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Mommy Makeover

During pregnancy, many changes go on in the body.
The effects of pregnancy vary from patient to patient, but it is common for women to develop drooping and deflated breasts, pockets of excess fat, and a stretched-out abdomen. These effects can compound after multiple pregnancies and may be difficult or impossible to reverse with diet and exercise. If you have struggled to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body, a Mommy Makeover can help you achieve the results you seek. The Mommy Makeover is not a single procedure, but rather a set of procedures that help to overcome the effects of pregnancy on the body. Dr. Young performs customized Mommy Makeovers to create a more shapely, slender, and youthful body shape.

Who Can Benefit From a Mommy Makeover?

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Deflated or "Shrunken" Breasts

In preparation for nursing, the breasts will naturally swell. After pregnancy and nursing, the breasts may become atrophic and lose the volume they gained. Instead of having reverted to their previously youthful and firm state, your breasts may have excess skin, loose tissue, and a misshapen, "floppy" appearance. Breast augmentation can restore breast volume using implants, which are permanently inserted into the breasts to boost their shape, size, firmness, and appearance.

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Ptotic or "Sagging" Breasts

As the breasts grow and shrink in volume over the course of pregnancy and nursing, eventually they may begin to sag. It is not uncommon for mothers to have sagging breasts after pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. A breast lift can eliminate sagging breast skin, reshape the breasts, and restore perky, youthful breast contours for women whose breasts are ptotic after pregnancy and nursing.

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Stretched-Out, Pooched Abdomen

One of the most obvious changes that occur during pregnancy is the enlarging of the abdomen as your baby grows. To help with the pregnancy and delivery, certain hormone changes allow your tissues to give and stretch more than normal. Some of these changes are not reversible and may leave your stomach with loose, hanging skin and an everlasting "pooch" because of your weakened core muscles. A tummy tuck may be necessary to tighten the muscles, remove excess skin, and create a firmer abdomen.

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Stubborn Fat Deposits

Most mothers will gain about 30 pounds during pregnancy, and some may gain much more. A modest amount of weight gain during pregnancy may be healthy for the baby, but the excess weight can be hard to get rid of after delivery. Fat that has accumulated in certain regions more than others may be particularly resistant to weight loss. Liposuction can be performed to remove stubborn fat and restore slender and lean body contours.

Your Unique Mommy Makeover

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Most patients benefit from a tummy tuck procedure to address the loose skin, stretch marks, and weakened abdominal muscles that are sometimes an after-effect of pregnancy.

  • Restores a smooth, youthful, and flat abdominal contour.
  • Corrects muscle weakness, loose skin, and excess fat in the abdominal area.
  • Conducted under general anesthesia.
  • A horizontal incision is made just above or within the pubic area.
  • The incision length varies according to the amount of skin removal needed.
  • A second incision may be made around the navel so that the navel can be repositioned.
  • Internal sutures are placed to tighten the abdominal wall muscles.
  • Excess skin is excised.
  • Underlying fat is suctioned out via liposuction.
  • Many stretch marks may be eliminated if they are on the loose, hanging abdominal skin.
  • The remaining tissues are pulled downward so they lie flat and tight for a more youthful waistline.
  • If you only need correction of the area below the navel, a mini abdominoplasty may be conducted.

Liposuction

Some lucky patients have reasonable skin tone and can benefit from liposuction without abdominoplasty. More commonly, patients undergo liposuction for various areas of the body in addition to a tummy tuck as part of their Mommy Makeover procedure.

  • Trims and tailors the body by removing stubborn fat from unwanted areas.
  • Small incisions are placed near the treatment area within natural skin folds or contours.
  • A cannula (a slim, hollow tube) is inserted through the incisions.
  • The fat is suctioned out of the body into the tube.
  • Can be performed using one of the various techniques available, but the most common is tumescent liposuction.

Breast Augmentation

The most common procedure that mothers desire as part of their Mommy Makeover is breast augmentation. This can correct breast atrophy and a small amount of ptosis.

  • Enhances breast size, definition, firmness, symmetry, shape, and overall appearance.
  • Restores a more youthful look to the breasts.
  • Adds a slightly lifted breast appearance.
  • Implants may be saline or highly cohesive silicone gel.
  • Conducted under general anesthesia.
  • Incision location may be along the border of the areola (periareolar) or along the breast crease (inframammary).
  • Implants may be placed under or above the pectoral muscles.

