Mommy Makeover Philadelphia
- What is a Mommy Makeover?
- Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
- What are the benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
- When will I see my results?
- How long with my results last?
- Can a Mommy Makeover be combined with non-surgical procedures?
- What is the recovery from a Mommy Makeover like?
- How long should I wait after childbirth to have surgery?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding present a unique set of problems for a woman’s figure: localized weight gain causes the skin, muscles, and supportive tissues of the abdomen area to stretch to a degree that your body never fully recovers from after the child is born. The same is true with the breasts, as the rapid increase and then decrease in size (often coupled with breastfeeding) stretches the tissues. If you are interested in returning to your pre-pregnancy shape, it may be time to consider a mommy makeover.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures that target the various areas affected by pregnancy and childbirth. At Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery on the Philadelphia Main Line, our mommy makeovers usually involve a tummy tuck, breast lift and/or breast augmentation, and liposuction with the goal of restoring a firm, strong abdomen and your pre-pregnancy shape.
A tummy tuck tightens the abdomen, often bringing muscles that have separated back to the center. Depending on your circumstances, a tummy tuck can target both the lower abdomen and the area just above the navel. A breast lift brings the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest, removing excess skin as necessary. Often breast augmentation with implants is included along with the lift to regain volume that was lost with breastfeeding. Liposuction is usually also a part of our mommy makeovers to remove stubborn pockets of fat that accumulated during pregnancy and seem virtually impossible to get rid of.
Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
If you are in good health, but you find your body has been impacted by childbirth in these ways, then you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are tough on a woman’s body. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscle to such a degree that they simply can’t return to their former degree of tautness. The increase in breast size, coupled with the stress and volume loss due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the breast skin and underlying support muscles. The weight gained during pregnancy can leave pockets of fat behind, even if you’ve lost the weight.
What are the benefits of a mommy makeover?
- Multiple procedures in one: By combining three surgical procedures into a single surgical session, the patient has one consolidated recovery period, rather than three.
- Address stretched abdominal muscles: Stretched and separated abdominal muscles are a common ailment after pregnancy, called diastasis recti. The tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover can repair the abdominal muscles and this alleviate any associated symptoms.
- Improve self-image: While having children is obviously a life-changing experience, most women aren’t fully prepared for the changes that occur with their figure at the same time. This can make a woman feel discouraged that her younger figure seems to be gone for good: a flat stomach area now has a pooch, and breasts that were firm and high now sag and appear flattened. The value of reversing these changes is often an improvement in self-image and self-confidence, as well as greater energy to devote to the things that matter most.
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How do I prepare for a mommy makeover?
You will need to prepare for a mommy makeover as you would with any surgical procedure. Dr. Claytor will discuss any medications you will need to stop before surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior and two weeks after your mommy makeover to facilitate healing. Also, you shouldn’t take aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.
You also need to think of your recovery and prepare your recovery space. You should fill any pain medication prescriptions prior to your surgery. Either enlist a spouse or someone else to help with the children and with household chores. Your tummy tuck, in particular, will prevent virtually all heavy-lifting for a few weeks, so you need to plan for that.
When will I see my results after a mommy makeover?
You will notice your results as soon as you awaken in your recovery room, but there will be swelling and bruising that will mask some of the changes initially. This will pass and you’ll keep seeing improvement. If you have had a breast augmentation with your lift, your implants will seem too high initially, but they will settle downward to where they should be. This can take a few weeks.
How long with my mommy makeover results last?
Your mommy makeover changes are long-lasting. If you follow an exercise regimen, keep an eye on what you eat, and try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will love the changes a mommy makeover provides forever.
Can a mommy makeover be combined with non-surgical procedures?
Non-surgical procedures can be combined with mommy makeover surgery. For instance, you can opt for laser hair removal or IPL treatment for sun damage. You could address a double chin with Kybella. You could have a chemical peel to improve your facial skin. Consider expanding the range of your mommy makeover with some non-surgical options, Dr. Claytor can discuss these with you during your consultation.
What is the recovery from a mommy makeover like?
Your recovery will depend upon which procedures you have had in your makeover. You will wear compression garments for around one month to minimize swelling and to help your body adapt to its new slimmer contour. The first week is difficult due to the muscle repositioning and incision length involved with a tummy tuck, full recovery can take up to six months. Most mommy makeover patients can return to a light level of activity in one to two weeks, however, any strenuous exercise, particularly lifting, will have to wait at least six weeks.
How long should I wait after childbirth to get a mommy makeover?
Thinking you still may want additional children? You shouldn’t have a mommy makeover at this time. As you would assume, future pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding will undo the results of your mommy makeover. Instead, consider having the procedure performed once you no longer wish to have children.
This isn’t something to jump right into. Dr. Claytor recommends that a potential mommy makeover candidate should have finished breastfeeding for at least two to three months. This allows your breasts to return to their normal size and shape. Also, since liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not weight-loss procedures, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. It also helps if you are exercising regularly, as this will make recovery easier and is a jump-start down the path toward a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your results for the long haul.
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Interested in how you could benefit from a mommy makeover? Call (610) 527-4833 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor and board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brannon Claytor. Our plastic surgery practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas.
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I had a great experience with Dr. Claytor. I was very nervous going into my procedure and he made me feel so comfortable. Him and his office staff are amazing! They are very responsive and so nice. Also with my work schedule I was unable to come in during the week for my weekly visit so he accommodated me with coming in on Saturdays. The results of my surgery are fantatstic. I am very happy with the whole process. I highly recommend Dr. Claytor and his staff.
Wish I Had Gotten This Sooner! 48 Year Old 3 Children
I had a tummy tuck and breast lift, known today as a “Mommy Make-over”. Dr. Claytor and his staff were absolutely fabulous! I feel great and have to say I never knew I could like my body again after having 3 children. My pre surgery tummy used to depress me and make me feel like I was pregnant even though my youngest is 17 years old. The only regret that I have is that I didn’t do the surgery sooner. This photo was taken one day shy of 5 weeks since I had surgery and I was out playing golf! I can’t thank Dr. Claytor and his staff enough for being so great.