A mommy makeover combines breast enhancement and body contouring to address the unwanted effects of childbirth. In a series of procedures, Dr. Harper can help you regain the body you had before pregnancy. A typical mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck with breast augmentation or breast lift. Some procedures will involve liposuction as well.
When do you choose a Mommy Makeover?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Harper will review your medical history to determine if a mommy makeover is suitable for you. Candidates for a mommy makeover should be healthy and have an interest in correcting: loose tissue on the tummy, deflated or drooping breasts, stretched nipples or areolas, and persistent areas of body fat.
It is recommended that you are not planning any additional pregnancies, have finished breastfeeding and have reached a stable weight before the surgery.
Your Mommy Makeover
On your surgery day, your incision locations will be marked by Dr. Harper. General or local anesthesia with IV sedation will be administered. The doctor then performs the surgical procedures that you and the doctor have chosen: usually a tummy tuck, breast augmentation/breast lift, and liposuction.
To restore breast volume, a breast augmentation may be recommended as part of your mommy makeover. Dr. Harper offers both saline and silicone implants, as well as breast augmentation with fat grafting.
Breast augmentation typically requires two small incisions beneath the breast to allow insertion of the implant. The implants are usually placed below the chest muscles.
Breast Lift (or a Mastopexy) is a procedure that helps to reshape the breast to a more youthful contour while lifting and repositions the areolas. To help improve the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area, the breast lift may be added to your Mommy makeover. When performed on patient who have lost breast volume usually from breastfeeding in this case, this procedure is usually combined with breast augmentation (enlargement) to better fill the empty space vacated by the volume loss.
Pregnancy often causes stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin. After one or more pregnancies, these effects can be significant and troubling for a mom.
Stubborn fat deposits can appear when your body weight is constantly changing. Some women are bothered by fat in the thighs or buttocks, while others tend to accumulate fat in the arms or upper body. Using liposuction, a proven procedure for targeted fat removal, Dr. Harper can address these problem areas to help you slim down.
After Your Procedure
A mommy makeover can be completed in a single day or you may choose to have it done in a series performed weeks or months apart. Dr. Harper can help you with these details.
A combined procedure of breast and body contouring can involve more downtime than a single procedure. You will probably need some help at home for about one week after surgery, while complete recovery requires several weeks. Final results of your Mommy makeover will appear in about six months to a year.