What is a “Mommy Makeover?”

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A Mommy Makeover is an informal name for a set of plastic surgery procedures that restore a woman’s body after carrying and birthing a child.. Regardless of how smooth or complex a pregnancy may have been or how difficult the delivery was; the miracle of conceiving, carrying, and birthing new life overshadows everything. There is a joy that makes all the morning sickness and uncomfortable moments during pregnancy a vanished-from-memory act. However, for many mothers, the changes to their bodies are discouraging. Often after childbirth, women find that no amount of diet or exercise can bring their previous body back. Sagging breasts, loose belly skin, and overall loss of shape can cause significant dips in confidence and general feelings of unhappiness for new moms. These feelings are the reason many mothers choose to seek a Mommy Makeover.

A Mommy Makeover is an informal name for a set of plastic surgery procedures that restore a woman’s body after carrying and birthing a child. It is a single-stage procedure that plastic surgeons perform after consulting, advising, and customizing a process to get the results a woman desires. The goal is to help mothers feel confident in their bodies, whether they gave birth a year or a decade ago.

Which procedures are part of a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeovers are not one-size-fits-all and the procedures used will depend on the patient’s needs, goals, budget, and other factors. But in general, procedures performed as part of a Mommy Makeover can include:

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, formally known as an Abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat in the belly area and restores muscles weakened by pregnancy. This procedure creates a firmer, more sculpted, and smoother tummy.

A candidate for this procedure is a woman who is experiencing:

  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Stretched skin and muscles
  • Excess hanging skin
  • Suffers from split abdominal muscles (medically known as Diastasis Recti)

Recovery requires that you sleep on an incline for the first few days with your upper body slightly raised. Your doctor will advise you on taking care of the drainage tubes, pain medications, antibiotics, and anti-clotting medicine.

Breast Augmentation

Also known as a Boob Job, this procedure uses implants to increase the size of a woman’s breasts. It restores volume after pregnancy or weight loss and leaves the breast more rounded, firm, and perky.

A Breast Augmentation procedure typically lasts 1-3 hours. Postoperative patients rest at home where they must limit movement during the initial weeks. Before being discharged from the hospital, the breasts are heavily bandaged to reduce movement of the breast tissue during healing. Once these are removed, patients must wear special surgical bras for several weeks while they continue to heal.

Breast Lift

A Breast Lift, medically known as a Mastopexy, raises the breasts and makes them appear more youthful by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A Breast Lift is often combined with Breast Augmentation to create a fuller, more lifted breast.

Women who seek this procedure typically:

  • Desire their pre-pregnancy breast
  • Notice sagging after breastfeeding
  • Want to reverse the effects of aging
  • Have lost elasticity after weight fluctuations

Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove stubborn fat that can’t be shifted with diet and exercise. It can be performed on the belly, buttocks, under chin area, thighs, abdomen, back, and anywhere on the back.

 

Considering a Mommy Makeover in Miami, Florida?

A mommy makeover is an informal name for a set of plastic surgery procedures that restores a woman’s body after carrying and birthing a child. Mommy makeovers may include breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, depending on a patient’s goals. All of these procedures benefit new mothers by making them feel like their old selves with their old bodies again.

If you’re looking for a Mommy Makeover in Miami, get in touch today to book your complimentary in-person or online consultation with Dr. Castrellón! Together you can discuss your goals and options to create a plan that includes the best treatments for your needs.

 Frequently Asked Question

Some women can expect to go down one or two sizes after skin tightening and fat removal, while others may drop more. Keep in mind that Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin focus more on patient safety and comfort than trying to achieve unrealistic results or specific pant sizes.

You’ll need to sleep like this for 4-6 weeks, so invest in some excellent support or contoured pillows and prepare yourself as best as possible to rest in this way. Some patients practice sleeping at an incline in the weeks leading up to their tummy tuck surgery to help their body get used to it.

You’ll need to sleep like this for 4-6 weeks, so invest in some excellent support or contoured pillows and prepare yourself as best as possible to rest in this way. Some patients practice sleeping at an incline in the weeks leading up to their tummy tuck surgery to help their body get used to it.

  • Allow for plenty of time to rest and recover.
  • Line up help with the housework and care for the children.
  • Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated.
  • Set up a comfortable area to relax.
  • Plan to sleep on your back or in a recliner (for procedures including tummy tuck/breast enhancement)
If you have young children, picking them up and carrying them is another instinctual habit that you will have to make a conscious effort to stop for 1 to 2 weeks. After your mommy makeover you can’t carry anything heavy or exercise for the first few weeks.
 

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