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.
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.
Mommy Makeover Reviews
"From start to finish my experience could not have been better. After several consults, I chose Dr. Engle to perform my mommy makeover, which included revisions of previous procedures. I will have to say that the hour and a half drive to and from consults, surgery, and follow ups, was well worth worth it! The results were all that I had hoped for and more. Would highly recommend Dr. Engle and his team based on quality of care and outcome! "- J.E. / Google / Jun 17, 2014
"Best Decision of my Life - Sarasota, FL - He was very personable, and took the time to answer all of my questions. Im very happy with the procedure and how i look now. The staff was always so nice and were very knowledgeable . - - I didnt feel like a woman, and i wanted to be more proportional, and to feel better about myself in general."- N. / RealSelf / May 09, 2011
"34 Yrs Old 2 Kids - Sarasota, FL - He did an amazing job! The rules are beyond my expectations. - - "- C. / RealSelf / Jun 30, 2014
"Back to my Surgeon for Second Phase of my Mommy Makeover - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Engel is really the best of the best. He is caring, realistic, and a perfectionist I'm the operating room. This is my second procedure with him. Both procedures have far surpassed my expectations! - - After breastfeeding my daughter for a little over 18 months, my breast were very saggy and lost all volume. I underwent a breast lift, and augmentation. My implant is 600 cc high profile, silicone, placed under the muscle. Recovery so far has been merely a discomfort. I can't even describe what I'm feeling as pain. Definitely a piece of cake"- M. / RealSelf / Aug 29, 2014
"This Mommy Needed a Makeover! Sarasota, FL - I loved Dr.Mobley. He really took the time to answer my questions and made me feel at ease. I was most nervous about the anesthesia but the staff was very helpful and comforting. - - After being pregnant and breastfeeding 2 babies, wanted to do something for myself. I was able to lose all my baby weight but I didn't look the same. Dr. Mobley listened to what I wanted and helped me decide what surgery would be right for me. I am thrilled with the results (and so is my husband!) I wouldn't change a thing!"- U. / RealSelf / Nov 13, 2014
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 5-6.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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