What is Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover turkey is a combined type of surgery that aims restore body of the mother, which has suffered from changes due to pregnancy and postpartum period, to its prepartum (before pregnancy) condition.
Mommy makeover usually involves breast aesthetic, tummy tuck and liposuction. Types of surgeries performed for these body parts are subject to inter-patient variations.
Female body is associated with enlargement of breast, deposition of fat in abdomen, formation of stretch marks and increased fat accumulation in low back, back and legs secondary to weight gain during and after pregnancy.
Which procedures are required for Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover basically involves tummy tuck, breast aesthetic and liposuction. Stretch marks may occur in abdominal skin secondary to pregnancy.
These marks are also an indication of poor skin quality. Moreover, abdominal muscles may weaken and separate (rectus diastasis) in the pregnancy. When mommy makeover is performed, excess abdominal skin is removed and abdominal muscles are re approximated.
Thus, patient’s abdomen will look firm, fit and athletic. In addition, waist circumference will be reduced with liposuction performed in flanks, back and lower back. As a result, waistline will be narrower and look athletic and charmingly curved.
In mommy makeover surgery, breast region is also operated on. Certain changes occur in breasts as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast gain volume due to hormonal reasons in pregnancy period and they change again when breastfeeding period ends.
Breasts can be larger comparing to their sizes before pregnancy, they may lose volume and appear smaller and sagging might be occur or they may return to their shapes and volumes before pregnancy.
If breasts remain larger than their normal sizes at the end of pregnancy, breast reduction surgery is performed. If volume of breasts decrease, breast augmentation surgery can be performed with breast implant and if both volume loss and sagging occur, breast lift and prosthesis surgery can be performed.
Who are good candidates for Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery can be performed 1 year after delivery at the earliest. Completion of breastfeeding period is crucial especially for breast surgeries. The most suitable time for breast surgeries is 1 year after completion of breastfeeding.
If breast surgery is performed in an earlier period, the volume of breast cannot be exactly evaluated as the mammary ducts in the breast are active and breast tissue becomes vulnerable to infections.
In short, the body should return to normal in terms of hormonal balance, breast milk production in the breasts should have stopped 1 year ago and the mothers who are candidates for surgery should have almost returned to their normal bodyweights for mommy makeover surgery.
Which procedures are performed for mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover basically involves three procedures, including tummy tuck, breast aesthetic and liposuction. Combining abdominoplasty, also called tummy tuck, with liposuction for flanks, back and low back will ensure the slim waist the patients desire.
Liposuction or extra surgical procedures can be performed for arms and legs in mommy makeover.
However, I recommend postponing the procedures that intend arms and legs to second session in order not to prolong the surgery and not to enlarge the surgical site too much. Moreover, breast surgeries are inevitable part of the mommy makeover.
Here, options include breast reduction, breast lift and breast augmentation or combination of breast lift and augmentation depending on patient’s needs. If breasts are too large as a result of pregnancy, breast reduction can be performed. If volume of breasts is almost normal, but breasts are sagging, breast lift is preferred.
If volume of breast has decreased following lactation, breast prosthesis can be used or if loss of breast volume is accompanied with sagging in breasts, breast lift can be combined with augmentation.
What should be done before mommy makeover?
Patients should have lost a part of weight gain after the surgery and have restored usual body weight to maximum extent before mommy makeover.
It should always be keeping mind that mommy makeover is a body recontouring procedure rather than a slimming surgery. Mothers should have stop lactation (breastfeeding) at least one year prior to undergo the mommy makeover especially if a breast surgery is involved.
Thus, swelling and volume increase arising out of both breastfeeding and hormonal factors will be normalized and milk ducts will close, resulting with lower risk of postoperative infection. Moreover, patients should have restored prepartum (before pregnancy) hormonal homeostasis before the surgery.
Smoker patients should quit smoking 4 weeks before the surgery and they should also avoid smoking for at least 4 weeks after the surgery. Moreover, people with co-existing disease should be consulted with relevant department to clarify whether they can undergo the surgery or not.
Since it is a combined surgery, blood counts should be slightly above physiological ranges. Otherwise, two surgical procedures can be planned, provided there is at least 6-month interval between two procedures.
How is Mommy Makeover performed?
Mommy makeover is a surgery that takes approximately 5 to 6 hours and can be performed under general anesthesia. Routine preoperative workups are performed and the patients are assessed by anesthesiologist.
Related consent forms are obtained from all patients before the surgeries and patients’ photographs are taken from the right angles.
In my own practice, I prefer to take photographs one day before the surgery. In the morning on the day of surgery, surgery is planned and drawings are made for the regions to be operated.
Although the course varies from patient to patient, mommy makeover procedure starts with liposuction. After fat removal is performed with liposuction procedure, abdominoplasty is carried out.
