As a mother, you understand that sacrifice comes with the territory. However, having children does not have to cost you your appearance. Pregnancy and breast feeding can take their toll on a woman’s body, leaving loose skin and fat around the tummy, sagging breasts and stretch marks. Can you really get your body back? The answer is a resounding “yes!”
The combination of changes in appearance in the breasts and abdomen lead many moms to seek a “mommy makeover”—one of the most satisfying combination procedures for our patients who want their pre-pregnancy figures restored—or improved. It may involve a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation or breast lift. Some patients need only one of these procedures, while. others need a combination to achieve the look they desire. The makeover plan is tailored to each patient’s needs.
Pregnancy has a profound physical impact and each woman is affected differently. The number of pregnancies, degree of weight fluctuation, age, and genetics play a significant role in how your body recovers. Plastic surgery does not take the place of a healthy lifestyle. Still, even with the assistance of a personal trainer and a proper diet, many women may find it difficult to rebound after pregnancy.
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Breast surgery post-pregnancy can involve a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or breast lift. If you have nursed several children you may notice not only less volume in your breasts, but a degree of ptosis (sagging.) A breast augmentation will restore volume but it does not address sagging. This can only be accomplished with a breast lift to reposition the breasts. If your breasts have remained large after delivery, then breast reduction might be recommended.
There are several different types of liposuction. Each uses various techniques to remove fat pockets through hollow tubes called cannulas. There are differences in time, cost, scars, and other risks between each type of liposuction. Our surgeons are comfortable with various methods of liposuction and will help you select the best type of liposuction to achieve your goals.
The tummy tuck procedure can last between one to three hours depending on the method that we feel is best for you. In a standard abdominoplasty, an incision is made from hip bone to hip bone low on the abdominal skin, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. If you have muscle separation, pulling your muscles closer together and suturing them will give a tighter look to your abdomen. This is like an internal corset. The skin is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. The procedure will only remove stretch marks on the piece of skin that is excised. An overnight stay in the hospital is usually required.
Not all tummy tucks are the same. Our preferred technique is the high lateral tension abdominoplasty. The benefits of the high lateral tension abdominoplasty are that the scars are much thinner and the placement of the scar is more predictable.
In a mini abdominoplasty, or partial abdominoplasty, a shorter incision is made above the pubic area, and does not extend out to the hip bones. The mini abdominoplasty is indicated in women who have weakening of the abdominal muscles in the lower half of the tummy. The skin is separated only between the incision line and your navel. A limited muscle repair will be performed from your belly button to your pubic bone. Your navel may not be moved, but may be pulled as the skin is stretched and tightened. The mini abdominoplasty does not tighten the skin or muscles above the belly button.