The Mommy Makeover is a set of plastic surgery procedures that is growing in popularity. Our board-certified plastic surgeons at the UNC Burn Reconstruction & Aesthetic Center perform these procedures for many women who want to restore their pre-pregnancy body shape.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Rather than one specific procedure, a mommy makeover is actually a combination of surgeries that can sometimes be combined to help you restore your body following childbirth. The surgeries may target several areas on your body from your breasts to your thighs in an effort to bring back contour and a more slender silhouette.
Who Can Benefit?
A combination of mommy makeover procedures can be used to enhance, contour and slim your post-baby body. Specific body parts that can benefit from these procedures may be:
- Sagging breasts
- Loose tissue on the arms, thighs or tummy
- Localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
Breast enhancement and body contouring procedures are commonly performed as part of a mommy makeover. To restore fullness and youth to breasts, a breast lift or breast augmentation may be recommended. Breast augmentation involves the insertion of saline or silicone implants to increase the size and projection of your breasts.
If your breasts have retained their fullness, but droop more than they did prior to pregnancy, the breast lift can help with skin and tissue tightening techniques that lift the sagging breast skin and reposition the nipple areola.
If you now struggle with loose tissue hanging from certain areas of your body, your plastic surgeon may perform body contouring procedures to remove and tighten the extra skin.
A tummy tuck or thigh lift work in similar ways, removing sagging skin and tightening abdominal muscles to slenderize your silhouette.
Finally, liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body such as the stomach, back, thighs, hips, buttocks, arms and neck to remove stubborn fat deposits. Using a small tube called a cannula, your plastic surgeon will suction out the localized fat.
Mommy Makeover Aftercare
After many of these procedures, you should expect several days to a few weeks to make a full recovery. You may be required to wear compression garments for a time, which will aid in healing and improve skin contraction. You may experience numbness, swelling and pain during your recovery and your plastic surgeon will likely prescribe medication to help manage the discomfort.
Learn More About the Mommy Makeover in Raleigh-Durham
To learn more about how these different plastic surgery procedures are performed, we encourage you to browse our Web site further or contact our plastic surgeons for a consultation about mommy makeovers in Chapel Hill.