Considering a Mommy Makeover? Doing This Makes You a Better Patient
Dr. Tito Vasquez explains that doing the proper research before a Mommy Makeover is the best way to ensure a better dialogue with the surgeon.
Do you ever feel like you need a change? Have you tried intense workouts, diets, and other measures to get back into shape? You have taken great care of your children during their younger years. Now is time to get your body back.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The term “Mommy Makeover” is an affectionate media moniker/phrase referring to a combination of procedures that address the after-effects of pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. The “Mommy Makeover” usually refers to some combination of:
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
- Breast lift (mastopexy)
- Breast reduction
- Breast augmentation
These procedures aim to correct the sagging and stretching of extra skin and tissue that inevitably result from the weight gained during pregnancy. Unfortunately, no measure of diet and exercise will correct this deformity in most women. Often the skin and tissue have stretched out irreversibly. No skin care, exercise or, non-invasive treatment will significantly improve this condition.
Who is a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Candidates for the mommy makeover are women who have experienced unwanted changes to their body from pregnancy and breastfeeding. To be a successful candidate, patients should:
- Be done having children, as a future pregnancy could reverse the results of the procedure.
- Be prepared to take some time off to properly recover at home after the procedure.
- Be in general good mental and physical health.
- Be a nonsmoker or be willing to quit smoking several weeks before the procedure.
- Have realistic goals in mind for their procedure.
To get a better idea of what the procedure can do for you, view our mommy makeover before and after gallery!
What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?
Pregnancy affects each woman’s body differently. The mommy makeover is a highly customizable procedure, allowing patients to choose the combination of procedures and techniques they need to restore their body and confidence. The most common procedures involved in the mommy makeover include:
The abdomen is highly affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Your abdominal area expands to make room for the baby, causing the skin to stretch. The tummy tuck addresses stretched skin and loose tissue that doesn’t bounce back after childbirth. The belly button can also be repositioned at the same time.
Weight gain is essential during the pregnancy process, but pockets of stubborn fat can linger long after child birth. With liposuction, stubborn fat can be removed from virtually anywhere on the body. Liposuction techniques are often used at the same time as the tummy tuck to optimize results.
Your breasts can enlarge during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but later you might experience volume loss and deflation, resulting in sagging. Using implants, a breast augmentation can restore your breast volume for a more youthful looking appearance.
For some women, their breasts do not return to their natural size after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast reduction can help restore the natural size and shape of the breasts.
A breast lift can address sagging after breast volume loss and reposition the breasts higher on the chest, resulting in a younger, perkier appearance. The breast lift is often combined with the breast augmentation or reduction.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
Your exact procedure will depend on the specific surgeries you’ve chosen to have done, but they will all work towards removing excess fat and tissue, slimming your figure, and enhancing your features to restore your pre-pregnancy body. As explained in more depth in the breast lift, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck descriptions in this website, the same advantages and outcomes apply. With regards to your breast surgery, we have 3D computer simulation of what your breasts can look like after surgery which will help you envision what your surgery can look like.
With regards to a tummy tuck, in most instances, we can offer a procedure that does not add the discomfort and nuisance of wound drains due to an advanced technique called the Progressive Tension Suture Technique (PTFS).” This technique essentially “quilts” your skin and soft tissue to your deeper muscles to prevent the build up of fluid that invariably results from surgery. Ultimately this means a more comfortable and a shorter recovery period, which should make your experience more pleasurable than traditional techniques.
Your Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline
You mommy makeover recovery will depend on the unique set of procedures you chose. After your mommy makeover procedure, post-op instructions will be given to you which you should follow closely for a successful recovery. You can expect a few weeks of recovery in which you will need some time off work, restrictions on your activity, and plenty of rest. For the first several days, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort. This can be controlled with the use of medication prescribed by Dr. Vasquez. During this time, you should have someone there to help care for you as well as small children or pets. Avoid lifting, bending, and other strenuous activity for the first several weeks. Dr. Vasquez will give you a more detailed outline of your mommy makeover recovery at the time of your consultation.
Mommy Makeover Results
Once the swelling has diminished after your mommy makeover procedure, you can experience your results. Initial swelling could distort your results, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice improvements right away. As swelling and redness diminished in the weeks following your procedure, your results will be revealed. You can enjoy a well-toned figure with a dramatic reduction in excess skin and stubborn fat. With these changes, a boost in your self-confidence and comfortability during daily life is sure to follow.
Contact Dr. Vasquez at Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group if you are contemplating doing something about your body. Whether you decide to arrange your surgery soon or in a few years, Dr. Vasquez will provide you with the answers and information that you need to make an informed decision. He can provide you with various options and an expert recommendation. Dr. Vasquez is uniquely qualified to perform these procedures with your safety and individual goals in mind. Call our office at (203) 292-8119 to arrange your consultation now.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
The cost of a mommy makeover can vary greatly depending on the procedures included. The average price range for a mommy makeover is between $10,000 and $30,000. Dr. Vasquez will go over the cost of your plastic surgery procedures and your mommy makeover finance options. Having the procedures combined in the mommy makeover is generally less expensive than having the procedures done separately.
Who is the best surgeon for a mommy makeover near me?
The best surgeon for your mommy makeover procedure is one that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For a mommy makeover surgeon in the Southport, CT area, you might consider board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vasquez. Dr. Vasquez is highly experienced when it comes to the mommy makeover and the procedures involved. He can meet with you to determine if you are a candidate and help you customize your procedure.
What is the scar like after mommy makeover?
Scarring after mommy makeover will depend on the procedures and techniques performed. With any surgical procedure, some scarring can be expected, however, an expert surgeon like Dr. Vasquez will do anything they can to ensure that incisions are placed in well-concealed areas. Your scar will continue to fade with time.