ABOUT

Also known as post-pregnancurgery

A mommy makeover is any combination of cosmetic procedures that aim to restore your before-pregnancy appearance. The chiefly focus on the breasts and abdomen. Typically a mommy makeover includes the following procedures:

  • tummy tuck
  • Breast augmentation, lift or reduction
  • Liposuction of the legs, arms or trunk
  • Vaginal rejuvenation

“Mommy makeover” may be a new term in common parlance, but the procedures involved in it have a long, successful, and safe history in medical community.
Women who opt for the procedure in Mommy-makeover , also usually opt for the following procedures upper arm lift, facelift and vaginal rejuvenation.

WHERE IS IT DONE

ProcedureLocation
Tummy TuckOperation Theatre
Liposuction
Breast Lift
Breast Reduction
Breast Augmentation with Implants
Breast lift combined with breast augmentation

DURATION

The following procedures have to be performed over different sittings. No two procedures can be performed at the same.

ProcedureDuration
Tummy TuckTummy Tuck 3-4 hours
Liposuction1-4 hours
Breast Lift2-3 hours
Breast Reduction3-4 hours
Breast Augmentation with Implants1-3 hours
Breast lift combined with breast augmentation4 hours

ANAESTHESIA

ProcedureANAESTHESIA
Tummy TuckSpinal Or General
LiposuctionLocal Or Spinal Or General
Breast LiftGeneral Anaesthesia
Breast ReductionGeneral Anaesthesia
Breast Augmentation with ImplantsGeneral Anaesthesia
Breast lift combined with breast augmentationGeneral Anaesthesia

INCISIONS, STITCHES & SCARS

The surgeon strategically plans and places the incisions and stitches for the surgery in terms of number, size, material, location and technique aiming to keep the resulting scar minimal, hidden and not easily visible eye. Special tissue handling and suture techniques further minimize scars.

Tummy Tuck

The incision is made from one corner of the hip to the other just above the pubic area.The scar left behind by it falls along the natural crease within the bikini line.The length and visibility of the scar varies.

Liposuction

As only small incisions are used in liposuction, the scars left behind by them are also small. The surgeon strategically places them in well hidden areas.

Breast Lift

There are different types of breast lifts, each with different scarring patterns. The surgeon can conceal some incision lines in natural breast contours, but others will be visible on the breast surface. Although the scars left along the lines of incision are permanent, they will fade in most cases and improve over time significantly.

Breast Reduction

Four different types of incisions are used here. The type of incision made is chosen based on

  • Breast size
  • Degree of breasts sagging
  • Position of the nipple-areola complex on the breast.

Breast Augmentation

Your incision can be made in one of four places

  1. inframammary, underneath the breast
  2. transaxillary, near the armpit, where the arm meets the chest area
  3. transumbilical, in the belly button (only for saline implants)
  4. periareolar, around the lower edge of the areola.

STAY AT CLINIC

ProcedureStay at Clinic
Tummy Tuck2-3 days
Liposuction24-48 hours
Breast Lift36 hours
Breast Reduction2-3 days
Breast Augmentation with Implants36 hours
Breast lift combined with breast augmentation24-48 hours

HOW IS IT PERFORMED?

Mommy makeover constitutes a set of procedures which target to restore a woman’s youthful look before her pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck

Aka Abdominoplasty: In this surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the loose abdominal skin and tightens the abdominal muscles with sutures. After pregnancy a flabby abdomen with stretch marks and poor skin elasticity will occur. This happens due to the weight gain and stretching of the inner girdle of fascia and abdominal muscles (which holds the internal organs in place) during pregnancy. These issues are addressed by tummy tuck procedure.

Liposuction

Aka Lipoplasty: While a tummy tuck addresses the issues in the waist a liposuction can improve the contours at the flanks and hips. This is usually performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.

Breast Lift

Aka Mastopexy: After pregnancy , due to weight gain and breast feeding one will be able to notice a Sagging of breasts, stretching of areolas and drooping of nipples. A breast lift addresses these issues lifting your breasts thus giving a more youthful look.

Breast lift combined with breast augmentation

A breast augmentation with implants or a breast reduction can be performed alongside if you wish for a larger/smaller or more rounded breasts.

Breast Reduction

During pregnancy due to increased fatty tissue and mammary glandular tissue the breasts would swell and increase in size. Sometimes this increase could be disproportionate and would lead to posture problems and back pain etc., Breast reduction removes the excess fat and glandular tissue and tightens the skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts.

Breast Augmentation

Aka Augmentation Mammoplasty: This can be done by using implants or by fat transfer. Implants of various shapes, sizes and materials are available in the market. The surgeon can advise you accordingly based on your cosmetic goals.

REST AT HOME BEFORE RESUMING OFFICE WORK

ProcedureLocation
Tummy Tuck2-3 weeks
Liposuction1 week
Breast Lift1 week
Breast Reduction4-7 days
Breast Augmentation with Implants2-3 weeks

AFTER CARE AND RECOVERY

You should be able to fully recover by 6 weeks after the surgery.

As multiple procedures are done together, you will have the advantage of enduring only one recovery time.

You will face the worst discomfort in the first week, after that will feel the recovery tone for two to three weeks.From the 4th week you should be feeling pretty well.

Drains will be removed by the 5th day.

Don’t do any strenuous physical activity for atleast 6 weeks.

Of all the procedures, the most discomfort would be experienced from ‘tummy tuck’. You may feel very uncomfortable the first 2 days after the surgery. It will eventually fall down over five to seven days.

By the end of 2 weeks all the sutures and drains will be removed and you may be comfortable enough to drive a car.
The swelling will gradually subside over five weeks.

You will be able to appreciate the results accurately by 3 months after the procedure.

Try and sleep on your back with a pillow below your knees and a few supporting your back. This arrangement will significantly decrease the tension on your abdomen and facilitates better healing of the incision thus leading to a thinner scar.

The surgeon may provide you with a special surgical bra, which will support your breast after an augmentation or a reduction and helps in reducing the swelling.

Swelling from augmentation usually resolves within weeks but for a reduction it may take up to 4 months.

You will be required to use an abdominal binder after a tummy tuck, this provides additional support to the abdomen and aids for a better result.
After a shower pat dry your incision sites and keep them hygienic.

Refrain from strenuous physical activity like, weight lifting, jogging for at least 6 weeks.

FOLLOW UP VISITS

ProcedureFollow Up
Tummy Tuck1-2 weeks after the surgery
Liposuction1 week after the surgery
Breast LiftAfter 1 week and 1 month after the surgery
Breast Reduction1 week after the surgery
Breast Augmentation with ImplantsWithin a week to remove sutures, if placed. After 1 month from the day of surgery
Breast lift combined with breast augmentation1 week after the surgery.

HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?

If you don’t go through another pregnancy or a significant weight gain, your results should be permanent. It is important to note that plastic surgery cannot stop the normal aging process. There might likely come a time when you have to replace the inserted breast implants, ask the surgeon for more information regarding the various implants and situations where one might need an implant removal.

Maintain good communication with the aesthetic plastic surgeon

Keeping safety in mind as well as for the most beautiful outcome of the procedure, we advise that you visit the clinic for post procedure review and evaluation at prescribed times. Also do not hesitate to contact the doctor if you notice any changes in the treatment areas or when you have any concerns and queries.

ASSOCIATED COSTS

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LIMITATIONS & RISKS

Significant complications from Mommy makeover, fortunately, are infrequent. Every year, thousands of people undergo this procedure successfully and are glad with the results. The risks specific to your health will be discussed during your consultation.

Some degree of risk will be present with every surgery. Some of the potential complications involved in all surgeries are

  • Allergic reactions
  • Adverse reaction to the anesthetic medications
  • Damage to underlying structures during the procedure
  • Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring
  • Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs

You can minimize certain risks and for the optimal results it is crucial that you follow the instructions given by the doctor both before and after the surgery.

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