Mommy Makeover

The “Mommy Makeover” is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore and enhance a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. This comprehensive approach typically includes a combination of breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction, tailored to address the specific concerns and goals of each individual patient.

Reasons for Mommy Makeover:

  • These surgeries are for women who have experienced changes in their bodies due to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Some common concerns that can be addressed with a mommy makeover include:
  • Sagging or deflated breasts: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to lose volume and firmness. A mommy makeover can include breast augmentation, breast lift, or a combination of both to restore a more youthful and shapely appearance.
  • Abdominal muscle separation and excess skin: Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, leading to a condition known as diastasis recti. This can result in a protruding belly and weakened core. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can repair the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned appearance of the abdomen.
  • Stubborn fat deposits: Despite diet and exercise, many women struggle with stubborn fat pockets in various areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, or back. Liposuction can be included in a mommy makeover to target these areas and sculpt a more contoured silhouette.

 

Procedure:

The mommy makeover is a personalized combination of procedures that are performed under general anesthesia, and usually take 3-5 hours to perform. The specific procedures included will vary based on the woman’s needs and goals. Some commonly performed procedures in a mommy makeover include:

  1. Breast augmentation: This procedure involves the placement of implants to enhance breast size and shape.
  1. Breast lift: A breast lift, or mastopexy, addresses sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue for a more youthful appearance.
  1. Tummy tuck: Abdominoplasty involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, as well as the tightening of the underlying muscles.
  1. Liposuction: This procedure targets stubborn fat deposits in various areas of the body, improving overall body contour. It is commonly performed on the flanks during an abdominoplasty, but other areas can be added as well. 

 

Recovery and Aftercare:

The recovery period for a mommy makeover will vary depending on the combination of procedures performed. Patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery. A low dose pain medication will be prescribed to manage any post-operative pain.

It is important to follow Dr. Landis’s post-operative instructions regarding incision care, medication, and activity restrictions. Patients will need to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks to ensure proper healing. The recovery typically involves 2 weeks at home resting, 2 weeks with light activity only, and then a gradual return to exercise.

A surgical bra will be worn for one week, and an abdominal compression garment will be worn for 3 weeks to provide support to the healing tissues and minimize swelling. It is crucial to attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Landis to monitor the healing process and address any concerns.

Potential Risks and Complications:

As with any surgical procedure, a mommy makeover carries certain risks and potential complications. These may include: 

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor scarring
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Numbness or changes in sensation
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Blood clots
  • Anesthesia risks

 Dr. Landis will discuss these risks with you and address any concerns or questions you may have before deciding to undergo a mommy makeover.

Cost:

Mommy makeover cost includes the surgeon fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, the cost of the implants, and any labs or imaging that may be required before or after surgery. The total cost for a mommy makeover ranges from $12,000-$21,000 and varies with type of breast implants used, if any, and if any additional surgery is required. Dr. Landis will formulate a plan specific for each patient and a detailed estimate will be provided. CareCredit is available to our patients, and we’d be happy to discuss this option with you!

Conclusion:

A mommy makeover can help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies and boost their self-confidence. By combining procedures tailored to the individual’s needs, the mommy makeover can address concerns such as sagging breasts, abdominal muscle separation, and stubborn fat deposits. Dr. Landis is a mother herself, and she understands the specific needs of woman looking into these surgeries. Most of her patients are very active and desire a quick return to family and exercise activities. It is important to consult with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential risks before deciding to undergo a mommy makeover.