The joys of being a mother cannot be matched, however carrying your baby can take a toll on your body. Weight gain and loss can lead to skin and fat excess in all areas of the body. Breastfeeding can have effects on the volume, fullness, and position of your breasts. Stomach muscles can become separated, and lower abdominal skin can become lax as a result of your pregnancy. All these changes can leave you wonderfully happy after the birth of your child, but feeling as if you don’t recognize your body any longer.
A carefully planned Mommy Makeover can restore your self-confidence and youthful appearance, helping you look and feel your best. There are many reasons why plastic surgery might be the right choice for a woman’s body. Maybe she wants to slide into her favorite pair of skinny jeans or feel comfortable slipping on a little black dress. Maybe she desires to have a voluptuous, striking figure. Mommy makeovers are becoming a popular choice for mothers looking to regain their youthful silhouette.
A mommy makeover will allow Dr. Daniel Brown to use specialized body contouring and breast enhancement procedures to return your body to its pre-childbirth shape. Contact our office today and schedule a consultation!
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Motherhood changes your body in many ways. It’s a profound, wonderful experience but it can leave some women feeling dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts and stomachs. A mommy makeover refers to a cluster of body contouring procedures performed at the same time. The makeover helps mothers regain the shape they had before giving birth. Dr. Brown’s skill and experience allow mothers to contour their bodies in ways that they’ve dreamed of. Your mommy makeover will be unique to you. Every mother is different. Dr. Brown tailors each mommy makeover to suit the patient’s individual needs.
Some mothers may desire a breast augmentation while others might be looking for a breast reduction. Mothers can also have a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction procedures performed. You can also add facial treatments to your mommy makeover plan.
Why Mothers Seek Makeovers
Pregnancy introduces a host of changes to a woman’s body. Her breasts become swollen as they fill with milk to feed her baby. The skin and muscles of her abdomen stretch as the baby grows. Her body is preparing for something beautiful. After the baby is born, she is hit with a swarm of hormones. Her skin begins to contract to its pre-pregnancy shape, although some of its elasticity is lost forever. No amount of exercise can tighten the stretched out abdominal muscles or removes the excess skin from her stomach. Breastfeeding causes her breasts to swell and then deflate, leaving them with a stretched-out, saggy appearance.
Diet and exercise can work wonders for a mother’s body, but sometimes they aren’t enough. Dr. Brown helps women regain the body that they had in their youth. The procedures are performed at the same time to allow for a fast recovery. Mothers who have mommy makeovers will be able to return their normal lives in just a few weeks.
The best candidates for mommy makeovers are women aren’t currently pregnant or breastfeeding and are done having children. For the best results, mothers should wait until their breasts return their normal size after breastfeeding before scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brown.
Mothers considering body contouring procedures should be at a stable weight.
Dr. Brown can improve definition to sculpt an eye-catching figure, but these procedures do not produce weight loss. Patients should have realistic goals. Mommy makeovers can make it easier to fit into your clothes, but the procedures are not a weight loss solution.
The procedures are intended to enhance your natural figure and correct any changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers who want to have a mommy makeover also need to consider their recovery. They’ll have to take time off work and won’t be able to chase the kids around until they’ve completely healed. Patients should make sure that they have a trusted friend or family member who can help look after the household while they’re recovering.
Procedures Options for a Mommy Makeover
Dr. Brown can perform multiple body contouring procedures during your mommy makeover. Procedure length lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. During your initial consultation, you’ll work with the surgeon to create a personalized plan that will be customized just for you. Your specific wants and desires are what matters most.
Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles beyond simple repair. When this happens, no amount of diet and exercise will be enough to tighten the woman’s stomach. Surgical intervention can help. Not only do mothers have to deal with weakened abdominal muscles, but they also often have stretched, lax skin on their stomachs. Skin elasticity rarely returns to its pre-pregnancy state on its own. A tummy tuck procedure can correct these problems and also remove small fat deposits. Mommy Makeovers often combine tummy tucks with liposuction to achieve dramatic results. A tummy tuck will trim a woman’s midsection, giving her the slim, defined silhouette that she’s dreamed about. A Tummy Tuck procedure is commonly chosen in Mommy Makeovers.
