Mommy Makeover

laughing baby playing with motherMommy Makeover: What Is It?

Mommy makeover is a set of procedures designed to help mothers enhance the appearance of their abdomen and breasts — two body areas that are greatly affected by childbearing. During pregnancy, the stomach skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby. The breast tissue also expand to allow the mother to feed the newborn. After the delivery, the body goes through a lengthy process of adjustment. Most often, the body does not just “snap back” into the pre-pregnancy physique. Due to genetics, age, size of the baby and skin elasticity, some mothers are left with permanent stretch marks, overly relaxed muscles and excess skin on their abdomens. Many women are also unsatisfied with their breast appearance due to sagging and/or loss of breast volume following breastfeeding.

Our talented mommy makeover surgeons, can help mothers address these aesthetic issues by improving their body contours and self-confidence. By skillfully shaping the abdomen and breasts, they can reduce the signs of stress pregnancy puts on a woman’s body. Our doctors develop an individualized treatment plan for each woman — an approach that allows them to consistently deliver outstanding body contouring results.

What is Involved?

Depending on the needs of each mommy makeover our doctors develop a treatment plan that might consist of some of the following procedures:

  • Tummy Tuck. Many mothers notice that the excess skin on their abdomen does not shrink in spite of a vigorous exercise and diet regimen. The abdominal muscles often remain relaxed or distended. For these women a tummy tuck is often the best way to achieve a firm, flat stomach appearance.
  • Liposuction. This advanced body contouring procedure utilizes ultrasound techniques to treat localized fatty tissue deposits from the stomach, thighs and buttocks. Standard liposuction can also be used to enhance the appearance of legs, arms and neck.
  • Breast Lift. Through breast lift surgery, our surgeons can remove excess tissue and restore a perkier, more youthful bust line.
  • Breast Augmentation. Sometimes, women notice that their breasts have become smaller and/or have lost volume after pregnancy. Our doctors can resolve this aesthetic issue through breast augmentation with silicone gel or saline breast implants.

What is the Healing Time?

Because each mommy makeover treatment is different, the recovery time will also differ. Those mommy makeover patients who have undergone tummy tuck surgery might need to take three weeks off work and avoid strenuous activities for six weeks. Women who have received liposuction and breast augmentation might be able to return to work within a week. Our network of doctors thoroughly discuss the recovery period with each patient during the pre-surgical consultations. During this time, they also explain any possible complications and recommends the measures patients should take to minimize them, such as avoiding certain medications prior to surgery.