A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that aim to restore your pre-pregnancy body contour. While there are many versions of a mommy makeover in Atlanta, a typical makeover might include a tummy tuck, breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction) and liposuction of the legs, arms, and stomach.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Pregnancy causes significant changes in a woman’s body, both inside and out. Constant hormonal changes during and after pregnancy, combined with the physical effects of childbirth, have a substantial impact on the appearance of the stomach, legs, and breasts.
After going through pregnancy many women have a hard time accepting the new way their body looks. Mothers often express concerns about skin laxity, weight gain, and a loss of self-confidence in consultations for a mommy makeover. Getting back to that pre-baby body can be difficult, even with a proper diet and a lot of exercise. The mommy makeover surgery blends together many different body contouring procedures that have highly effective cumulative results so mothers can reclaim their ideal body look.
Candidates for a Mommy Makeover?
The plastic surgeries involved in a mommy makeover are designed for those who have tried to get back to their pre-baby body but can’t seem to reclaim their ideal shape and contour with diet and exercise alone.
Good candidates for any plastic surgery should be at or near their ideal weight, in good overall health, and are non-smokers.
If you have sagging, uneven breasts, excess tissue on the stomach, stretch marks, love handles, and/or excess fat in areas that weren’t problematic pre-pregnancy, a mommy makeover can help to address all these concerns. For a mommy makeover procedure, it is best if you are done having children as any future pregnancies could obstruct the results.
In your consultation, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco can listen to your concerns and help you craft a customized plan of plastic surgeries to give you the body contour results that will make you feel confident in what you see in the mirror each day.
Since the term “mommy makeover” is used to describe a combination of many different plastic surgery procedures used, each surgery is different for each patient. And in addition to surgical procedures that address your unique body contouring needs, Dr. DiFrancesco can also administer non-surgical treatments for the body and face to help you look younger and more energized, as well as fine-tuning your curves. These non-surgical options include:
- Sculpsure body contouring
- Sculptra buttock enhancement
- Facial microneedling
- Chemical peels
In your consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco, she will help you decide on which procedures will benefit you the most during a mommy makeover in Atlanta to get your desired look.
There are many different options for plastic surgery procedures as part of mommy makeovers. Because pregnancy and childbirth affect every mom’s body differently, different procedures may be used in one person’s mommy makeover that aren’t used in another’s. Dr. DiFrancesco will help you create the most effective treatment plan for your specific problem areas and desired recovery timeline during your mommy makeover consultation.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
The tummy tuck procedure flattens, firms, and contours your abdomen, creating a more ideal profile. This surgery can remove excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. There are different variations of the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, such as the endoscopic abdominoplasty, the mini abdominoplasty, and the modified abdominoplasty. The type of abdominoplasty used will depend on how much excess skin and fat tissue you have as well as your desired result.
A breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of your breasts to make them more proportional to your body, give a more feminine profile, and improve your overall self-esteem. Breast augmentation uses either saline or silicone implants or fat transfer to give you fuller breasts. Breast implant surgery is currently and historically one of the most common plastic surgeries performed by board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. DiFrancesco each year.
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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Often performed in combination with breast augmentation, the breast lift procedure helps to raise, lift, and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This surgery is highly effective at giving women youthful, perky, and naturally-shaped breasts, with or without implants.
One of the more common problems after pregnancy and childbirth involves sagging breasts and drooping nipples. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can address any and all of these concerns. There are many different incision types that can be used during a breast lift that further customize the procedure based on your degree of sagging and desired results.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries done each year. It allows people to precisely contour the body by getting rid of stubborn areas of fat and tighten skin. Liposuction can be used on multiple areas of the body such as the neck, back, abdomen, hips, buttocks, knee, thighs, arms, and calves. The fat suctioned out during this procedure can be used to augment other areas of the body in a fat transfer procedure—providing even more significant results to a breast augmentation, for example.
As part of a mommy makeover, liposuction helps remove pockets of fat that don’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise routine, slimming down problem areas and helping mothers feel more like the woman they were before pregnancy.
Preparation is key to effective recovery from any plastic surgery procedure, including a mommy makeover. Before undergoing a mommy makeover, you should make sure that your home is prepared and that someone is able to assist you during recovery. Common preparation steps include:
- Setting out comfortable, loose clothes to wear for the first few days after surgery
- Doing chores such as grocery shopping and meal preparation ahead of time
- Gathering books, TV shows, movies, or other entertainment options to have on hand
- Setting up childcare (if necessary) for the first few days after surgery
Because the procedures used in a mommy makeover are personalized to the individual’s unique concerns and goals, recovery time and results vary widely by patient. However, there are some general instructions that apply to most plastic surgery procedures.
First and foremost, follow all of Dr. DiFrancesco’s instructions carefully for the most successful and risk-free recovery. You will need a caretaker to drive you home after the surgery, as the anesthetic will likely not have completely worn off. Dr. DiFrancesco may have you wear a compression garment for a few days to help reduce any swelling, inflammation, or bleeding. You may have drains in place at incision sites to prevent fluid accumulation for a few days.
Swelling, redness, and some discomfort is normal during the recovery period and can be managed with over-the-counter medications approved by Dr. DiFrancesco. If at any time the pain becomes unbearable, contact DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery right away.
Most patients are able return to work and light daily activities within two to three weeks of surgery, but strenuous activity should be monitored for six weeks. Dr. DiFrancesco will help you along the recovery period so you know when you are cleared to resume all activities, including exercise.
Results also vary depending on the type and number of procedures performed during surgery. In general, you will start to see the results of the mommy makeover as bruising and swelling go down. You can expect to feel comfortable in form-fitting clothes or swimwear within three months after surgery.
Mommy makeovers are a highly effective way for women of all ages who wish to get back to their pre-baby body. To get started on your mommy makeover journey, schedule a consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco, who is double board-certified in plastic surgery and general surgery and has extensive experience with the plastic surgery procedures involved in a mommy makeover. Feel free to call DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery at (404) 531-2478 or contact us online to get started on the journey to your best-looking body.