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After pregnancies, especially multiple pregnancies, many women are challenged with the changes in the shape and quality of their abdominal and breast areas.
Many women find that when even committing to the strictest diet and exercise routines, minimal improvement is obtained. For these patients, the procedure called the mommy makeover is the answer to remove the excess fat areas, skin folds, and stretch marks, and help to restore abdominal shape and beast volume.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover is a combination of surgeries that can correct desired areas. For example, a tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen and breast augmentation and/or a breast lift are designed to increase the size and or reshape the breast.
The advantage of performing these multiple procedures in just one trip to the operating room is that the patient will experience surgical recovery one time instead of twice, keeping the downtime to a minimum.
Another advantage is economical. Usually it will cost less to have these two procedures performed together than in two separate trips to the operating room.
As a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the premier group of cosmetic board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Perez has demonstrated a complete knowledge and ability to perform all of these type of surgical procedures and he will explain in detail each one of the them and which one is the best for you.
The most common combinations of procedures in our mommy makeover include:
- Abdominoplasty with Breast Augmentation
- Abdominoplasty with Breast Lift
- Breast Lift with Augmentation
- Mini Abdominoplasty with Liposuction
"I had surgery 4 weeks ago and had a great experience. Dr. Perez is very knowledgeable and he and his staff have been super professional and kind throughout my pre and post op appointments" - Katie H.
What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover?
It is a common misconception that every mommy makeover is the same. In reality, this surgical combination is not set in stone. Instead, it is customized to meet each patient’s unique needs.
Some of the most popular procedures for a mommy makeover include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
Since there are so many different options available, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for you. Start by scheduling a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Perez. He will recommend the most appropriate surgeries for your specific concerns and goals.
How Many Procedures Can Be Used in a Mommy Makeover?
The number of procedures that can be used in a mommy makeover depends on a few factors. Those factors include how many surgeries it will take to achieve your desired results and the severity of your concerns. Of course, the consideration that matters above all else is your safety.
The recommended time limit for elective procedures is generally six hours. If your surgical combination is expected to exceed that time limit, then it may be necessary to split it up.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The best candidates for mommy makeover surgery are those in good overall health, at their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations about their results. It’s important to note that patients considering the mommy makeover have concluded that they are done having children and have no plans to become pregnant again. The surgery will not affect your future chances of getting pregnant. However, pregnancy after your mommy makeover surgery may undo many of the results obtained during the makeover.
If you have underlying medical conditions, infections, or difficulty healing, this surgery may not be suitable for you. During your consultation, Dr. Perez will explain all your available options.
How Can I Prepare?
Taking the right steps before your surgery will set you up for success. There are several important things you should do to prepare for your mommy makeover, including the following:
- Buy recovery supplies
- Line up childcare
- Arrange transportation
- Avoid nicotine
- Review your supplements and medications
- Get a lab testing or medical evaluation
Some of these measures may vary based on your situation and the details of your surgical plan. Our office will provide you with detailed information about getting ready for a mommy makeover.
Are There Things I Should Avoid Doing Before My Mommy Makeover?
In addition to the list of things you can do to prepare for your mommy makeover procedure, there are also things you can avoid that may enhance your results. Before your surgery, avoid the following:
- Smoking and nicotine.
- Excessive weight gain. Consider implementing a balanced diet to help with your recovery.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
How a Mommy Makeover Is Performed
Mommy makeovers are performed in a hospital or a private and accredited surgical center. First, you will be given anesthesia to put you in a sleep-like state and prevent you from feeling pain.
After that, our board-certified plastic surgeon will follow the surgical plan that was outlined to you. It may include options like a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction.
The exact steps involved in your mommy makeover will vary. Book a consultation with our Kansas City plastic surgeon to receive personalized information about what you can expect.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Mommy makeover recovery periods vary from one patient to the next. That is because there are so many different factors involved, including the procedures that were performed, the techniques used during surgery, and the natural rate of healing that is unique to all of us.
In general, our patients take anywhere from two to six weeks off work. And we tell them that things such as exercise, heavy lifting, and strenuous physical activities must be put on hold for a similar amount of time.
You will receive a detailed recovery estimate, as well as aftercare guidelines and post-procedure restrictions, during your consultation. We can also provide advice during your recovery period.
Are There Any Risks?
Although Dr. Victor Perez places a high priority on patient comfort and safety during each procedure, just like any other surgery, the mommy makeover can come with a few risks patients should be aware of. These include:
- Implant leak
- Inability to breastfeed
- Chronic pain
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
Some common side effects patients experience post-procedure are:
- Light bleeding on bandages
- Aching when moving
These side effects are very common and typically disappear after three to four days post-procedure. Under the guidance of Dr. Perez, most patients are able to avoid these risks and manage their side effects without any complications during their recovery period.
What Can I Expect From My Results?
Many women find that their mommy makeover results help boost their confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, those amazing changes do not happen overnight. Your cosmetic outcome will be obscured by bruising and swelling during the start of your recovery. After six months, the healing process should be mostly complete, and your final results will be visible.
A great thing about mommy makeover results is that they can last for a very long time. In order to maintain your new look, we recommend that you stay close to your post-procedure weight. You should also consider waiting to schedule this surgery after you are done having children. Future pregnancies can potentially undo all of your cosmetic and functional improvements.