What happens during the Mommy Makeover surgery?
The breasts are lifted. If there is volume loss from pregnancy and breast feeding, this can be remedied with the addition of a breast implant. Alternatively, if the breasts are excessively large and causing discomfort, the size may be reduced. In an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), the abdominal muscles are tightened to strengthen the midsection and narrow the waist. Lastly, the excess lower abdominal skin with stretch marks is removed as well as any excess fat.
What can I expect in my initial consultation?
Your plastic surgeon will ask about your general medical history and examine your areas of concern. This is the opportunity for you to discuss what bothers you. Together, you will devise a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and is surgically feasible.
Is the Mommy Makeover done all at one time?
It can be done in one or two stages, depending on how many areas need to be addressed.
What are the different options for a Mommy Makeover?
It is some combination of the following: breast lift, with or without augmentation; breast reduction ,Abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck); mini-abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck); and liposuction
Can I have more kids after my Mommy Makeover?
If more children are planned in the near future, it is better to wait, especially on the abdominoplasty. Additional pregnancies are possible following abdominoplasty. However, the final result may not be as good if the tissues are stretched again with another pregnancy.
Will a caesarean section or hysterectomy affect Mommy Makeover results?
No, the incision for the abdominoplasty is at the same level on the lower abdomen. Some women have bothersome extra skin that hangs over their caesarean section or hysterectomy incision. An abdominoplasty can remove this scar and skin in order to smooth the contour.
When is the best time to have a Mommy Makeover?
When childbearing is complete and a stable weight has been achieved. Significant weight gain or loss after surgery may diminish the final result.
What will prepare me for surgery?
The best way to prepare for this procedure is to understand why you are having the procedure, what exactly will be performed, and what your results are likely to be. If there are medical issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes, these should be well controlled prior to surgery.
Smokers need to stop smoking in order to decrease the risk of wound healing issues. All patients should be nicotine free for at least six weeks prior to and after surgery.
Orloff provides a comprehensive pre&post procedure care regimen such as, Vitamin Therapy, Accelerated Wound Healing treatments, and Scar Reduction Therapy for best outcomes.
Where are the incisions?
The incisions will depend upon the procedures chosen and the techniques utilized by Dr. Orloff. In general, for a breast lift, there is a circular incision around the areola which is carried straight down toward the fold under the breast. It is sometimes called a “lollipop” scar, as this is the shape. Placement of an implant (augmentation) can be done through this same incision if needed. For the abdominoplasty, there is a linear incision from hip bone to hip bone which can be hidden under the bikini line. Depending on the type of abdominoplasty, there may or may not be a circular scar around the belly button, as well.
Will I have scars?
Yes, it is not possible to perform these operations without making incisions and leaving scars. Once the incisions are fully healed, your plastic surgeon will instruct you as to how to minimize the scars and help them fade over time. With careful operative technique and attention to scar management post-operatively, it is our goal to have the finest, smallest scar as possible.
What can I expect after surgery?
Depending on the types of surgeries chosen and whether the breast, abdomen, or both are addressed, recovery times will vary. You will go home the same day.
When can I resume normal activities after Mommy Makeover?
It is helpful to have friends and family available to assist you in caring for children for the first week after surgery. Recovery can range from one to four weeks in most cases.
How long do I need off from a desk job after a Mommy Makeover?
Two to four weeks is the average. Some women feel better sooner and choose to return to work one week after surgery. Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting for one month.