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The Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures and treatments that targets the areas of your body most changed by pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnancy and childbirth take quite a toll on a woman’s body. New mothers often struggle with unsightly fat in hard-to-target places, sagging and deflated breasts from breastfeeding, and a stretch marked and loose skin covered belly that diet and exercise will not remedy. It is a real problem, and it occurs during one of the busiest times of your life, when starting a family.
A breast augmentation will boost your confidence and sense of femininity by increasing your breast size with implants. Volume that is lost as a result of pregnancy can be restored with this procedure, and the shape of the breasts will be improved. Women can choose between a natural-looking or more round breast implant shape, an incision around the areola or beneath the breast, and either saline or silicone implants.
Mothers who have significant breast sagging or nipples that fall below the natural breast crease will benefit most from the breast lift. This procedure will lift the breasts to a more youthful position and, if desired, can reduce the size of the areolas. A breast lift is often combined with a breast augmentation to increase the size of the breasts and lift them at the same time.
Liposuction can be applied to virtually any area of the body to remove stubborn fat. Many mothers opt for liposuction of the upper or lower abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, or “love handles.” This procedure can treat several areas of the body at one time to provide the ultimate sculpted silhouette. Liposuction does not remove sagging skin, as only small incisions are used during this procedure. Many women combine liposuction with a tummy tuck to address both excess fat and sagging skin in the abdomen.
Most mothers include a tummy tuck in their Mommy Makeover procedure selection to improve their abdominal contours. Unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck will remove excess sagging skin in the abdomen and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles to create a firm foundation for the skin. The entire abdomen can be addressed with two incisions - one across the pelvis and one around the navel. A mini tummy tuck requires one incision across the pelvis to target the lower abdomen only and eliminate the common “pregnancy pooch.”
Many women wish to have their pre-pregnancy body back, but some women may not have been satisfied with their natural curves even before pregnancy.
Dr. Martin can sculpt an hourglass shape (large breasts with a small waist that accentuates wider hips) using a combination of procedures that create a natural-looking, balanced silhouette. Depending on the patient’s desires, the best procedures may include a breast augmentation and liposuction of the abdomen or flanks.
Whether you desire larger or youthful, perky breasts, there is a Mommy Makeover procedure that is right for you.
Large round breast implants will create fuller breasts with prominent cleavage, while anatomically shaped breast implants or implants placed beneath the chest muscle provide a more natural and subtle effect. Increasing the breast size only one or two cups can also provide a more natural-looking appearance. A breast lift will eliminate a sagging, aged look without increasing the size and add a youthful “perkiness” that a breast augmentation alone may not achieve.
Many different body types can benefit from either a tummy tuck or liposuction to achieve a flat, firm abdomen.
Liposuction is the ideal procedure for women who have excess fat and good skin elasticity. Women who already have toned abdominal muscles can finally show them off by eliminating the fat that covers them. A tummy tuck combined with liposuction is perfect for women who desire tighter skin, tighter muscles, and fewer stretch marks along with excess fat removal. The extent and outcome of the procedure will depend on the patient’s desires.
Any of the Mommy Makeover procedures can help women look better in clothing. Perhaps the most all-encompassing procedure is liposuction, since it can eliminate several inches of fat from selected areas of the body at once.
Your jeans can fit better, you can lose your “muffin top” or “love handles,” and you can reveal a toned abdomen when wearing a bikini. Breast augmentation can help fill in blouses and tighter outfits, and a tummy tuck can streamline your body’s silhouette.
Becoming a mother is a high calling. For all the sacrifice you give emotionally, financially, and physically, you deserve something that makes you feel as beautiful on the outside as you are inside.
Rather than viewing stretch marks and sagging skin as reminders of your dedication, you can look at your beautiful children to see the outcome of your labor. As you take the time to restore your outer beauty, you will gain the confidence needed to continue to do what you do best.
Recovery from any one of the procedures by itself is about two weeks; recovery from a combination of two or more procedures for the Mommy Makeover is about the same.
Swelling can last from three weeks to a couple of months based on your body’s ability to heal and your adherence to Dr. Martin’s postoperative instructions. The tummy tuck and breast augmentation procedures will limit your mobility most, as bending over, sitting up, and lifting your arms will be difficult (and should be avoided, if possible) for the first couple of weeks..
Dr. Martin makes all incisions in the most inconspicuous locations possible, such as in the natural folds of the skin or in areas that won’t be seen when wearing underwear or a bikini.
Any resulting scars will naturally fade as time passes. The scar maturation and fading process is quickened with silicone sheeting, silicone gel, laser treatments, Dermapen®, Embrace®, or LED light therapies.
The cost of a Mommy Makeover will vary greatly depending on which procedures you choose.
Ultimately, patients save money by combining procedures with a Mommy Makeover; any operating room and anesthesia fees are paid only once, and one recovery period requires less time away from work.
All procedures involved in the Mommy Makeover will result in some discomfort that will last for about seven days and is manageable with pain medication.
Bending, standing up too quickly, and pushing or lifting heavy objects can put a strain on the incision lines and prevent the body from healing in the best way possible. Arrange for someone to assist you for the first couple of days after surgery, and prepare to have your necessities within easy reach. Compression garments worn over the surgery area can also reduce swelling and ease pain.
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