Whether you are a new mother or your kids have been on their own for years, you’ve probably been intrigued by the idea of a Mommy Makeover. Thanks to widespread media coverage, the popularity of these procedures has exploded in recent years. However, the Mommy Makeover is not an actual plastic surgery procedure. It is a combination of multiple treatments designed to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy shape, addressing issues like lost stomach elasticity and sagging breasts. Each Mommy Makeover is designed to address the effects of pregnancy on your specific body.
- 1 What is a Mommy Makeover?
- 2 Why Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?
- 3 Procedure Options
- 4 Before & After Photos
- 5 Ancillary Procedures
- 6 Consultation
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Price
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A “Mommy Makeover” is a combination of procedures that are performed together to help mothers regain their youthful, pre-baby bodies. These procedures enhance the abdomen and breasts which are often greatly compromised during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuation. The procedures include a Tummy Tuck and/or Liposuction, along with Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift and/or Breast Reduction. Every woman is different and has different desires, so each procedure is personalized, keeping in mind their natural proportions.
Dr. Younai has performed every procedure involved in the Mommy Makeover countless times. He can help address all your post-pregnancy concerns, including recommending the best procedures to help you achieve the figure you want. Dr. Younai has the versatility and experience needed to meet your every need.
Why Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?
Motherhood is a fantastic and rewarding experience; however, pregnancy and childbirth can place enormous stress and tension on the body. This often results in unwanted aesthetic changes, typically of the abdomen and breasts. Even after losing the baby weight, many women are unable to get back the trim figures they enjoyed before pregnancy.
In the past, women have endured this in silence. But now with modern technological advances and cosmetic surgery becoming increasingly popular, women are openly and confidently seeking to enhance their post-pregnancy bodies.
Mothers devote most of their time to their child’s wants and needs, while her wants become secondary. Cosmetic enhancements may come off as selfish or vain, but it is quite to contrary. When a mother’s self-image and confidence rise, their quality of life, relationships, and interactions inherently improve with their children and loved ones.
The amount of procedures performed varies depending on the specific case. Most commonly, women choose 2 out of the following 5 options to achieve their beautiful “makeover.” These procedures are combined during a single surgery, shortening your overall recovery time. This means you can enjoy the results of your Mommy Makeover that much sooner, with less discomfort along the way.
A Breast Lift, clinically known as Mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts women’s breasts to a more youthful position. A Breast Lift addresses the problem of ptosis, or sagging of the breasts, that results from factors such as genetics, aging, or breastfeeding. Ptosis can occur in different degrees, so Dr. Younai performs Breast Lift surgery based on patient’s individual needs. A Breast Lift can also be performed in conjunction with a Breast Reduction or Breast Augmentation.
A Breast Lift involves 1 of 2 different incision locations, which are made around the areola, vertically down the breast, and/or along the natural breast crease. The procedure takes between 2 to 4 hours and is performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A Breast Lift can give you your pre-baby bust back and the confidence to rock a strapless dress.
Breast Reduction a procedure which reduces the volume and size of the breasts, creating a smaller bust. For some women, a Breast Reduction is enough for restoring their bust to an perky, firm position, although often times it is paired with a Breast Lift to aid in lifting. The procedure typically takes 4 to 6 hours.
Women with overly large breast find much gratification after undergoing a Breast Reduction as it alleviates symptomatic macromastia, or problems associated with large breasts. Some of these issues can be pain of the neck, back, and shoulders, poor posture, or difficulty breathing. If you have large breasts and would like to decrease your bust for either physical or aesthetic reasons, a Breast Reduction is a great solution.
Breasts become full and curvaceous during pregnancy, but often times women experience a loss of breast volume after breastfeeding, sometimes decreasing to a smaller size than they were pre-pregnancy. Breast Augmentation is a surgical solution to increasing the size of your breast through the use of implants. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours.
There are a variety of options to choose from for a Breast Augmentation procedure, such as implant size, implant type, implant shape, and incision location. You do not need to make these decisions on your own. Dr. Younai has performed countless Breast Augmentations for mothers with all sorts of aesthetic desires. He is dedicated to making sure his patients are fully informed about all aspects of their procedure so they can make the proper decision that best suites them.
