Mommy Makeover in Raleigh, NC
With all the joys provided by motherhood, there comes one negative. That is the transformation of your pre-baby body. Between the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth, many women are left with several tell-tale signs of motherhood, including deflated, sagging breasts and abdominal changes (lower belly pooch, separated ab muscles, and stretch marks).
While some women welcome these changes as a symbol of what their body has gone through, other women would rather be free of them. Unfortunately, these physical changes are not easy to target with a healthy lifestyle. Instead, they are left with one option: plastic surgery.
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to address body changes experienced by women who have been through pregnancy (or who have lost significant weight).
Specialists in Plastic Surgery offer customizable Mommy Makeovers in Raleigh, North Carolina, for women seeking to improve the physical effects that linger after childbirth.
Each procedure and treatment plan is individualized to meet the patient’s specific goals. A Mommy Makeover is a series of breast and body procedures, adding additional elements as needed according to the patient’s personal desires.
Why Should You Choose Specialists in Plastic Surgery for Your Mommy Makeover?
Specialists in Plastic Surgery is well-respected throughout North Carolina as a cosmetic plastic surgery practice that offers highly advanced techniques to deliver excellent Mommy Makeover results.
Our skilled and trusted board-certified plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in plastic surgery, and many of our patients are referred to us by other doctors here in Raleigh.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for You?
Women who have experienced changes in their bodies after pregnancy are good candidates for a Mommy Makeover procedure.
If you are concerned with two or more of the following issues, give Specialists in Plastic Surgery a call to learn more about the many ways we can help.
- Sagging breasts
- Misshapen/flattened breasts
- Loose skin and stretch marks
- Stubborn fat
- Enlarged labia
Ideally, you should wait until you have finished having children and the areas in question have stabilized before having a Mommy Makeover to achieve the best, longest-lasting results.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
Your breasts may grow by a full cup size or more throughout pregnancy and nursing before deflating. These changes can cause a significant loss in breast volume and premature sagging.
Additionally, muscles, skin, and tissues stretch in the abdominal area and may not bounce back to their tight, pre-baby contour.
The Mommy Makeover addresses these areas to help improve and restore their appearance. Depending on your needs and goals, this combination of procedures can address recent or long-standing issues caused by childbirth and nursing.
A Mommy Makeover can address the following issues and more:
- A breast lift can raise and reposition droopy breasts for a more youthful and natural appearance.
- A breast augmentation can increase the size of breasts that have lost volume or deflated.
- A tummy tuck can help flatten your abdominal area and remove the extra skin that appears after childbirth. This procedure can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen (if the skin is excised).
- A liposuction procedure can remove stubborn pockets of fat that are commonly acquired during pregnancy. This is often used on the abdomen, arms, and thighs.
- A labiaplasty can recontour the labia to make them smaller and more symmetrical.
A breast reduction with a lift may also be appropriate for women who have postponed this procedure until after childbirth.
A Mommy Makeover focuses on restorative procedures for the breasts and abdomen as these areas are typically most impacted by pregnancy. However, this combination of procedures can include any service you need for a complete rejuvenation.
Some women choose to address a large labia at this time as it’s best to correct this issue after their final (expected) pregnancy.
How Should You Prepare for a Mommy Makeover?
Your procedure choices will determine your preparation instructions. For any surgery, you will be instructed not to smoke for two weeks before and after surgery as smoking constricts the blood vessels, which can hinder incision healing and increase potential complications during the surgery process.
If fat reduction is included, you may be asked to lose some weight naturally, depending on your BMI (body mass index).
You’ll also be advised to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and any medicines or supplements that thin the blood for a few days prior to your procedure(s).
Your in-depth consultation will include answers to your questions and all the information you need.
How Is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
A Mommy Makeover is highly customizable, and your input is crucial to this process.
One of our board-certified plastic surgeons will listen carefully to your concerns and desired results during your consultation. They will answer your questions and review all the appropriate procedures that can deliver your best outcome. This may include discussing the shape, size, and type of breast implant if you opt for augmentation, as well as your ideal body shape if body sculpting is one of your objectives.
Before your procedure, general or local anesthesia combined with sedation is administered to make you comfortable.
During a Mommy Makeover, most women choose to undergo one or more breast surgeries.
Small incisions are made in locations predetermined by you and your doctor in your consultation. The type of incision and its location will be discussed but typically includes the breast crease or under the areola.
In a breast lift, the breast tissue is tightened, repositioned, and sculpted, and extra skin is removed. If receiving breast implants, they are inserted either over the muscle or below it as decided in your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
During a tummy tuck, an incision is made just above the pubic area, the length of which will depend on the amount of excess skin you have.
Next, muscles are tightened by pulling them closer together and sutured into their new position, providing a firmer abdominal wall and narrowing the waistline.
Finally, extra skin and fat are removed. Liposuction may also be used at the same time to remove excess fat.
With liposuction, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted, and fat is broken up using a gentle back and forth motion, then vacuumed out.
After Your Mommy Makeover
Breast surgeries and liposuction do not typically involve a difficult recovery. However, tummy tuck surgery can require a bit more downtime.
What Is Recovery After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Your abdomen will be swollen for the first few days, and it’s normal to feel some discomfort, which can be controlled by medication.
You will be given instructions for showering, changing your dressings, and wearing your compression garment. You should start walking as soon as you can.
Stitches are removed in five to seven days, but the dressing on your incision is to stay in place, and you should continue to wear the support garment provided. Additional instructions will be given to you during your follow-up visits.
Tummy tuck recovery usually takes around six weeks before you can return to your normal routines (including exercise).
What Is Recovery From Breast Surgery and Liposuction?
Breast lifts or augmentation and liposuction will require some modifications to your routine for the two weeks (including avoiding vigorous exercise and lifting), and instructions will be provided before your discharge.
What Risks Are Associated With a Mommy Makeover?
All surgical procedures carry some risk of complications. All risks and safety information will be reviewed during your consultation.
When Will I See My Mommy Makeover Results?
While some results are noticeable soon after your surgery, the full extent of your results will take several weeks or months to fully form.
- Changes to your breasts will start to be visible immediately, which will improve as the swelling and bruising diminishes.
- Implants take a few months to settle in, and incision lines will fade over the following 12 to 18 months.
- The final outcome of liposuction is typically realized within six months, and the small scars fade quickly after that.
- Tummy tuck results are usually complete between three and six months following surgery.
Have More Questions About Mommy Makeovers?
Depending on your specific procedures, you may experience some discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter or prescribed medications.
Breast implants generally last 10 to 15 years. However, some implants may last 20 years or more, while others only last five years.
Tummy tucks, liposuction, breast lifts, and reductions are considered permanent. However, no procedure can stop the aging process from continuing or weight gain from occurring. It is expected to see gradual changes in your body contour as you age or fluctuate in weight.
To ensure the results from your mommy makeover are long-lasting, stick with a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and routine exercise schedule.
Because the cost of plastic surgery varies widely and the fact that you will be combining two or more procedures, the only way to know the actual cost of your Mommy Makeover is with a consultation.
We will be happy to provide you with an accurate cost estimate at that time.
If you get pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, you will probably experience some of the same changes you did with previous pregnancies. If you had breast surgery, there is a chance you may have problems nursing.
Pregnancy can reverse the outcome of tummy tuck surgery as well.
Gaining and losing weight subsequently to a Mommy Makeover may also affect the results.