Becoming a mother is often a woman's greatest life experience, however pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding take a toll on a mother's body.
Breasts and the abdomen are stretched out, often leaving loose skin and/or stretch marks. After childbirth, breasts often deflate and sag and the areolas frequently stay large even after the breast has returned to its previous size.
There has been a combination of procedures that for the past decade have been referred to as a mommy makeover which frequently include one or more of the following: liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, and/or breast augmentation. However recently new procedures are entering the mix and the "Modern Mommy Makeover" has been designed for anyone who has had children recently or years ago that wants to improve their body.
"My Modern Mommy Makeover includes a combination of breast and body surgery, or in fact a combination of many different types of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. This can be the classic breast augmentation and tummy tuck, it can include liposuction, a labiaplasty, Botox, fillers or skin care," says Dr. Karen M. Horton, Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco continues, "in reality, a Mommy Makeover can be anything you want it to be, hence the term Modern Mommy Makeover. Not all women are looking for a 'boob job'. Most Moms want to feel comfortable in their skin, sexy, feminine and youthful. The Modern Mommy Makeover can address each woman's goals individually and is tailored to the areas of their body they want to address."
Dr. Stephen Greenberg, a Plastic Surgeon in New York explained to AHB how the procedure has evolved, " I now refer to it as 'The Modern Mommy Makeover'. Not only can it include the more popular Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction that other surgeons are doing, but I have now included Vaginal Rejuvenation, Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat Transfers), Cellulite Reduction and Facial Rejuvenation. I find that these comprehensive treatment plans give the best results."
Dr. Greenberg discusses the advantage to the patient by combining the procedures, "I find that these comprehensive treatment plans give the best overall results and you are having one surgery with one quick recovery time."
There is also an economic benefit by combining procedures with Dr. Greenberg who gave a ballpark quote, "around $8000 depending on the procedures included as we create a comprehensive and tailored Modern Mommy Makeover treatment plan to address each patients' needs."
Actual Modern Mommy Makeover Result - Dr. Karen Horton
Dr. Richard A. D’Amico, past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), describes his combination of procedures as a buffet that may include any of these procedures, "breast Lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation, or any combination of these; liposuction for sculpting of the torso, back and legs; abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck); skin care with laser or MicroNeedling."
Dr. D’Amico describes his Modern Mommy Makeover as more than just aesthetic procedures, "each procedure, or group of procedures, is custom tailored to the patient's body habitus and her needs and desires. We take into account her original appearance, changes that have been generated by pregnancy, child rearing, and weight gain or loss. We take into account her diet and exercise program and discuss the management going forward of the new results so that she is able to maintain it for hte long term. This is critical."
Dr. Horton emphasizes her individual approach, "the Modern Mommy Makeover I offer to women may be different than what is offered by other practitioners because as a twin Mom myself, I firsthand understand the changes a woman's body undergoes during pregnancy, breastfeeding and the years after having children. Unfortunately, your body doesn't always bounce back easily after multiple pregnancies, and the goals for your body can change as you age and mature. I get to know my patients head-to-toe, inside and out, and work together with them to develop an individual plan that will best meet their personal goals for their Modern Mommy Makeover. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach."