Do I need a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeovers can include surgical and non-surgical treatments. The goal is to restore the shape and appearance of a patient’s body, such as improvement upon sagging breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, or loose and excess skin. The most common procedures performed during a mommy makeover are breast augmentation, breast lifting, liposuction, tummy tuck, vaginal rejuvenation, and lower/ upper body lifting. A mommy makeover is typically performed as a single stage procedure, but may be multiple several depending on the patient's goals.

Am I a good candidate for Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeovers are highly individualized procedures, and each patient’s goals, needs, and procedures will be different. A patient is a good candidate if they are in good health, have reached an ideal body weight, have a positive outlook and realistic expectations, and are finished with childbearing. Each patient and their surgeon will need to have an open conversation about their goals, questions, and concerns in order to achieve the best results.  A mommy makeover is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise.  The results of a mommy makeover can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in a patient’s weight.

What should I expect after surgery?

Following your mommy makeover surgery, gauze/ bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage/ sports bra will minimize swelling and support your breasts. A compression garment may be used to control swelling of the abdomen, waist, or buttocks. Each patient will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incision sites, medications to apply or take orally, specific concern to look out for while healing, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. Healing will take several weeks as swelling decreases the shape of the breasts, abdomen, waist, and/or genitalia improve. Most surgical procedures restrict lifting for four to six weeks after surgery. The practice of medicine is not an exact science. Even though good results are expected, there is never a guarantee. In some cases, optimal results may not be achieved with a single surgery, and another procedure may be necessary.

What are the risks?

Following your surgeons’ instructions is key to the success of your results. It is key that your incisions are not exposed to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during your healing. When you get home, if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats you should seek medical attention immediately. 

Some of the possible risks of a mommy makeover include (but are not limited to);

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Tom Pousti MD

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