Having children can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. The changes pregnancy and childbirth can have on the body, on the other hand, may not be quite as celebrated. Women who have had children can reclaim their pre-pregnancy figures with a mommy makeover, a customized set of procedures designed just for you.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board-certified plastic surgeon who knows firsthand how physical changes can affect a woman’s self-confidence. During your initial consultation, she’ll discuss your goals for cosmetic surgery with you and map out a plan to help you achieve your dream look.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery in Plymouth has helped men and women from across the state of Minnesota feel younger and more confident with cosmetic procedures for the face and body. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about mommy makeovers, including cost.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Most women who are in good overall health and have completed their families can be excellent candidates for a mommy makeover. Some of the most common reasons to consider getting a mommy makeover include:
- Breasts have lost volume or become deflated due to pregnancy or nursing
- Abdominal skin stretched during pregnancy
- Abdominal muscles have separated, known as diastasis recti
- Pregnancy and motherhood have resulted in stubborn bulges of fat that won’t go away
- You wish to rejuvenate your figure for a more youthful look
What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?
The procedures included in a mommy makeover depend on your personal appearance goals. Most women opt for a breast enhancement plus body contouring, but Dr. Harrington will work with you to decide the optimum combination of procedures to help bring out the best in your body.
Breast augmentation fills out lost breast volume with saline or silicone breast implants, and is one of the most popular procedures to include with a mommy makeover. Breast augmentation incisions are usually either inside the natural crease below the breast (inframammary), around the areola (periareolar) or in the armpit (transaxillary).
Sagging breasts can be resolved with mastopexy, or a breast lift. This procedure lifts and tightens the skin and tissue, creating firmer, more youthful breasts. Breast lift incisions are usually circle the areola and continue downward vertically to the breast crease. Breast lift surgery is frequently combined with breast augmentation.
Women whose breast size permanently increased during and after pregnancy, or who had unwanted breast volume to begin with, can achieve a more proportionate figure with breast reduction surgery. Incisions for a breast reduction usually circle the areola, continue down vertically to the breast crease, and travel along the breast crease a short distance in either direction. The exact length of incisions depends on the amount of tissue being removed.
Abdominoplasty is the most common procedure to include in a mommy makeover. Tummy tuck incisions are placed below the bikini line so they are easily hidden. Incisions for abdominoplasty run horizontally just above the pubic bone. The exact length depends on the extent of the procedure.
Liposuction removes stubborn fat. Dr. Harrington will make several small incisions on and around the treatment area(s) before inserting a surgical instrument called a cannula into each incision, removing excess fat cells with suction. For some women, CoolSculpting® may offer a non-surgical alternative to traditional liposuction.
Whether childbirth altered the look or feel of your external vaginal area, or you simply wish to feel more comfortable and confident, labiaplasty may be the procedure for you. Labiaplasty resizes and reshapes the labia for a more symmetrical, proportionate look. Incisions are discreetly placed, and nearly impossible to detect after healing.
Your Mommy Makeover Procedure
Most mommy makeovers are same-day procedures performed at our surgery center. Some women, however, may see the best results from staging their procedures. Mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia.
You should arrive at the surgical facility 1 hour prior to your procedure start time and plan to stay for 1 hour after your surgery is finished. A friend or family member will need to drive you home after you are discharged, and an adult should plan to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your mommy makeover.
Because of the customized nature of each mommy makeover, the exact length of the surgery will vary for each woman. Most women are in surgery for around 3 to 4 hours while getting their mommy makeover. Dr. Harrington can give you a more precise estimate for your procedure length once you have developed a plan for your surgery.
In addition to the procedures listed above, some women choose to include non-surgical treatments such as Cellfina™ cellulite treatment, Kybella™ double chin treatment or BOTOX®. A Brazilian butt lift is an increasingly popular addition to a mommy makeover as well. Dr. Harrington can help you understand each of your options and choose the best approach for your needs.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
The recovery process after a mommy makeover depends on the specific procedures included and how your body responds to surgery. Most women take 2 to 4 weeks away from work and other normal activities as their bodies heal. Dr. Harrington may ask you to wear special post-surgical compression garments that promote blood circulation and minimize healing. She will also advise you on the best scar care.
While you should notice a change in your body immediately after your surgery, your final results will take some time to develop. Most women can see their final results after 6 months to 1 year.
It’s important to discuss any possible risks or complications with Dr. Harrington prior to your mommy makeover. If you experience a sudden increase in pain accompanied by swelling, notify our office immediately.
Mommy makeover surgery allows women to look and feel their best at any stage of life. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today.