Motherhood is full of joy and new experiences. Unfortunately, even with these positive changes, many new mothers experience dissatisfaction with how their bodies look after having children. A woman’s body changes rapidly during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, and these quick fluctuations can leave unwanted pockets of fat, loose skin, and sagging breasts. A Mommy Makeover is a combination procedure that targets the areas most affected by pregnancy and childbirth to restore a woman’s body and confidence.
Mommy Makeover surgery is designed to boost a woman’s confidence by returning her body to its pre-pregnancy form. This procedure is appropriate for women who have stubborn pockets of fat, excess skin around the abdomen, loose or separated abdominal muscles, and deflated or sagging breasts. Candidates for a Mommy Makeover should be near their ideal weight, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of their results.
The Mommy Makeover is a customizable procedure that targets the abdomen, breasts, and areas of unwanted fat. A Mommy Makeover typically involves at least two of the following:
Tummy tuck surgery is performed with to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten loose or separated muscles. Dr. Conrad offers mini or full tummy tuck variations to target your level of abdominal laxity. Horizontal incisions are made below the bikini line and occasionally around the navel to tighten the muscles and trim away excess skin. This procedure results in a more smooth, slim, and contoured abdomen.
Patients who develop localized pockets of fat on the abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, buttocks, and back often choose to undergo liposuction. Excess fat cells are suctioned out through small, inconspicuous incisions to reveal a trimmer physique.
Many women discover that their breasts appear deflated and flat after having children. Breast augmentation uses implants to restore volume and shape to the breasts. Breast implants are available in various sizes, shapes, and materials.
Due to the rapid size fluctuation of the breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding, breasts often start to sag. Breast sagging is remedied with a breast lift. Dr. Conrad offers several lift techniques to combat any degree of breast ptosis (sagging). During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is repositioned to a higher level on the chest. A breast lift is performed alone or along with breast augmentation.
While your Mommy Makeover recovery will depend heavily on the combination of procedures, most women can return to work and their usual routines after two weeks. During your recovery, you can expect to experience bruising and swelling around the incision sites. Compression garments are recommended to reduce swelling and promote circulation. Prescription medications will help relieve any post-operative discomfort.
Following all of Dr. Conrad’s post-operative instructions will speed your recovery period and help your incisions heal correctly. Scarring will be present at all incision locations; however, these scars are easily concealed and will fade with time.
Mommy Makeover results become gradually apparent once the bruising and swelling subside and are long lasting when paired with a healthy lifestyle. Additional weight gain or pregnancies may alter the quality or longevity of your results.