A Mommy Makeover refers to any procedure or combination of procedures specifically designed to surgically restore your pre-baby or post-pregnancy body and correct the toll pregnancy can take on your body. The most likely contributing factors to the common post-pregnancy physical changes are your age and the amount of weight gained during pregnancy; but the most important factor is your genetic predisposition. Some moms don’t have to contend with significant shape changes, but for those who do, a Mommy Makeover might be in order.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The most common use of the term “Mommy Makeover” refers to a combination of a breast enhancement, lift or augmentation, a tummy tuck, liposuction and lipo-transfer surgeries. The procedures or combination thereof are performed in a single session to correct the damaging effects of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing.
Other treatments often combined with the Mommy Makeover include vaginal rejuvenation, such as vaginoplasty or labiaplasty. The term can also incorporate correction of hyperpigmentation and C-section scar revision.
Do You Need a Mommy Makeover?
You are a candidate for a Mommy Makeover surgery if you complain of the following:
Have lost elasticity in your abdominal area due to pregnancy
Have developed weakness in your rectus abdominus muscle-the muscle at the front of the abdomen that runs vertically and acts to bend your body forward or sideways.
Have lost fullness in your breast after delivery and breastfeeding.
Have increased sagginess and laxity due to post-pregnancy changes
Your consultation with Dr. Birely will consist of a range of questions, to ascertain your needs and determine whether you need a breast augmentation, a breast lift, a tummy tuck, liposuction or a combination of all, better yet a Mommy Makeover.
Dr. Birely will discuss your options, and go over the potential outcome of your procedure and your benefits and risks. He will then suggest the right surgical approach for you.
Mommy Makeover Surgery Techniques with Dr. Birely
At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Dr. Birely will perform your surgery on-site, in our state of the art, certified Surgical Suite under local intravenous sedation.
Mommy Makeover-Breast Enhancement
A breast lift, with or without an augmentation, is commonly performed to correct the sagginess and laxity that occurs after delivery or breastfeeding. When the breasts return to their pre-pregnancy size, they often become overstretched and lose their volume.
These are significant shape changes that a breast lift can help overcome. Using an implant with the breast lift helps to support and enhance the breast, and provides fullness on top, which is hard to achieve with a lift alone.
Mommy Makeover-Tummy Tuck
Abdominal skin often becomes stretched due to pregnancy. In addition, the abs, or rectus abdominus muscles – the muscles at the front of the abdomen that run vertically and act to bend to body forward or sideways- can separate, causing a midline abdominal protrusion and weakness in the abdominal wall.
This unflattering abdominal contour along with excess skin can be corrected with a tummy tuck. Depending on the degree of muscle and skin laxity, a tummy tuck can be full, extended, or mini with a shorter scar. If you have had a C-section, Dr. Birely’s technique would be to use your C-section for his incision, leaving you with only one scar.
Liposuction helps with the post-pregnancy changes in the body contouring. As women get back to their original weight, they still have excess fat in certain areas.
Liposuction, alone or combined with a tummy tuck, can help correct those extra fatty deposits.
Mommy Makeover-Fat Transfer
Fat is liposuctioned from other areas and injected into the deficient areas. Fat transfer helps shift the fatty deposits from where you don’t want them into the areas that need them.
Where is the procedure performed: The procedures can be performed at a hospital or a certified freestanding surgery center on an outpatient basis.
What kind of anesthesia: Local intra-venous sedation or MAC sedation.
How long is recovery: Patients may require 10-12 days for recovery.
What is the average cost: The fee for the Mommy Makeover can vary, and the final cost depends on the combination of surgeries selected. Patients can expect the fee to range from $10,000.00 to $20,000.00.
Who is a candidate: Considering the combination of procedures involved, the best candidate is a patient in good health. Patients must have a medical clearance with a clean bill of health prior to undergoing the procedures.