If they do, they are often treated before becoming serious. There are cases where some patients are more or less likely to suffer from certain risks before, during, and after a mommy makeover procedure. At Adore Plastic Surgery, our knowledgeable surgeons take every patient’s unique situation into account to ensure a smooth procedure and phenomenal results.
Mommy Makeover Cost
The cost of a mommy makeover depends on the combination of procedures a patient will undergo. Since multiple procedures are being done during a mommy makeover, a mommy makeover is a bit more expensive than other cosmetic procedures. On average, a mommy makeover costs anywhere between $9,000 to $30,000 USD in the United States.
At Adore Plastic Surgery, mommy makeovers cost between $7,000 to $12,000 USD. For example, if a patient decides they’d like to add extra liposuction or post-surgical massages to their procedure package. At Adore Plastic Surgery, we offer specials on our mommy makeovers along with multiple financing options so that every patient can get their dream bodies with no compromises in the safety nor beauty of their results.
Schedule a free consultation with our highly experienced and knowledgeable surgeons and staff at Adore Plastic Surgery to see which combinations of procedures your surgeon will recommend based on your personal circumstance to achieve a sculpted figure from your mommy makeover!