What is a Mommy Makeover?
Childbearing is considered one of life’s most precious experiences, yet it can cause tremendous changes to a woman’s body and thus her self-image. The physiological journey of pregnancy can leave many mothers with breast volume fluctuations, a protruding abdominal pouch, and unrelenting body fat. The Mommy Makeover is a specialized approach to comprehensively enhance the body by restoring the breasts, flattening the abdomen, and removing unwanted body fat. Dr. Mendieta uses his extensive knowledge and artistic ability to help mothers enjoy long-lasting results and steadfast confidence.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to elegantly rejuvenate the areas most affected by one or more pregnancies. The benefits of a Mommy Makeover include world-class enhancement of the breasts and stomach while reducing body fat from areas resistant to diet or exercise.
Other benefits of a Mommy Makeover include:
- Restored confidence in one’s self-image and femininity
- The ability to wear a broader range of adorning clothing styles
- Sensual body curves and harmonious proportions
Am I the Right Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Women who consider the Mommy Makeover often suffer from stretched skin and stubborn areas of fat that will not disappear despite diet and exercise. Candidates for a Mommy Makeover should be non-smokers who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the procedure.
You may also be a candidate for a Mommy Makeover if you experience:
- Breast volume affected by breastfeeding (deflation or sagging)
- Stretch marks and excess skin
- Trauma to the abdominal muscles (separation or looseness)
- Unshakable fat deposits
Dr. Mendieta has been featured on numerous domestic and international television programs and publications, as well as a frequent lecturer in various professional society meetings.
What Is Discussed During My Mommy Makeover Consultation?
Dr. Mendieta thoroughly collaborates with you to find the ideal aesthetic goals based on your medical history, body type, and problem areas. Dr. Mendieta’s hands-on approach to all aspects of procedure protocol ensures that your Mommy Makeover is uniquely designed to meet your concerns with long-lasting solutions. Mommy Makeover consultations may also include:
- Discussion of your current medications, supplements, alcohol, and drug use
- Review of previous surgeries, general health status, and pre-existing conditions
- Examination of your breasts, abdomen, genitalia, and/or buttocks
- Photographs and measurements for size, shape, and skin quality
What Does My Mommy Makeover Include?
A Mommy Makeover typically includes breast enhancement, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Because a Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures, patients can expect to have each technique resolve specific issues. Here is how each Mommy Makeover option works towards revitalizing your body’s grace and sculpting the most gorgeous you:
Breast Enhancement: A breast lift and breast augmentation are often combined to combat issues that occur in the breast post-pregnancy. A breast lift involves contouring the breast tissue to create an elevated, youthful appearance, while a breast augmentation renews and repositions the breasts to reverse any loss in volume and promote an alluring.
Tummy Tuck: Tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) repairs weakened or damaged musculature of the abdominal wall for a slimmer, smoother, and flatter stomach. This is an essential addition to the Mommy Makeover, as the tummy tuck is also specially designed to eliminate excess skin, fat, and stretch marks found in the lower abdomen.
Liposuction: Liposuction can eliminate fat that accumulates around the abdomen and waistline, making this a perfect fit for women who experienced a change in their shape during pregnancy. Liposuction has immense versatility, being applicable to the bra line, hips and flanks, abdomen, thighs, arms, and any other area of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
How Should I Prepare for My Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Mendieta will provide you with the necessary information to make sure you are prepared on the day of your surgery. In order to reduce risk, it is imperative you follow his instructions so that your surgery and recovery process run smoothly.
Before your Mommy Makeover, you should:
- Consider whether you want more kids. It is ideal to wait until you’ve had all your children.
- Quit smoking for six to eight weeks, as this can complicate the recovery process.
- Stop eating and drinking for the amount of time instructed before your surgery.
- Set up a postoperative chauffeur to drive you safely home.
- Fill prescriptions for the proper pain medication to alleviate stress postoperatively.
- Prepare a rest and recovery space at home.
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What Is Recovery Like After Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover patients can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure. It is crucial you fill prescriptions for pain medication prior to your scheduled surgery for optimal comfort. To facilitate the best recovery, Mommy Makeover patients must focus solely on resting and ask friends or family to care for children and handle household chores during the initial phase of recovery.
When Will I See My Mommy Makeover Results?
