Pregnancy and motherhood change our bodies, affecting the appearance of the breasts, belly, hips and our overall figure. In many cases, mothers who have completed their final pregnancy wish to restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy form and regain their overall body-confidence.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee and ArtfulSurgery are pleased to offer the mommy makeover, a customized, comprehensive set of procedures designed with mothers in mind. Mommy makeovers were conceived to address the concerns unique to mothers and safely achieve beautiful results best for their bodies.
- 1 What is a Mommy Makeover?
- 2 Dr. Lee’s Approach to Mommy Makeovers
- 3 Mommy Makeover Procedures
- 4 Before & After Photos
- 5 Benefits
- 6 Who is a Candidate?
- 7 Ideal Candidates for a Mommy Makeover May Be Experiencing:
- 8 Alternative to a Mommy Makeover
- 9 Consultation
- 10 After Your Consultation
- 11 Preparation
- 12 Procedure
- 13 Mommy Makeover Recovery
- 14 Mommy Makeover Results
- 15 FAQs
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover combines different procedures in one comprehensive surgery to restore your old self.
As a result of the physical transformations that happen during pregnacy, the appearance of your breasts, belly, and hips may have permanently changed. In many mommy makeovers, a tummy tuck is combined with a breast rejuvenating procedure such as breast augmentation, breast reduction or a breast lift. For unwanted deposits of fat that often appear during pregnancy, liposuction may also be added to further shape the hips, thighs or waist. Pregnancy and nursing affect each of us differently so every mother may have different components in a mommy makeover procedure.
Dr. Lee’s Approach to Mommy Makeovers
At ArtfulSurgery, we value our patients and strive to provide them with the utmost care. We understand that pregnancy, breastfeeding, and raising children take a lot out of a mother emotionally and physically. Let us take care of you and help you look and feel your best!
Dr. Elizabeth Lee does most of her mommy makeover surgeries as a “come and go” procedure. She will work with precision and diligence to improve the natural curves of your body in your own customized mommy makeover. Dr. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to improving your body.
You and she will work together to target your concerns and transform your appearance.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
The mommy makeover is actually a combination of different surgical procedures mixed and matched to best address the unique goals of each patient. Breast surgery, abdominoplasty, and liposuction are all done in sequence, depending on your individual needs and Dr. Lee’s treatment plan. Mommy makeovers vary with each patient’s body shape and desires.
Breast augmentation uses breast implants to fill out the breasts and increase their size. Breast augmentation can be done with silicone or saline-filled implants through incisions around the nipple, under the breast, or in the armpit. At times, breast augmentation can be combined with a breast lift to create your ideal young, perky profile. Breast lifts involve moving breast tissue to a higher position and removing extra skin. Breast rejuvenation surgery does not always refer to increasing the size of the breasts. Some women who have enlarged breasts, or breast ptosis, wish to reduce the size of their chest. During a breast reduction, the volume is decreased, the breast skin is tightened, and the nipple is moved up to a more youthful position on the breast.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes extra skin, reshapes the belly button and tightens up stretched abdominal wall muscles. A tummy tuck procedure may require a full abdominoplasty, or only a mini, depending on how much extra skin and how much muscle separation you have.
Further sculpting of the body can be accomplished with liposuction. Liposuction is generally performed with the tumescent technique. In surgery, tumescent fluid is first administered to the treatment area. This fluid contains anesthesia and a little epinephrine to make the surgery easier. The tumescent solution helps minimize bleeding and bruising and aids Dr. Lee in creating a better contouring of the area treated. Ultrasound or laser-assisted liposuction can also be done under some circumstances.
A picture is worth a thousand words. See the photo gallery for examples of what some of Dr. Lee’s other patients have achieved with mommy makeover surgery.
Before & After Photos
The main benefit of a mommy makeover is that you can restore your body to its younger, natural, pre-pregnancy self. Receiving a mommy makeover can provide many enhancements such as:
- Rejuvenated, fuller breasts.
