Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all way to be a mom or parent, there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to a mommy makeover. Pregnancy changes the body in a lot of ways, which is why there are a number of mommy makeover combos available. While your one friend might have noticed a bit of extra fat around her tummy and slightly sagging breasts after having kids, your main concern might be loose skin in the abdomen combined with droopy breasts.
Whatever your post-baby concern, there are mommy makeover combos that are designed to treat your specific needs and help you get your pre-baby body back.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The abdominal area is one part of the body that usually changes the most after pregnancy. During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, the skin in the area gets stretched out as the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby. The rapid stretching of the skin often leaves it loose and saggy after baby is born. In some cases, women can develop deposits of fat in the abdominal area, making their post-pregnancy tummy pooch even more noticeable.
If your main area of concern after your pregnancies is the abdominal area, the ideal mommy makeover combo for you might be a tummy tuck along with liposuction. Liposuction will remove the extra fat from the area, helping to sculpt and shape your tummy.
Meanwhile, a tummy tuck can change a number of things about the abdomen. The surgery helps to tighten loose skin. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles, which can become stretched out during pregnancy.
A tummy tuck does create a scar across the stomach area, but it is a scar that is easy to conceal with a bikini or most other types of underwear and swimwear. Although the surgery does leave its own scar, it is also often performed to help conceal the scars left by a C-section.
Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift
Pregnancy and breast feeding can leave you with breasts that look deflated. If you previously had perky breasts but find that after baby they droop or point downwards, and you have laxity in the abdominal area, a mommy makeover that includes both a breast lift and a tummy tuck can be the perfect option for you.
The goal of a breast lift isn’t to make the breasts larger. Instead, the surgery helps to reposition the breasts. It elevates the breasts and nipples and can create a more youthful shape. Mommy makeover combos that include a tummy tuck and breast lift can significantly reduce sagging and create an overall more youthful appearance.
Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift and Tummy Tuck
During the early stages of pregnancy, it’s common for the breasts to become larger. For many women, the sad fact is that the breasts don’t maintain their new-found volume after baby is born or after months of breastfeeding. It’s not uncommon for women to develop what look like flattened breasts after breastfeeding. Even women who had naturally larger breasts before baby might notice that their breasts have shrunk in size after breastfeeding.
For that reason, one of the more popular mommy makeover combos includes breast augmentation as well as breast lift and a tummy tuck. Breast augmentation involves placing either saline or silicone implants into the breast tissue to increase their size and volume. Whether saline or silicone is used depends on your specific goals and the type of breasts you have to begin with. Silicone are usually the more common and popular pick, but some women are better served by saline implants.
Even when breast surgeries aren’t performed as a part of a mommy makeover, it’s common for augmentation to be combined with a breast lift. Combining the two procedures kills two birds with one stone. It helps you get the size of breasts you want or to restore your breasts to their pre-baby size. It also positions the breasts to that they are more elevated and youthful looking.
Combining breast surgeries with a tummy tuck will help you get the shape and size of breasts you want along with a smoother, flatter and more youthful looking abdomen.
Body Lift and Breast Surgeries
There are cases when a tummy tuck won’t be sufficient enough to create a smoother, more youthful body shape. If your pregnancies were also accompanied by dramatic weight loss or if your pregnancies also left you with fat deposits and skin laxity on the back or in the hip area, you might benefit from a body lift combined with breast augmentation and breast lift as your mommy makeover.
A body lift is a more involved procedure than your basic tummy tuck. The surgery removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. But it also extends to the backside and the hips, trimming away extra skin and removing unwanted fat from those areas as well.
Since the surgery is more complicated than a standalone tummy tuck, it typically takes much longer to perform, around four to six hours, plus the time needed for any breast surgeries. Recovery after a body lift takes about two weeks, during which time you’ll want to rest up and avoid going to work. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activities for about six weeks after surgery.
Whether your mommy makeover produces subtle results or a full on transformation depends in large part on your goals and the surgeries you choose. Houston-based, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas regularly performs mommy makeovers, each one of which is custom-designed based on a patient’s wants and needs. To learn more about your mommy makeover options and to choose the combo that’s best for you, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.