Motherhood is one of the great joys of life. Unfortunately, the toll on a woman’s body as a result of pregnancy can be significant. It should not come as a surprise that this toll can be even greater with twins, following multiple pregnancies, or after significant fluctuations in weight. These changes can directly affect a woman’s breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs. They can even affect the skin of the face. Diet, exercise, and weight loss alone are often not enough to regain that pre-baby body. A “Mommy Makeover” provides a way to address and correct pregnancy-related changes to the figure with a series of customized plastic surgery procedures.
- What is a Mommy Makeover?
- What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
- Who is a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
- How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
- What is Recovery from a Mommy Makeover Like?
- What Type of Mommy Makeover Results Can Be Expected?
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures and/or aesthetic treatments designed to target and improve key areas of the body changed by childbearing and aging. Often, multiple procedures may be performed during the span of one operation to maximize results, consolidate healing time, and reduce surgical costs. The procedures often incorporated in a mommy makeover are primarily focused on the breasts, abdomen, hips, and/or thighs. Some women may also opt to include facial rejuvenation treatments and cosmetic injectables to smooth wrinkles, add volume, and restore a youthful glow.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
A customized mommy makeover plan can deliver significant cosmetic benefit to many regions of the body. Each woman’s mommy makeover needs are different and depend upon her areas of concern and desired results. Features of one’s physique that can be corrected with a mommy makeover may include:
- Drooping or deflated breasts
- Stubborn “baby weight”
- Excess skin around the abdomen
- Stretched or lax abdominal muscles
Below we have provided informative sections focused on the cosmetic issues many mothers experience and the procedures plastic surgeon Robert Rothfield, MD offers to improve their appearance:
Prior to pregnancy, women have an hourglass type of waistline. Following pregnancy, the hourglass shape becomes more square. This is a direct result of the separation of the abdominal muscles that can occur as a result of a growing baby in the uterus. The stretching of the muscle and its lining can result in a bulge of the abdomen, either up high, or down low, or both. In some instances, this bulge can even give the appearance that the woman is still pregnant. In some women, the belly button can become misshapen, and even develop a small hernia. The skin of the tummy is another area that is prone to significant changes. Stretch marks can occur or the skin can develop a cottage cheese-like appearance. A step-off can develop at the site of a C-Section scar. These are all changes that can be dramatically corrected with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
During pregnancy and in the months immediately following, the beauty of the breasts is often accentuated as they become more full and firm. However, these changes are often short-lived and the breasts can deflate and droop. The areola can widen and the skin may sag. A breast augmentation, with either a saline or silicone implant, can restore the fullness that was present during or prior to pregnancy. If the breast has become droopy and the areolas enlarged, a breast lift (mastopexy) can be added to effectively address these issues as well.
Hips and Thighs
“Eating for two” may result in more weight gain than is ideal. Taking off this baby fat is difficult and can lead to certain problem areas that become resistant to post-partum weight loss. These areas typically include the outer thighs (saddle bags), the hips (muffin top) and back region. Traditional liposuction or newer more advanced techniques using ultrasonic equipment or CoolSculpting® can be extremely effective in restoring these areas to their pre-baby condition.
Who is a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The goal of the Mommy Makeover is to restore and/or enhance the body to its pre-baby figure. It can be a single treatment or a combination of procedures and treatments that address those changes that result from child bearing. In reality, every healthy mother is a potential candidate!
A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rothfield is the first step toward finding out if a mommy makeover is right for you. During this appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss the the physical changes you have experienced as a mother and explain the improvements you would like to make to your figure. Once Dr. Rothfield has a clear idea of your goals, performs a physical exam, and reviews your medical history, he can describe which procedures and surgical techniques can create optimal results.
If you are not a candidate for surgery, Dr. Rothfield may recommend non-surgical, non-invasive CoolSculpting® for fat reduction and body contouring.
How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
Based on the treatments you choose to move forward with, Dr. Rothfield will develop a highly customized surgical plan for your mommy makeover. While some procedures can be performed together during one surgery, such as a breast lift and liposuction or a tummy tuck and breast lift with augmentation, some patients may be encouraged to stage their surgeries for added safety.
The exact way your mommy makeover is accomplished will be covered during the consultation process. In addition to detailing each surgical approach, Dr. Rothfield will take time to explain the type of anesthesia that will be used and whether your surgery will be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis. He will also review what you can expect to experience before, during, and after the procedure(s), so that you are fully prepared.
What is Recovery from a Mommy Makeover Like?
The details of your recovery will depend upon the different procedures you have undergone and the degree of enhancement that was provided. Below we have highlighted the average timeline for recovery from the most popular mommy makeover treatment options. It is important to note, however, that each procedure does not necessarily lengthen total downtime—most mommy makeover recovery periods will be dictated by the most extensive procedure performed.
- Tummy Tuck – Most patients can begin driving after about five days of recovery, though they often wait two weeks to return to work and light exercise. Tummy tuck patients are encouraged to walk immediately after surgery, but told to avoid full exercise until one month after surgery.
- Breast Augmentation – Most patients return to work and driving after approximately five days, and resume light exercise after two weeks. Full exercise can usually begin after one month.
- Breast Lift: Most breast lift patients—with or without breast implants—generally return to driving and work after five days, light exercise after two weeks, and full exercise after one month.
- Liposuction: Patients who have a small volume of fat removed can usually start working and exercising again after two to three days, while large-volume liposuction patients take about five to seven days to return to work and exercise. Compression garments should be worn for approximately six weeks.
Some degree of discomfort is expected during the first few days following surgery; however, more severe pain can be managed with medication. It is important to get plenty of rest, adhere to post-operative instructions, and attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Rothfield as you recover. If you have undergone multiple procedures, your body may take more time to complete the healing process. For optimal healing, it is always preferable to take more rest if you feel you need it than to push yourself into your normal activities too soon.
What Type of Mommy Makeover Results Can Be Expected?
The majority of Dr. Rothfield’s patients are thrilled with the results they achieve with a mommy makeover. His extensive experience and skill allow him to create lifted, shapely breasts, smooth abdominal contours, and leaner hips and thighs. For many mothers, especially those who have given birth to multiple children, plastic surgery provides the only method for achieving the figure they desire. After recovery, most mommy makeover patients experience a boost in confidence and enjoy highlighting the curves they used to hide.
For more information on Mommy Makeovers or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert E. Rothfield, please contact us at Weston Plastic Surgery.