It is quite common after pregnancy and childbearing that the breasts and abdomen lose their shape. The breasts lose their fullness and the abdominal skin become stretched, often with separation of the abdominal muscles. Mommy Makeover is a term used for a plastic surgery procedure that addresses both the breast and abdomen and maybe other parts of the body to help a woman become closer to her pre-pregnancy state.
Tummy tuck and breast lift
These are the most common surgical procedures used to repair sagging, stretched-out skin, fat and muscles that many women experience after childbirth. A Mommy Makeover is a procedure that has many varieties. It is primarily a combination of procedures to enhance a woman’s body. While some women are candidates for a breast lift and full tummy tuck, others might be better off with a breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck.
Returning to your pre-pregnancy weight may not be enough. Skin, muscles and fat in the abdominal region may sag due to being stretched out and damaged. No matter how many sit-ups you do, it may not get better. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and tightens muscles in your abdominal wall.
A very complex but commonly used cosmetic surgery is called Mastopexy. This breast enhancement procedure can change the shape of sagging breasts by raising and reshaping. Breast lifts can actually be done without the use of breast implants depending on the unique situation of each individual patient. After giving birth, not every woman requires a breast lift in conjunction with a tummy tuck. There are some cases where all that is needed is liposuction and/or a breast augmentation to satisfy their personal needs.
To discuss your options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alfred Sofer.
Advantages of Mommy Makeover:
- Recover one time for both procedures
- Reduce cost by reducing the OR and anesthesia time
Mommy Makeover - Dr. Sofer's Approach
Your body is fully evaluated and a plan of surgery is tailored to your body. It is usually best to wait at least 9 months to one year after pregnancy to proceed with Mommy Makeover.
Duration of Surgery for a Mommy Makeover
4-5.5 hours depending on the procedure planned
Anesthesia is general by a board certified anesthesiologist in an accredited surgical facility or hospital.
Recovery after a Mommy Makeover
- 3-4 hours in the recovery room; overnight stay in the hospital may be necessary
- 3 days managing surgical discomfort with pain medications and muscle relaxants
- 10-14 days to resume your daily living activities
- 4-6 weeks to resume full exercise
Cost of a Mommy Makeover
Costs range between $10000-$14000 depending on the amount of time needed in the OR and anesthesia.
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