Having children is a beautiful thing. However, pregnancy can leave the badge of motherhood on your body. Mommy makeover is really just a catch all term for a combination of procedures that will help restore a woman to her pre-baby body. It typically consists of a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast augmentation with a lift. It may or may not also include liposuction. Bottom line, the skin and muscles of your stomach, which have been stretched for nine months to accommodate a new life, often don’t return to their pre-pregnancy state despite a healthy diet and exercise. The result is excess skin and stretch marks. Furthermore, breast feeding can leave your breasts deflated and sagging.
During your initial mommy makeover consultation, Dr. David Sieber will assess your anatomy, take measurements and discuss your desired outcome. Together, you will come up with the best combination of procedures to achieve your ideal body. The goal with any mommy makeover is to restore a more youthful, lifted, and firm contour to your entire torso.
Mommy makeover surgery is able to improve:
- Excess abdominal skin
- Wide abdominal muscles which cause a bulge in your lower abdomen
- Stretch marks
- Saggy and deflated breasts
- Length: 4-5 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient +/- overnight stay
- Side effects: swelling, bruising, tightness, numbness
- Recovery: 1-2 weeks
To find out more about a mommy makeover with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Mommy Makeover Technique
Mommy makeovers are typically performed as a same day, outpatient surgery although some combination of procedures may require an overnight stay. This will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation. Surgery begins with the enhancement and rejuvenation of your breasts either through a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a breast augmentation with a lift. The second part of the surgery is a tummy tuck to re-contour your abdomen, giving you a firm, flat stomach. Liposuction may be performed in your abdomen, hips, and flanks to enhance the look of your waistline. Dr. Sieber will tighten any abdominal muscles that have spread apart due to pregnancy, and then remove any excess skin.
Preparing for Mommy Makeover Surgery
As with any surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Mommy makeover is a major surgery, so if you don’t have help at home, you’ll need to find someone to assist you around the house for at least the first couple of days following surgery.
Recovery from Mommy Makeover Surgery
You will wake up with drains in your abdomen to help remove any fluid that accumulates after the surgery. You will also be wearing a compression binder or garment to help with post op swelling. This compression garment will need to be worn for the next 6-8 weeks.
You can expect to be very swollen for at least the first 2 weeks following surgery. This is completely normal and will slowly subside with time. Your drains are typically removed one week after surgery. Your abdominal muscles will feel tight, and you may experience some abdominal spasms immediately following surgery. Don’t panic. This is a normal reaction. Also, for the first week after surgery, you will need to walk slightly hunched over. As your skin and muscles begin to relax, you’ll be able to walk more upright. If you had liposuction as part of your mommy makeover, you will probably have some areas of bruising. Recovery after a mommy makeover can take some time. For at least the first week after surgery, you’re going to be sore and uncomfortable. It is normal to feel pulling, tugging and tightness throughout your abdomen for the first few weeks to months after surgery, but this will gradually improve with time.
You should refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery. You should not lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. for at least 4 weeks so if you have kids at home, you should have someone around to help. You can start moderate exercise at 2 weeks post op, more intense exercise 4 weeks post op and you’ll be released back to all normal activities at 6 weeks post op.
Q: When is the best time to have a mommy makeover?
A: The best time to have a mommy makeover is once you’re done having children, and at least 6 months after you’ve completely stopped breast feeding. Mommy makeover is a large surgery so if you have young children at home, you will need to find someone who can help you at home while you recover.
Q: Am I able to have liposuction at the same time as the mommy makeover?
A: It is completely safe to do both. Dr. Sieber routinely performs liposuction as part of his tummy tuck and mommy makeover procedures. The best results are achieved by contouring your waist and hips to match your newly contoured abdomen.