A mommy makeover is a popular term used to describe breast and body contouring in one plastic surgery procedure. Women who have had children experience breast and body changes that are often not correctable with diet and exercise.
After a baby, the breasts can lose fullness and deflate, and they may get saggy whether or not a woman breast-feeds. The belly gets bigger and tends to bulge from the muscles being stretched. Stretch marks can occur and fatty deposits increase around the waistline. Women with naturally large breasts can start having back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain from the sagging.
If this sounds like you, you may need a mommy makeover. Call our Las Vegas office at (702) 260-7707 to schedule your free consultation.
Find out more about a mommy makeover:
- What Is a Mommy Makeover?
- What Procedures Can Be Included in a Mommy Makeover?
- Mommy Makeover Candidacy
- Mommy Makeover Procedure Description
- Recovery After a Mommy Makeover
- Why Choose Our Plastic Surgeon
- Contact Us
After pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to experience a lot of changes in their body. Because of abdominal stretching and changes, you may have excess and sagging skin, cellulite, stretch marks, and even a change in your abdominal muscles due to tearing and changes while pregnant and giving birth. Due to pregnancy and nursing, your breasts may have excess skin, stretch marks, and may appear deflated and saggy. You also may have experienced a severe change in the fat content of your body and may have a lot of trouble getting rid of this excess fat even through exercise and diet.
A mommy makeover is typically a combination of procedures designed to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state. The procedures included are something to discuss with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Hayley Brown, but are usually designed to rid you of excess fat and stretch marks, fill and lift your breasts, and restore your abdomen to what it was before.
A mommy makeover usually combines multiple procedures into one operation in order to minimize down time and allow for just one recovery, essential for busy moms.
When you’re finished having children and breastfeeding, you may be ready to get your body back to what it was before. However, this can be very difficult because of the ways pregnancy changes your body, so mommy makeover procedures can address your various problem areas. While a mommy makeover may only be one procedure and could also be a combination of all of them, any of the following can be included in the procedure in order to restore your pre-pregnancy body:
- Breast augmentation – by placing breast implants, we can restore your breasts’ fullness, size, and perkiness
- Breast lift – breasts often become saggy and deflated after nursing, but a breast lift will bring your breasts back up to where they will proportionally look best on your body
- Breast reduction – for women with large, saggy breasts
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) – in this procedure, we remove portions of excess skin, fat, and stretch marks from your abdominal area. Additionally, sutures are placed on your internal abdominal muscles to tighten and restore them
- Liposuction – by utilizing the best in technology and techniques, we can expertly remove fat pockets from your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, back, bra line, chin, neck, and more
In order to be a good candidate for a mommy makeover, you should be done with having children and nursing as another pregnancy can reverse the effects of the procedures performed. It is imperative to also be at a healthy weight. If you are a little overweight (15-30lbs), you may still be a great candidate for a mommy makeover provided you are in good health.
Mommy makeover is great for women that don’t feel confident anymore with your significant other or in a swimsuit or bikini. It is also ideal for those women that have the following:
- Loose, deflated, asymmetric, or saggy breasts
- Enlarged areola after pregnancy
- Enlarged or saggy breasts
- A bulging belly or bulging abdominal muscles. Sometimes the muscle can even separate and that is called a rectus diastasis. A tummy tuck tightens and flattens these muscles while improving core strength and exercise ability
- Stretch marks or loose wrinkled skin of breasts or abdomen
- Fatty deposits on the abdomen and hips, resistant to diet and exercise
- Fatty deposits of the lower back making their buttocks look wide and square
- Fatty back rolls
- Fat deposits on your thighs
- Visible C-section scars
Although subsequent pregnancy is not harmful to the individual or growing fetus, there is always the chance that your breasts or belly can stretch out or sag again. Therefore, our plastic surgeon recommends that you be finished having children before considering a mommy makeover procedure.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery and takes 3-5 hours. If a patient is having back liposuction, that is done first, followed by the breasts. Liposuction of the hips and flanks is performed followed by either a tummy tuck for women with loose skin and bulging muscles, or full abdominal liposuction if the woman has great skin tone. If the pubic area is puffy, liposuction can be done there too. A pubic lift is also an option if that area is saggy.
