Have you heard the term mommy makeover but aren’t sure exactly what it means? A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical cosmetic procedures designed to correct the physical impact of pregnancy and breastfeeding. With a mommy makeover, women have an option to restore their appearance and confidence.
The beautiful thing about a mommy makeover is that it is customizable to meet your specific needs and desires. You only include the procedures designed to meet your aesthetic goals. For example, if you want to create a slimmer abdomen and reduce sagging in your breast, you add a tummy tuck and breast lift in your mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is not one size fits all, which makes it an excellent option for a variety of women.
Mommy Makeover Procedure Options
With a mommy makeover, we focus on procedures specially designed to repair or restore your body from changes experienced during pregnancy. By combining multiple procedures into one surgical experience, you limit the recovery process and save money. Plus, you achieve the results at one time versus spreading several surgeries across many months or even years.
The main procedure in a mommy makeover is an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. During pregnancy, the abdominal tissues expand, which leads to sagging and loose skin after pregnancy. In fact, for some women, the tissue that joins the two lateral abdominal sections permanently tears. This makes it impossible to tighten the stomach muscles with exercise alone. Even slimmer women still find their stomach protrudes. Thankfully, a tummy tuck repairs this issue.
A tummy tuck includes the removal of excess skin and fat while also repositioning and tightening the muscles, skin, and other tissue. The goal with a tummy tuck is a firmer and tighter abdominal profile. A tummy tuck has the most significant recovery time of all the procedures offered in a mommy makeover but often achieves the most desirable results.
Liposuction is the removal of fat tissue from the body. A liposuction procedure is usually minimally invasive and has a quick recovery time. It is easy to add liposuction as part of other mommy makeover procedures. The goal of liposuction is to remove excess fat from a specific area of the body to improve the body’s contours and proportions.
Liposuction works for most parts of the body. With a mommy makeover, liposuction of the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, and chest are popular add-on procedures. Liposuction works best for patients at a healthy weight, as liposuction is not a weight loss solution.
Fat transfer is an innovative solution to take fat from one area of the body and reinsert the fat into a different area of the body. With fat transfer, the patient has the option to use their fat to enhance a specific feature, like the breasts, buttocks, or face.
Fat transfer is a good option for a mommy makeover to restore volume while reducing fat. Liposuction removes the fat. Then, the fat undergoes treatment to ensure a safe injection in the new location. Many women find great satisfaction with fat transfer surgery.
A labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure designed to reduce the length of the labia minora. This procedure has the dual benefit of achieving aesthetic goals while also reducing pain and inconvenience caused by asymmetry in the labia.
The recovery time for a labiaplasty takes up to six weeks for a full recovery, but most patients can return to work and other non-strenuous activities after one week. Women opt for this procedure to correct damage experienced during childbirth and restore the vaginal area.
Breast augmentation is another popular procedure in a mommy makeover. Breast augmentation with implants offers an enhanced size of the breasts, which can lose volume after pregnancy and nursing. Breast implants also correct asymmetry, which some women experience after pregnancy.
Dr. Zubowicz offers both silicone and saline implants. More women opt for silicone breast implants over saline; however, both types have benefits based on each woman’s unique goals. We offer a variety of sizes and shapes to customize your breast augmentation procedure.
A breast lift procedure, also known as a mastopexy, works to reshape and rejuvenate the breasts from the impact of pregnancy and nursing. A breast lift corrects sagging and other contouring issues by removing excess skin and tightening the tissue.
A breast lift can occur with or without implants. It’s important to note that implants alone will not correct sagging breasts. To achieve the desired lift and volume, consider a breast lift with implants.
A mammaplasty is a technical name for a breast reduction. Frequently, women who desire a breast reduction as part of a mommy makeover had large breasts before pregnancy, and the breasts add volume after pregnancy. A breast reduction offers a way to create a more proportioned figure and reduce the discomfort of large or heavy breasts.
A breast reduction removes excess tissue and fat from the breasts while also reshaping the breast mound and resizing and repositioning the nipple and areola. The result is a sleeker contour with a more youthful appearance. Most women who elect for a breast reduction greatly appreciate the results.
What to Know About a Mommy Makeover to Make an Informed Decision
Dr. Zubowicz finds most patients love the results of a mommy makeover. Yet, it is vital to understand the procedures, including the costs, recovery, and realistic results. Most importantly, a mommy makeover is not a weight loss solution. This combination of procedures works best for women who are at a stable weight and desire to restore their appearance after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Also, a mommy makeover should not occur any sooner than six months after your last pregnancy. Your body needs time to heal from the physical demands of pregnancy. To be successful, patients need to be in reasonably good health.
We do find that a mommy makeover achieves the aesthetic goals of most women. The combination of a tummy tuck with the other procedures works to enhance and rejuvenate the body.