As a time-starved mother, the Mommy Makeover is ideal because several procedures are performed in one surgery, thus minimizing overall downtime. A combination of a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, breast surgery and/or liposuction, the Mommy Makeover is specifically tailored to each woman. While the type of individual procedures are dependent on each woman, they address some common issues that all post-baby mothers experience.
If the combination of procedures has you thinking Heidi Montag, stop now - these procedures are commonly combined together. Depending on how much work needs to be done, the entire surgery takes 4-8 hours and 2-6 weeks are required to recover. Although this seems to be a long time, imagine each procedure done separately and how much more surgery time and downtime each individual procedure would require.
- Droopy Breasts
Post-baby, regardless of whether or not you breast feed, your breasts will change. According to Dr. Joel Beck, Bay Area plastic surgeon, most moms will lose volume and start to droop or nipples will point downward. Breast Augmentation, in the form of a breast lift or breast implants can add volume and create fuller and uplifted breasts.
- Bulging Tummy
After pregnancy, some woman may experience diastasis recti where the abdominal muscles have separated from the wall and need to be repaired through a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. This portion of the surgery will also fix excess loose skin on the tummy. Dr. Beck says if tummy fat occurs without diastasis recti, he can forego the tummy tuck and opt for laser lipolysis to remove fat and tighten skin on the tummy.
- Extra Fat
While the average woman gains between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy, some may gain more and find that after pregnancy, they can't or don't have the time to work off the extra weight. During the Mommy Makeover, the doctor can perform liposuction or laser lipolysis to address any extra fat. Dr. Beck often turns to the SmartLipo Triplex device, as the laser assisted liposuction melts fat for easy removal while tightening skin.
Now you can love your baby and love your body too!