What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination surgery geared at restoring contours, tautness, and the overall appearance of a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. Multiple areas of the body can be addressed. Most commonly, these include the breasts, abdomen, waist, and buttocks. Many techniques are used to perform a mommy makeover, but it is typically performed as a single-stage procedure. When deciding which techniques are best, it’s important to consider factors like the level of desired restoration, the placement of incisions, and the type of breast implant used.
What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery generally starts with a breast procedure and a tummy tuck, followed by additional procedures as needed. Breast implants can restore lost volume, a breast lift can lift sagging skin to improve the shape, and a tummy tuck can address difficult to shed excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. As each patient is different, different procedure combinations are included according to one’s needs. Possible procedures include:
As each case is unique, some women choose to include the following as well:
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Butt lift
- Thigh lift
- Arm lift
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
You may be a strong candidate for a mommy makeover if:
- You are in good health
- You have achieved your ideal body weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You do not plan to have more children
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Although mommy makeover surgery can benefit women who have not had children, it is designed with mothers in mind. Many women are discouraged when their bodies do not return to their pre-pregnancy shape, even with exercise and a healthy diet. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave lasting undesirable effects on your appearance, including sagging, deflated breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, stretch marks, C-section scars, and loose, excess skin and fat. Mommy makeovers can reverse some of these physical changes.
Although each patient has her personal goals, mommy makeover surgery can offer one or more of the following benefits:
- Correct breast sagging and restore volume
- Improve breast symmetry
- Correct stretched or enlarged nipples or areola
- Remove excess, sagging skin from the abdomen
- Repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles (AKA diastasis recti)
- Reduce stubborn fat pockets
- Improve body contours
- Reduce stretch marks and scars
Mommy Makeover Risks & Safety
Whether to undergo a mommy makeover is a deeply personal choice. It’s up to you to decide if the potential benefits are worth the potential risks. While bruising and swelling are normal for the first few weeks, complications are rare. However, it’s always best to be well-informed! The risks of mommy makeover surgery include:
- Poor or slow healing
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Inability to breastfeed
- Leaky implants
- Capsular contracture
- Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
- Recurrent skin looseness
- Fat necrosis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cardiac and pulmonary problems
- Breast Asymmetry
- Persistent pain
- Contour irregularities
- Fat embolization
- Intolerance to anesthesia
These and other risks will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.
How Much will a Mommy Makeover Cost on Average?
The average mommy makeover surgery cost in the US falls between $10,000-$30,000. Still, since every patient’s needs are different, it’s impossible to say your final cost before your needs are assessed. The number and type of procedures you receive will significantly affect your cost. Schedule a consultation today to find out more!
How Is a Mommy Makeover Procedure Performed?
Before undergoing mommy makeover surgery, it’s important to understand that it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Candidates for the surgery are in good health and have made every effort to exercise and diet regularly beforehand. Similarly, it’s just as important to continue these efforts post-op to maintain results.
Before a mommy makeover, Dr. Egozi meets with all his patients to discuss their options. During this consultation, patients become familiarized with the process and find out what procedures best suit their needs.
The way mommy makeover surgery is performed depends in large part on which procedures are being included. Factors such as the extent and location(s) of liposuction, the type of tummy tuck, and whether breast augmentation is being included will all impact the duration of the operation and recovery time needed.
Why Choose Dr. Egozi as Your Mommy Makeover Surgeon?
Dr. Egozi has been running a renowned cosmetic surgery practice for over 15 years. His expertise spans a wide range of aesthetic procedures–from noninvasive to surgical. Egozi Plastic Surgery facilities are state-of-the-art, and are proudly counted among the foremost Surgical Centers in Tampa Bay.
Recovery Process After a Mommy Makeover
While it’s understandable to want to return to your daily routine right away, you must give your body enough time to heal.
A few tips for optimal healing:
1) Ask for help
Due to the use of general anesthesia, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home post-op and stay with you overnight. Hire a housecleaner for at least a week or two, or ask reliable people to do heavy house cleaning and pet care.
2) Don’t Lift Anything
If you have young children, it’s important not to lift them for 1-2 weeks, instinctual as it may be. Instead, arrange for childcare. Post-op, you won’t be able to carry anything heavy or exercise strenuously for several weeks.
3) Stock Up on Supplies Beforehand
To avoid unnecessary trips to the store, have some of the following supplies on hand: stool softeners (to mitigate painkiller-induced constipation), a thermometer, low sodium foods, bottled water, smoothie ingredients, fresh produce, movies, books, and loose, comfortable clothing.
4) Don’t Take Blood Thinners
Store any blood thinners out of reach. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatories. These are prohibited starting three weeks before until at least two weeks after surgery, as they can trigger bleeding.
5) Sleep in a Neutral Position
For the first couple of weeks post-op, it’s important to get a lot of quality rest. Sleep on your back with your head and shoulders elevated on 2-3 firm pillows or a large wedge. Alternatively, sleep in a recliner.
6) Don’t Hesitate to Call Us with Questions or Concerns
The mommy makeover recovery process varies widely. It is important to show up at follow-ups with Dr. Egozi as instructed. If you have questions or concerns between appointments, never hesitate to contact our office.
How Long Will the Recovery Period be?
The recovery time associated with mommy makeover surgery can fluctuate and is largely dependent on the type and number of surgeries performed. A healing period of 1-3 weeks is typical. Plan to clear your schedule for at least the first 7-10 days. While light walking and lifting can typically be resumed after 1-2 weeks, it’s best to wait 6 weeks before returning to your workout routine. It’s important to note that the level of care and attention paid to Dr. Egozi’s instructions during your recovery can have a substantial effect on its duration.
Schedule Your Tampa Bay Mommy Makeover Surgery
To learn more about your options for mommy makeover surgery in Tampa Bay, schedule a consultation with Dr. Egozi today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Painful Is a Mommy Makeover?
The amount of pain and discomfort you experience will depend on the type of tummy tuck, whether muscle tightening is required or not, and the type of breast augmentation and lift technique, among other factors. During the procedure, general anesthesia will be used to reduce discomfort, and painkillers will be prescribed post-op to manage any pain afterwards.
What Is a Mini Mommy Makeover?
While there is no “mini mommy makeover,” some women opt for a mini tummy tuck rather than a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck addresses excess skin and muscle laxity in the lower abdomen only, while a full tummy tuck addresses the areas both above and below the navel. While most patients require a full tummy tuck, those with very localized skin laxity may only require a mini procedure.
Are Mommy Makeovers Safe?
While mommy makeover surgery is considered safe, Dr. Egozi will explain in detail the risks and potential complications associated with surgery during your consultation, as well as all that can be done to lessen these risks.
When Can I Sleep on My Side After a Mommy Makeover?
Sleeping on your back for 4-6 weeks post-op is recommended. After 1 week, sleeping on your side may also become a safe option–if you protect your breasts by stacking pillows to rest your arms on. Before transitioning to sleeping on your side, be sure to check with Dr. Egozi.