What is a Mommy Makeover?
Many women feel that their bodies have changed after childbearing. A Mommy Makeover can help restore the look of your body following your pregnancies. The procedure can offer solutions for a range of body areas, including the tummy, chest, hips and genitalia. Typically, a Mommy Makeover includes multiple procedures performed at once.
Mommy Makeover – Advantages
A number of procedures can be used to restore your body after pregnancy. These include:
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
- If you feel that your chest, tummy or genital areas have changed since your pregnancies, leaving you uncomfortable or self-conscious.
- If your weight is stable.
Mommy Makeover Consultation
During the consult we will get to know one another and we will discuss:
- The reasons you are interested in having a mommy makeover and what expectations you have, what results you are looking to achieve and what can be done realistically to improve the appearance of your body. (By coordinating expectations, we can increase your satisfaction and alleviate any anxiety you may have regarding the procedure.)
- Any family history you have of breast cancer.
- Your health status and medical history, including any drug sensitivities you might have or what medication, if any, you take regularly and whether or not you smoke cigarettes.
- Any history you may have of blood clots.
- During the consult, you will undergo a breast examination including measurement of your breasts. In the event that you are also interested in having a breast augmentation with a breast lift, we will measure implants of various sizes in front of the mirror in order to select the best implant for your size and expectations. We will discuss the various options regarding breast modification and which might be the best for you: a breast lift with implants, fat injections or a combination of the two.
- We will also perform an examination of your abdomen and abdominal muscles, which can separate during pregnancy, resulting in a bulging belly.
- If it is relevant, the doctor will perform a genital examination.
- You will receive a comprehensive explanation regarding the procedure, where the scars will be located and the recovery process.
- It is natural to feel anxious or excited prior to our consultation. Understanding the process will help reduce anxiety. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have and discuss any worries during the consultation.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
- We ask that you have laboratory tests prior to the procedure.
- In some cases, you will be asked to have an ultrasound of your breasts/abdomen or a mammogram.
- In the event that you are taking medication on a regular basis, we will determine if it should be adjusted for the procedure.
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin for the two weeks leading up to the procedure and avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Nurofen, vitamin E and Omega 3 for two weeks prior to the procedure (as they can increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure).
- Cigarette smoking must be stopped at least one month prior to the procedure and for at least one month following the procedure.
- Please arrange for a companion (friend/family member) to pick you up from the hospital after the procedure and to stay with you for at least one night following the procedure. In the event that you choose to have a tummy tuck, you will likely spend the first night after the procedure in the hospital.
Steps of Abdominoplasty
Step 1: Anesthesia
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Step 2: The various Mommy Makeover procedures:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Vaginal rejuvenation
What should I expect from the recovery process?
- A dressing or surgical tape will be placed over the incisions at the end of the procedure.
- Drains (small tubes connected to a drainage container) will be inserted into the surgical site during the procedure in order to drain any fluid or blood that might build up in the area following the operation. The drains are typically left in place for 2-4 days.
- At the end of the procedure, you will be transferred to recovery and you will be able to return home after a few hours, as soon as you’re stable enough to leave. If you wish to remain in the hospital overnight, we can arrange that prior to the operation.
- Prior to being discharged, you will receive postoperative instructions.
- You must wear a supportive bra and pressure belt for 6 weeks following the procedure in order to reduce swelling as much as possible during the recovery process.
- Avoid athletic activities during the first 6 weeks after the procedure with the exception of walking.
- You may take pain medication according to the detailed postoperative instructions you receive. Most patients take pain medication for 2-6 days following the procedure.
- You will receive anticoagulant shots every day for a week following the procedure to prevent blood clots.
- Update your physician regarding any changes in your health status.
- Postoperative follow-up visits will be scheduled during the 1st month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after the procedure.