Despite the joy of motherhood, many women find it difficult to accept the lax skin, loose muscles, stretch marks and drooping breasts pregnancy leaves behind. When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to restore your youthful body contours, a mommy makeover can help to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body.
The results of mommy makeover procedures can be transformative. Not only can you restore the breasts, abdomen and other feminine body contours, but you can also improve them—higher breasts, with a more youthful fullness and shape; tighter abdominal muscles; fewer stretch marks; and less stubborn fat. As a female plastic surgeon and a mother, Dr. Gill has a genuine understanding of what pregnancy does to a woman’s body, which she carefully takes into consideration during her surgical planning. Through thoughtful consultations with her patients, Dr. Gill makes it a priority to understand each woman’s specific goals and desires for a mommy makeover.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that include breast lift and/or augmentation, tummy tuck and/or liposuction to restore or improve body contours after pregnancy. Dr. Gill understands that motherhood is challenging, and the ability to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state may be impossible despite strict diet and exercise regimens. Dr. Gill will offer her expert evaluation of your specific needs as well as the procedural process.
Mommy Makeover Surgery with Dr. Gill
During your consultation, Dr. Gill will evaluate your anatomy, discuss your concerns and thoughtfully design a unique surgical plan that will safely and effectively meet your goals. Every mommy makeover is completely customized to each patient, combining breast, abdominal and, in some cases, liposuction procedures to address lax skin, loose muscles, stretch marks, drooping breasts and enlarged areolas.
Breast Lift / Breast Augmentation
Dr. Gill’s recommendation will depend on the quality of your skin, the amount of skin that needs to be removed, and how far the nipple areola complex needs to be elevated. For patients who are happy with their size, breast lift surgery alone is sufficient. However, if you are looking to increase volume, breast lift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation to give a fuller, more uplifted look.
Breast lift surgery involves making scars on the breast. There are several techniques for breast lift surgery; however, the three most common include periareolar mastopexy, vertical mastopexy and Wise-pattern mastopexy. The technique used largely depends on the amount of excess skin and lift a patient requires.
The specific tummy tuck technique Dr. Gill uses will depend on the amount and location of abdominal correction needed. The tummy tuck is designed for patients with lax skin in the upper and lower abdominal areas who require a significant amount of skin and fat to be removed. If you have lax skin below the navel only and require only a minimal amount of skin removed, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck procedure.
Tummy tucks involve making a scar on the abdomen, though they will fade and flatten over time. Dr. Gill will place incisions under your bikini line, so they will be well concealed with minimal clothing coverage.
Dr. Gill may also recommend liposuction to remove stubborn fat pockets and refine your breast and abdomen procedural results. Liposuction can also be used to contour other parts of the body, including the thighs and flanks (love handles).
A mommy makeover is usually performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Gill will discuss the most appropriate type of anesthesia for you during your consultation. Time in surgery takes approximately 4 hours, depending on type of procedures performed. You can expect to return to work in about two weeks.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
If you would like to restore your bodies to the contours you had before pregnancy and childbirth, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Your weight should be stable, and within 10% of your ideal weight. This procedure is best performed after your last pregnancy.
What can I expect during a mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Gill?
During your consultation, Dr. Gill will review your pertinent medical history and assist you in the development of a personalized plan for treatment that will help you to realize your goals. You can ask Dr. Gill any questions you might have, and she will review with you the techniques she will use, and what you can realistically expect regarding your expected results, recovery time and the cost, as well as the financing options available to you.
What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?
Swelling, bruising and tenderness are common, and they will dissipate on their own over two weeks or so. Discomfort is to be expected during the first week after surgery; however, Dr. Gill will prescribe oral pain medications to aid in pain control.
When can I return to work and resume normal activity?
A mommy makeover generally requires a 10 day to two-week recovery period. After the first two weeks, you will probably be able to resume most of your normal activities, including work. After two to four weeks, you may resume more strenuous exercise and activity.