The Mommy Makeover is one of the most successful concepts plastic surgeons have ever promoted. It resonates instantly with many of today’s moms—women who are proud to be mothers but want to regain their former physiques. Moms who have put their children first and perhaps forgotten the joy of caring for themselves. Women who may want to resume or start a career, or just look their best again.
If the reasons women seek Mommy Makeover plastic surgery are diverse, the mix of procedures they choose are even more varied. In fact, a Mommy Makeover can be just about any combination a woman and her plastic surgeon can design.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is usually at the heart of a Mommy Makeover. Pregnancy takes a toll on the female body, stretching both the skin and abdominal muscles. Once the muscles are altered, no amount of sit-ups can restore their old tone. Through an incision low on the tummy, a plastic surgeon can stitch the muscles back together and remove any redundant skin.
Almost every mom gains weight around the hips, thighs and torso during pregnancy. After childbirth, those fat pockets can be frustratingly stubborn to reduce. Many women will choose liposuction to help rid their post-childbirth bodies of love handles or saddlebags that didn’t exist before the kids were born. Liposuction is often performed along with a tummy tuck.
Breast surgery is also a very common component of a Mommy Makeover. Childbearing, along with the simple passage of time, does have an impact on the perky, youthful looking breasts many mothers remember having at one time. Many moms choose to undergo breast lift surgery, some with implants to replace lost volume. Occasionally breast reduction and lift is the surgery of choice.
These three procedures, abdominoplasty, liposuction and breast surgery, are perhaps the classic Mommy Makeover. When a patient is in excellent health and each operation is routine and not terribly extensive, many plastic surgeons will consider performing them at the same time. The key is to limit the amount of general anesthesia time as much as possible.