The Mommy Makeover is a complete body makeover. In one operation, the breast, abdomen, and additional areas can be treated at the same time to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy form…. and sometimes even better. The Mommy Makeover involves placement of breast implants to restore breast volume, breast lift to rejuvenate the breast shape, and tummy tuck with liposuction of the love handles to achieve optimal abdominal contouring. Liposuction may also be added to treat excess fat collections in the back, hips, and thighs.
Pregnancy and nursing can take a dramatic toll on a woman’s body. The breasts engorge and the skin expands with development of stretch marks. When nursing is halted, the breast tissue shrinks but the skin often does not shrink to the same degree thereby causing the breasts to sag. The skin also loses its tone and elasticity from the stretch marks. Often times, the breast tissue shrinks and the breast becomes smaller than what the woman had before pregnancy.Pregnancy has equally dramatic effects on the abdomen. The skin expands greatly and develops stretch marks but usually does not contract to the pre-pregnancy level. Weight gain during pregnancy often lingers after pregnancy and shows up as fat deposits in the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, and the flanks. The abdominal muscles are stretched excessively and lose their tone, causing the abdomen to protrude.
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The Mommy Makeover Surgery
The Mommy Makeover surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center. The length of surgery is approximately three to five hours depending on how many areas are treated. The mommy makeover procedure may include any combination of the following procedures:
Tummy Tuck with liposuction of the love handles
Liposuction of the back, arms, and thighs
The patient is monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure. The patient will need to stay in the recovery room with a nurse for about two hours before going home. A detailed description of the breast augmentation procedure, breast lift, and tummy tuck can be found by clicking on the procedure links listed above.Only a thorough and candid discussion between you and Dr. Doan can determine the best options for you. Doctor Doan will discuss with you in detail every step of the procedure and he will review with you the possible complications of the operation.
The Recovery From Mommy Makeover Surgery
You will likely feel achy pain and a pressure feeling over your chest for several days after the surgery. Most of the discomfort will be felt in the abdomen. You should be up and about the next day to prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the legs. You will be prescribed medication to control the pain, nausea, and possible muscle spasms. You will also be prescribed antibiotic pills to prevent infection. You will need to wear a soft surgical bra and an abdominal girdle for six weeks. Doctor Doan will instruct you on breast massage and will outline the activity limitations. The abdominal drainage tubes need to be removed at 7 to 10 days. The sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Most women will be able to return to work in 2 weeks and will be able to return to their normal exercise routine by 6 weeks. Complete healing with resolution of the swelling and descent of the breast implants to a more natural position takes 2 to 3 months. The breast and abdominal scars require 12 to 18 months to fade, flatten, and soften. Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.
Complications of Mommy Makeover Surgery
If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of the Mommy Makeover surgery are very low. However, since it is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as this. A complete list of complications for breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction can be found in the Procedures Menu.
Before and After
Patient #1: This is a 32 y.o. Caucasian mother with three kids who complained of saggy breasts after breast feeding and flabby, loose skin in her lower tummy. She has been taking gym classes 4 days a week but cannot tighten her tummy muscles or loose skin. She also cannot get rid of the love handles which give her a pear shape in the hips. She underwent breast augmentation with 400cc silicone gel implants, anchor breast lift, tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles, and liposuction of the love handles. She couldn’t believe her new body makeover a month later.
Patient #2: This is a 36 y.o. Hispanic mother with two kids who complained of saggy, large D cup breasts and loose hanging skin and fat in her tummy. She had avoided social events for the last five years because of her embarrassment over her appearance. She finally decided to undergo breast augmentation with 250cc saline implants, anchor breast lift, tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles, and liposuction of the love handles. She has been able to buy an entirely new wardrobe and now feels like a new person.
Patient #3: This is a 34 y.o. Hispanic mother with four kids who was able to lose 40 pounds through diet and exercise after her last pregnancy. However, she was left with saggy, D cup breasts and loose skin with stretch marks on her abdomen. She underwent breast augmentation with 300cc silicone gel implants, anchor breast lift, tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles, and liposuction of the love handles. She is now thrilled with her larger, perkier breasts and tighter, flatter tummy.
Patient #4: This is a 39 y.o. Caucasian mother with two kids who has always been very thin and athletic. She jogs 3 miles a day. After her second child, she developed saggy breasts and loose abdominal skin. She underwent breast augmentation with 450cc silicone gel implants, anchor breast lift and tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles. She was back to exercising within 6 weeks and is now very proud of her new, tighter body.
Patient #5: This is a 27 y.o. Hispanic mother with two kids who use to have a tight, attractive body before having her first child. After her two pregnancies, her breasts and tummy went southward and she wanted to have her pre-pregnancy body back again. She underwent breast augmentation with 350cc silicone gel implants, anchor breast lift, tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles, and liposuction of the love handles. She now feels even sexier than before she had kids.