Are you unhappy with your body after going though multiple pregnancies? You have done so much for your children, and now may be the time to do something for yourself.
There are so many surgical options available to help improve the contour of the breast, abdominal, and thigh regions, many which can be combined at the same time. Performing multiple procedures at once has the advantage of reducing cost as well as reducing overall recovery time. Safety must always be the top priority, however, and typically you would not want to exceed 6-7 hours of surgery at one setting.
The “mommy makeover” is ideally suited to revitalize the abdomen and breast area all at once, within as safe time frame from a surgical standpoint. By far the most common procedure performed as part of a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). During this procedure, excess abdominal skin and soft tissue is removed and the stretched out abdominal wall (containing the muscles) is tightened back up internally like a corset. Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time for additional contouring and sculpting, especially of the sides (flanks) and pubic region to smooth out these areas to match the newly flattened out tummy. Very frequently, breast implant surgery (breast augmentation) may be desired at the same time as an abdominoplasty to increase the size the breasts and provide volume. Silicone gel implants have become a very popular option to provide a natural and smooth augmented breast contour, however saline breast implants are still frequently used as well. If the breast tissue is deflated or the skin stretched out and loose, then a breast lift (mastopexy) may need to be performed also. Breast lift surgery tightens up the outer skin envelope, rounds out the contour of the breast and lifts the nipple area back to where it needs to be. Combining a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), breast implants (breast augmentation), and liposuction remains the essence of a mommy makeover and can result in a dramatic change in the breast and abdominal region.
A mommy makeover surgery can take anywhere from 3-7 hours and does require some sort of anesthesia, usually general anesthesia. Surgery should only be performed at a certified operating room by a board certified plastic surgeon. Recovery time varies, but it generally takes 3-6 weeks until you are back to your routine after this kind of surgery, and recovery details are a large part of your preoperative discussion or consultation.
For more details or to discuss which options may be right for you, contact Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey, located in Morristown. Call our office today at 973-889-9300 to schedule a consultation. Now is the time to do something for yourself!