Breast Lift

For women with noticeable breast ptosis or sagging that breast implants cannot correct, a breast lift procedure may be necessary. There are several options for incision patterns based on the degree of sagging a patient is experiencing.

  • Corrects sagging breasts and restores a more youthful breast appearance.
  • Conducted under general anesthesia.
  • Incisions may be made around the areola (round block), around the areola and vertically downward (lollipop), or around the areola and vertically downward with another incision along the breast crease (anchor).
  • Incision type is usually chosen based on the degree of ptosis.
  • Excess tissue and sagging skin are removed.
  • The breasts are tightened, reshaped, and lifted.

Concerns

Recovery varies according to the procedures chosen for a Mommy Makeover. Specific recovery details for each case are provided at a personal consultation.

Day of Surgery - You will spend approximately one to two hours in recovery. Bring a pillow to protect your abdomen from the seat belt in the car. A licensed adult must drive you home. You will likely have surgical drains and will be instructed on how to care for them. Your body will feel tight and sore. Rest.

First Week - Soreness, back pain, tenderness, bruising, and swelling are common. Follow all postoperative instructions for managing drains, taking medications, maintaining hygiene, wearing compression garments, and avoiding strenuous activity.

After First Week - Pain and swelling improve. Some patients feel well enough to work or engage in light activities.

After First Month - You may gradually resume doctor approved activities. Swelling takes six weeks to six months to resolve. Exercise should not be resumed for at least six weeks.

The amount of scarring varies. Incisions are thoughtfully placed with careful suturing techniques used to mask their appearance. Natural biological healing responses determine the degree of scarring. Scars that are initially visible are likely to fade over time. Dr. Young provides silicone scar gel to minimize scars.

The cost of a Mommy Makeover is affected by the procedures included, the type of breast implants chosen, surgical techniques, location, anesthesia fees, surgical fees, surgeon’s fees, and other relevant factors. The quality of your results may be reflected in the cost of your procedure. The cost will be lower for those who combine surgeries together into a Mommy Makeover than for those who undergo these procedures on separate occasions. The expected cost will be provided at the initial consultation with Dr. Young.

Postoperative pain is normal following major surgery. You may experience tightness or discomfort in your breasts and abdomen due to the adjustments made during surgery. Pain medications are prescribed to alleviate pain during recovery. All pain will be temporary and will continue to ease as the body heals and swelling subsides.

Mommy Makeover Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

The term "Mommy Makeover" is used primarily for marketing reasons and is so-named because it is typically performed to help mothers restore their pre-pregnancy body shapes. Even though it is called a Mommy Makeover, women who have never been pregnant but may have experienced similar body changes due to weight fluctuations or aging may undergo this procedure to reap the same benefits.
The surgeries in your Mommy Makeover can be done separately or at the same time. Most patients like to do it all at once, as there is less overall downtime as well as cost savings. Dr. Young will determine which options are best for you.
While the abdomen and breasts are the areas most commonly treated with a Mommy Makeover, other common areas include lax skin on the upper arms and thighs. Patients can discuss the possibility of undergoing a variety of cosmetic procedures in their Mommy Makeover with Dr. Young. Which procedure, or combination of procedures, depends on individual goals and what anatomy dictates. Dr. Young will discuss all options with you during your consultation and will tailor the surgery to your needs.
Since the Mommy Makeover is so customizable, the surgery time can vary. A single-stage Mommy Makeover comprised of a full abdominoplasty, breast lift with augmentation, and liposuction is usually approximately five hours or less.
Ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover are typically mothers or other women who have experienced significant changes to their body shape (especially the breasts and abdomen) due to pregnancy, nursing, weight loss, and/or aging. Candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Body weight should be stable, and patients should not have plans for any future pregnancies as these can reduce the longevity and quality of the results of Mommy Makeover surgery.
A Mommy Makeover can improve your figure and restore full and perky breasts, a smooth and flat abdomen, a narrow waistline, and slimmer body contours. Patients who are careful to avoid weight gain or future pregnancies can have long-lasting results after their Mommy Makeover. This procedure is designed to rejuvenate and enhance the contours of the body with results that can last for many years.

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