Finally, breast surgery is performed. Drains are placed in regions where liposuction is performed, breast regions and abdominoplasty sites during the surgery.
The aim of placing these drains is to drain the blood and fluids that can accumulate in surgery site and help elimination of edema.
Wound dressing is performed and patients are worn corsets at the end of the surgery. After the patient completely recovers from anesthesia, the patient is transferred to the inpatient clinic.
How is the postoperative period after mommy makeover?
When the surgery is completed, the patient is transferred to the patient’s room and the patient is asked to eat approximately 5 hours later. After the patient eats, patient is first placed in sitting position in the bed.
When the blood pressure level returns to normal, patient is slowly mobilized. Since mommy makeover procedure is a combined surgery performed under general anesthesia, patients are recommended to stay at the hospital for at least 2 nights.
Blood counts and blood pressure levels are monitoring throughout the hospitalization period. Painkillers are administered so that the patient can move without pain after the surgery. The patients are checked at 2 day intervals after they leave the hospital. Drains placed in breasts are removed approximately 1 to 2 days later.
Drains in liposuction and abdominoplasty areas are removed 5 to 6 days after the surgery on average. Sterile tapes are attached on surgery sites. Patients can take shower 2 days after all drains are removed.
What should patients take care of after mommy makeover?
Patients should be physically active to maximum extent after mommy makeover procedures. The longer patients walk without tiring themselves, the faster postoperative recovery is. Lower consumption of sugar and salt after the surgery will ensure quicker regression of edema.
Since patients are undergone abdominoplasty, they should not carry or lift heavy objects for 6 weeks. Patients, who undergo breast surgery, are recommended not to raise their arms too much for 6 weeks.
Why is corset used after mommy makeover?
It is necessary to use corset for body parts corrected with abdominoplasty and liposuction after mommy makeover.
Here, the aim is to put pressure on skin at surgical site, prevent collection of fluid and blood in operated body parts and to help skin areas, where fat tissue is removed, adapt more easily and quickly. Corsets should be worn for at least 6 weeks after mommy makeover.
Moreover, breast tape and sports bra are recommended to be used again for 6 weeks for patients, who are undergone breast surgery. Here, the aim is to reposition the breast to its normal location and create a natural look using weight of breasts.
Is wound dressing needed after mommy makeover?
Incision lines are covered with special tapes, called sterile strip, after mommy makeover. These tapes are left on the incision lines for 3 weeks, but patients can take bath even if they are not removed. These tapes are removed 3 weeks after the surgery. In other words, no extra wound dressing is required in patients who do not have wound healing problem.
Are the scars after mommy makeover permanent?
As it is the case for all surgical procedures, scars after mommy makeover procedure are permanent; however, it is possible to fade these scars and make them invisible. Our patients start to use silicone gel or silicone drapes to fade these scars 3 weeks after the surgery.
It is recommended that silicone gel or covers are used for at least 3 months. The scars look so much better 1 year after the surgery. I recommend our patients to get a skin colored tattoo on the scars, which is called powdering technique, one year after the surgery if they do not want to have scars at all.
When can I start doing exercises after mommy makeover?
Patients can start doing cardio exercises such as jogging 4 weeks after mommy makeover procedure. Patients who do exercises or go to gym regularly can return to their normal work-out routines 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery.
Is lymphatic massage recommended after mommy makeover?
Lymphatic massage is crucial especially for the liposuction sites. Patients can have smoother and curvier waist with lymphatic massage applied especially on abdominal and lumbar regions.
I recommend that lymphatic massage is started immediately after the surgery and applied for at least 10 sessions.
How about postoperative recovery period?
Patients should start walking immediately after mommy makeover. Although mobilization will be difficult for several days due to drains, it is so crucial to walk in this period.
Drains are removed 5 to 6 days after the surgery on average and patients can move more easily thereafter. Bending the body slightly forward while walking will alleviate strain in abdomen in first 1 week especially after abdominoplasty. Patients can walk easily in upright position thereafter.
Patients can return to usual daily life 2 weeks after mommy makeover. Patients are recommended to avoid lifting heavy objects and raising their arms too much for approximately 6 weeks after the surgery.
Is it possible to get pregnant again after mommy makeover?
This question is commonly asked also for abdominoplasty procedures. Yes. Patients may conceive again after mommy makeover or abdominoplasty. If a person falls a pregnant following mommy makeover, the pregnancy will provoke new changes and therefore, revision surgeries can be required.
Accordingly, I recommend my patients to undergo these surgeries when they decide not to conceive anymore. Thus, the beautiful shape of their body, which is created in this surgery, can be maintained for a longer time.
Mommy Makeover prices 2022
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