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Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can stretch your breasts and abdomen. In many cases, your pre-pregnancy body doesn’t return, even with diet and exercise. A combination of surgical procedures that restore the breast and body following childbirth is known as a “Mommy Makeover.” At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, a Mommy Makeover often combines a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and a breast lift (mastopexy) with or without augmentation. During this procedure, stretched abdominal muscles can be tightened and excess skin removed to restore or even improve your waistline. Additionally, the breasts can be reshaped, lifted, and enlarged to achieve a fuller and more youthful-looking appearance. Our Sarasota plastic surgeons love to give women their pre-pregnancy shape back. All of the alternatives can be discussed during your private consultation.

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Surgical Technique

The surgical techniques used during a mommy makeover vary based on the condition of each of the body parts the patient wishes to improve. For the breasts, common issues include sagging and loose skin and a loss of breast volume. Some women will have breasts that remain enlarged. Surgeries that may be considered include breast reduction, breast augmentation and/or a breast lift. For many, a combination of these techniques creates a youthful, beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance. The most common example is a breast augmentation with a lift. For the lower body, it is normal to see loose skin, surface irregularities such as stretch marks, and persistent pockets of fat. These are normally addressed with liposuction and by trimming away excess skin and ‘lifting’ the remaining skin to a new position. 

During/After Surgery

A mommy makeover covers a sizeable area of the body. It is considered an invasive surgery and in many cases will require an overnight stay at a recovery facility. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our surgical center and can take 3 hours or longer to complete. Most women find the recovery to be a slow process. Walking upright is difficult in the first few weeks, and it is recommended that patients take it slow during the initial recovery phase. Depending on what was addressed during surgery, it could take between 6 months to a full year for the final results to appear. With that being said, most patients can go back to a normal routine in an average of 3 weeks; however, exercise is discouraged until at least 6-8 weeks after surgery.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

How Safe Is it?

A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.

Babies After Surgery?

It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before a patient decides to have a mommy makeover. Pregnancy may compromise the results of the surgery, because additional skin stretching and weight gain is inevitable. Patients who are uncertain if they will have additional children should consult with their surgeon to discuss the best approach to take.

What About Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks may be minimized when the excess skin is removed. The tightening of the skin and underlying tissues will also help in making the marks less visible. Remaining stretch marks can also be minimized after surgery with skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser and chemical peels.

Will I Have Scars?

While a mommy makeover creates a beautiful new shape and figure for a woman, unfortunately, it does include some scarring. The scars are most common with a breast lift procedure and a tummy tuck. The surgeon will make every effort possible to create clean incisions, as well as take great care in minimizing scarring as much as possible. Any scars that result from this surgery will be able to be concealed with undergarments or swimsuits. 

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Recovery Time  
2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
5-6.5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Varies
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.