Mommy Makeover Surgery

What is mommy makeover surgery like?  How long are you actually in surgery?  Does it have to be done in stages?

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An Overview of the Mommy Makeover Procedure

The mommy makeover is one of the most popular operations performed by plastic surgeons. The procedure is a combination of cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, and abdominoplasty. It has been designed to reverse the changes that occur normally with pregnancy.
During pregnancy and breast-feeding, the breasts typically increase in size. After pregnancy and breast-feeding, a variety of scenarios may occur. In some cases, the breast may not return to their normal size. In this situation, a breast reduction may be necessary. In other cases, the breasts will shrink to their previous sizes, causing excess, saggy skin that may require a breast lift. Some patients will lose volume and require a breast augmentation, while others will have sag and volume loss and require a breast augmentation and breast lift.
The abdominal wall is also affected. It becomes stretched and there is usually redundant, saggy skin, stretch marks, and weakened muscles. This will require abdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty, or abdominal wall liposuction. Women also frequently note an increase in fat accumulation in the hips and thighs – these patients will usually require liposuction.
There are multiple advantages in performing these procedures in combination. These include an overall improved result, lower cost, and single recovery. The procedure typically takes about four hours. Patients frequently 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.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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The mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that improves the breast and abdomen. It can include breast augmentation with or without a lift and a tummy tuck with or without liposuction. The surgical time can range from 3-hours if the abdominal and breast procedures are performed at the same setting and time. You can alternatively have these procedures performed at different times which will reduce the surgical time to around 2 hours. Your recovery will also be much easier and shorter. I generally will provide my patients who are returning for additional procedures a fee reduction

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

About the Mommy Makeover Procedure

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.  

#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.
In addition to a one-on-one consultations with a board certified Plastic Surgeon, patients always need to be seen by their primary care doctor prior to such procedures.  We screen every patient and their medical records for risks of blood clots (DVT) and then take appropriate measures.  MWL (massive weight loss patients of  75 lbs or more) tend to have poor skin elasticity and will frequently need additional tightening even afte 6 -12 months regardless of who or how their surgery is performed. This is simply the nature of such body tissues and the ability to heal with the lack or limited elasticity. 

Your 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.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Mommy makeover

Mommy makeovers typically include a tummy tuck/liposuction and breast implants/lifts.
For healthy patients combining these procedures is generally safe.
There can also be significant savings in cost and recovery time; but it's hard to give specifics for a potential wide range of options.
It would be best for you to visit an experienced board certified plastic surgeon for an in-depth consultation to review your options.

Kevin Dieffenbach, MD
Oahu Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Simply put, a mommy makeover is a combination of surgeries that are usually done together to restore the shape of your breasts and tummy to a size and shape the resembles your body’s shape prior to having children. It can be any combination of surgeries that include breast augmentation, breast lift or mastopexy, tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck and liposuction of the abdomen. Some people prefer to divide out these surgeries because of anesthesia and recovery concerns but with a NO Drain tummy tuck, if that is what you need, and rapid recovery protocol you should have no problem. Whatever breast procedure you will require can also be done with a rapid recovery protocol so that you are back to doing most of the essential things of daily living in 24 hours. I hope that helps. Best regards

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

#OneOrMoreStagesForMommyMakeover ?

Pregnancy and motherhood are wonderful and exciting times in a woman’s life. Many women, however, will experience unwanted permanent physical changes that are not always desirable. All too often, women find it emotionally and physically difficult to adjust to these new changes in their bodies affecting their self-esteem and personal self-image. These changes vary greatly and range from stretch marks and varicose veins to the more significant changes such as, smaller and sagging breasts, enlarged waist with redundant skin and larger hips. Depending on how many of these procedures are desired will determine length of surgery or whether more than one stage is required.
Fortunately, there are many treatments available to correct or improve these common post-pregnancy changes. Many of these procedures are non-surgical or relatively simple outpatient surgeries. Some treatments are possible because of new technology such as lasers and liposuction developed in just the last few years. These surgeries are commonly known as the “mommy makeover”. Follow the links to more detailed information on each procedure.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Mommy makeover surgery

Hello!  Thank you for your question!  The mommy makeover - what I think of as a tummy tuck with breast augmentation +/- breast lift - is a very popular procedure that can produce excellent results!  It typically takes 5-6 hours of operative time.  These procedures may be safely combined at one setting, given you are healthy and without significant medical comorbdities.  I would consult with a plastic surgeon who would examine you and discuss the various options and assist you to decide if you wish to undergo all of the procedures at once or at smaller staged procedures.  An examination of the amount of work to do with each will also make the decision.  There would obviously be a cost saving and recovery benefit for a one-stage procedure.  However, your safety should not be sacrificed for these reasons.

If it was deemed wisest to stage these procedures, you will have to decide which procedure(s) are most important to you.  You should devise a priority list and discuss this with your surgeon and several of these procedures will still likely to be combined at the same procedure.  Thank you for your question!  Hope that his helps and best wishes for a superb result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Combining procedures

"Mommy makeover" refers to a combination of breast surgery with tummy tuck, sometimes also with liposuction. The length of surgery and staging depends on which procedures you're having, your body size, and surgeon preference. I commonly combine these procedures in my practice. Best to see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for details that relate to you. Best wishes.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Cosmetic Surgery is an Art and a Science

Mother makeovers are surgical procedures to restore your body to pre chilbirth appearance. The more common surgeries are tummy tucks with liposuction, breast lifts and facelifts. The moms who go through this are the happiest patients in our practice. They like the way they look and love the way they feel. Many patients have their surgeries in stages depending on their budget and work schedule. Consult a board certified plastic surgeon in your area.

Thomas A. Narsete, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Mommy Makeovers consist of breast and body procedures

Mommy Makeover surgery varies for each patient since it can consist of breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and/or other procedures depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. Therefore, the times have various ranges too. These procedures can be performed in stages, but patients typically have them performed simultaneously to decrease downtime.

David Whiteman, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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