overheard a woman say she was thinking about a "Mommy Make over". what is this? does it require lots of surgery? i had been considering a tummy tuck but maybe i should look into this instead??
What is a Mommy Makeover?
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Breast Lift and Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy):
The 'top half' of many 'mommy makeovers'
Augmentation mastopexy is designed to correct the two most common changes that occur in breast appearance following pregnancy: loss of breast volume, and stretching out of breast skin. While there are some moms who can get an acceptable cosmetic result from augmentation alone or from mastopexy alone, many moms have a combination of breast volume loss and skin excess that requires simultaneous augmentation and mastopexy (breast lift). I frequently perform this surgery in concert with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and this combined breast and tummy rejuvenation surgery is sometimes referred to as a 'mommy makeover'.
Augmentation mastopexy is also commonly performed for major weight loss patients, including those who have had bariatric surgery including gastric banding and gastric bypass. Obesity followed by major weight loss usually produces breast changes that are very similar to those seen after successive pregnancies, and often the effect on breast skin is quite severe. Additionally, as a North Carolina breast implants surgeon, I regularly see patients with significant breast ptosis (the medical term for 'droopiness', pronounced TOE-sis) in young adulthood, without any history of pregnancy or major weight loss. Some breasts are just naturally droopy, and I have performed mastopexy and augmentation mastopexy for patients as young as 21 years.
This surgery is a potentially challenging one which requires thoughtful preoperative evaluation and planning, and careful attention to detail in the operating room. Many surgeons have traditionally performed breast augmentation and mastopexy surgery in stages, usually mastopexy first followed by augmentation at a later date. In the recent past more and more surgeons have adopted a non-staged, single surgery approach to augmentation and mastopexy, and that is what I propose for the vast majority of patients who I see in consultation that need both procedures. I believe that the results of simultaneous augmentation mastopexy are as good or better than a staged approach in most cases, and of course patients quite naturally prefer a single trip to the operating room if at all possible.
Some patients I see in consultation are primarily interested in a breast lift procedure. For those with a significant amount of existing breast tissue, a breast lift alone may produce an aesthetically ideal breast appearance. However, it can difficult to achieve significant fullness in the upper poles of the breasts (the upper aspect of the breasts, above the nipple-areola area) in many patients by means of a breast lift alone. I ask patients who are considering a breast lift procedure how important it is for them to have the appearance of some fullness in the upper part of the breasts, and to thereby achieve a significantly more youthful breast profile. For patients who confirm that this appearance is important to them, and who do not have enough natural upper pole breast tissue to achieve this appearance with a mastopexy alone, I recommend an augmentation mastopexy.
Other patients are primarily interested in increasing their breast volume, but have enough breast ptosis to make the appearance of breast augmentation alone odd and unappealing. Placing implants behind breasts with significant ptosis creates the appearance of breasts hanging off of a pair of implants, which looks distinctly unnatural and aesthetically unappealing. These patients are also best served by augmentation mastopexy, which in addition to increasing breast volume restores the position of the nipple-areola complex to the top of the breast mound, tightens the lower pole and lifts the breast.
Web reference: http://www.michaellawmd.com
Mommy Makeover is a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation and or Lift
Mommy Makeover typically involves a Tummy Tuck and a Breast Augmentation and or a Breast Lift.
After pregnacy, especially multiple pregnancies or unusually large births or twins, women find that it is very difficult to return their body to their pre pregnancy shape. In spite of dieting and very serious exercise, they find that loose skin of the abdomen will not tighten and the breast are smaller and have lost shape.
A combination of a Tummy Tuck and Breast augmentation and or Breast Lift can often help these patients achieve the shape and feeling that enhances their feeling of well being and fitness.
Web reference: http://drseckel.com/surgical-procedures/mommy-makeover/
What is a mommy makeover?
The term mommy makeover has been used to describe the common surgical procedures used to improve the changes that women see with their bodies after pregnancy. Most people consider the mommy makeover to include a tummy tuck procedure along with some type of breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, or both).
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A mommy makeover is a lay term for plastic surgery that improves the areas most affected by having babies.....the tummy and breasts. A mommy makeover combines abdominal improvement with breast enhancement surgery.
