Motherhood brings with it many joys, but it can also bring some unwelcome changes to a woman’s body. Changes such as drooping breasts, excess skin laxity and carrying extra weight can cause women to feel unhappy with their appearance. You may avoid wearing certain clothing that you once loved because of these issues, and you also might start avoiding social situations where body-revealing clothing is typically worn, such as the beach or casual gatherings. These factors can also begin to have a negative impact on your intimate relationships as well, and you may begin to feel shy or uncomfortable with your partner because of how you look and feel.
You want to look good and feel good, first and foremost for yourself, and a Mommy Makeover can help you achieve that. A Mommy Makeover helps women address their most common concern areas, substantially improving their appearance and bringing relaxation, comfort and intimacy back into their lives. During a Mommy Makeover, you can have multiple procedures in a single surgery which will address all your concerns at once. This combination of procedures typically includes a breast augmentation or lift, a tummy tuck and liposuction aimed at improving the changes caused by pregnancy and weight fluctuation and providing you with many benefits. With a Mommy Makeover, you can look and feel your very best again.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Although Mommy Makeovers typically combine a combination of procedures into a single surgery, Mommy Makeovers are not one-size-fits-all! After your in-person consultation, Dr. Lickstein will customize your combination and each individual procedure to meet your unique needs and concerns. With just one surgery, your breasts can be augmented and lifted, your abdomen can be sculpted and any excess fat can be removed. You will have just the amount of augmentation you need to get the look you want.
In general, women will choose options to help them achieve some of the following primary goals, which include:
- attaining a more youthful looking body
- fitting more comfortably into their clothing
- feeling more confident in their swimsuits, and
- restoring a sense of their femininity
Dr. Lickstein will listen carefully to your goals and make sensible recommendations to achieve them during your consultation. He will also ensure that you are healthy enough to have the surgery safely.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
A Mommy Makeover typically includes a breast lift or breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and liposuction, but you may not need all three procedures to improve your appearance. Whichever surgeries you decide to have, Dr. Lickstein will customize them to achieve the look you desire.
Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a huge negative impact on a woman’s breasts, causing a loss of firmness and volume which can lead to sagging and skin laxity. A breast lift can restore a more youthful and attractive breast shape with better projection. Breast implants often work well with a breast lift, helping women augment the size of their breasts and restore their pre-pregnancy shape. By reducing skin laxity and improving shape and size, a breast lift along with breast augmentation can significantly improve your confidence level in any situation.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Pregnancy perhaps takes the greatest toll on a woman’s abdomen since the abdominal skin is stretched, and the abdominal muscles can become separated, increasing the laxity women experience in this area after childbirth. Through your tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat, improving your skin tone and also helping reduce or eliminate stretch marks located on the skin being excised. A tummy tuck also tightens weakened abdominal muscles to produce a more toned and slender midsection, giving you noticeable and lasting improvements in this area of your body.
Women also will face new and stubborn fat deposits after pregnancy and childbirth. Fat may naturally begin occurring in new areas where it has not appeared before, and many women may struggle and fail to eliminate it despite the most stringent diet and exercise routines. Also, not all fat responds well to diet and exercise. However, women have an option to target and eliminate this excess fat with liposuction.
Liposuction gives your surgeon precise control and the ability to remove stubborn fat from common trouble spots, including the arms, back, abdomen, hips and thighs. Liposuction, taken together with breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, can help improve your tone and contours, heighten the effect of their other procedures and, most importantly, boost your satisfaction with your body and your self-confidence.
Recovery from a Mommy Makeover
Immediately after surgery, you will remain in the surgical facility for observation until your anesthesia has worn off. With your surgeon’s approval, you can then return home. You will need a friend or loved one to drive you home after your surgery, and you will also require at-home assistance for the first 24 to 48 hours.
Although you can expect some discomfort after surgery, this is normal, and you can take prescribed medication to control your pain. Swelling may last from a few days to a few weeks depending on the procedures you’ve had and how much augmentation you’ve received. However, most patients feel comfortable resuming their normal activities after two weeks.
Dr. Lickstein will ask you to continue to avoid strenuous activity and exercise for at least six weeks, though, to protect your healing incisions and ensure the best possible results. While every woman heals differently and at their own rate, during recovery, you can expect a steady increase in your strength, energy levels and readiness to resume your pre-surgery routines. Also, by having multiple procedures at once, you will benefit from a much shorter recovery time than if you had had separate procedures.
Results of a Mommy Makeover Procedure
After recovery, you will enjoy significant improvements to your breasts, abdomen and mid-section appearance. A Mommy Makeover will give you more youthful looking breasts with improved shape and projection. Also, a flatter, more toned tummy with better mid-section contours will give you something to smile about.
While every surgery will result in some scarring, your surgeon will place incisions in the most inconspicuous locations possible, where they can be easily hidden by clothing. Also, all scars will fade over time, making this aspect of your surgery much less noticeable. Since a tummy tuck also removes scarring, such as stretch marks, you will have minimal surgical scarring with significant overall improvements.
The results of your Mommy Makeover will last as well, especially if you wait until after you have completed your childbearing before having your surgery. While your body will continue to age naturally, you can maintain the long-lasting results of your surgery by continuing a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Q. Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A. If you are physically healthy and close to your goal weight, you are a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover. While having liposuction and a tummy tuck together will substantially reduce stubborn abdominal fat, these procedures do not substitute for a diet and exercise program and are not meant as ways to achieve weight loss.
Q. What benefits will I have by having these procedures at the same time?
A. Combining a breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction procedure into a single surgery visit will substantially decrease your overall recovery time since you will have a single surgery to recover from instead of three separate surgeries. You will also save money since you will pay for only one surgical center visit and anesthesia application. You will also decrease the risks associated with anesthesia since you will receive it only once instead of multiple times.
Q. Do I need to have both a breast augmentation and a breast lift, or can I have one or the other?
A. You can have one or the other procedure; however, you may get better results by having both procedures together. For example, if you are experiencing sagging, and a breast augmentation is performed without a breast lift, you may face a higher likelihood of complications after surgery. However, if you do not have any sagging, you may get the results you want without a breast lift. Ultimately, your concerns will suggest the right surgical path to follow.
Q. When should I have my Mommy Makeover?
A. Consider having a Mommy Makeover once you have completed your childbearing. You can have the procedure even if you plan to have more children, but pregnancy and birth may adversely affect the results achieved by your surgery. While you can breastfeed after having breast implants or a breast lift, you may face a slightly higher risk of problems.