Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on your body. No matter how hard you try to return to your pre-pregnancy weight and physique, it is a definite challenge. This is where a Mommy Makeover comes in. A Mommy Makeover is performed to improve areas of the body that may have suffered from one or more pregnancies.
Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers the Mommy Makeover for women in Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and the surrounding areas.
What Is Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover consists of two or more surgical procedures that improve the look and tone of a woman’s body. This surgery can be performed to eliminate excess skin and fat, restore natural curves, and repair stretched or torn abdominal muscles.
Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover can benefit nearly any woman who is unhappy with her post-pregnancy physique.
Candidates for this procedure do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results. As this is not a weight-loss procedure, women should be near to their goal weight and able to maintain that weight. New mothers considering this procedure should finish breastfeeding before choosing to undergo a Mommy Makeover.
The best way of knowing if a Mommy Makeover is the right choice for you is to consult a knowledgeable plastic surgeon for more information.
How Is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
Your Mommy Makeover will be tailored to fit your needs and desires. Therefore, there is no set way to perform a Mommy Makeover.
During your consultation with Dr. Brothers, you will discuss all of your surgical possibilities. While you are not required to undergo all the procedures, many women choose to include:
- Breast augmentation, to restore breast volume that may have been lost with after pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Breast lift surgery, to raise sagging breasts after breastfeeding
- Tummy tuck surgery, to eliminate excess abdominal skin and repair loose or separated abdominal muscles
- Liposuction, to remove localized pockets of fat on the body, including on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and back
- Labiaplasty, to tighten and improve the appearance of the inner and outer labia
Dr. Brothers will discuss the benefits of each and develop a custom package of procedures to best meet your needs.
What Is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
Your Mommy Makeover recovery will depend on the combination of procedures that you undergo but can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
You can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the days following your procedure. Prescribed pain medication can help to alleviate any discomfort, and compression garments will help to reduce swelling by promoting blood circulation.
You will need the assistance of a friend or family member during the initial days of your recovery to help with all day-to-day chores, such as cooking, cleaning, and childcare.
Most women return to work within one to two weeks, but strenuous exercise, including heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least four to six weeks, or until Dr. Brothers clears you.
How Much Does Mommy Makeover Cost in Atlanta?
Much like your recovery, the total cost of your Mommy Makeover is also dependent on the combination of procedures that you undergo. Dr. Brothers will be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimated during your consultation, once your surgical plan has been established.
This estimate will include all applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as charges for medical supplies and follow-up care. The Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers financing options through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit and accepts cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Mommy Makeover FAQS
How should I choose my Mommy Makeover plastic surgeon?
As with any other professional you choose to work with, you should know as much as you possibly can about your plastic surgeon before requesting their services. The consultation process allows you to meet with your plastic surgeon and ask them the questions that you need to know to feel comfortable with selecting them.
What type of anesthesia is used for a Mommy Makeover?
Your Mommy Makeover will be performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Brothers will discuss this with you further when you meet with him for your in-person consultation.
Will I have scars after my Mommy Makeover procedure?
You will have some scars at the incision sites, but they will become less noticeable as they fade. Dr. Brothers determines the best placement for incisions so that clothing hides them.
When will I see my Mommy Makeover results?
Results start to be visible immediately, but the full effects of a Mommy Makeover will not be apparent until you have fully healed, which could be a few months or longer.
What are the risks associated with a Mommy Makeover?
There is a degree of risk that comes with a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Brothers will discuss it with you at the time of your consultation.
Some common risks include:
- Negative reactions to the anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Implant complications (for breast augmentation patients)