The Mommy Makeover Demystified
Mommy makeover surgery is among the more popular procedures in my practice, and is also one of those with the highest rates of patient satisfaction. I find it fulfilling to help mothers achieve the peaceful sense of confidence that comes from being happy once again with their appearance- but have noticed that the term is a bit confusing to some. Here is my best attempt to explain. The term Mommy Makeover refers to a combination of procedures designed to return a woman's body to the pre-pregnancy condition (or better!), by addressing the changes that pregnancy and childbirth bring to (most often) the breasts and abdomen. Mommy makeover, therefore, can include breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift with augmentation, and a tummy tuck, modified tummy tuck, mini-tummy tuck, or liposuction. Many possible combinations are possible, and the exact nature of the procedure will depend on the individual woman's goals for her appearance, the changes that pregnancy and childbirth produced in her body, her overall state of health, and her preferred experience. The most common combination is breast augmentation with a tummy tuck. So why do we combine the procedures so often that the combination has taken on this cute nickname? There are several good reasons that combining the procedures when possible is in your best interests... By combining the procedures, you will experience one recovery period rather than two, meaning less time away from family and/or work responsibilities, as well as your preferred activities. You will usually also save a fair bit of money, as combining them shortens the overall length of surgery, and by improving the efficiency of your surgeon and the OR team, your costs are also significantly reduced (in most practices). Finally, it's my opinion that you will also (in most cases) enjoy a better outcome, as the contours of both areas of the body can be fine tuned to their greatest aesthetic harmony and proportion.
The best way to understand what a mommy makeover could do for you is to visit with a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and discuss your goals with them.