The mommy makeover is quickly becoming the most popular combination of cosmetic surgery techniques. Designed to help women return to their pre-pregnancy figure, mommy makeovers typically focus on the abdomen and breasts. Pregnancy and breastfeeding most often alter these areas, causing breasts to change shape and size, stretching the abdominal muscles and causing stretch marks in these areas as the growing baby quickly changes a women’s figure.
While you may assume breast augmentation with a mommy makeover is required, the truth is, your mommy makeover can be whatever you want it to be. So, what exactly is a mommy makeover and what is included in a mommy makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a Unique Procedure
A mommy makeover is a combination of different contouring procedures performed as one procedure. The purpose of a mommy makeover is to address the physical changes you experienced during your pregnancy, allowing you to get back your pre-pregnancy curves. For example, you may have watched your breasts grow during your pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, once you stopped breastfeeding, you saw a significant decrease in breast volume and now experience some sagging. In this case, you might want to consider breast augmentation to increase volume or you may simply want a breast lift to restore the perky appearance and eliminate the sagging.
Traditional Mommy Makeovers Target the Breasts and Abdomen
Because pregnancy affects the breasts and abdomen, these are the areas most commonly addressed during a mommy makeover. Women choose breast augmentations to restore lost shape and volume to breasts. In addition, they may choose a breast lift to address sagging breasts. You can choose to add a breast lift alone or in addition to the breast augmentation. For women who experienced a permanent increase in breast size after pregnancy, a breast reduction may be what you are looking for.
For your abdomen, the goal is typically to strengthen and tighten the waistline, remove stubborn fat and address excessive stretch marks. In most cases, a tummy tuck is the main surgical procedure included in a mommy makeover. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat, including stretch marks below the belly button, and tighten abdominal muscles. In some cases, your surgeon may suggest adding liposuction with your tummy tuck in order to achieve optimal results.
Most mommy makeovers target the breasts and abdomen however, you are not limited to just those areas.
What Else Can You Include in a Mommy Makeover?
While breast and abdominal procedures dominate most mommy makeovers, you are not limited to just these procedures. Because mommy makeovers cater to your individual needs, you may choose to focus on other areas of your body that you would like to improve. Other popular mommy makeover procedures include:
- Labiaplasty – Oftentimes, childbirth can substantially stretch that labia minora, causing it to protrude beyond the outer labia majora. For many women, this can reduce self-confidence and cause discomfort. Labiaplasty removes excess skin from the labia minora.
- Thigh Lift – A thigh lift helps create smoother and more proportional contours of the upper thigh, giving a firmer and more youthful appearance.
- Arm Lift – This procedure targets sagging or droopy underarm skin.
- Brazilian Butt Lift – If you have developed a flat butt and would like to add some curves, a Brazilian butt lift can do just that. This procedure injects fat cells removed through liposuction into areas of the buttocks to enhance your size and shape. This is a perfect addition to a mommy makeover, especially if you are already including liposuction.
Your mommy makeover is what you make of it. Together, with your surgeon, you will create a combination of procedures that address your personal concerns and allow you to achieve the results you want.
At Hamilton Surgical Arts, our cosmetic surgeons have over 40 years of combined experience to help you find the treatment option that’s right for you. Both Dr. Lowery and Dr. Jackson are recognized leaders in the cosmetic surgery field, providing the highest quality care in the Indianapolis area.