Many of the effects of pregnancy linger long after giving birth. The aftermath of pregnancy may include a combination of cosmetic imperfections such as stretch marks, excess abdominal tissue, deflated breasts, and stubborn fat deposits. These changes are often resistant to strict diet and rigorous exercise, but they can be significantly improved with surgery. The Mommy Makeover is a personalized surgery package designed to restore a woman’s figure and confidence after pregnancy. During your private consultation, Charles Galanis, M.D., will evaluate your condition and prepare a surgical plan suited to your unique needs and goals. Visit us at Galanis Plastic Surgery.
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What A Mommy Makeover Can Correct
After pregnancy, the body tends to store fat differently. This often leads to unwanted localized fat that is difficult to shrink with diet and exercise. This Makeover removes stubborn body fat via liposuction or excision techniques, producing a slimmer body contour.
The breasts experience many changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Due to breast size fluctuations during these stages, they may appear deflated or droopy. Patients who undergo this Makeover can include breast augmentation and/or breast lift to improve the appearance of their bustline.
Pregnancy can take a significant toll on the abdomen. Women commonly experience skin laxity and compromised rectus muscles, which cause the belly to bulge. By opting for a Makeover, women can enjoy a smoother, tighter core and an enhanced silhouette.
Mommy Makeover Options
- Women can choose breast augmentation, breast lift, or both enhancement procedures to restore youthfulness to their breasts.
- Involves placing implants to improve the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts
- Patients can choose between silicone and saline implants
- Implants can be placed above or underneath the pectoral muscle
- Incision options are: inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary
- Involves removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue to restore a more youthful appearance
- Incision options are: anchor, lollipop, donut, and crescent
- Type of incision depends on the severity of the condition
Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. This procedure produces a firmer, more proportional abdominal contour.
Full Tummy Tuck
- An incision is created from hip to hip below the bikini line
- A second incision is placed around the navel
- Skin is separated from abdominal wall
- Includes muscle repair
Mini Tummy Tuck
- Requires a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck
- Incision lies below the bikini line
- Excess tissue is removed only from lower abdomen
- If included, muscle repair is only performed on lower abdominal muscles
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves suctioning out localized fat utilizing a cannula. Tumescent fluid is first injected into the treatment area(s) to minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising. Laser or ultrasound technologies may be used during liposuction for optimal results.
The first week of recovery is the most intense. You will be advised to wear a surgical bra and compression garment over the treatment areas to reduce swelling. While rigorous activity should be limited for at least six weeks, it is recommended that Mommy Makeover patients try taking short, slow walks as soon as they can to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. Driving can be resumed two weeks after surgery. Full recovery takes about six weeks.
The incisions created during a Mommy Makeover are placed in discreet locations that allow them to be hidden by clothing. The type of incisions required depends on the extent of correction necessary to achieve each patient’s goals. Any resulting scars fade to almost imperceptible levels with time.
The cost of a Mommy Makeover depends significantly on the techniques used, anesthesia fees, and other factors. The office staff will be able to provide you with an exact cost following your Mommy Makeover consultation.
Pain varies depending on which surgical techniques are used for your customized Mommy Makeover. Oral pain medicine may be needed for several days to minimize discomfort. Patients must not drive until narcotic pain medicine is no longer necessary.
Yes. While a Mommy Makeover typically includes breast enhancement, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction, some patients may qualify for additional procedures. The following techniques can be considered to be a part of the Mommy Makeover approach:
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
- Facial rejuvenation procedures
Ideal candidates for the Mommy Makeover should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. It is recommended that those considering a Mommy Makeover refrain from smoking and other tobacco use as well.
Patients can expect noticeable improvement, but the final results are only visible once the swelling has subsided and the body has adjusted to the changes. It takes about three months to see the full effects of a Mommy Makeover.
Significant complications after Mommy Makeover surgery are uncommon, and many of them can be avoided by carefully following all aftercare instructions. However, all surgical procedures come with potential risks, including:
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
- Changes in sensation
- Blood Clots