It’s common after pregnancy for women to have excess fat, loose skin around
their midsection, and sagging or deflated breasts. A mommy
makeover is a popular way to surgically correct these issues.
How a mommy makeover is performed
A mommy makeover rejuvenates the
appearance of your abdomen and breasts with a combination of breast enhancement
surgery, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.A breast lift may
be a good option for you if you are happy with the size of your breasts and just
want to reduce sagging. A breast lift involves surgically removing excess skin,
raising the placement of your areolas and nipples, and reshaping your breast
tissue to improve height, projection, and firmness. Breast lift surgery leaves more
visible scarring on your breasts compared to augmentation.
adds implants to your breasts to increase size and improve fullness and
projection. Incisions can be made in your armpits, under your areolas, or along
your breast creases for less noticeable scarring. Some women may have more
significant results from augmentation rather than just a breast lift. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
is a surgical procedure to tighten your abdominal muscles and remove excess
skin from your midsection for a flatter and firmer belly. A long incision is
made above your pubic area, your abdominal muscles are tightened with stitches,
and excess skin is trimmed away from below your belly button. A mini tummy tuck is less invasive but
only corrects issues below your belly button. An extended tummy tuck makes a longer incision that goes around
your hips to correct issues in your side areas as well as your midsection. Liposuction (lipoplasty)
is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat with suction, and is commonly done
with a tummy tuck to achieve a more contoured and slimmer look. A hollow tube
called a cannula is inserted under your skin to loosen and break up fat and
suction it away.
Recovery can take two to four weeks depending on what
procedures you had done. Most women can start returning to work after one week.
You’ll have some pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness while you heal and you’ll
have to avoid strenuous activity for about one month.
Since a mommy makeover can involve a combination of three
different procedures, your costs can vary depending on what you have done. Your
location, surgeon and health insurance coverage will affect costs as well. Most
health insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures, but you can talk with your
plastic surgeon for more detailed cost information.