A mommy makeover is a term which is used to describe the combination of procedures done to restore a woman's body after she has had children. Classically, it involves a tummy tuck and also breast surgery - either breast implants, a breast lift or both. Secondary procedures such as labiaplasty are also considered in the realm of a mommy makeover and the surgeries are tailored to the individual patient's desires.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is done to restore shape and contour to the patient's abdomen. After pregnancies, often the abdominal musculature is stretched, there are deposits of unwanted abdominal fat and the patient's skin is stretched. To do a tummy tuck, liposuction is first performed to the stubborn areas of fat. Classically, this involves liposuction of the abdominal fat and also the fat of the love handles. Then, an incision is made from one side where the abdomen meets the pelvis, across the top of the pubic region, to the other side between the abdomen and pelvis. The skin and fat of the abdomen are then lifted off to reveal the muscles. If the space between the 6 pack muscles has stretched, that space is tightened. Then the skin is redraped and the excessive amount of skin is removed and the incision is sutured.
What procedures are done for the breasts varies greatly from woman to woman and depend on her wishes. Classically, with pregnancies, breasts can lose volume and also often start to droop. To restore volume, usually a breast augmentation using an implant is done. Fat is another alternative although less common. If the patient's breasts have simply deflated, sometimes, restoring the volume is all that is necessary. In other women, their breasts have drooped. In those women, often a breast lift (mastopexy) is also done to reposition the breast tissue back to where it was prior to having children. Many women suffer from both a lack of volume and also breast droop. In those women, these procedures are commonly combined.
The recovery from a mommy makeover varies depending on the amount of surgery performed. Almost always, it takes longer to recover from the tummy portion of the procedure than the breasts. Most women are able to return to work within 2 weeks but full strength often takes about 6-8 weeks to return.
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