- A tightened, flatter stomach.
- The removal of stretched, excess sagging skin.
- A sculpted, leaner figure.
At ArtfulSurgery, our goal is to help you feel as confident and attractive as you deserve. Trust us to provide you with transformational results that will leave you feeling beautiful!
Who is a Candidate?
A mommy makeover will help you regain your pre-baby body and leave you feeling wonderful!
The perfect candidates for a mommy makeover are women who are unsatisfied with the changes their bodies have gone through due to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. The results may be excess, droopy skin around the midsection as well as saggy breasts with stretched areolas. A mommy makeover will rejuvenate your appearance by slimming down the abdomen, hips, thighs, and returning the breasts to a fuller, perkier position.
With aging, pregnancy, smoking, weight gain and even extreme weight loss, the appearance of the breasts may become sagged or stretched. This is called breast ptosis. Breast ptosis can affect women at any age but may become worse over time.
Breast ptosis is an extremely common condition that can be determined by evaluating the position of the nipple relative to the infra-mammary fold (the fold on the underside of the breast which meets the chest wall). Those with breast ptosis typically have nipples that droop downward or sag below the infra-mammary fold.
Breast appearance can really only be improved surgically. Although there are many products out there claiming to tighten saggy breasts or increase breast volume with the application of a suction apparatus, none have been proven to provide long-lasting results.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee is a highly regarded and experienced surgeon who approaches surgery from a woman’s point-of-view. With an intimate understanding as a mother herself, Dr. Lee strives to help you regain your natural curves and enhance the proportions of your body.
Ideal Candidates for a Mommy Makeover May Be Experiencing:
- Breast ptosis.
- Skin laxity or stretched skin around the breast, abdomen, thighs and arms.
- Exercise-resistant fat deposits.
- Unwanted changes in fat distribution.
Alternative to a Mommy Makeover
During your mommy makeover consultation, Dr. Lee may determine that your goals will be best achieved with alternative treatments. Dr. Lee’s priority is providing her patients with the best results possible that are appropriate for their bodies and goals.
CoolSculpting – Non-surgical fat reduction
In some cases, liposuction alone can improve belly contour. However, now there is CoolSculpting®, a revolutionary new body contouring option. While liposuction is an excellent, minimally-invasive way to eliminate fat, qualifying women can fight their belly fat with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting’s non-surgical technology eliminates fat with targeted cool temperatures. Done in the office, CoolSculpting works more slowly than liposuction, but is effective in permanently smoothing stubborn bulges and problem areas. Results will be long-term!
Both CoolSculpting and Liposuction are easy to combine with the breast and belly procedures of a mommy makeover.
Stretched skin and abdominal muscles are a common concern after pregnancy. However, neither liposuction nor CoolSculpting will tighten stretched out muscles or skin. Often, the best way to diminish the appearance of stretched out skin is to remove the excess with a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is also effective for repairing stretched abdominal muscles.
When you come to meet with Dr. Lee in your private consultation, she will work with you to get a good understanding of your goals for your figure. Dr. Lee provides discreet, empathetic care and encourages communication to provide you with the right treatment that is appropriate for your body.
Each option will be explained in detail and Dr. Lee will walk you through what to expect of your experience.
You will learn about the variety of procedures that can be combined and customized to achieve your ideal mommy makeover outcomes. The examination helps determine how much skin should be removed from the belly and or breasts, how much abdominal wall muscle tightening is needed, and what is required to shape your breasts.
Each procedure has different benefits. These will be explained in a way that helps you understand why Dr. Lee may recommend one procedure over another. Dr. Lee aims to provide you with the right information and peace of mind so you make the choice that is best for you.
A comfortable recovery and great results all depend on appropriate preparation.
During your consultation, Dr. Lee will make recommendations on the amount of time to take off work, whether or not you should arrange assistance at home, and when to resume exercise. The type of work you do, what your typical day is like, and what procedures you will have in your mommy makeover will all guide your recovery plan.