During a tummy tuck, bulging or separated abdominal muscles are sutured, narrowed, and tightened. Excess skin is removed in an elliptical shape from the umbilicus to the pubic area. Old C-section scars are removed so that the final scar is as low as possible. Stretch marks below the belly button are gone; any above the belly button are pulled down very low on the abdomen.
The whole procedure is monitored by our board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Steve Brown. At Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center, you have a husband and wife team working together making sure your surgery is executed efficiently and meticulously while ensuring your comfort and safety.
You will go home right after surgery with a responsible care giver, like a good friend or family member who will need to stay with you overnight and most of the time for several days. You will need help taking care of basic needs and childcare for at least one full week, sometimes a little longer as everyone heals differently. You will not be able to drive or lift small children during this time.
Walking is encouraged immediately in a slightly hips-flexed position to keep tension off the tummy tuck and other incisions. Posture naturally improves to straight in about a week. Back discomfort is normal from having to sleep on your back for 3-4 weeks. We will control your pain using muscle relaxers and narcotic pain pills.
If you had a tummy tuck, you will have a pain pump (drip of numbing medication) for 3-5 days and a few drain tubes that are removed within a week.
You will wear a surgical bra and a compression garment around your waist to keep swelling to a minimum. The surgical bra is replaced with a regular underwire bra once the breast incision is healed to protect and shape the breasts. It also acts like a splint for a breast implant as it drops and settles into the breast pocket. Patients prefer it to sports bras, as it looks good in normal clothes or work outfits and maintains a close central cleavage.
Most patients sleep in a recliner for first week, to maintain a hips-flexed position, keeping tension off of the healing incisions. It also helps you get up so you can move around easier. Walk at least every 3-4 hours around your house to speed recovery and decrease risks for complications. If you do not have a recliner at home, we have a service that can place one in your home for as long as you need.
You will be uncomfortable for the first 2 weeks, but after that, you will feel like yourself and be able to do normal activities of daily living but nothing strenuous. Try to keep your arms close to your body to protect your breasts for 3 weeks. If you did not have a tummy tuck you can start to exercise in 4 weeks. If you had a tummy tuck, then you shouldn’t be doing any heavy lifting, fitness activities, aerobic exercise, or straining of abdominal muscles for 6 weeks. However, regular walking is encouraged.
The breasts and body may be swollen and firm to various degrees after surgery. It takes minimum of 2 months for your breast shape to improve and your body swelling to resolve. Be patient with the appearance changes happening under your clothes!
Scars are red and visible at first. They can take years to fade away. We will also recommend scar treatments to help minimize the scars and help them to fade as quickly as possible. You shouldn’t get any type of tanning treatments to the treated areas until your scars are mature (1 year is typical).
Most patients are bikini ready in 3-6 months.
Dr. Hayley Brown made it her lifelong goal to be a plastic surgeon and help people love how they look. She takes a personal interest with every patient and does her best to ensure that you have realistic expectations and love your results.
She is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon and has received her Maintenance of Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well. She is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She strives for excellence in her work and takes pride in every outcome. Her extensive training and education along with her 20 year experience ensures you receive the best care and results available.
A mommy makeover is a one-step plastic surgery solution for moms who want to look and feel their best. Having to deal with loose skin, sagging, and stretch marks every day is not necessary. If you are a busy mom who has breasts and a body that makes you feel depressed and unattractive, take time for yourself to improve what diet and exercise can’t. The small amount of downtime is worth it to get you feeling cute, attractive, fit and sexy.
A mommy makeover is a huge self-esteem boost. You do this for YOU. The confidence you get from having beautiful breasts and flat tummy will have an effect on your life and make it better. As a mom of four children, Dr. Brown understands what happens to a woman after having kids. She will give you an honest opinion about what needs to be done to get your body looking great both in and out of clothes.
If you are considering a mommy makeover and want to find out what combination of procedures you need to get your body looking its best, please call Dr. Hayley Brown at (702) 260-7707 to set up your free consultation. You can also fill out the contact form on this page. We are proud to serve patients in Las Vegas and the surrounding Nevada areas.