Human bodies naturally store fat. Mothers often find that after childbirth they’re left with stubborn fat stores that won’t disappear no matter how much time they spend at the gym. Liposuction can’t replace diet and exercise, but it can sculpt and refine a woman’s body so that the toned muscles underneath can be appreciated.
Liposuction can be performed almost anywhere on the body. The procedure is often performed on areas where fat stores tend to cling, like the hips, waist, bra roll, abdomen, arms and thighs. Liposuction is most effective for patients who are already close to their ideal body weight. Significant weight loss isn’t the goal of liposuction.
The various liposuction techniques that are offered include Classical Liposuction, Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL), Power assisted liposuction (PAL), Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL).
Breastfeeding can cause the breasts to droop. A mother’s breasts become engorged with milk, which causes the skin to stretch. Breast lift procedures are intended to restore women’s breasts to their youthful position. Patients seeking a fuller, more curvaceous bust often pair the procedure with breast augmentation. A breast lift can repair saggy breasts, but it won’t make them bigger. Dr. Brown is highly skilled at performing both a traditional breast lift and a breast lift using the Bellesoma Method. Read more about the advanced Bellesoma Method here.
- Periareolar Incision – at the outer border of the areola
- Vertical Incision (Lollipop incision) – Incisions outlining the areola and extending straight down
- Anchor Incision (Keyhole pattern) – Incisions outlining the areola, extending straight down and across the breast fold
A mother’s breasts swell with milk when she’s breastfeeding, but usually return to their normal size when she stops. This can leave her breasts with a “deflated” appearance. A lot of mothers enjoyed the voluptuousness of their breasts while breastfeeding and want to return to that size when their child no longer depends on her milk. Breast augmentation surgery is a wonderful option as it allows women to replace lost volume. Mothers can choose from different implant sizes and types depending what look she desires. During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss your options with you and help you craft a personalized plan.
Breast reduction surgery is also an option for women seeking mommy makeovers. During the procedure, Dr. Brown will cut away extra breast tissue and skin, creating a smaller bust to suit the patient’s wishes. A woman suffering from pain in her neck area can benefit from having a breast reduction performed. Patients who have the surgery tend to be very happy with their results. Dr. Brown is highly skilled at performing both a traditional breast reduction and a breast reduction using the Bellesoma Method. Read more about the advanced Bellesoma Method here.
Your initial private consultation with Dr. Brown will allow you to have an in-depth discussion with him and share your specific goals. You and the surgeon will work together to create a surgery plan that suits your body’s particular needs. Whether you want to define your midsection or increase the size of your breasts, Dr. Brown will come up with a mommy makeover plan that makes you happy. During the consultation, it’s important that you share your medical history with Dr. Brown, as this might affect his plan for you. You should also make sure to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have.
Before you schedule your procedure, you will be able to view before and after pictures of previous mommy makeovers that Dr. Brown has performed. Your surgery will be unique, but you can get an idea of what your results will look like by viewing the pictures. The most important thing is your comfort. Deciding to get a mommy makeover is an important decision, we never want you to feel rushed.
Your recovery will depend on your specific case. Different bodies heal at different rates. However, there are some guidelines. If you have any breast procedures performed during your mommy makeover, you will need to wear a surgical support bra until your breasts heal. Some patients will require drains for excess fluids. You’re also likely to require a drain if you have work performed on your abdomen. You will need to wear a compression garment around your stomach area. Most of the procedures can be performed as an outpatient, meaning that you’ll be able to go home after you recover from the anesthesia.
Depending on what procedures she has performed, mommy makeover patients usually can’t return to work for at least 10 days to two weeks.
During this time mothers will need help taking care of the family. Patients also need to make sure that they have help with their routine medical care. The drains must be properly cared for and cleaned. Swelling and bruising will be apparent at first, but it will eventually subside. Patients may be able to return to work 7-10 days after the procedure but should avoid more strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks.
Women can debut their new figures in about 1-2 months when the final results can be enjoyed. Patients who pay attention to their diet and exercise routines will have longer-lasting results. Your recovery time will depend on your individual anatomy and which surgeries you chose to have.
Mommy makeover costs are highly variable. It depends on which procedures the mother choose to undergo. The price will change based on the procedures chosen. Dr. Brown will work with you to help you achieve youthful, eye-catching figure that you want. During your initial consultation, you’ll be provided with a price estimate.
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