Being a mom can be one of the most wonderful journeys you’ll ever make, but it can also wreak havoc on your body. If your family is complete and you want to regain your pre-baby body (with a few improvements), a mommy makeover is just the ticket. At Prime Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeons help women in the San Diego area look as if they’ve never seen the inside of a delivery room. To learn more, call the office or fill out the online form to request an appointment. Please visit our photo gallery to see thousands of patient before and after images.
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Mothers are special. They do everything for their children. They carry them, nurse them, and change their diapers. They are present when they take their first step, say their first word, and start their first day of school. A mother’s love is unconditional, and they ask for nothing in return. No one loves more than a mother.
You’ve sacrificed a lot to be a mom, and your body is no exception. Your youthful, feminine appearance has suffered for the blessing of motherhood.
Now childbearing is over, and you want your body back. You want the firmness that defined you before pregnancy. You want the shape that drew looks and looked good in anything. You want to be stunning in a dress, a bikini, or a bathrobe.
The physical toll that pregnancy and breastfeeding can have on your body may be difficult to reverse on your own. The term “Mommy Makeover” has many different definitions depending on the surgeon, and it entails different combinations of procedures that are customized to help get your figure back to your desired appearance.
Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can have a variety of negative effects on a woman’s body, affecting them both physically and emotionally. Oftentimes it isn’t possible to restore one’s body back to one’s pre-pregnancy body through just diet and exercise alone. Luckily, for the moms of the world who desire a firmer, tighter body, even post-childbirth, our doctors can perform a Mommy Makeover.
A mommy makeover surgery is designed for women who are through having children and want to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies.
The Mommy Makeover procedure is actually a combination of several different procedures that, when used together, produce amazing results. Since every woman has different needs, each Mommy Makeover can vary in procedures, thus tailoring each surgery to the patient’s restorative needs. Some of the procedures that can be combined in a mommy makeover are Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Reduction.
We understand having a child is one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have, with new life and energy to any family. Some women, however, feel somewhat self conscious about their new body post-pregnancy with symptoms including:
- Stretching or sagging of stomach muscles & skin
- Sagging or drooping breasts
- Breast deflation
- Weight gain in mid-section, thighs, & stomach
- Excessive fat deposits
- C section pouch
There are considerations to be made when considering post-pregnancy plastic surgery or a “mommy makeover” such as goals, current health, lifestyle, the current areas you wish to target, and how post-pregnancy plastic surgery will affect your family life. If you have been successful in losing weight after your pregnancy but cannot reverse the stubborn pockets of fat, sagging skin and drooping breasts, you are likely a good candidate for post-pregnancy plastic surgery.
Such surgical procedures or “mommy makeovers” aren’t just for recent moms, as some patients wait a few to several years before treating themselves. Our doctors are happy to consult with patients to determine what procedures are recommended based on personal history and goals so that realistic expectations can be achieved.
At Prime Plastic Surgery, an AAAASF-accredited (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) private operating facility in La Jolla, you will be cared for by a professional and compassionate staff. This assembled team include carefully selected and experienced board-certified anesthesiologists.
Our doctors often perform a mommy makeover as an outpatient procedure in the operating room at Prime Plastic Surgery.
The mommy makeover isn’t one procedure, but a combination of procedures that may include one or more of the following:
Many women become unhappy with the look, appearance, and shape of their breasts after having children and consider post-pregnancy plastic surgery to help improve the shape and appearance of their breasts. Pregnancy can cause the muscle and tissue in the breasts to sag or droop, losing their perk and also possibly result in a decrease in cup size.
For patients who want to enhance their breasts, there are a number of breast surgeries available depending on the specific need and desired goals of the patient including breast augmentation, XL breast implants, or breast lifting. Breast augmentation is designed to increase the fullness, size, and shape of your breasts with implants. These surgical procedures can be completed in combination with other post-pregnancy plastic surgery procedures such as a full or partial mommy makeover or tummy tuck.
Throughout pregnancy, the muscles and skin in the core or abdominal region naturally stretch, resulting in a more flabby or looser tummy area than desired. Despite healthy dieting and extreme exercise and strength training, many of our patients simply cannot obtain their original more toned physique. To help with what is often called the c-section “pouch” or “pooch”, a full or partial tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is recommended and can help restore a toned tummy area through the removal of excess skin and tightening of the core or abdominal muscles.
We surgically removes excess folds of tissue from your abdomen that have been stretched out by pregnancy and lost their ability to bounce back. He can also repair your abdominal muscles, remove some stretch marks, and get rid of fat deposits during your tummy tuck procedure.
This process also creates a flatter and more toned look and appearance in the pelvic area where c-section areas tend to protrude. Your doctor is able to complete tummy tuck procedures with other breast augmentation and fat removal procedures including arm, thigh and butt lifts.
Liposuction has the ability to effectively remove stubborn areas of fat that is not responding to diet and exercise, and is an excellent option for patients considering post-pregnancy plastic surgery. New liposuction procedures offered by Prime Plastic Surgery allows a less invasive process which results in a faster surgical procedure with less bruising and pain.
For patients who, post-pregnancy desire to remove unwanted fat but do not want to complete invasive treatment such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, our doctors offer the CoolSculpting technology as a perfect fit for such patients. CoolSculpting does not use needles, anesthesia or pain medication, and has no recovery or restrictions.
The CoolSculpting process involves a non-invasive applicator to the treatment area (typically the stomach area but can be used throughout the body) where an applicator is applied to the skin to target fat cells. The process involves vacuum pressure drawing the tissue into the applicator cup. The process is repeated a few times, and results in a permanent more shapely and trim physique. This process is available for patients who require minimal weight loss.
As the name implies, your doctor moves your breasts up on your chest wall to give you a more youthful profile. The doctor can combine this procedure with a breast augmentation if breastfeeding has robbed your breasts of their previous fullness.
If your breasts didn’t shrink back down to their original size post-pregnancy, we can remove excess tissue, giving them a better shape and position. Our doctors review your mommy makeover cost before you get started so you know what to expect.
You can expect a lengthy recovery period after your mommy makeover procedures, but not an insufferable one. We will take every measure and use the most proven technologies and pain blockers to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. This effort will allow you to get through your mommy makeover recovery as painlessly as possible.
You should sleep and rest to aid in the healing process. You must avoid strenuous activities and not lift objects. Child care should be arranged for at least a week and maybe two to help you in your recovery. We advise you to walk around the house and stretch mildly to avoid blood clotting.
You will receive prescribed pain medication for your continued comfort as the treated areas will be sore. Bruising and swelling can be expected as well, but should gradually improve every day.
You will notice a great improvement in some areas soon after your mommy makeover, but other areas will require more time for the swelling to subside and incisions to heal. It may take several weeks to fully recover from your mommy makeover, depending on the extent of the procedure and number of surgeries performed.
Our doctors at Prime Plastic Surgery are some of the best mommy makeover surgeons and makes every effort to combine your procedures, but you may have to undergo multiple surgeries to get your body to your goals. The number of procedures you need depends entirely upon the areas you want to tackle and the extent of the work needed.
During your initial consultation, your doctor sits down with you to discuss your wishes, and then he performs a physical exam so that he has a better idea of what sort of timeline you’ll need.
If you like being a mom, but aren’t thrilled with your “mom body,” call Prime Plastic Surgery to learn more about the mommy makeover. Or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.