What are the benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
During and after pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes dramatic physical and hormonal changes. These may include excessive fluctuations in weight and engorging and subsequent flattening of the breasts, all of which can lead to the weakening of underlying tissue, sagging skin, and stretch marks. A “Mommy Makeover” is a special combination of procedures prescribed as a comprehensive plan for correcting the corporeal changes a woman may experience after one more pregnancies. These procedures may include:
During your pre-operative consultation, Dr. Vallecillos will assess your individual needs, consider your desired results, and present you with a highly personalized plan for achieving those goals.
Before you decide to undergo a Mommy Makeover, you should be confident that you have no future pregnancies planned, as pregnancy can reverse the results gained by these procedures.To prepare for your Mommy Makeover, Dr. Vallecillos will instruct you to stop taking any blood-thinning medications for two weeks before the surgery. This will reduce your risk of excessive bleeding and bruising. If you smoke, you will be informed of the possible complications, such as poor healing, and you will be instructed to quit smoking for at least two weeks before and after your procedures. Finally, if you are over the age of 45, you will need to obtain medical clearance from an independent physician in order to be eligible for a Mommy Makeover.
Most Mommy Makeovers consist of a combination of procedures, so the best choice for most patients is general anesthesia.
- The holistic goal of a Mommy Makeover is body contouring, or helping to restore the patient’s pre-pregnancy figure. Dr. Vallecillos will recommend a combination of procedures, usually consisting of:
Also known as an Abdominoplasty, tummy tuck refers to a procedure in which the underlying tissue and muscle of the abdomen wall are tightened, and fatty deposits and excess skin are removed. Depending on the areas of the abdomen that need to be addressed, either a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck may be performed. Both result in a firmer abdomen.
Breast Lift/Breast Augmentation
While a breast lift and a breast augmentation can be performed as independent procedures, many women find that a combination procedure best achieves their goals. A breast lift involves the removal of sagging skin and excess breast tissue to lift the breasts and correct the location of the areola and nipple, while an augmentation (either through the use of autologous fat transfer or implants) will provide a rounder, fuller shape.
If you have experienced looseness and sagging in the buttocks area, a butt lift may be necessary. A butt lift can refer to a number of procedures, including traditional butt lift, Brazilian butt augmentation, and butt implants; liposuction is generally utilized in all of them to remove unwanted fatty deposits, or to extract fat cells from other areas of the body for insertion in the butt as part of an augmentation.
Liposuction is a method for removing fatty deposits from specific areas on the body, and may either be performed as part of one of the above-described procedures or as an ancillary procedure. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss method, but rather a technique to improve body contour.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Who is a candidate for a mommy makeover?
You should consider a mommy makeover if you have had one or more pregnancies, are not planning any future pregnancies, and wish to correct any of a number of issues that may include unwanted fatty deposits, excess tissue and sagging skin, and loose or sagging breasts.
What is the recovery time for a mommy makeover?
Recovery time for a mommy makeover will depend on the number and type of procedures performed. All patients should expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort for at least several days after surgery, which may persist for several weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to six weeks after surgery. You may wish to arrange for help with childcare during this period, as fatigue is common and healing should be prioritized. Dr. Vallecillos will recommend the best post-operative care plan for you.
Are there risks or side effects with a mommy makeover?
All surgeries carry some risk, including scarring, excessive bleeding, and infection. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss the possible risks and side effects for your set of procedures beforehand.
How long do the results last?
As long as no future pregnancies or dramatic fluctuations in weight occur, the results of a mommy makeover should be long lasting.