The term "mommy makeover" is a comprehensive expression that encompasses a specific blend of body contouring interventions carried out simultaneously to address enduring physical alterations post-pregnancy. Its appeal lies in its adaptability, as there are no predetermined components; every procedure is meticulously crafted to suit the distinct requirements of each woman. Typically, the surgical process starts with breast and abdomen contouring, with supplementary elements incorporated as deemed necessary.
In this article, we delve into the intricacies of the three commonest procedures involved in a a mummy makeover: the tummy tuck (abdominioplasty), breast augmentation (?reconstruction), and liposuction. Moreover, we will cover the recovery process and the ideal candidates for this procedure.
1. BREAST AUGMENTATION (?RECONSTRUCTION)
While technically this procedure does augment the post-pregnancy breasts, it is also a reconstruction of pre-pregnancy breasts as most ladies do not actually want larger breasts, but rather just want their pre-pregnancy sizes back. As many mothers know, significant changes in size and contour can happen to breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Common changes include
reduction in size
droopiness / skin laxity
enlarged and / or protruding nipple
These changes are most often addressed by replenishing the breast volume by either implants or fat-grafting (harvesting fat via liposuction and transferring them to the breasts). Nipple and areolar procedures may be performed simultaneously.
2. TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
The tummy (abdomen) is another major area of concern for mothers after pregnancies. While most women may think their "mommy pooch" are simply fat, we always assess all three key components in the abdominal wall that can contribute to the pooch - skin laxity, fat excess, and possible diastasis of rectus muscle.
Common procedures to address these issues include open abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty, sometimes in combination with repair of rectus diastasis and / or liposuction. The goal is to address the specific culprits of each individual - be it the skin, fat, muscle, or a combination of them. The outcome is a flatter and more toned belly.
Liposuction is frequently performed in mommy makeover surgeries, both as a stand-alone proceure and in combination with other treatments
Applications of liposuctions in mommy makeover include
Focused improvement of contour in specific body parts, especially when there is not much skin laxity
In combination with fat-grafting breast augmentation (i.e. transferring fat harvested from liposuction to breasts for augmentation)
As an adjunct procedure to tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or mini-tummy tuck to address flank areas (or more commonly known as "love handles" or "muffin top")
AM I THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
It is crucial to recognize that Mommy Makeover is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Personalized surgical plans are devised during consultations, tailoring the approach to individual needs and desired outcomes. It is suitable for women who are in good general health and are seeking to reshape or restore their bodies after childbirth or breastfeeding. Good health minimizes surgery risks and ensures a smooth recovery process.
It is of utmost importance to have a thorough consultations with an experience plastic surgeon to evaluate your goals, medical history, and evaluate your clinical condition. Personalized surgical plans are devised during consultations, tailoring the approach to individual needs and desired outcomes.
Operating time, hospital stay, and recovery duration can vary significantly based on the surgical plan and your surgeons would advise you accordingly. While most patients can return to work and light exercise within a fortnight, it may take up to 2 to 3 months before more strenuous activities can be resumed. Patience and a cautious return to regular activities contribute to a successful post-mommy makeover recovery.