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Mommy Makeover

A Makeover Specially Designed for Moms

Mommy Makeover procedures have been rapidly growing in popularity over recent years as a means to return the female body back to normal following changes due to child bearing. Our board-certified plastic surgeons at the UNC Burn Reconstruction & Aesthetic Center can perform these procedures for women wanting to restore their pre-pregnancy body and mind.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Rather than one specific procedure, a mommy makeover is actually a combination of both breast enhancement and body contouring surgeries designed case by case to help you restore your body to the way it was before having children. The surgeries may target several areas on your body, ranging from your breasts to your thighs, in an effort to bring back contour and a more slender silhouette.

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Heather, Breast Augmentation Patient

“After three babies, I just wanted to look like me again. Today wearing a triangle top bikini and seeing the big grin from my husband made this one of the best decisions in my life. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

Who Can Benefit from a Mommy Makeover?

A combination of mommy makeover procedures can be used to enhance, contour and slim your post-baby body. Specific issues that can be treated include:

  • Sagging breasts
  • "Deflated" breasts that have lost volume
  • 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 by your UNC plastic surgeon. Breast augmentation involves the insertion of saline or silicone implants to increase the size and profile 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 safely remove the stubborn areas of localized fat.

Mommy Makeover Aftercare

After many of these procedures, you should expect several days to a few weeks to make a full recovery—although this greatly depends on whether your surgeries were performed separately or all at once. 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.

Mothers who have undergone a mommy makeover are often excited by their results. Feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin after having children is an experience that many women cherish.

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 contact our plastic surgeons for a consultation about mommy makeovers in Chapel Hill.

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