Motherhood is one of the greatest gifts a woman can experience, yet the physical changes it can cause can be the source of diminished self-esteem for many. Weight gain, stretched tissue, and hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy can affect several areas of the body, most notably the breasts and abdomen. For women interested in restoring their pre-baby figure, plastic surgeon James Matas, MD offers several procedures that can slim and tighten the midsection, resculpt areas of stubborn fat, rejuvenate the breasts, and resolve cosmetic changes to the genitalia. During a consultation, Dr. Matas can perform a full examination and discuss the options that are well-suited for addressing your unique needs and achieving your goals.
Often, more than one procedure can be performed at the same time to prevent the need for multiple surgeries and recovery periods. We invite you to explore the sections below to learn more about treatments that can be combined as part of mommy makeover procedure, as well as the physical issues each is designed to resolve:
Breast Lift with or without Breast Augmentation
The combination of pregnancy and breastfeeding can stretch breast skin and tissue and then deplete breast volume, leaving the breasts looking deflated and droopy. Even the size and position of the nipples can change dramatically. For most women, these physical changes are permanent unless they are addressed through a surgical procedure. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is a highly customized procedure designed to eliminate excess skin and elevate the breasts to a more youthful position. If additional breast volume is desired, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation. The placement of breast implants can either be used to restore original breast volume or to create larger, firmer, more shapely breasts that provide a more youthful, curvaceous look.
To accommodate a growing baby during gestation, the skin, tissue, and musculature of the abdomen must stretch considerably. While the human body can be incredibly resilient, many women experience permanent physical changes to the abdomen after childbirth, which can include excess skin, torn or stretched abdominal muscles, and stubborn pockets of fat. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a dynamic procedure designed to help women affected by these cosmetic concerns. In addition to removing excess, stretched skin and fat deposits, Dr. Matas can tighten and repair damaged abdominal muscles to restore a tighter, more slender waist. In some cases, liposuction techniques can also be incorporated to fine-tune contours for natural-looking results.
Weight gain associated with pregnancy can often be very hard to lose. While many women have weight loss success with healthy changes in diet and exercise, some areas of accumulated fat can remain unchanged. These unwanted bulges can be incredibly frustrating and, in some cases, affect self-esteem. Battling this fat can be a life-long struggle, but with surgical intervention, achieving smoother, leaner curves can be possible. Body contouring with liposuction is often ideal for removing pockets of fat that keep women from achieving the post-baby body they are striving for. Virtually any area of the body can be treated with liposuction. Most women who undergo mommy makeovers desire fat removal from the abdomen, love handles, back, thighs, buttocks, or upper arms. It is possible to treat several areas during the span of one surgery to maximize results.
Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery
For women who have experienced cosmetic changes to the labia as a result of childbirth, labiaplasty techniques can rejuvenate the appearance of the female genital region. Each labiaplasty procedure is highly customized to address the unique characteristics the patient wishes to change. Whether bothered by appearance, physical discomfort, or both, Dr. Matas can develop an individual treatment plan to achieve your goals.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeover
Each mommy makeover is customized to meet the unique needs of the individual patient, and Dr. Matas thoroughly discusses each option during the consultation process. Below, Dr. Matas has taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the mommy makeover procedure. Patients are still encouraged to ask any questions they might have at the time of their initial consultation, but these commonly asked questions can be a good place to begin.
Is a mommy makeover right for me?
Mommy makeover candidates typically want to rejuvenate the appearance of their body after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Concerns shared among potential candidates include loss of breast volume, sagging breasts, a protruding stomach caused by stretched or torn abdominal muscles, and isolated fat deposits that seem resistant to diet and exercise. Ideal mommy makeover candidates eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and are in good overall health. Candidates should not use tobacco products, as they can complicate the recovery process. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
When should I schedule my mommy makeover?
Dr. Matas recommends prospective mommy makeover patients wait to schedule their procedure until after they have finished breastfeeding. To maintain the best results, mothers should also wait until they no longer plan to have additional children in the future. Although a pregnancy after a mommy makeover should be safe for both the baby and the mother, an additional pregnancy will likely cause further changes to the shape of the body. In these cases, the mother may choose to schedule follow-up procedures in order to restore the results of her mommy makeover.
What should I expect during my mommy makeover recovery?
Depending upon the combination of procedures used in your custom-tailored treatment plan, the recovery of your mommy makeover will vary. Most patients choose to spread their procedures across two or more appointments. Patients can expect mild swelling and bruising at the surgical site immediately following each procedure. Dr. Matas typically recommends patients wait about one week before returning to work or their normal activities. Mothers with small children may want to arrange for help around the house, as any heavy lifting should be avoided for about two weeks. At the conclusion of your preliminary consultation, Dr. Matas will review more personalized, detailed recovery information.
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
Depending upon how you choose to customize your mommy makeover procedure, the cost will vary. Common factors that influence the price of a mommy makeover can include which procedures are performed, the complexity of each procedure, anesthesiologist fees, the experience of the plastic surgeon, and the geographic location of the practice. Dr. Matas will provide you with an accurate quote for your custom-tailored mommy makeover at the end of your initial consultation. Patients who might benefit from payment options, including low- or no-interest loans, may take advantage of the plastic surgery financing options available at the Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery.
If you are considering a mommy makeover and would like to find out which combination of procedures may deliver optimal results, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Matas.