If you have had children and you are struggling with changes in your breasts and body, you need to learn about the “mommy makeover”. Indianapolis Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata will explain how the “mommy makeover”, a popular term used to describe plastic surgery that focuses on restoring your pre-pregnancy shape, can work for you.
Why Consider a Mommy Makeover?
Women of today are more empowered than ever before, and they have embraced motherhood with the same enthusiasm and determination they have shown in every other aspect of life. That is, except for the changes in their body that came with it.
This is a generation of mothers who overall are more physically fit and in better shape than their mothers or grandmothers. They are ready and willing to work hard through diet and exercise to regain the waistline they had before pregnancy. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy.
There comes a point when hard work and good intentions are not enough to overcome the changes in your breast and body shape brought on by pregnancy and childbirth. Fortunately, the mommy makeover is more than a catchy phrase; it is a group of plastic surgery procedures that can help you get your old shape back.
Changes After Pregnancy
The abdominal skin and muscles have a remarkable ability to stretch during pregnancy, but then what happens? Unfortunately, the abdominal skin usually does not return to its previous tone and tightness. Visible stretch marks are often seen as well. Some women also have persistent fat deposits on their tummy and hips that will not go away.
Beneath the skin and fat, there is a loss of muscle tone because the original muscle attachments have stretched and separated, causing a bulge or “pooch”, even if you are thin.
Changes are also seen in your breasts. During pregnancy, your breasts enlarge and fill with milk. This breast enlargement will persist until childbirth and even longer if you choose to breastfeed.
The most common pattern is for women to end up with smaller breasts than they had before they were pregnant. This loss in breast volume occurs in the upper part of the breasts, and usually results in sagging of the breasts as well.
These facts are all too familiar to all mothers, and some of these changes will not respond to diet or exercise. At some point, you have to make an individual, personal decision: to accept your new shape or to look for help.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Mommy Makeover Procedure?
Ideal candidates for mommy makeover surgery are women who are not planning on having more children and who are:
- In generally good health
- Close to their goal weight
- Prepared for a surgical procedure
- Able to take time off to recover
- Aware of all possible risks
- Realistic in expectations and goals
The best way to learn if a mommy makeover is the right choice for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata at the Indianapolis office of Renaissance Plastic Surgery.
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"Had my 1 year check up. I'm very pleased with my results. I had the mommy makeover. I lost 7 inches off my waist, 4 inches off my hips and 2 inches off each thigh. My breasts are full and perky. I highly recommend Dr. Fata" - H.S.
How Soon After Pregnancy Can I Have My Mommy Makeover?
It is best to wait for at least six months before undergoing mommy makeover surgery following pregnancy. There are, however, considerations that make each case unique. It may be advisable to wait longer in some cases.
You will need to be done breastfeeding before you have your procedure and your body will need to have fully recovered from labor and delivery to reduce risks and help ensure the most pleasing results. If you are unsure when it will be best to undergo surgery, Dr. Fata can provide information based on your specific needs during your initial consultation.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
Fortunately, there is a group of very safe and effective plastic surgery procedures to help mothers regain their former shape, and these procedures together have been popularized as the "mommy makeover".
The procedures that are part of the mommy makeover include:
The combination of mommy makeover procedures that would work best for you can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Fata at his Indianapolis, Indiana office. Your consultation will begin with a full breast evaluation. Based on your personal goals and your exam, Dr. Fata will recommend a breast augmentation, breast lift, or a combined breast lift with augmentation.
Dr. Fata will also perform a complete evaluation of your abdomen, hips and thighs. If you have loose, excess skin and weak muscle tone, then you will need a tummy tuck. The type of tummy tuck (Mini, Full or Extended) will depend on the extent of excess skin and fat. Dr. Fata will help you decide which type of tummy tuck will work the best for you. For patients who have excess fat deposits on their back, hips, or thighs, a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction may be the best solution.
How Long Is the Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, a mommy makeover may take anywhere from four to six hours. Each mommy makeover is different and, without knowing which procedures will be needed to reach your goals, it is impossible to say exactly how long you can expect your surgery to be.
Honest and experienced, Dr. Fata will provide clear details on what your surgery will entail and how long you can expect to be at the surgical center, from start to finish, to help you plan accordingly.
Are the Results of a Mommy Makeover Permanent?
Some of the results of mommy makeover surgery, such as tummy tuck and liposuction, can be permanent if efforts are made to maintain them. Leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a nutritious diet, and remaining active will help to ensure results from these and similar body contouring procedures last.
Breast augmentation and lift are not permanent procedures. They can produce results for several years, but gravity, genetics, and the process of aging will diminish their full results over time.
How Much Weight Will I Lose After a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover surgery is a body contouring procedure and is neither intended nor safe for weight loss. You may lose a few pounds, but the procedure is not designed to change your weight significantly.
Good candidates for mommy makeover surgery need to be close to their goal BMI. If you need to lose weight to improve your candidacy, Dr. Fata can provide recommendations during your initial consultation.
How Painful Is the Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery is performed under anesthesia. You will not experience any discomfort during your procedure.
During recovery from breast and body surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort as your body heals. Using compression garments, incorporating walks and other gentle forms of movement into your day, and using medications prescribed by our office will help to both reduce discomfort and speed recovery. Most women can resume non-strenuous activities within five to seven days of surgery, but it may be six to eight weeks before you feel fully back to normal.
Will I Have Scars After My Surgery?
All surgical procedures leave scars. Mommy makeover is no exception. Dr. Fata is an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who performs mommy makeover in accredited surgical centers and hospitals to help reduce risks of things like bleeding and infection that can enhance scars. You can help by keeping your incisions clean and dry, avoiding strenuous exercise, and following the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office. If you have been supplied with compression garments, using them can help reduce scarring as well.
We can provide further instruction at the time of your procedure and during your follow-up visits to help reduce your risks of highly visible scars.
Schedule Your Appointment in Indianapolis
Dr. Joseph Fata performs all breast surgery and body contouring surgery procedures including the mommy makoever on his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana, as well as the entire state of Indiana and the Midwest. Schedule a consultation at Renaissance Plastic Surgery online by filling out the form in our contact page or call 317-575-9152 today.