Mommy Makeover: Enhance Your Breasts And Flatten Your Abdomen

William Bruno, MD
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

     Many women experience the wonderful joy of pregnancy and childbirth.  However, the impact this can have on a woman's body can leave some irreversible changes-notably in the breasts and abdomen.  Stretch marks can develop in the breast and abdominal area leaving behind loose, sagging skin.  A "mommy makeover" procedure can help restore your body back to the shape it was prior to pregnancy.

     A mommy makeover involves a surgery to improve the shape and size of a woman's breasts and tummy.  The breasts usually lose volume after pregnancy and sometimes will need an augmentation (breast implant) as well as a breast lift at the same time.  The abdominal wall becomes loose and bulges with overlying stretch marked skin.  This can be addressed most effectively with a tummy tuck, which removes excess skin, tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fatty tissue.  Liposuction is often times combined with a tummy tuck to narrow the waistline and improve the overall contour.

     The surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting or in a hospital, with most patients going home the same day.  The procedure can take from three to five hours to complete.  Most women will take about one to two weeks off of work to recover.  Heavy lifting is to be avoided for about four to six weeks after the surgery.  Patients also wear an abdominal binder, which is like a girdle, for about four weeks to help reduce swelling and improve the final outcome.

     Patients must be in good overall health in order to be deemed a good candidate for the surgery.  Your plastic surgeon may require that you receive medical clearance from your primary care physician prior to surgery.  Be sure to have the surgery performed in a fully accredited surgery center or hospital. Your plastic surgeon should also be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure the highest safety standards.

     The procedure is very satisfying for both patient and surgeon, but will take some time to fully recover.  I generally inform patients that although they can return to work in a week or two, it may take a few months before they feel completely "back to normal".  Please do your research and consult with several plastic surgeons before making your decision.  Look at as many before and after photos as you can and be sure that you feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon, his/her staff and the the facility.