At the end of your consultation, you will be provided with information regarding the procedures discussed.
Our goal is for you to complete your visit with an understanding of your options and what will be required of you.
After Your Consultation
We hope that your consultation generates more questions and a lot of excitement and anticipation. We are here to help you sail through the mommy makeover process. Call us with any questions. Some can be answered over the phone, but at other times, meeting again with Dr. Lee in person is the best way to move forward. When you are ready to proceed, a call to the office will get you on Dr. Lee’s operating schedule.
At least one more preoperative visit will be scheduled one to two weeks before the surgery. At this appointment, Dr. Lee will review the surgical plan, provide you with written information to get you set for recovery, and write your prescriptions so your medications will be ready. This will be a great time for her to answer any remaining questions.
Prior to your procedure, you will follow Dr. Lee’s instructions on how to best prepare for the surgery and recovery. Following these instructions will help ensure you have a positive experience and help you mentally prepare for your procedure.
A quiet, comfy area will be crucial to a restful recovery.
You will need to pick up medications prior to the surgery date. It is also important to arrange for friends or family members to drive you to and from the appointment and stay with you during the first twenty-four hours of your recovery.
Once you and Dr. Lee have designed a treatment plan for your mommy makeover, the office will schedule you at a fully accredited surgical facility. With outpatient surgery, you will come in for your procedure in the morning and go home to sleep in your own bed.
When you arrive at your appointment, you will be greeted by the surgical team and your predetermined surgical areas will be cleaned and prepped. Based on what you and Dr. Lee discussed, anesthesia will be administered alongside a sedative. Once these have taken effect and you are asleep, Dr. Lee will begin the first step of your mommy makeover. Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Lee will close incisions and apply bandages. Surgery times will vary and Dr. Lee will provide an estimate of each procedure time before your appointment.
Your first postoperative visit to the office will come the day after surgery. All of your new questions will be answered, and Dr. Lee will ensure that all is going well with your recovery.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Rest is an absolute requirement.
You will need assistance for the first few days, and help around the house for about two weeks. For those with a desk job who included an abdominoplasty as part of their mommy makeover, plan for at least two weeks off. If only liposuction or breast surgery is performed, a week off may be enough. During your time off, you must focus on your own care; sleep as soon as you are tired, eat as soon as you are hungry. Your recovery will be smoother with good self-care.
Each patient heals differently. You will see Dr. Lee frequently after surgery to make sure that you are recovering as well as possible. She will help guide your return to heavy lifting, exercising and other activities as you progress, to get you back to your usual routine safely and as quickly as possible.
Mommy Makeover Results
Your results will be immediately visible. The results of your breast rejuvenation and tummy tuck will be more apparent compared to those of liposuction or CoolSculpting.
These results will only get better as you heal. Say goodbye to your loose, sagging skin, and hello to firm, tight body contours! Your mommy makeover will achieve your goals and restore your breasts, stomach, thighs, or any other parts of your body to a smooth, youthful shape. To maintain your many improvements it will be important to sustain healthy habits. Keep an active lifestyle, eat smart and your results should last for years!
What procedures are in a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover often includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation surgery.
What is the recovery time for a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is broken into different procedures and thus may involve different recovery times. Breast augmentation often has a recovery period of about eight weeks whereas a tummy tuck has a recovery period of about six weeks. Liposuction recovery periods will vary based on the extent of fat removed and the number of treated areas.
Recovery times will fluctuate based on which treatments are involved. Each procedure will also have to be spaced out to make sure your body is completely healed before the next step in the process can be performed. The entire mommy makeover procedure will require a few months for a full recovery.
When should you get a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover should be performed after you have decided to have no more children and are done breastfeeding. Undergoing a mommy makeover and then having a child may undo much of the improvements achieved. Considering this, it is best to have this procedure after you are sure that you do not want any more children.