What Are the Basic Elements of a Mommy Makeover?

Can only part of the recommended surgeries be done for it still to be considered a mommy makeover?

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The Basic Elements of a Mommy Makeover

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The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.  #MummyTummy is a term given to modified tummy tucks which can use liposuction and skin tightening with radiofrequency such Vanquish, Vela3, thermage, thermiRF and others.  The actual fat contouring can be done non-surgically as well with #UltraShape or Cool-Sculpting.

#Combined operations are often performed with our #Gynecology colleagues. Tubal ligation is a common post pregnancy procedure which is done at the time of many of the surgeries included with a #MommyMakeover. If you require a gynecologic operation or study (laparoscopy) and are considering a plastic surgery procedure, discuss these issues with your physician and board-certified plastic surgeon. Also, combining these #procedures may decrease anesthetics, costs, and recovery time.
These  procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

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You choose what you'd like

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A mommy makeover is all about what you would like done. Therefore, you can definitely choose the treatments you'd like to have done. The term mommy makeover is really just a way to classify plastic surgery treatments for women after they've had children. It's not a technical term.

Mommy Makeover

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A mommy Makeover often includes a tummy tuck and breast surgery. Perhaps a breast lift, or maybe a lift with implants. The procedures included are based on your goals and your priorities. 

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Elements of a Mommy Makeover

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As a
plastic surgeon and mother myself, I understand the difficulty many mothers
face trying to return to their previous shape after having children. That's why
I am dedicated to empowering mothers to look and feel just the way they want
through a Mommy Makeover.  If the physical effects of
pregnancy have left your body misshapen with sagging breasts, stretched stomach
or bulging hips and thighs, Mommy Makeover surgery, which may include breast
lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck or other
body sculpting procedures, can help you take back your figure. Rather than a set formula of procedures, a Mommy Makeover involves a highly individualized approach to achieving a patient’s desired
outcomes with optimal safety and comfort in mind.  As always, it is important to set up a
consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon in order to understand your
options, not just in terms of the procedures themselves but other important
issues such as cost and recovery as well.

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Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover procedures

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It is totally up to you what you'd like to have done for your mommy makeover. Common procedures performed include a tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast augmentation. Liposuction is also popular.

The Mommy Makeover: Combination of Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

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The mommy makeover is one of the most popular operations performed by plastic surgeons. This operation has been designed to correct changes in the body that are associated with pregnancy. The procedure is a combination of cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, and abdominoplasty. Although the majority of mommy makeover patients will require all three of these operative procedures, some patients may need lesser combinations. This is dependent entirely upon the patient’s unique anatomic deformity.

There are multiple advantages when these procedures are performed in combination. These include an improved overall result, lowered cost, and a single recovery. Patients typically report increased self-esteem, self-image, and an overall improvement in the quality of their lives. For these reasons, the mommy makeover is one of the most popular operations that is currently performed in plastic surgery.

What Are the Basic Elements of a Mommy Makeover?

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The basic elements of a mommy makeover include a tummy tuck procedure (sometimes with liposuction) and a breast surgery procedure (such as a lift, augmentation with implants, implants and a lift, etc.).  You can chose to have 1 part or a combination of parts.  Set your goals with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to create a plan that work for both of you for optimal outcome and safety.

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What is mommy makeover surgery?

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Mommy makeover is any combination surgery for moms.  As you know, our body changes  during and after pregnancy.  Most times, moms have deflation of breasts and excess skin/fat as well as stretched out muscle of the abdomen.  Mommy makeover often times entails breast augmentation with/without lift and tummy tuck.  You can elect to have part of the surgery or combination of surgery depending on your desire.  Please visit with board-certified plastic surgeon to see whether you are a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery and what type of mommy makeover is right for you.

Mommy Makeover What Is Included?

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Thank you for your question.

Yes many women decide to have only one element of a Mommy Makeover, usually a Breast Augmentation with Implants or a Tummy Tuck.

As originally described by Dr Stevens a Mommy Makeover was procedures designed to correct Breast and Tummy changes that occur during pregnancy.

Most commonly it combined a Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation with Implants and a Tummy Tuck. The Tummy Tuck can be a Mini, or in the case of split abdominal muscles a Full Abdominoplasty with repair of the Diastasis Recti.

For many women a Breast Augmentation with Implants and a Mini Tummy Tuck are all that is required

What Are The Five Elements That Usually Make Up A Mommy Makeover?

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The five elements that are normally discussed in a Mommy Makeover are:
     1.  Tummy tuck with correction of separated muscles
     2.  Liposuction of one or more areas (baby fat)
     3.  Breast enhancement (lift, augmentation or both)
     4.  Labiaplasty
     5.  Dealing with the mask of pregnancy
Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with lots of experience in the Mommy Makeover.  You can certainly choose to do all of these procedures at once or break these up into multiple surgeries based on the good advice of your plastic surgeon. 

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.