Most women believe there are few things more rewarding than being a mother. Pregnancy can be challenging, but a child is a beautiful outcome. However, when childbearing is over, and the children are older, the toll pregnancy has taken on a woman’s body can be disheartening. Problems like breasts which have lost firmness and sag, a tummy with excess skin and fat, and a rear with no shape.
At New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, a woman can rejuvenate her body to appear as it was before her pregnancy. With firm, full breasts, a taut tummy, and a butt to accentuate her jeans, mothers can revive their self-confidence.
During pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, a woman’s body experiences many natural changes. Most frequently, these changes ensue in the abdomen, the breasts, and in the distribution of fat around the thighs and buttock.
The breasts endure a series of changes, which can cause them to look deflated, small, and sagging. Additionally, pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, allowing fat deposits and excess skin to settle in the hips, back, and belly. The look and feel of the tummy and thigh skin may change after childbirth as well, leading to cellulite, stretch marks, and abnormal pigmentation.
Many women struggle to lose the weight gained during pregnancy, despite a rigorous weight loss regimen of diet and exercise. The Mommy Makeover is a procedure for women dealing with the frustration of these post-pregnancy aesthetic changes, and who want to regain their pre-pregnancy physique with an efficient and safe process.
Who Should Consider a Mommy Makeover
Women who are thinking about having a Mommy Makeover are women who:
- Want to eliminate cellulite and stretch marks
- Don’t smoke
- Maintain a stable and healthy weight
- Have realistic expectations
- Are in good health
- Have breasts that sag or appear deflated
- Struggle to revive body contour with diet and exercise
- Have loose skin and fat in their abdominal area
- Have lost volume in their rear end
A unique benefit of the Mommy Makeover procedure is that Dr. Hendrick tailors it to the needs of the individual patient. A New Orleans native, Dr. Hendrick will evaluate your situation by monitoring your health, assess your unique anatomy, and listen to your specific goals. He will utilize his vast medical knowledge and surgical experience to determine the combination of procedures which best suits you and your desired outcome.
When considering a Mommy Makeover, your first step is to schedule a consultation at New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. Here, Dr. Hendrick will discuss your expectations and the impact the procedure will make on your lifestyle, health, and well-being.
So, to ensure the best possible results, you and Dr. Hendrick will review:
- Your aesthetic goals
- Why you want a Mommy Makeover procedure
- Your tobacco usage if any
- Your medical history
- What medications or supplements you are currently taking
Also, during your consultation, Dr. Hendrick will assess your breasts, tummy, thighs, hips, and buttocks to determine which combination of the procedure will work best for you. He wants to make sure you are a suitable candidate with your health and safety at the forefront of this evaluation.
Before you leave, he will inform you of each option available to you and your situation, including anesthesia and surgical techniques. Dr. Hendrick will also inform you of all possible risks and complications, and what will be done to minimize these during the surgery and recovery.
Mommy Makeover involves multiple surgical procedures available to combine for your individual needs and desires. They include:
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
After childbirth, you may realize your abdominal muscle and skin tissue have stretched, and your abdominal wall has lost support. The consequences are flabby and loose folds in the tummy area.
Weight loss after childbirth cannot resolve the problem, but a tummy tuck can. An Abdominoplasty flattens the stomach by extracting unsightly skin and fat from the belly and tightening the abdominal wall with sutures. The results are a flat, firm, rejuvenated stomach.
After pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts may appear deflated and small. Breast augmentation is designed to enhance the fullness and size of a woman’s breast, especially after the ravages of breastfeeding and pregnancy.
The use of silicone or saline breast implants can revive your breasts and return their appearance to pre-pregnancy form or better. New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery offers a wide range of breast implant types, shapes, and sizes, to meet your needs and expectations.
After a full assessment, Dr. Hendrick will help you pick the ideal breast implant that will provide you the best results.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift procedure is designed to defy gravity. Some women need them after pregnancy, and some don’t. The best test you can give yourself is to determine if your nipples are below your natural crease; when they are, you need a breast lift.
Also, a breast lift can reduce the size of the areola, the outside darker portion of the nipple. Often, this area stretches during pregnancy. Although a breast lift does not enlarge breast size, it is possible to have the procedure done concurrently with a Breast Augmentation.
