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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery typically involves addressing multiple areas of the body impacted by pregnancy. At NuVista Plastic Surgery center, we specialize in advanced cosmetic procedures tailored to each patient’s needs. Many mothers seek procedures for their breasts and tummy, but our services extend to various other enhancements commonly included in mommy makeovers.

Our experienced team is dedicated to helping mothers regain confidence in their appearance after childbirth. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation, tummy tucks, or other procedures, we offer personalized consultations to discuss your options. With our expertise and commitment to quality care, we strive to achieve the best results for every patient.

If you’re considering enhancing your appearance post-pregnancy, schedule a consultation with our skilled doctors. We’ll work closely with you to understand your goals and create a customized treatment plan to achieve the results you desire.

Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

Just about any woman who is in general good health and is looking to improve the tone and shape of her physique could be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. That said, there are a few additional factors that can determine whether a mommy makeover might be right for you at this stage of life. Your plastic surgeon will probably want to discuss questions like these with you:

  • Are you finished having children?
  • How long has it been since you’ve had your last child?
  • Are you currently breastfeeding?
  • What are your appearance goals?

It is best if you are finished having children and done with breastfeeding. Be prepared to discuss how long has it been since you’ve had your last child and what your cosmetic goals are. This will help your surgeon prepare an individualized procedure to achieve your desired results.

Which procedures should I include?

If you and your plastic surgeon have decided that you’re a good candidate for a mommy makeover, the next step is to start planning which procedures to include. The most common procedures to add to a mommy makeover are a tummy tuckliposuction and breast enhancement. However, your personal goals and preferences (along with your plastic surgeon’s recommendations) will ultimately determine the approach that’s best for you.

When will I see my mommy makeover results?

Most women are able to get a good idea of what their results might look like within about 3 to 4 months after their mommy makeover, but it can take 6 months to a year to see your final outcome.

What can I expect during the first few days of mommy makeover recovery?

The initial days of your mommy makeover recovery will vary depending on the procedures included and your body’s healing process. Immediately after surgery, you may experience grogginess or nausea as the anesthesia wears off, typically lasting a few hours. Pain and discomfort are most pronounced during this time, so it’s important to take prescribed pain medication as directed. Rest is essential to minimize additional discomfort, although you may still experience soreness and tenderness when awake. Additionally, swelling and bruising around treated areas are common. To aid in healing, wearing compression garments as instructed can help reduce swelling, while cold compresses may provide relief from discomfort.

When Can You Return to Work and Normal Activities After a Mommy Makeover?

Your return to work and normal activities following a mommy makeover is greatly dependent on which procedures are included in your procedure.

Typically, we recommend patients take one to two weeks off work to allow time to rest and heal. For patients who have more strenuous jobs, they will require more time off or should request modified duties for a few weeks.

At this time, you can resume most normal activities. However, you will need to continue avoiding strenuous activities, such as demanding workouts, running, or swimming, for at least six weeks.

What is Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Complete mommy makeovers consist of a series of surgical procedures, although breast augmentation is usually the first procedure patients are looking to get. Often with pregnancy and nursing, a woman’s breasts will swell and change shape, which make them look saggy and deflated later in life. In the best-case scenario, a woman may only need a breast augmentation to restore that fullness. Unfortunately, it is common for breasts to not only be deflated, but for the structure of the breasts to collapse, causing the nipple to point downward rather than forward. Mommy makeover surgery can take what patients call “rocks in socks” syndrome and improve it with implants. However, a breast lift is required to correct what is known as a “snoopy” appearance or a “double bubble” where fullness at the top of the breast still leaves breast tissue hanging below the implant.

Other mommy makeover cosmetic surgery our patients choose include brachioplasties, or arm lifts, and body contouring procedures after they lose the baby weight. Among these options, tummy tucks are the second most popular procedure after breast augmentations. The main problems women face in this area are swelling, deflation and loss of structure. After pregnancy there may be excess skin in the midsection that no amount of exercise can correct and many women’s bodies experience abdominal muscle separation to accommodate the growing child during pregnancy. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. J. Dayne Petersen performs mommy makeover surgeries for patients in Salt Lake City that tighten the muscles in the abdomen, remove excess tissue and contour the waist and hips. Some women also elect to do liposuction at the same time as their abdominoplasty.

Our Mommy Makeover Procedures

Mommy makeover cosmetic surgery is designed to address the areas of the body that go through the most changes during pregnancy. In addition to breast augmentations and tummy tucks, one of the procedures that’s gaining popularity is the arm lift. Here, excess skin is taken from the underside of the arms to eliminate that “bat wing” appearance with an incision that runs from the armpit down to the elbow for re-contouring. Although the scar fades over time, the tradeoff is that it’s long and sometimes thick. Those looking for a smaller change may have liposuction of the arms done, but liposuction cannot remove excess skin.

After significant weight loss, patients have excess skin on their whole body that diet and exercise cannot get rid of. One of our mommy makeover procedures is called a belt lipectomy, which is a tummy tuck that extends 360 degrees around the body. This extensive surgery makes a notable difference and relieves patients from carrying around extra weight in skin. Complete mommy makeovers can accomplish this type of excessive skin removal on the arms, thighs, face and neck. Body contouring after significant weight loss is a multistage process and can require patience for optimal results.

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