The abdomen is improved by either liposuction or tummy tuck. The breast is improved by performing a breast augmentation, lift or reduction. The operations are customized to the patients exact needs. Combining these operations in one procedure makes recovery easier since recovering from combined procedures is not much different than recovering from a single procedure. In our clinic mommy makeovers are becoming very popular and give patients great results.
What is a Mommy Makeover
In most cases, Mommy Makeover involves a tummy tuck and breast lift with or without breast implants. I also add in some liposuction at the same time to achieve the best results. However, each procedure is tailored to the individual patient.
Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
Mommy Makeover is many things
Thanks for your great question. In our San Francisco area practice we frequently perform mommy makeovers.
A mommy makeover can be any procedure or combination of procedures designed to correct cosmetic issues that can happen after pregnancy.
The most common procedures considered as part of a mommy makeover include:
After pregnancy there can be significant excess skin and separation of your rectus (six pack) muscles which can cause an unflattering abdominal contour. A tummy tuck can correct this.
Breast Lift / Augmentation
After pregnancy and breast feeding the breast can have significant shape changes, usually losing volume and becoming more saggy.
Sometimes after pregnancy, even when you're back to your pre-pregnancy weight there can be excess fat or contour problems in places that you didn't have issues with before. Liposuction can help correct this.
These are the main three but in our San Francisco area practice we also consider correction of hyperpigmentation, c-section scar revision and other procedures as part of a mommy makeover.
Be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon to help with your concerns.
I hope this helps!
Web reference: http://www.trivalleyplasticsurgery.com
Learn about Mommy Makeover to determine whether it is right for you
Pregnancy affects each woman differently.
The following can all play a role:
* Weight fluctuations
We all can think of a Mom whose body bounced back quickly after pregnancy – this is often not the norm!
Most women have PERMANENT CHANGES following pregnancy, including:
* Stretch marks
* Breast deflation, drooping
* Excess abdominal skin and fat
* Loss of abdominal muscle tone
WHY a “Mommy Makeover”?
How a mother feels about herself as a mother and a woman is integral to her self image and self esteem. For a mom to want to take care of herself and feel youthful, sexy and confident is NOT self-centered or vain!
“Mommy Makeover” plastic surgery is a cosmetic procedure aimed at making a mother’s breasts and body look the way before she had children… or perhaps even better than when she started!
Procedures usually include some or a combination of the following:
* Breasts - Lift, Augmentation or Reduction
* Tummy - Tuck (Abdominoplasty), “Mini”-Abdominoplasty
* Body - Liposuction
Be sure to visit a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in these types of surgeries. Ask to see before-and-after pictures of typical results, and to speak to other patients to learn about their experience with the surgeon.
Do your homework! Any surgery is a major event in your life, and affects your family as well as you.
A "mommy makeover" can be a wonderful experience, as long as it is done for the right reasons, by the right surgeon, at the right time in your life.
Mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures
Mommy makeover is usually the combination of a breast operation and an abdominal procedure.
The breast operation can be an augmentation, a lift or a combination of the two. The abdominal operation is usually a mini or a full abdominoplasty.
It is an excellent procedure to deal with stretched out skin and abdominal weakness after pregnancy and breast feeding.
Treatments involved in "Mommy Makeover" vary
A "Mommy Makeover" is a series of procedures meant to rejuvenate a woman after childbearing. It can include a breast lift with or without implants, tummy tuck, liposuction and at times, thigh lifts. The term does not refer to one specific procedure. It is more of a generic category.
A mommy makeover is a catchy phrase that refers to...
A mommy makeover is a catchy phrase that refers to surgery for women who have completed having children. This really can refer to several different procedures.
Think of the things that have changed after child birth:
- the abdomen gets loose
- the breasts can sag
- sometimes the weight doesn't come off completely that was gained during pregnancy
All these things can be treated by plastic surgery.
An abdominoplasty can tighten the abdomen and get rid of loose skin. Liposuction can remove fatty deposits that don't go away with exercise. If the breast sag, then a breast lift can be performed. If the breasts have deflated then a breast augmentation with implants can be performed. Sometimes the breasts need a lift and an implant as well.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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