Breast reduction is for women who deal with breasts that are too large and result in discomfort, back pain, and poor posture. A reduction will reduce the size of the breasts by removing breast tissue, fat, and skin. It will also enhance breast appearance as it raises the breast to a more aesthetic position.
Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery worldwide. It is designed to remove excess fat through small incisions with the use of a small tube called a cannula. This cannula is attached to a suction device which removes stubborn fat that settles in the tummy, back, arms, thighs, and buttocks after pregnancy.
New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery incorporates additional procedures you can choose for your Mommy Makeover Procedure. They include:
- Butt Lift: This surgery is an option to augment and enhance flat buttocks, and give improved shape to the rear and hip region.
- Thigh Lift: This option can correct the problem of loose skin around the butt and thighs after childbearing, and can smooth texture and skin tone, delivering a youthful, pre-pregnancy contour. To learn more about Thigh Lift, click here.
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): An arm lift can remove the excess skin and fat beneath the arms.
- Face Lift: A facelift will reduce creases, lines, and wrinkles while elevating facial contours to deliver a young, fresh facial appearance.
Considerations and Risks
The mommy makeover procedure can last from three to six hours depending on which surgical procedures are involved. Recovery period depends on the same thing. Most patients return to work within four weeks of the procedure and are instructed to refrain from a strenuous activity like heavy lifting, exercise, and sex.
After a mommy makeover, the mother will require help around the house and will need someone to help in her post-surgery care. A surgical garment is necessary in most cases to facilitate proper healing and ensure support of incisions. Bruising and swelling should be expected to remain for a few weeks, subsiding after a month or so.
During your mommy makeover recovery, you will need to monitor your healing progress and your varying degrees of pain. Any shortness of breath, tightness or pains in your chest or irregular heartbeat should be reported to New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery immediately or call 911.
You should follow the post-surgery instruction given to you after surgery to avoid serious complications. Immediate results are difficult to see because of the swelling and bruising, but as you heal, you will notice a gradual improvement of your body’s appearance and contour.
Some results will be visible sooner than others, but in the end, you should have a great figure and rejuvenated confidence and body self-esteem.
If I want to have more children, should I have a Mommy Makeover?
Because of the results gained by procedures like a tummy tuck, we don’t advise having children after a Mommy Makeover. The Mommy Makeover is designed for mothers who are finished with childbirth.
What are the risks associated with a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical procedures. As with all surgeries, there are risks involved. With a Mommy Makeover, they include:
- Blood Clots
- Breast Asymmetry
- Implant deflation
- Capsular contraction
- Abnormal contours
- Incision scarring
However, these are uncommon and are better prevented when the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon.
Where are the incisions located for Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover has multiple incision variations, but in general, the breast incisions may be around the areola, under the crease, or the underarm region. There will be an incision at the bikini line area from hip-bone to hip-bone, and an incision from the belly button straight down to the vertical incision.
How bad will my scars look after Mommy Makeover?
At first, Mommy Makeover incisions will look reddish to pink in color and will gradually fade into your natural skin pigmentation. In most cases, the scars or fine lines can be concealed by clothing or body folds. They are extremely fine when faded and may eventually become completely invisible with time.
What should I do to prepare for my Mommy Makeover?
You will need to plan for your recovery by making sure you have all your necessary prescriptions in place. You will need to have lab tests completed as well. Reading and understanding post-surgery procedures will also be necessary to aid in your overall recovery.
How long will my Mommy Makeover recovery take?
Because you have had multiple procedures with one being a tummy tuck, the recovery period is significant and can be uncomfortable. You will be prescribed pain medication to control your discomfort, but you should be up and walking soon after surgery to reduce the risks of blood clots.
By the end of the first week, you should be able to move more comfortably, although driving will still be restricted. All sutures and drains will be removed within two weeks, and most patients return to work after two to three weeks with light activity. Full recovery is approximately six weeks for most patients.
Can a Mommy Makeover help me emotionally?
Absolutely! With many physical advantages from a Mommy Makeover, the biggest benefit is the increase in confidence and self-image.