Mommy Makeover is a term used to describe a set of procedures that are combined to address changes a woman’s breasts and body undergo after having children. Loose skin, excess fat deposits, and deflated and sagging breasts from previous pregnancies are some of the most common concerns women describe that make them unhappy with their bodies after having children. The goal of a Mommy Makeover is to address these changes to boost a woman’s self-image and restore her confidence in the way she looks and feels.
Women who want to improve their appearance after pregnancy can have their Mommy Makeover in Princeton with Dr. Adam Hamawy. Dr. Hamawy is a plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
About the Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover combines two or more body and breast procedures to beautifully contour and restore a mother’s figure. Most commonly, the procedures chosen are a breast lift and tummy tuck. However, breast augmentation, liposuction, and labiaplasty are other body contouring procedures that are often requested.
Motherhood is one of the most rewarding experiences, but the effects it has on the body isn’t the most desirable. More and more mothers are coming to Princeton Plastic Surgeons when they find out that there is a surgery designed specifically for mothers post-childbirth. Contact us today to learn more and see if you qualify as a candidate for this life-changing procedure.
LENGTH?: 3-5 hours
IN/OUTPATIENT: Outpatient or one night in hospital
RECOVERY: Return to work: 1-2 weeks – Light exercise: 4 weeks – Swelling completely resolve: 4-8 weeks
Below is a list of the most common procedure women can mix and match for their Mommy Makeover.
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases breast size with the use of silicone or saline breast implants. During pregnancy, your breasts naturally increase in size. After childbirth and breastfeeding though, the breasts lose volume; sometimes more than their breast size before pregnancy. Some women want to get back to the bust size they were when they were pregnant and breastfeeding. This can easily be accomplished with breast augmentation surgery.
A breast lift is designed to lift and reshape your breasts by removing excess skin and optimally repositioning tissue. The breasts often lose volume after breastfeeding, leaving the breasts deflated or sagging. By performing a breast lift, the bust can be elevated to a more youthful position with improved contour. A breast lift will not increase the size of your breasts, so women who want larger, lifted breasts often opt to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation.
A tummy tuck consists of removing excess skin from the abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles after having been stretched and separated from pregnancy and childbirth. Dr. Hamawy can perform a mini, full, or extended tummy tuck depending on the extent of the individual case. Tummy tucks are normally paired with liposuction in order to get the best results.
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes excess fat deposits from problem areas on the body, creating a slimmer, more contoured appearance. This procedure is performed after diet and exercise have proven to be unsuccessful. Liposuction can be used on areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, and neck. Normally, liposuction is added to a tummy tuck for optimal contouring.
Although the procedures listed above are the most popular Mommy Makeover options, there are additional options women can consider. The two most common additional options asked for are fat transfer and labiaplasty.
Fat Transfer: A fat transfer procedure involves removing fat from a problem area and transferring it to the part of the body where augmentation or added volume is desired. Liposuction is used to remove fat deposits from the specific areas; the fat is then injected into the area or areas lacking volume or contour. This also can be used as an option when considering a breast augmentation. In this case, the procedure would take the unwanted fat and inject it into the breasts, avoiding the use of implants. The Brazilian Butt Lift is another great example of a type of fat transfer that consists of injecting fat into the buttocks, giving you a more curvaceous appearance.
Labiaplasty: Labiaplasty, or surgical vaginal rejuvenation, is a procedure designed to shorten the length of the labia minora, making sure the tissue does not go past the labia majora. Reducing the size of the labia minora can prevent discomfort, such as the pulling or twisting of skin while performing physical activities like running or biking. Labiaplasties boost confidence in women, helping them to feel more confident and secure with their bodies.
Get the Body You Desire and Deserve
Just because you’ve had a child does not mean you have to settle with the body you don’t want.
Getting the Mommy Makeover will allow you to sculpt your body and feel the way a hard working mom deserves!
Faster Recovery Time
A major benefit to the Mommy Makeover is faster recovery time. Combining multiple procedures in one surgical session cuts the recovery time down drastically, as opposed to surgeries performed at different times requiring multiple recovery periods. Faster recovery means that you can start chasing after your kids again a lot sooner.
If pregnancy and/or childbirth have physically altered your body in one way or another, there is a good chance your confidence and self-image has been negatively affected. The Mommy Makeover boosts self-esteem and puts you back in control of your body. Feel like you can take on the world by giving yourself the body of your dreams.
During your first visit, Dr. Adam Hamawy will examine and measure your breasts and abdomen considering factors such as breast sizes and shape, quality of skin, presence and degree of stretch marks, the amount of underlying fatty tissue, and the contour of your abdomen and body as a whole. Be prepared to discuss medical history such as prior surgeries, allergies, and current medications, vitamins, or other supplements that you currently take. You will be asked whether anyone in your family has had breast cancer and about the results of any mammograms. It is important for you to provide complete information. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least 3 weeks before your surgery. Dr. Hamawy is concerned about your health and safety and, depending on your medical status, may ask for additional evaluations before proceeding with surgery.
You will learn about the procedure, its limitations, and risks, and Dr. Hamawy will discuss your needs and concerns. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on your goals and your current body. Before you decide to have a Mommy Makeover, think carefully about your expectations and make sure you discuss them with Dr. Hamawy.
Before surgery, you will be given medicine to lessen the anxiety and pain. General anesthesia is typically used, so you will be completely asleep. You will meet your anesthesiologist before your procedure and he or she will answer any questions you may have about your anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 3-5 hours. After surgery, you will awake in a recovery area where you will be closely monitored.
Surgery may be performed as an outpatient procedure at our certified ambulatory surgery center or at one of the several affiliated hospitals with an overnight stay. Whether you stay overnight or not be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay to help you the first few days while at home.
Initially, your scars will appear obvious to you. By three weeks, it will turn into a thin red line then slowly fade to a light brown or white line over the next several months. It is usually well hidden in your swimsuit or underwear.
Some discomfort or pain is normal following surgery. When you are discharged, you will be given prescriptions for pain medication. Your breasts and abdomen will feel very tight and you will walk stooped over for the first week, then slowly straighten as your skin stretches. You will wear a binder or compression garment for three weeks, day and night, following your surgery.
Most patients return to work after two or three weeks, however, plan on having limited physical activity and restrictions against exercise for at least six weeks. You may have drains that will require you to measure and record the fluid that your body expresses. These are usually removed in the office after five to seven days.
Your follow-up visits will usually start five to seven days following your surgery for a checkup and/or drain removal if necessary. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Hamawy will review activity limitations, incision care and concerns you may have. Following this visit, you will return in approximately 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and one year.
After your initial consultation, you will be provided a custom quote which will include the customizations of your Mommy Makeover. Financing options are available.