Address Post-Pregnancy Changes to Your Body & Breasts in Austin, TX
Pregnancy and breastfeeding are some of the most memorable times of your life, but unfortunately, they can also take a permanent toll on your body. Perhaps you are too busy with your kids to notice the signs at first: stretched skin, loose abdominal muscles, and breasts that appear saggy and deflated. However, there will likely be a point when you will look in the mirror and see those changes, which may lead to dissatisfaction with your appearance. Some women report frustration with the fact that even after they lose the baby weight, they still have difficulty finding clothes to fit into their new shape. For these women, there is a Mommy Makeover at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
"Mommy Makeover" is a colloquial term for a commonly performed combination of procedures designed to restore both the function and the form of your body after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Often done in a single visit, these procedures are customizable but typically include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast enhancement through augmentation, a lift, or a combination of the two. In some cases, liposuction is added to the mix to sculpt and refine your result. Our female plastic surgeons and all-women care team of experienced professionals will work with you to identify your concerns and create the right Mommy Makeover plan for you that will address all of them.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right For Me?
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, you have probably seen changes to your breasts and midsection that can be attributed to the rigors of pregnancy and breastfeeding. You might notice your abdomen isn't as flat as it was before kids, and no matter how often you sweat it out at the gym, you can't get that final bit of bulge to go away completely. Your breasts may look deflated after breastfeeding, or they may have remained enlarged and uncomfortable. Sagging breasts are a common problem that sends women to our office looking for rejuvenation and a more youthful body contour as well. Functionally, the rejoining of abdominal muscles through a tummy tuck can also help some women get over issues including postpartum incontinence and back pain. In fact, the body can change so dramatically after having children, We consider a Mommy Makeover to be post-pregnancy reconstructive surgery designed to restore your body to its original form and function before children came into your life.
A Mommy Makeover could be a good choice for you if you are in good general health and finished having children. Results are best for non-smokers and those who have achieved a stable weight for at least six months. The surgeries included with the procedure won't prevent you from getting pregnant in the future, but additional pregnancies and breastfeeding can alter the outcome of your surgery. You will need to be ready to take some time off to recover from your procedure, which could mean recruiting help with the kids and house in the weeks following surgery. We will cover all these points with you at your initial Mommy Makeover consultation to ensure you are prepared for the procedure and that it will meet your expectations and aesthetic goals.
What Can Mommy Makeover Surgery Address?
What parts of your body would you like to restore and enhance? Your Mommy Makeover can be customized to your precise concerns and desired results. Some of the common concerns addressed through the Mommy Makeover procedure include:
- Breasts that have lost their fullness and volume
- Sagging breasts that contribute to an aged appearance
- Nipples that have enlarged or point down instead of outward
- Stubborn bulges in the abdomen that won't reduce with exercise
- Loose skin in the midsection due to weight fluctuations
- Isolated deposits of fat that you have not been able to eliminate on your own
This is the most common list of concerns addressed by a Mommy Makeover, but you are not limited to these goals when you schedule your procedure. Our team also offers methods of vaginal rejuvenation and advanced facial aesthetic treatments for women who are interested in addressing other concerns. In some cases, all of these Mommy Makeover treatments can be performed in a single session, although your surgeon may also recommend staggering procedures if the planned transformation is more extensive.
Can I Combine a Mommy Makeover with Other Procedures?
Your Mommy Makeover is tailored to your specific concerns. While the process usually involves procedures aimed at improving the shape and contour of the breasts and abdominal area, your treatment may look different. Our skilled surgeons want you achieve results that you will love. Your consultation visit is devoted to a thoughtful conversation about your concerns, how they are affecting you, how you would like to feel about your body, and how we can help you achieve your goals. In addition to breast and tummy procedures, Mommy Makeovers might focus on the buttocks, the thighs, the arms, or other areas.
How Long Do the Results of a Mommy Makeover Last?
You are the master of your Mommy Makeover! While no plastic surgery can stop your aging process, the combination of your selected procedures and a healthy lifestyle can sustain your shape for many years. In addition to eating a healthy diet, taking care of your stress levels, and exercising to maintain muscle tone, we strongly suggest that you wear sunscreen on areas such as your chest, neck, and abdomen (and, of course, your face) after your surgery. Keeping your skin healthy and resilient and maintaining a stable weight are two of the strongest contributors to long-lasting Mommy Makeover results.
How Many Operations Are Needed With a Mommy Makeover?
The procedures that are involved in your Mommy Makeover are very carefully selected and planned to meet your objectives. Rather than needing a long list of treatments, your question should be which procedures will impact your overall shape and proportions the most. There are limitations to the number of procedures your surgeon can perform at one time. The goal of the Mommy Makeover is to choose the precise techniques that will bring out your best curves without increasing risks or downtime.
Does the Mommy Makeover Procedure Leave any Scarring?
All surgeries leave some scarring. The question is how much. For your Mommy Makeover, you can trust that your surgeon will make incisions in the most discreet locations possible. For example, if you have a tummy tuck as a part of your Mommy Makeover, your incision will most likely be made just below your bikini line. There, it can be covered by a swimsuit or clothing. Scarring is the surgical side effect that usually takes the longest to resolve. With time and good care of the scar tissue, your incision scars should fade very nicely.
Are There Procedures That Can Help the Scarring Fade Faster?
Yes! Talk to your doctor about the scar treatments that may be best for your situation. As soon as your incisions have fully healed, you may begin using topical remedies such as silicone sheets to amplify the body's natural healing process. Some time after your surgery, you can also explore professional treatments such as radiofrequency microneedling or laser or light treatments designed for scar reduction. We view scar treatment an integral aspect of your Mommy Makeover and continue to offer personalized guidance and care well after your surgery is done.
