Having a child is obviously a life-changing event. You’ve prepared for what you’ll need to do as a mom. But you may not have been prepared for what the entire process did to your body. Pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding take a toll on a woman’s body. The gain and loss of weight, breastfeeding, and hormonal changes all combine to create areas of sagging, stretched skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.
Fortunately, a mommy makeover with the team at Twin City Plastic Surgery can give you your pre-baby body back.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that target the areas directly impacted by pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. The different surgeries are combined into a single surgical session.
A tummy tuck tightens the abdomen, often bringing muscles that have separated back to the center. Depending on your circumstances, a tummy tuck can target both the lower abdomen and the area just above the navel. A breast lift brings the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest, removing excess skin as necessary. Often augmentation with implants is included along with the lift to regain volume that was lost with breastfeeding. Liposuction is usually also a part of our mommy makeovers to remove stubborn pockets of fat that accumulated during pregnancy and seem virtually impossible to get rid of.
Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
If you have children, you’re likely a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a toll on the body. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscles to such a degree that they simply can’t return to their former degree of tautness. Abdominal muscles can actually become separated in the center. The increase in breast size, coupled with the stress and volume loss due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the breast skin and underlying support muscles. Plus, the weight gained during pregnancy can leave pockets of fat behind, even if you’ve lost every ounce of your pregnancy weight.
If you’re within 10 percent of your ideal weight, have stretched abdominal skin and muscles (a pooch), and your breasts have sagged and seem somewhat deflated a mommy makeover with Dr. Holt, Dr. Randolph, or Dr. Tattini could be a great option for you.
What are the benefits of a mommy makeover?
While not unexpected, the changes that occur with your body after having children aren’t welcome. Your former flat stomach now has a permanent pooch. Your breasts have flattened and appear to have lost volume. Pockets of baby fat seem to have taken permanent residence on your flanks and elsewhere. Having children is tough enough without having to lose your figure in doing so.
But a mommy makeover at Twin City Plastic Surgery can reverse all of that. How much that affects your outlook is unique to the patient, but our mommy makeover patients are thrilled to regain a firmer, more contoured figure again.
Plus, mommy makeovers combine three procedures into a single surgical session. That means a single recovery instead of three.
What are the procedures involved in a mommy makeover?
Our trio of Twin City Plastic Surgery surgeons treat every patient’s situation as completely unique, but mommy makeovers generally include a breast lift (with or without augmentation), liposuction, and a tummy tuck. Here are more detailed descriptions of each procedure:
Because the breasts gain size and weight during pregnancy, the skin and support tissue can stretch, making the breasts flatten and sag. A breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the breasts back higher on the chest. Depending on the amount of sagging, the nipples may need to be relocated.
Breastfeeding tends to decrease breast volume. Women who want to return volume, particularly to the upper part of the breasts, or who simply would like larger breasts, can opt to have breast implants inserted after the breast lift procedure. This is an easy time to add implants because they can be inserted through the incisions made for the breast lift.
Stubborn pockets of fat can show up after pregnancy. They won’t usually respond to exercise, either. Liposuction removes these pockets on the inner and outer thighs, hips, and abdomen.
The localized weight gain with pregnancy is unique. This leads to stretching of the skin to a degree that it cannot tighten back down once the baby has been delivered and the extra weight has been lost. In many cases, the stomach muscles in the center can actually become separated. Only surgery can bring them back to the center. A tummy tuck trims excess sagging skin and repositions separated muscles to give you back a flat stomach. Depending on the degree of sagging, a tummy tuck will involve one long incision from hipbone to hipbone positioned where it can be hidden beneath a bikini or underwear. For sagging above the navel, a second incision may be made around your navel.
What will my recovery be like?
The first week after your mommy makeover is difficult — there’s no sugar-coating that fact. The tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover is the most difficult part of your recovery. The lengthy incision and repositioning of separated abdominal muscles mean you won’t be lifting anything with much weight for a few weeks. Stairs will be out of the question for a couple of weeks. Full recovery from your tummy tuck can take up to six months, but you can return to a light level of activity in one to two weeks. For your breast lift, you’ll need to be very diligent about wearing your surgical bra/support bra. You’ll need to wear these bras 24 hours a day for the first month. This is important to keep from placing any stress on your incisions.
What are the risks involved with a mommy makeover?
These are three surgical procedures and they involve all of the risks inherent with any surgery: reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, and the like.
Of the four procedures usually involved with our Twin City Plastic Surgery mommy makeovers, breast augmentation carries the most risk in the future. This is because augmentation can lead to capsular contracture, asymmetrical results, and implant rupture. In the shorter term, tummy tucks have some risk of the long incision not healing evenly. However, in both of these instances, the experience and training of our trio of Twin City plastic surgeons lower any potential risks.
The reality is, these procedures involve low risk and are very satisfying for our patients.
How long after my final child do I need to wait before having my mommy makeover?
This isn’t something to jump right into. We recommend that a potential mommy makeover candidate should have finished breastfeeding for at least two to three months. This allows your breasts to return to their normal cup size. Also, since liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not weight-loss procedures, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. It also helps if a candidate is exercising regularly, as this will make recovery easier and is a start down the path toward a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your results for the long haul.
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If you’re interested in learning more about mommy makeovers please contact us for a consultation at 309-323-8120 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.