Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back with a Mommy Makeover
For women who wish to recontour all of the areas affected by pregnancy, Dr. Wiener of Chicago IL routinely performs a “Mommy Makeover.” In fact, the mommy makeover has become one of The Art of Plastic Surgery’s most popular procedures.
A mommy makeover can involve a combination of:
For patients with excess abdominal skin, limited to the lower abdomen and below the naval, a Mini-Tummy Tuck may be the best procedure. Compared to a mommy makeover, a shorter incision is used, and liposuction is often added to achieve the best possible results. Post-op discomfort is less and recovery time is shorter than with a full tummy tuck.
Candidates for a Mommy Makeover Surgery
The best way to fully assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for a mommy makeover is to come into The Art Of Plastic Surgery’s office, located in Chicago, IL, in order to be evaluated. During your evaluation, Dr. Wiener will look at your abdomen and breasts in order to decide what procedures are right for you and your body, and what procedures, if any, can wait.
What Should I Expect During My Initial Mommy Consultation?
Dr. Wiener views consultations as a give and take interchange of information between the two of you. He wants to find out your areas that you seek to target and the specific issues you seek to change. No two patients have identical needs or problems, and he treats every consultation as a unique meeting. This is the time for you to ask any questions you have about the procedures involved with a mommy makeover and Dr. Wiener’s experience and background. The two of you will discuss your recovery, which is involved with a mommy makeover. The goal of your consultation isn’t necessarily to finalize anything, but to provide you with all the information you need to make a decision whether to proceed or not.
Think of your consultation as part two-way interview, part information gathering session.
How Can I Prepare for My Mommy Makeover?
As with any surgery, you’ll need to stop taking blood-thinning medications and most supplements at least one week before your surgery. If you smoke, you’ll also need to stop for at least two weeks before and after your surgery, as smoking can poorly impact wound healing.
The real preparation for a mommy makeover comes in preparing for your recovery. You’ll need to get your space ready and comfortable. You’ll need to fill pain medication prescriptions beforehand. You should have plenty of entertainment ready. You’ll need to have someone help you out around the house for at least two weeks, as you’ll not be able to lift much of anything for a little while. You’ll need help cooking and simply getting around for the first week, due to your tummy tuck incision.
This is an involved recovery, primarily due to the tummy tuck. So, you need to expect to fully lay low for at least a full week.
What Does the Mommy Makeover Procedure Entail?
Dr. Wiener treats every patient’s situation as completely unique, but mommy makeovers generally include a breast lift (with or without augmentation), liposuction, and a tummy tuck. Here are more detailed descriptions of each procedure:
- Breast lift
Because the breasts gain size and weight during pregnancy, the skin and support tissue can stretch, making the breasts flatten and sag. A breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the breasts back higher on the chest. Depending on the amount of sagging, the nipples may need to be relocated.
- Breast augmentation
Breastfeeding tends to decrease breast volume. Women who want to return volume, particularly to the upper part of the breasts, or who simply would like larger breasts, can opt to have breast implants inserted after the breast lift procedure. This is an easy time for Dr. Wiener to add implants because they can be inserted through the incisions made for the breast lift.
Stubborn pockets of fat can show up after pregnancy. They won’t usually respond to exercise, either. Liposuction removes these pockets on the inner and outer thighs, hips, and abdomen.
- Tummy tuck
The localized weight gain with pregnancy is extreme. This leads to stretching of the skin to a degree that it cannot tighten back down once the baby has been delivered and the extra weight has been lost. In many cases, the stomach muscles in the center can actually become separated. They cannot return to the center without surgery. A tummy tuck trims excess sagging skin and repositions separated muscles to give you back a flat stomach. Depending on the degree of sagging, a tummy tuck will involve one long incision from hipbone to hipbone positioned where it can be hidden beneath a bikini or underwear. For sagging above the navel, a second incision may be made around your navel.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Recovery following a mommy makeover requires 10-14 days of being on complete “house arrest,” which involves mostly bed rest with the small ability to move around your house. The next few weeks you can slowly delve back into your day-to-day mommy life, but you shouldn’t lift anything or anyone over 20lbs. Around week five and six, you can start to ease back into your workout routine but should still abstain from things like weightlifting. Around week eight and with the clearance from Dr. Wiener, you can get right back into your normal routine without any restrictions.
Why Should I Have these Mommy Makeover Procedures Done at One Time Instead of Individually?
As a mommy, you know that time is of the essence. Every second that you are away from your child is too long and will require someone else to care for them. The best reason to get all of these procedures done at once as a mommy makeover is to cut down on recovery time. Rather than going under the knife for two separate procedures at two separate times, a mommy makeover allows patients to get it all done at once.
Additionally, by getting everything done at once, patients don’t have to worry about going under anesthesia more than once, which can be a frightening experience.
If I Still Plan to Have Children, Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover?
Depending on the number of years you want between your kids will help you to decide if you want to get a mommy makeover now or if it’s better to wait. The longer the distance you want your kids, the better candidate you are for this surgery right now. However, if you want your kids to be just a few years apart, you will want to hold off on having this surgery done because as soon as your body starts to heal, you will likely be pregnant again.
If you’re concerned about your ability to breastfeed after having a breast lift or augmentation done, don’t worry — most women can still breastfeed after undergoing surgery.
How Long After Having My Last Baby Should I Wait to Have a Mommy Makeover?
It takes a woman’s body about four to five months to get back to normal after having a baby, with the exception of breastfeeding. Before getting a mommy makeover, it is recommended to lose as much weight as possible and to let your breasts get back to normal, which typically takes about two to three months after you stop breastfeeding. However, Dr. Wiener will be able to tell you if your body is ready for a mommy makeover or if you should wait a little bit longer.
Is a Mommy Makeover Covered by Insurance?
Insurance companies categorize mommy makeovers as “elective surgery,” so the procedure is not covered by health insurance. We offer various payment plans, however.
Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery
These are major surgeries, and as such they involve all of the typical risks involved with surgery: excessive bleeding, possible infection, blood clot formation, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. Of the four procedures usually involved with Dr. Wiener’s mommy makeovers, breast augmentation carries the most risk in the future. This is because augmentation can lead to capsular contracture, asymmetrical results, and implant rupture. In the shorter term, tummy tucks have some risk of the long incision not healing evenly. However, in both of these instances, Dr. Wiener’s extensive experience and overall expertise make these much lower risk. Dr. Wiener is board certified in plastic surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons.
Reality is, these procedures involve low risk and are very satisfying for our patients.