The Mommy Makeover
The term Mommy Makeover was coined for any combination of body shaping plastic surgery procedures, to repair the two areas of a woman’s body that change the most with pregnancy: the belly and the breasts. While often requested by mommies after childbirth, a Mommy Makeover may also be selected to repair a woman’s body after weight loss or bariatric surgery.
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Mommy Makeover Cosmetic Belly and Breast Enhancement)
Pregnancy stretches the belly. The abdominal muscles, which form the foundation of a flat belly, can become overstretched and remain loose after delivery. The skin of the abdomen can suffer the same fate, becoming redundant and folding over. C-section scars can amplify the effect by fixing the abdominal skin to the muscle wall. Any retained fat in the lower abdomen also adds to its fullness and will increase the lower abdominal bulge.
The breasts too, often enlarge with pregnancy and lactation. Sometimes the breasts’ volumes stay the same, but more frequently the volumes decrease with the cessation of breast feeding. Less volume, combined with extra skin can lead to a deflated appearance.
Mommy Makeover = Tummy + Breast Enhancement
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of Tummy Enhancement (Tummy Tuck, Abdominoplasty or Liposuction) and Breast Enhancement (Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Breast Reduction), performed as a single operation. The pairing of breast and belly repair is one of the most common plastic surgery combination procedures, and one of the most rewarding. While most commonly performed for women who are done having children, the Mommy Makeover, is also often performed after massive weight loss.
Mommy Makeover Presentation
Mommy Makeover – Tummy Enhancement
The Tummy Enhancement portion of the Mommy Makeover is most commonly a Tummy Tuck. If less repair is needed, Mini-Tummy Tucks or Liposuction can be substituted, but only the Tummy Tuck can optimally tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess abdominal fat, tighten loose abdominal wall skin and maximally remove lower abdominal stretch marks.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Before and After Photos
Mommy Makeover – Breast Enhancement
The most common Breast Enhancement component of the Mommy Makeover is Breast Augmentation. When the breasts have lost volume, Breast Augmentation corrects breast atrophy. Breast Implants are used to re-inflate breasts and restore the lost breast volume. Another name for Breast Enlargement is Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty.
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty) Before and After Photos
If the breasts have lost volume, but are also saggy, a Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, may be added. A breast lift can tighten the overstretched skin that remains loose after pregnancy, breast feeding or weight loss. Excess skin at the bottom of the breasts is removed, forming a tighter skin brassiere that lifts and firms the breasts. Breast tissue is not normally removed as part of a breast lift, but can be when a reduction in breast volume is desired. When Breast Augmentation and the Breast Lift are combined, it is termed a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy.
For more specific information about Breast Lifts, please visit our Breast Lift page.
Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy)
Breast lifts can be combined with breast augmentation when it is desirable to both add volume to and lift the breasts. The breast lift helps shape the breast and position the nipple, while the breast augmentation adds missing volume. Alternatively, if the breasts are too large, a Breast Reduction is performed.
Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos (Augmentation Mastopexy)
If your breasts have enlarged with pregnancy, but the increased volume won’t go away, Breast Reduction surgery can be performed as part of the Mommy Makeover, in place of Breast Augmentation. Breast Reduction surgery is much like a breast lift, except that some of the breast tissue is also removed. If the excess breast volume is causing neck pain, back pain, shoulder rutting or a rash under your breasts, Breast Reduction may relieve these symptoms. The other name for Breast Reduction surgery is Reduction Mammoplasty.
Breast Reduction Before and After Photos (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Mommy Makeover Preparation
The most important first step for a Mommy Makeover is an in-person consultation appointment with a Plastic Surgeon who is Board Certified like Dr. Joseph Mele. An experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon can determine which breast and belly procedures will be the most effective, predictable and safest for you. A focused medical history and physical examination are all that are needed. Once a plan is formulated, Dr. Mele will review any medications or supplements you are taking, and determine which to continue and which to stop around the time of surgery. The usual requirements for surgery, like avoiding aspirin and fasting, are required to reduce the risk of complications.
Mommy Makeover Recovery and Follow-up
All Mommy Makeovers are performed at an Accredited Surgery Center. For smaller combinations, you can go home the same day. For some combinations, especially when a Tummy Tuck is performed, you may be advised to stay overnight, and go home the next morning after Dr. Mele checks you. Follow-up visits are performed in the office, weekly right after surgery, and less frequently as you continue to heal. Instructions on how to take care of yourself, and how best to reduce the appearance of your scars will be provided. Activities like walking are encouraged immediately after your procedure, and more activity is allowed as you progress. Patients are usually able to get back to most their usual activities in a few weeks, although heavy lifting and contact sports should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures
Mommy Makeover Information
If you are interested in learning how a Mommy Makeover can specifically enhance your body, call our office at (925) 943-6353 and schedule a personalized Mommy Makeover Consultation today. Dr. Mele personalizes each Mommy Makeover to be certain you get the best possible results.