The Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore the areas of a woman’s body most affected by pregnancy. Sagging, deflated breasts are lifted to a more youthful position with a breast lift, and can be enhanced with breast augmentation. Excess skin and weakened muscles in the abdomen are repaired with abdominoplasty, and stubborn fat on various areas of the body is removed with liposuction. Each Mommy Makeover in Orange County at our offices is customized for the patient based on her specific needs by Dr. Michael Jazayeri.
The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Being a mom is wonderful, but there are some aspects of motherhood nobody loves. The inevitable changes in the size of the breasts during pregnancy and on into lactation can worsen the natural sagging that happens as women age, stretching the skin. The same applies to the abdominal area as the weight gain and sudden weight loss involved with childbirth can make a woman feel that, no matter how much she exercises and watches her diet, she’ll never really look her best again. Fortunately, this suite of procedures can change all that, with the following impacts:
- Youthful breasts
- More slender body contours
- Tighter, more youthful looking skin
- Restored sense of confidence
Our mommy makeover patients often tell us that there is no way they could put a price on the value of feeling more secure and comfortable in their own skin. They tell us that the ability to wear their favorite clothes, including swim clothes, knowing that they still look their best is more than worth the effort of taking advantage of this powerful set of procedures. No wonder then that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has noted that it is very likely by far the most popular suite of procedures for patients. Patients and doctors agree that, when performed correctly, these procedures can make a tremendous and highly positive difference in a woman’s life.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
The Mommy Makeover can include breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and/or tummy tuck surgery. This suite of procedures attacks all of the most common problem areas that can make it so difficult for even the most active woman to feel and look her best. Fortunately, a thoughtful plastic surgeon can create a customized plan to deal holistically with problem areas, with each procedure not just improving a particular body part, but a woman’s overall appearance. Breast augmentation can increase the size and improve the shape of a woman’s breasts. Many different options are available with this procedure, which allow the patient to have the look that’s right for her Options include:
- Silicone or saline implants
- Round or shaped implants
- Implant placement above or below the muscle
- Incision location around the areola or beneath the breast crease
These are intimate and important choices that will vary from woman to woman. Types of implants have each have their own pluses and minuses in terms of appearance, feeling, and safety – and the same goes for the surgical method employed. A good plastic surgeon will communicate in clear language so patients can understand the reasons for recommendations. Dr. Jazayeri makes it a point to listen closely to patients’ concerns so they can feel as good as possible about the outcome.
There’s a great deal of emphasis in popular culture on the size of breasts, but we all know that the shape and placement of the breasts, as well as the tone and appearance of the skin, can be every bit as important. Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, is a procedure designed to eliminate sagging skin, lifting breasts to a more attractive position. Even slight sagging can be corrected with this procedure, and it is often performed at the same time as breast augmentation to ensure that the changes create a natural harmony, simultaneously achieving both a larger size and a more attractive shape in the most natural looking and attractive way possible.
Liposuction is one of the most popular and best known of plastic surgeries. While it does, indeed, use suction to remove fat from the body, it’s important to understand that it is not a form of weight loss. It’s a means of dealing with troublesome pockets of fat that simply don’t respond to diet and exercise Liposuction is the procedure many women choose when diet and exercise fail to affect problem areas and to mold a more attractive physique. The procedure will eliminate fat from some of the most troublesome areas, including the:
Bearing children very often leads to stretch marks, excess skin, and weakened muscles in the abdomen. The truth is that significant weight losses tend to create loss skin, whether they are related to childbirth or successful attempts at reducing body fat. Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, is the only procedure that can address all of these concerns at one time. Weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed to provide a more slender appearance. Stretch marks are also eliminated if they fall in line with the skin that is removed. This procedure is also often obtained by patients who may have lost a large amount of weight due to a successful bariatric procedure. Results of tummy tucks consistently delight patients when performed by skilled plastic surgeons. In cases where weight loss patients are also mothers, the results can be truly dramatic.
General anesthesia is used for breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery. The other procedures mentioned can be performed under either local or general anesthesia.
The Mommy Makeover should not be considered a weight-loss procedure. The best candidates have maintained their weight for several months and are at or near a healthy weight. While some weight will be lost with the liposuction and tummy tuck procedures, the primary goal of both is to contour the body into a firmer, more slender shape.
The Mommy Makeover can be a very extensive procedure depending on the number and extent of procedures involved. Patients should plan to be away from work for at least two weeks and abstain from strenuous activity for six to eight weeks. Swelling may take up to a month to completely subside. Following Dr. Jazayeri’s post-operative instructions will help to speed the recovery process and lead to the best results.
The cost of an Orange County Mommy Makeover varies greatly from patient to patient because it is such an individualized procedure. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Jazayeri will discuss your goals for the procedure and decide on the options that would best meet your needs. From these evaluations, you will receive an accurate cost estimate.
Ideal candidates for the Mommy Makeover are finished having children. Patients can safely become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, but doing so may reverse their results. Patients should also be finished breastfeeding and wait at least six months after having a child before considering Mommy Makeover surgery.
As with most surgical procedures, there will be some pain and discomfort after Mommy Makeover surgery. Compression garments will help to reduce swelling and increase comfort as your body heals. Dr. Jazayeri will prescribe pain medication that will also help keep you comfortable.
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