It can take between three and six months to see the final results of the procedure. The results of a Mommy Makeover are considered to be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not plan to have future pregnancies. Significant shifts in weight gain or loss, as well as pregnancy, can compromise the endurance of your results.
Is Mommy Makeover Painful?
General anesthesia is administered to ensure you do not feel any pain during the procedure. Pain tolerance is experienced differently with each patient. Any postoperative discomfort can be alleviated with prescription pain medication.
What Complications Are Associated With Mommy Makeover?
The best way to completely avoid complications with your Mommy Makeover is by carefully selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mendieta. With a well trained and experienced surgeon and a healthy patient, complications are rare. However, all surgeries carry risks, no matter how safe both the patient and surgeon are. Some risks may include infection, bleeding, problems with wound healing, and fluid collection under the skin. All your concerns should be properly addressed during the consultation.
What type of anesthesia will be used during my Mommy Makeover?
There are two types of anesthesia commonly used in plastic surgery, local and general. While the type used will primarily depend on the specific procedures that will be performed, the Mommy Makeover will nearly always rely on the use of general anesthesia delivered by a certified anesthesiologist.
Why do I need to stop smoking before my Mommy Makeover?
Smoking cessation for at least six to eight weeks before your Mommy Makeover will significantly help during your recovery period and reduce complication risk during the surgery and afterward. Smoking (and all forms of tobacco) prevents healing because it does not allow the body to transport oxygen to the treatment areas as easily. Also, smoking increases inflammation and your risk of infection.
What if I don’t need all of the procedures mentioned above?
The Mommy Makeover is a customizable procedure, and the procedures performed will be chosen based on your needs. While some women choose to get a breast lift as a part of their Mommy Makeover, not every woman also wants breast implants to increase the size of their bust. Dr. Mendieta will discuss your goals and expectations during the consultation and develop a surgical plan specific to you.
Will liposuction tighten skin?
Liposuction is a standard part of the Mommy Makeover. While this treatment can remove stubborn fat pockets across the body, it cannot tighten or remove excess skin. This is why additional cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, are often combined.
Why should I wait for my Mommy Makeover until after I am done having children?
Body changes from pregnancy and childbirth are the main reasons women choose to undergo a Mommy Makeover since this surgery is designed to help women return their bodies to a pre-pregnancy state. An additional pregnancy after a Mommy Makeover will likely result in the same complications and body changes as their first pregnancy. Therefore, many women who have an additional pregnancy desire repeated or touch-up procedures.
Mommy Makeover surgery will not physically affect an additional pregnancy in any way.
How soon after my pregnancy can I undergo a Mommy Makeover?
While many women choose this surgery years after having their last child, others desire this procedure much sooner. Women should wait at least six months to one year after having their child before considering a Mommy Makeover. This will give them adequate time to heal from their delivery. Also, women should be done breastfeeding.
Will there be scars after my Mommy Makeover?
All forms of surgery, even cosmetic surgery, leave some scarring, and the Mommy Makeover is no exception. Dr. Mendieta will “hide” your scars in discreet areas of your body, so they are not visible to anybody. This means you will be able to wear the clothing or swimsuit of your dreams without having to feel self-conscious about visible scars. Additionally, sutures for cosmetic surgery are specially designed for minimal scarring, and they may even disappear over time.
How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?
Several factors, including the extent of correction, surgical technique, facility, anesthesia, and geographical location, will determine the cost of your Mommy Makeover. Consultations with Dr. Mendieta will accurately address your individual cost estimate.
What is the difference between a Miami Makeover and a Mommy Makeover?
The Miami Makeover is a variation of the Mommy Makeover tailored to enhance your silhouette with an all-natural Brazillian Butt Lift. The Miami Makeover is perfect for those wanting to address the lack of shapeliness in their backside after pregnancy.
Will my Mommy Makeover be permanent?
Cosmetic surgery can not stop your body from aging; however, the results from your Mommy Makeover are virtually permanent. An active and healthy lifestyle will maintain your results, and patients should understand that massive weight gain or pregnancy after the procedure will significantly alter or reverse the results of a Mommy Makeover.
Since the Mommy Makeover typically involves breast augmentation, the lifespan of breast implants should be taken into consideration. Most breast implants need maintenance or replacement after several years/decades. Be sure to consult your surgeon regarding when you may need a replacement for your breast implants.