A Mommy Makeover involves pairing popular plastic surgery procedures to help bring back one’s pre-pregnancy figure, look and self-esteem.
Physiologic and hormonal changes caused from pregnancy and natural aging often result with unwelcome developments like sagging breasts, excess skin, fat accumulation around the tummy and flanks, development of scars and stretch marks. Despite proper exercise, diet and time these highly visible reminders tend to persist.
What’s Involved in a Mommy Makeover
Breast surgery – breast lift of the deflated tissue that will make the natural breast tissue more compact, making the breasts appear more “perky”, but also making the breasts smaller, therefore breast augmentation is usually advised as well in order to obtain a more proportional or desirable result.
Abdominoplasty – addresses the abdominal walls to remove stretched, damaged and excess skin. The “hourglass” figure is achieved by tightening the internal girdle of the trunk as well.
In part one of this Mommy Makeover video, plastic surgeon, Dr. Sadi Erfani provides an informative narration about breast augmentation surgery as he performs on a patient.
In addition, these optional procedures are frequently incorporated:
Liposuction – usually necessary (in varying degrees) for the flanks, back, arms, armpits, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is used to sculpt the areas around and also outside the trunk. As everyone is different, this procedure may or may not be “included” based on the strategies discussed in consultation.
Face, Neck and or Eyelid Lift – many Moms want a fresh face that resembles their pre-mommy years, not just a great body. By our late 30’s and early 40’s we already start to see the changes in our face from aging. Sagging pre-jowls, double-chins, lower eyelid fat bags, excess upper eyelid skin, etc can be restored to provide a youthful appearance.
Fat Transfer – One of the paradoxes of aging is the behavior of fat in our aging faces and bodies. For the body, we are all aware of those “stubborn” hips, thighs, front of the belly, back or love-handles, that so many people complain about. Why does the fat have to accumulate in those places? On the flip side, as we age, we LOSE the desirable areas of fullness on our face, specifically the cheek bones, temples and around the chin. This is evident as early as the 30’s in most people. Which is usually how we (meaning plastic surgeons) can tell that someone is in their 30’s and not in their 20’s. Facial fat transfer is a procedure that uses the fat from the unwanted body areas, and carefully, and strategically moves that fat to the areas of the face which need “softening” to reduce that “cadaveric” or skeletonized appearance on the bony areas which have lost that beautiful “baby fat” over the years. It is one of the essential components of a full rejuvenation process. Just think of those people from the 80’s with their artificial face lifts looking all stretched out and freaky but really no younger. What was missing? THE FAT.
A Mommy Makeover is a comprehensive procedure combining different surgeries. Full recovery will have varying times as each individual is different. Slight to moderate discomfort, pain, swelling, and or limited mobility resulting from each area treated must be considered part of the process. Patients should expect to be at home resting for at least a week immediately after their procedure and resume normal walking activity after several weeks. Medications to aid in healing and fight infection will be taken. Compression garments will be worn to aid in recovery. Care and attention to surgically treated areas along with drains is essential. Follow-up visits with your doctor over the next few months is necessary to safely monitor individual improvement and recovery that produce desired results.
If you are finished having children and ‘dream’ about getting some of your old self back come in for a Mommy Makeover consultation to learn more about this life-changing and self-empowering procedure.