Scottsdale Mommy Makeover
Having children is one of the most gratifying experiences a woman can have. However, some of the changes that occur in our bodies following childbearing can be stubbornly persistent. Even if you are disciplined enough to work out, eat right, and get back to your pre-baby weight, it’s often difficult to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy shape.
Many women (maybe like you?) have to juggle significant responsibilities—from child-raising needs to job requirements. Consequently, you may put yourself last on the priority list and find it difficult to find time to take care of yourself. You are not alone; many women in the same situation pursue cosmetic surgery improvements like a “mommy makeover” after childbearing. They report feeling more confident and content, and they are frequently happier.
So What Exactly Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover aims to restore a more normal breast and body contour through a combination of procedures that address the common concerns new mothers have with their bodies. Mommy makeovers generally include a breast lift, a tummy tuck, and maybe even liposuction. Dr. Flint can tailor a mommy makeover procedure to fit your individual needs and goals. Most women complain of issues with their breasts and tummies, but different patients often want a different combination of procedures to correct their concerns. Dr. Flint considers your unique body and goals during your consultation for a mommy makeover.
Many women lose volume in their breasts following breastfeeding. This is a common response to hormonal changes. Occasionally, your breast skin will shrink back and your breasts won’t droop, but this only occurs in a lucky minority. For these fortunate few, breast augmentation alone can replenish the loss of size.
Most women, however, end up with extra skin when the glandular tissue diminishes in size. In this case, your nipples appear to drop, making your breasts look droopy. If this describes you, Dr. Flint often recommends a breast lift (mastopexy) along with breast augmentation. Breast lifts can also make your areolae smaller. This combination breast surgery is one of the most commonly performed post-pregnancy procedures.
It’s best to wait until you have completed childbearing before having a breast lift, as subsequent pregnancies can re-stretch the skin and result in recurrent drooping. It’s also best if you are within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight so that any potential post-procedure weight loss does not result in further lax skin. You should also have finished breastfeeding for at least three months before any elective breast surgery to ensure that all hormone-related changes have been completed.
Scottsdale Breast Lift
The purpose of a breast lift is to improve the shape of your breasts and downsize your nipple complex while moving it higher on your breast and chest wall. Dr. Flint prefers a breast lift that leaves an anchor-shaped scar. While this scar is longer, this lift produces a better breast shape and maintains its result longer than the other types of lifts in most patients.
The scar pattern from the surgery varies, depending on how large your breasts were pre-operatively and how much lift your breasts required. Most women find the improvement in shape well worth the trade off of having a scar. Plus, scars generally fade nicely with time.
The Breast Lift Procedure
The breast procedures take between one and three hours and are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient in a certified surgicenter run by a hospital. You are required to wear a surgical wrap for one or two days, followed by three weeks in a sports bra. Most women can drive in three to five days, at which point they no longer require pain tablets. You are not allowed to do any lifting or exercise for the first three weeks, so if you have small children at home (like most Mommy Makeover patients), you need to enlist the help of friends and family. You can return to all your normal activities without restriction after three weeks.
Dr. Flint takes a very proactive approach to scar management. Starting two weeks after surgery, she directs you to massage centella asiatica into your scars to encourage them to fade. She also provides you with silicone gel strips to wear over your scars. These leather-like strips have been proven to diminish the incidence of raised or thickened scars.
The other area of your body commonly affected by pregnancy is the abdomen. Most women seeking an evaluation of their tummies hope that liposuction alone can correct the changes they’ve experienced after childbirth. There are, however, three tenets to keep in mind:
- One thousand crunches a day will do nothing to reduce excess skin.
- Neither will serious dieting, no matter how long you keep it up.
- Neither will liposuction.
No matter what anybody tells you about their favorite type of liposuction, the procedure does nothing to shrink your skin significantly. Please do not waste your time or money on liposuction if you have lax or excess skin on your abdomen. In these cases, a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) is required.
- Note that it is not possible to safely undergo tummy procedures if you are significantly overweight or if you smoke.
During pregnancy, a separation develops between the six-pack muscles to accommodate the growth of your baby. This can destroy the girdle effect these muscles are supposed to have on your lower abdomen. If you are near or at your goal weight and you still have a lower abdominal pouch or “mommy pillow,” most likely your muscular separation is significant. You cannot train or diet that back into shape either. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Flint puts a permanent girdle stitch into the covering of these muscles to close the gap and flatten your abdomen.
What to Expect
During a mommy makeover, abdominal liposuction and/or tummy tucks are performed at the time as breast surgery. You are under general anesthesia during the entire surgery. Tummy tucks take one and a half to three hours. All mommy makeover patients spend one overnight in the recovery care center. You are discharged the morning after your surgery, after you are examined. Drainage tubes are left in place for five to seven days to help control swelling. No lifting is allowed for six weeks following this procedure. Most patients can return to work in ten days to two weeks if it is not overly physically taxing.
Mommy makeover procedures are as diverse as the patients who benefit from them, so it is important that you seek a board certified plastic surgeon who is appropriately trained to perform any of the procedures you may need. While it can be difficult to carve out time for yourself with the various demands you face, a fit and confident mommy can benefit her entire family.