No experience can compare to having children of your own. However, bringing a child into this world prompts numerous upheavals to your life, not the least of which are the changes that occur to the body. While some mothers manage to reclaim their youthful figures after bearing children, many others have stubborn fat deposits, sagging and deflated breasts, stretch marks, and loose stomach muscles. A combination of procedures known as a Mommy Makeover can help restore a mother’s body to a more youthful appearance and contour.
Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
You may be a candidate for a Mommy Makeover if your body has suffered significant alterations from pregnancy and/or nursing. Some people who have not had children of their own but who have experienced unwanted weight gain or signs of aging may also be candidates for this procedure. Most Mommy Makeover candidates have concerns about excess fat, sagging abdominal skin, and saggy and deflated breasts. During your personal consultation, Dr. Palladino will discuss your areas of concern with you and indicate how a Mommy Makeover could help you. The Mommy Makeover is completely customizable so that your treatment plan will be uniquely designed to restore your body contour.
What To Expect
The Mommy Makeover is usually performed in an outpatient setting but may include an overnight stay. Dr. Palladino will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. You should arrange for a companion to be there at the surgery center to receive updates on your condition during your surgery. Anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery, and once you are sedated, the surgery will begin. Most commonly, the Mommy Makeover includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction:
- Tummy Tuck: Dr. Palladino will make a horizontal incision between the hip bones and possibly a secondary incision around the navel. He will then tighten the muscles of the stomach wall, remove excess hanging skin, and tighten the abdomen so that it is flatter and firmer.
- Breast Augmentation: Dr. Palladino will insert breast implants into your breasts to improve their contour and firmness. The incision type, implant type, implant placement, and other relevant details will be determined during your consultation.
- Breast Lift: Dr. Palladino will tighten the breast skin and redistribute the tissues of the breasts so that they appear more lifted and firm. He will also remove excess skin to correct any sagging, thereby producing a more youthful appearance. The technical approach will be determined during your consultation.
- Liposuction: Dr. Palladino will perform liposuction to remove excess fat from the body, most commonly from the abdomen, hips, and thighs. He will make minor incisions in the treatment areas and then insert a cannula through which the surplus fat will be suctioned out.
Your Mommy Makeover may include all four of these procedures, only two or three of these procedures, or it may even include other procedures not mentioned here. The greatest advantage of the Mommy Makeover is that it can be entirely customized for the patient’s needs. Depending on the number of procedures you undergo, your procedure may last several hours.
After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery suite. Once you have been released, you may be driven home by your companion. Because the Mommy Makeover typically includes several major surgical procedures, you will likely experience swelling, discomfort, bruising, and tenderness in the treated areas. Get plenty of rest during your recovery time and avoid strenuous exercises, bending, or lifting. Dr. Palladino will provide you with detailed instructions to follow during recovery. As you adhere to those instructions, you can help your recovery be smooth and quick. Though the recovery time varies from patient to patient, you will be ready to return to your normal daily routine faster than you may expect. Dr. Palladino will check in with you frequently to monitor your healing process and advise you on when it is safe to resume exercise, work, and normal activities.
Since the Mommy Makeover can be customized to include a variety of different procedures, the price depends largely on the type and number of procedures performed. However, it is typically far more affordable than undergoing each procedure on a separate occasion. A rough estimate of the price is usually between $8,000 and $15,000.
If pregnancy, aging, or weight changes have left you with a tummy pooch, sagging breasts, and stubborn fat, a Mommy Makeover could be perfect for you. To learn more about this procedure, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Humberto Palladino. Call us at (915) 590-7900 or complete our online contact form to request your one-on-one consultation today.
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