‘Mommy makeover’ is a descriptive term that applies to any combination of surgical and cosmetic procedures designed to restore your pre-pregnancy appearance. Choosing to undergo this surgery is a highly personal decision and one that should be postponed until no further pregnancies are planned. While a “mommy makeover” is commonly considered a set procedures for Moms, any woman, mother or not, may benefit from the improvements in appearance that result from combining these techniques.
Women who elect to have Mommy makeovers typically wish to address these conditions:
- Pregnancy has negatively affected the size and shape of their breasts
- Sagging tummy and stretch marks are causing distress
- Pockets of fat on the waist, abdomen, back, arms or thighs do not improve with diet and exercise
Most women focus on restoring or improving their breasts and abdomen. A typical makeover might include a tummy tuck, a breast procedure, lower body lift and liposuction of the legs, arms or trunk. The term “mommy makeover” may be new, but the procedures involved have a long, successful, and safe track record.
The best way to prepare is to understand why you are having the operation, what exactly will be performed, and what your results are likely to be. If you have medical issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes, these should be well controlled prior to surgery. The next step is to meet with Dr. Sabry, and decide on which procedures you want to undergo. He will do a complete medical history and physical exam, to determine whether you are a candidate for these procedures, or for a less invasive procedure which would still allow you to meet your appearance goals. He will examine your abdomen, breasts and lower body. He will take measurements, photographs and record your weight. He will discuss healthy weight and lifestyle and may instruct you to be at your ideal weight and exercising regularly for a period of time before surgery. He will discuss the possible risks and complications, as well as realistic expectations. Once you both have a clear understanding of the risks and potential outcome, Dr. Sabry will devise a specific procedure plan that addresses your priorities, is right for you, and that you both agree on. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to quit smoking for 6-8 weeks prior to your procedure.
As you approach the date of your surgery you will have a comprehensive preoperative visit in our office approximately two weeks before your surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” will be reviewed as well as the pre and postoperative instructions and any questions that remain will be answered. You will be directed to avoid anything that has a blood-thinning effect (aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E etc.) for two weeks before surgery. You will be asked to minimize alcohol intake. Basic blood work for preoperative testing will be ordered.
Mommy Makeover procedures may include all, or a combination of the following:
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Breast lift or reduction
- Breast Augmentation
- Lower body lift
Dr. Sabry will help you determine which of these options are suitable for you. In most cases all of the procedures will be scheduled for the same day, in some cases, the best and safest approach is to stage procedures at intervals. It is very important that you and Dr. Sabry both create and agree to a procedure plan to address your priorities, and to give you the best and safest surgical advantages.
Most patients feel tired and sore after surgery, but this is easily managed with medication. Swelling usually begins to subside within two weeks, at which time you will notice your firmer, smoother new contours. Scars often appear prominently during the first few months after surgery, but these begin to lighten and flatten gradually. They will never disappear entirely, so Dr. Sabry locates incisions where they can be covered easily by clothing. Compression garments and scar reduction products will be recommended. You will receive more detailed recovery information once you and Dr. Sabry have determined the specific procedures you are electing to do. During your recovery process Dr. Sabry will see you for post-operative visits. He and our staff will answer any questions you may have about your recovery, as well as your overall health and well-being.
All surgical procedures carry some risk. The risks and benefits of body contouring surgery vary with each procedure. Possible side effects or complications include: Swelling at the incision site(s), fluid accumulation in the legs, blood clots, changes in the sensation of the skin such as numbness and pain, poor wound healing, abnormal scarring.