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Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Experience
Firstly, you will meet with your plastic surgeon for an in-depth appointment to discuss your goals and lifestyle. They will listen to your goals and explain the safe options for a Mommy Makeover, or, as our surgeons like to put it, "post-maternity restorative surgery." Your procedure will be drawn for you so you have a visual of what to expect, and the details of recovery will be discussed.
Your surgeon will perform your Mommy Makeover while you are under general anesthesia so that you are comfortably asleep throughout your procedure. The precise steps of the surgery will depend on the treatments you have chosen.
Mommy Makeover: Breast Enhancement
If you feel your breasts are deflated and would like a breast augmentation as part of your Mommy Makeover, your surgeon will make incisions underneath the breast in the crease or the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola. No matter which location is used, great care will be given to minimize visible scarring after your surgery. Through the incisions, the surgeon can perform a variety of enhancement processes as part of a Mommy Makeover, including adding fullness by placing implants in the breast pocket, lifting the breasts to a more youthful position or removing excess skin and tissue to reduce the size of the breasts and create a more proportionate appearance. Occasionally a deflated breast with a drooping shape can achieve an augmented, full look without a breast implant by doing a breast lift alone or with fat grafting to the breasts.
Breast enhancement typically involves a variety of choices, from the type and size of the implant you select to the placement of the incisions. We will cover all these options at your consultation so your procedure is tailored to your expectations, and you are prepared for your surgery. Known for their aesthetic eyes for both reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures, our plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to provide Austin-area patients with natural, beautiful Mommy Makeover results.
Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, the technical name for a tummy tuck, involves an incision that extends across the lower abdomen, hidden below the bikini line. The abdominal muscles can be surgically tightened and excess skin and tissue removed for a smooth, firm, flat profile. If necessary during a Mommy Makeover, the belly button will be relocated to ensure the result is both natural and proportionate. Liposuction may be added to provide additional sculpting of the torso. Liposuction can be used in this area to sculpt the tummy and create the toned shape many women want and cannot easily achieve after having children.
Mommy Makeover: Liposuction
If liposuction is added to your Mommy Makeover, a very small tube called a "cannula", will be inserted into the deposit of fat you want removed. The cannula gently loosens the fat before suctioning it out of the body, leaving you with a smoother contour in the treatment area. Incisions used for entry of the cannula are usually closed with one hidden suture and leave little or no scarring behind. In addition to using liposuction to sculpt the midsection, it can also be used during a Mommy Makeover to put the finishing touch on your breast enhancement or on other areas of the body where stubborn fat is interfering with a fit, youthful body shape.
Mommy Makeover: Brazilian Butt Lift
Buttock augmentation surgery, sometimes referred to as a Brazilian butt lift, is fast becoming one of the more popular cosmetic procedures in the world. For patients who feel that their buttocks are too small or out of proportion to the rest of their body, who desire a curvier silhouette, or for those whose buttocks are loose and sagging due to weight loss or age, a Brazilian butt lift could be an ideal solution. Our surgeons specialize in natural-looking Brazilian butt lifts through fat transfer; no implants are used in this procedure. Brazilian Butt Lift can be a complementary procedure to a Mommy Makeover.
Mommy Makeover: Labiaplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation)
For women uncomfortable with the size or appearance of their labia, labiaplasty may be appropriate. In a labiaplasty procedure, the labia minora are trimmed and reshaped to meet your goals for both physical comfort and aesthetic appearance. Many women see a change in their labia after childbirth, which makes this a very sought after procedure during a mommy makeover. Anyone who opts for a labiaplasty should feel totally confident in her decision, which is why we have a thorough, in-depth conversation to determine whether labiaplasty is the ideal solution and to explain what the surgery can and cannot achieve. We will answer questions about the procedure itself, expected results, and recovery time, all with a focus on compassion and discretion.
What is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
Recovery from your Mommy Makeover depends on the specific procedures you choose. If breast enhancement is part of your surgery, recovery time is about one to two weeks before you will feel like returning to most of your regular activities. For a tummy tuck, that timeframe is closer to three weeks, and plan to take at least two weeks off work. Strenuous exercise will be restricted longer, usually up to six weeks, to give your body ample time to fully heal. We will advise you on activity levels throughout the Mommy Makeover process to ensure you are back in action as quickly as possible without compromising the recovery process.
During the Mommy Makeover recovery period, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Rest assured we will be available to support you through the recuperation process, answering your questions and addressing concerns should they arise. We will see you regularly after your surgery to monitor your progress, and you will have a full list of post-operative instructions designed to keep you as comfortable as possible and avoid complications. Medication and compression garments will also be prescribed to help you manage pain, reduce swelling, and prevent infection after a Mommy Makeover.
Download Our Cosmetic Surgery Post-Operative Care Guides
We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our cosmetic surgery patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.
What Results Can I Expect After a Mommy Makeover?
Once your body heals and the bruising and swelling subsides, the results of your Mommy Makeover will start to become evident. You should see perkier, fuller breasts and a flatter, smoother abdominal area that further enhances your overall contour. You will be able to enjoy your new and improved body for many years, as long as you maintain a stable weight after surgery. Weight fluctuations and pregnancy can significantly alter the results of the Mommy Makeover procedure, which may necessitate additional treatments to restore your desired contour.
The rewards of motherhood are abundant, but the toll it can take on your body can also be significant. Dr. Fisher understands this personally, as she is a mother herself. You spend your time caring for others; now is the time to focus on you by investing in a Mommy Makeover that can restore the form and function of your body. Our surgeons combine skill and artistry in all procedures to produce an aesthetically pleasing look from a woman's perspective of form, beauty, and balance. Post-pregnancy reconstruction is a way to regain your youthful appearance and vitality while improving the function of your body at the same time.