As many mothers know, pregnancy causes the abdomen muscles and skin to stretch to a point that working out and eating well just do not fix. A Tummy Tuck is meant to alleviate this seemingly irreversible problem. This procedure shrinks your waistline and flattens your stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles and excising excess skin. It takes roughly 1 hour to perform.
A Tummy Tuck can remove small amounts of fat in the process, but for larger fat deposits this procedure can be performed in conjunction with Liposuction. A Tummy Tuck leaves mothers with a slim waist and defined abdomen. Stretch marks may also be removed through the skin excision process, as well as redefining the bellybutton.
Liposuction is a procedure designed to suction stubborn fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. It can be used on various parts of the body, such as:
Often times pregnancy causes localized fat deposits to appear, especially in the abdomen or hips. And no matter how much you run after your toddler, these stubborn fat deposits do not seem to go away or diminish no matter how long after your pregnancy. Liposuction is a popular choice among women since it is a quick and low pain solution to ridding stubborn fat.
Before & After Photos
Some women combine facial plastic surgery procedures, like a Facelift or Rhinoplasty, to help complete their transformation. Although these procedures do not address the effects of pregnancy, they can still be performed in conjunction with your body sculpting procedures to shorten overall recovery. Not to mention, many women use the Mommy Makeover to revamp their overall appearance. In many cases, this includes a more youthful face.
Your private consultation is the time to relay to Dr. Younai any and all concerns you have about your body, as well as the aesthetic changes you desire. He will attentively listen and then perform a thorough examination. From this he will be able to determine the areas he can greatly enhance and the best personalized procedure techniques to achieve optimal results. He will go over the details of each procedure he deems appropriate for you so you are able to make an informed decision.
Dr. Younai will show you before and after pictures of prior patients who received similar procedures. Results do vary between patients, so this is only meant to give you an idea of possible results. Please make mention of medical history and past procedures, as well as routine medications as he may ask you to adjust your intake. Please share any questions you have at this time with Dr. Younai and he will gladly answer them. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your Mommy Makeover journey.
The length of your recovery greatly varies based on the procedures you choose to undergo and the specific technique used. Below are average recovery lengths for each of the Mommy Makeover procedure options.
After your surgery you will be placed in a support bra; this will have to be worn for 2-3 weeks. Dissolvable sutures are often used which means you do not need to come back in for suture removal. Any resulting scars will fade with time. You are encouraged to walk regularly as this prevent blood clots, and you can resume working and normal daily activities in 7-10 days.
Breast Reduction also requires you to wear a support bra; this helps the breasts form to their new contour. Swelling and tenderness are normal and will subside in time. Dr. Younai may place drains for excess fluids. You should take at least a week off from work to ensure you get ample relaxation time. Sleeping on your back is required for the first few weeks. We highly encourage walking, and you can expect to return to work in about a week.
You are able to see results immediately after a Breast Augmentation. Swelling and mild soreness are normal and will go away with time and the help of your support bra. Avoid heaving lifting and strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks. Your arm motion will be limited the first few weeks of your recovery, so please prepare by having all necessary items at counter level. Any resulting scars will fade in time.
After a Tummy Tuck, your abdomen may feel sore for a few days but this will subside. Dr. Younai will place you in an abdominal compression garment and possibly apply drains. You can return to work within 2 weeks, but you should be walking regularly beginning the day after surgery to prevent blood clots. Light activities can be enjoyed in 2-3 weeks, but hold off on strenuous activities for at least 4-6 weeks. Your scar will fade with time, but can easily be concealed in jeans.
Liposuction is extremely popular as there is little downtime necessary (however you may require more downtime for the additional procedures you receive.) This allows moms to get back to taking care of their kids quicker. After your Liposuction procedure, your skin will be swollen and slightly bruised; this subsides on its own with time. Mild soreness is common and can easily be controlled with pain medication.
The price of your Mommy Makeover will depend on the amount of procedures you undergo and the extent of your specific case. Adding additional procedures such as facial surgery will alter the price as well. To receive an estimate quote, please schedule a consultation and begin your Mommy Makeover journey!