Q: What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover operation is a series of procedures that CAN be performed at the same time provided you are a good candidate. The surgeries that are performed address the breasts, abdomen, and flanks/sides of the tummy.
Q: What are the top reasons that new moms get a makeover?
Pregnancy and having a baby are a very exciting and special time for my patients. With the excitement and routine of caring for the child, many moms go through several physical changes. Restoring one’s body back to its pre-baby state can be challenging and is not always able to occur with diet and exercise, alone. Also, the cumulative sleepless nights take a toll on the face, as well. The top reasons new moms get a makeover are:
- Exercise and eating healthy doesn’t get my pre-mommy body back
- Breast feeding has left my breasts deflated and droopy
- The pregnancy stretched my skin and doesn’t look the same or as tight as before
- I don’t have the same shape that I used to have when I am in clothes
- I look tired and aged
Q: Do I need a breast lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation, or combination?
The answer is: you may be a candidate for any one of the procedures depending on what your goals are! There are multiple factors that come into play when deciding what the right procedure for you to have is when deciding what to do with the changes that occur in your breasts after having children. Coming in for a consult and sharing your wishes with me will help guide me as to how we can work together to ensure you have the right operation.
Q: What procedures do patients generally choose to undergo and why?
Patients who have all of the elements of the “post-baby body” generally opt for a mommy makeover. This is comprised of a breast lift with possible augmentation, liposuction of the waist/abdomen, and tummy tuck.
Q: What do you recommend patients do and why?
I meet with all of my patients seeking cosmetic surgery at least twice before their procedure. I like to get to know them and what their expectations are. Also, patients sometimes change their minds about procedures or size of implants. My recommendations are guided on my patients’ plans for future pregnancies. The decision is important and impacts timing for various procedures. If the patient has thought this through and is at a stable weight, then a breast lift with possible augmentation to restore volume is wonderful. Along with this, liposuction and tummy tuck is a transformative procedure and really restores a woman’s physique to a pre-baby state.
I also like performing a face assessment to see if my “new mom” is showing signs of aging or fatigue, which I can address non-surgically. I love using Botox to improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows. The lines and wrinkles vanish within days and are still absent months later. Also, using a little filler like Juvederm and Restylane for the cheeks and Restylane Silk or Volbella for the lips really can give a rejuvenated look in a matter of minutes and last for months.
Q: What can you do with my tummy during a Mommy Makeover?
The effects of pregnancy can leave your abdomen with stretch marks and the appearance of extra skin. Depending on the appearance and your goals, you may be a candidate for an abdominoplasty aka “tummy-tuck” or a mini-abdominoplasty aka “mini tummy-tuck.”
Q: Is liposuction a part of the Mommy Makeover?
It certainly can be. If there are areas in the abdomen or sides/flanks that feel full and do not have stretch marks, there is a definite possibility to improve abdominal contouring by performing liposuction.
Q: How do multiple pregnancies affect my abdomen?
Multiple pregnancies can affect your abdomen in several ways. In addition to stretching out the skin on your abdomen, multiple pregnancies can also increase the distance between your abdominal muscles “abs.” When you are having a tummy tuck, I will place the muscles back in their original position, which can contribute to improving your overall contour.
Q: When is the best time for me to have the procedure? Can I have children after the surgery?
It is always a good idea to get into the best shape you can before undergoing any surgery. Feeling good and being at a healthy weight before your surgery will only improve your overall recovery and experience. The best time to have the surgery is at least 6 weeks after having your baby and when you feel you have returned close to your pre-pregnancy weight.
It is not advisable to have an abdominoplasty/”tummy tuck” if you are planning on having more children.
Q: Is removing stretch marks a part of the Mommy Makeover?
Stretch marks on the abdomen can be surgically removed depending on the location of the stretch marks. This will lead to a much better overall appearance of your stomach.
Q: What is the downtime/recovery time for the body/face procedures?
The downtime for patients undergoing facial injectables is quick. My “moms” get their fillers and Botox on quick breaks in between running errands. There is always a risk of bruising and swelling, but this quickly resolves within hours. It is rare to see persistent swelling or bruising beyond a couple of days.
Surgery is different. I advise my patients to take their time when recovering. The first week is marked by tenderness, bruising, and swelling. By week two, most patients are moving around really well. By week three, I am reminding them that they had surgery and to take it easy! The final results of any surgery take 6 months to 1 year to see. Most of the swelling subsides in the first 2-3 months.
Q: How soon can they see results?
Immediately for surgery and fillers! Botox takes about 5-10 days to kick in.
Q: Why are these procedures so popular?
The reason for new mom makeovers growing in popularity are partially due to women having children later than they typically used to, but also because the techniques and safety measures are more advanced now than ever before. We have medications that alleviate pain better than before, which decrease the need for narcotic pain medication. We have techniques that are advanced and get rid of the need for using painful drains and unnecessary antibiotics. We have better breast implants that are safer. Finally, we have dermal fillers and neuromodulators that last longer and look more natural.
Patients have the confidence to have the procedures, because the surgeries are more understood and continue to be refined than 20 years ago. Going to a plastic surgeon who is current and up-to-date is critical.
Q: How should people vet the plastic surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist they are using?
Safety for patients is of paramount significance when it comes to undergoing these elective cosmetic procedures. There are a lot of doctors and non-doctors who claim to be plastic surgeons or dermatologists, but are not. Confirm that your doctor completed an accredited training program in the above-mentioned specialties. Completing an Aesthetic Plastic Surgery fellowship is always a plus. These advanced one-year clinical training programs show a commitment to Aesthetic Surgery as a craft. Heavy discounts, coupons, and online deals are a red flag. Save those for non-medical things and not when you are asking someone to operate on you or inject you.
Q: Is there anything else you can tell me about new mom makeovers?
This is an incredibly exciting time for moms. My patients tell me that they want to do something for themselves after giving so much of themselves to their child/children. I reassure them that it is healthy and okay to want to do something to make them look as great as they feel. Patients should use this time to jump-start the next stage in their lives of being a youthful looking and feeling mom!
Q: What are average costs?
Costs are highly variable based on who is performing the procedure and what part of the country you are in. The message is clear and simple: your surgery is not a time to cut costs. See someone who is reputable and does good work. Set your own budget and see if you can find a qualified and reputable provider who can deliver care to you on your budget. A wise patient once told my practice manager, “I’m not in the mindset of trying to negotiate fees with the person who is going to cut me open.”