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A Mommy Makeover is a series of treatments that primarily aim to address the physical transformation that the body undergoes as a result of pregnancy and nursing. The procedures that constitute a Mommy Makeover are completely personalized and chosen according to your unique needs and aesthetic concerns. Depending on these considerations, a Mommy Makeover can improve a number of regions, including the:
• Abdomen
• Breasts
Excess fat stores
After a thorough consultation in which Dr. Leber can gain an understanding of your reasons for treatment, he can suggest the most effective procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Depending on which procedures you choose to undergo, a Mommy Makeover can be completed in one surgery and recovery period, or over a series of stages. Dr. Leber will go over the details of your specific treatment plan in person, fully informing you of what to expect during and after your Mommy Makeover.
Ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover are healthy enough to undergo surgery and have no uncontrolled medical conditions that may inhibit the healing process. Additionally, those considering treatment should desire improvement in the areas commonly affected by pregnancy and nursing. A Mommy Makeover can be an excellent choice to correct some or all of the following concerns:
• Loose, excess skin in the abdominal area
• Stretched or separated abdominal muscles
• Excess fat pockets in the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, waist, and mid-back, among other body areas
• Loss of volume and/or shape in the breasts
• Breast sag as a result of pregnancy or nursing
Your surgical plan will be tailored to address your concerns and achieve your unique aesthetic goals. In many cases, patients opt to complement their Mommy Makeover with non-surgical injectables and dermal fillers. These treatments can help reduce wrinkles, add facial volume, and generally rejuvenate areas of the face that show signs of age and exhaustion. This can allow Mommy Makeover patients to enjoy the benefits of refreshing their facial expression amidst the rigors of parenthood, some of which include a timely in-office treatment and zero downtime.
Your treatment plan in a Mommy Makeover will be developed based on which body areas you seek to enhance. Commonly, women who undergo a Mommy Makeover desire comprehensive improvement in their body contour, a concern that can be effectively addressed with a range of body sculpting procedures. Special consideration is often given to the abdomen, as this area frequently undergoes the most changes after pregnancy.
• Loose, excess skin in the abdominal area
• Stretched or separated abdominal muscles
• Excess fat pockets in the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, waist, and mid-back, among other body areas
During your consultation, Dr. Leber will perform a review of your medical history and a physical examination. He will help you determine which procedures can achieve your goals for surgery, and your treatment plan will be formulated based on your aesthetic concerns. Once your treatment plan is finalized, the details of your enhancement—including the combination of chosen treatments—will establish whether your Mommy Makeover can be performed at one time or through a series of sessions. To ensure you are well-informed about every step of the process, Dr. Leber will thoroughly explain each aspect of your Mommy Makeover and provide a general timeline of what you can expect. The recovery period for a Mommy Makeover is subjective for each patient and will depend on the nature of your treatment plan as well as your body’s unique rate of healing. Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided in person.
The combination of procedures that constitute a Mommy Makeover generally allow women to regain their pre-pregnancy figure with natural-looking results and less time and expense than would be sacrificed if the procedures were performed separately.
Most patients require one to two weeks of recovery time before they return to their normal daily routines. The exact amount of time it will take for your body to fully recover depends on your unique rate of healing and the procedures incorporated into your treatment plan. Procedures that involve extensive tissue transfer, such as a tummy tuck or breast lift, generally require a longer recovery period than liposuction and other less invasive procedures. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at regular intervals so Dr. Leber can check on your progress and ensure the healing process is proceeding smoothly. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least one month, or until Dr. Leber tells you otherwise.
Since a Mommy Makeover comprises multiple procedures, a relatively longer healing period should be expected when compared to recovery after a lone surgery. Some patience will be necessary as you progress through the different stages of recovery, but knowing what to expect beforehand can be immensely helpful as you recuperate. We understand that recovery can be made all the more challenging by motherhood, which is why Dr. Leber has offered the following tips to help you prepare for your surgery:
• Once you are discharged from our surgical facility, arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you home and help you around the house for a few days.
• During this time, plan to have some type of childcare to help you with supervision, pickups and drop offs, and other household duties. You will be unable to drive or lift anything above your head during recovery, so this assistance will allow you to attain the rest your body needs to heal.
• Fill any post-operative medications before your Mommy Makeover so you will be ready for your recovery prior to your procedure. Also, be sure to ask your doctor about any medications that you should stop taking before surgery.
• Prepare your home before your Mommy Makeover. If necessary, try to attend to any cleaning/organizational duties prior to surgery. It may also help to prepare meals for the week ahead of time.
Always reach out to Dr. Leber if you have any questions or concerns about the recovery process after a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Leber will give you more information about what to expect with regard to your unique treatment plan in person.