Mommy Makeover Surgery Part Two-Important Facts Women Need to Know
By Michael A. Devlin, MD on February 25, 2015
Dr. Michael Devlin, a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in mommy makeovers in Little Rock, Arkansas says:
“The overall attitude about cosmetic surgery appears to be changing. More and more women are willing to talk about their experience with cosmetic surgery as evidenced by the website realself. No longer is there a taboo associated with having plastic surgery and many women welcome this choice when diet and exercise fail. Or as in the case of a mommy makeover, a major life event has changed the body.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of women getting Mommy Makeovers is on the rise. Mommy makeovers consist of a combination of procedures involving the stomach and breasts and are up 65% since 2000.
What exactly is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a term used to describe a combination of surgical procedures to improve the appearance of the breasts and abdomen. The goal is to address some of the common physical changes that can occur following pregnancy. On the breast, these most commonly include sagging and deflation. On the abdomen, it is often excess skin with stretch marks and bulging.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A woman is a good candidate for a mommy makeover if she is in overall good health and has no further plans for more children. If she has recently had a child and has been breastfeeding, it is advised that she wait for three months for breast surgery after weaning.
Is the Mommy Makeover done all at one time?
A Mommy Makeover can be done in one or two stages depending on how many areas need to be addressed. The length it takes for the surgical procedure can be a determining factor. In patients where there is a lot of excess skin that needs to removed, it is sometimes advised to have two separate procedures for safety reasons. In the majority of patients though, only one surgery is needed.
What are the different options for a Mommy Makeover?
It is some combination of the following: Tummy Tuck with any of the following: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, and Breast Lift with Augmentation.
Can I have more children after my Mommy Makeover?
If more children are planned, it is better to wait, especially on the tummy tuck. Additional pregnancies are possible following a tummy tuck and the baby will not be harmed. However, final result cannot be guaranteed if the tissues are stretched again with another pregnancy.
Will a cesarean section or hysterectomy affect Mommy Makeover results?
No, In fact, Dr. Devlin places the tummy tuck incision below the c-section scar. The incision for the tummy tuck will be placed as inconspicuously as possible.
I have a hernia. Can a tummy tuck be done at the same time as the hernia repair?
Umbilical hernias are common in women after a pregnancy. Often hernias can be addressed at the same time as your tummy tuck. Dr. Devlin will evaluate your hernia during consultation and give your appropriate treatment options.
Will I have scars?
Yes, it is not possible to perform these surgeries without making incisions and leaving scars. Once the incisions are fully healed, Dr. Devlin will instruct you as to how to minimize the scars and help them fade over time. He will follow up with you closely to monitor your scars to make sure they heal properly.
What can I expect after surgery?
A mommy makeoveris an outpatient procedure and you should go home the same day. You will have surgical drains in place for a few days and a pain pump to help control any pain you may have. You will be in an abdominal binder for six weeks and unable to lift more than 10 pounds during that period.
When can I resume normal activities after Mommy Makeover?
It is recommended to have friends and family available to assist you in caring for children for the first week after surgery. Recovery can range from one to four weeks in most cases with most women returning to a desk job after one week.
If you have been thinking about having a mommy makeover, now is the time to call.
Contact Devlin Cosmetic Surgery today for unheard of savings!
Check back soon for our third blog in the series Mommy Makeover Surgery-Satisfaction Rates and Costs
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