What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover combines breast enhancement and body contouring to address the unwanted effects of childbirth. In a series of customized procedures, Dr. Ortegon can help you regain the body you had before pregnancy. A typical mommy makeover includes breast surgery and a tummy tuck, which address the areas most commonly affected by pregnancy. However, a mommy surgery is a highly-customizable set of procedures that can be tailored to your unique goals and anatomy.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
During a consultation at our San Antonio practice, Dr. Delio Ortegon will review your medical history to determine if a mommy makeover is suitable for you. Candidates for a mommy makeover should be healthy and have a desire to correct:
- Loose abdominal tissue
- Deflated or drooping breasts
- Stretched nipples or areolas
- Persistent areas of body fat
Additionally, patients should be able to undergo surgery and have no medical conditions that might affect their safety. Dr. Ortegon will be sure to discuss your goals for this procedure to determine whether they are in line with a safe and effective surgery.
Should I Have A Mommy Makeover If I Plan On Having More Children?
Plastic surgery is suitable for mothers of all ages. However, for best results, you should be done having children because pregnancy can undo your results. If you’re between pregnancies or believe you may wish to become pregnant in the future, Dr. Ortegon can recommend non-surgical options to help achieve your goals.
How Long Should I Wait After Childbirth Until Having a Mommy Makeover Procedure?
It is recommended that patients finish breastfeeding and reach a stable weight before surgery. This is to ensure that your results will not be affected by hormone fluctuation or complications from childbirth. This timeframe can look different for every woman, so be sure to discuss your options with Dr. Ortegon during your consultation.
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What Can I Expect During My Mommy Makeover?
On your surgery day, Dr. Ortegon will ensure you’re ready for the procedure and then will mark incision locations with a marker. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation will be administered, as discussed during your consultation. The mommy makeover is then performed, usually including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and liposuction. You can learn more about Dr. Ortegon’s specific plastic surgery techniques here.
To restore breast volume, Dr. Ortegon may recommend breast enhancement as part of your mommy makeover. San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery offers Naturelle Soft Touch implants, as well as breast augmentation using fat grafting (sometimes called natural breast augmentation). These techniques are designed to add volume, form, and symmetry to the chest after nursing. Breast implant surgery typically requires small incisions – around the nipple, near the underarm, or beneath the breast – to allow insertion of the implant. The implants can be placed above or below the chest muscles. You’ll discuss these factors at length during your consultation with Dr. Ortegon.
Additionally, your breast augmentation might include breast lift techniques to further reshape and restore the breasts. Some women opt for breast reduction instead of breast augmentation, depending on the effects of pregnancy.
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Pregnancy can cause stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin, leading to difficulty achieving results with diet and exercise. It can also lead to common symptoms like back pain and urinary incontinence. After one or more pregnancies, these effects can be significant and troubling for some women. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can effectively remove excess skin and fat while tightening and supporting the abdominal muscles. This technique can be performed with varying extensiveness, so Dr. Ortegon can determine the proper procedure for you during a consultation.
Learn more about a tummy tuck with Dr. Ortegon.
When your body weight is constantly changing, stubborn fat deposits can appear, and the location varies with each woman. Some are bothered by fat in the thighs or buttocks, while others tend to accumulate fat in the arms or upper body. Using liposuction, a proven procedure for targeted fat removal, Dr. Ortegon can address these problem areas to help you slim down.
Liposuction requires very small incisions to remove fatty deposits with a cannula and surgical vacuum, making it an easy accompaniment to many plastic surgery procedures. It can be used to reduce pockets of fat and further contour your body surgery results.
Learn more about tumescent liposuction with Dr. Ortegon.
What Can I Expect After My Mommy Makeover?
Your mommy makeover may be completed in a single day or it may be done in a series of sessions performed weeks or months apart. This is because there is a limit to how much can be safely performed in a single surgical session. Dr. Ortegon can give you the best idea of what your unique procedure will look like.
A combined procedure of breast and body contouring can involve more downtime than a single procedure, meaning the mommy makeover comes with one of the most extensive recovery periods of any plastic surgery procedure. You will probably need help at home, including childcare, for about one week after surgery, while complete recovery can require several weeks.
You can expect to experience some pain and discomfort, but Dr. Ortegon will ensure you have prescribed medications. You may be asked to wear compression garments to support your new contours and implants, if you opt for them. It’s also important to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach if you opt for a tummy tuck or breast implant surgery. Dr. Ortegon will ensure you have complete care steps to follow after your procedure in order to mitigate any risks or complications.
When Will I See My Final Results?
As with many cosmetic procedures, it may take about six months or even a year to appreciate the final results of your mommy makeover. This is because it can take your body a long time to fully suppress any swelling and adjust to the new contours. After the initial recovery period, many patients notice positive results, however.
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
Because every woman’s mommy makeover procedure is different, so is her cost. During your consultation with Dr. Ortegon, you’ll receive a full estimate of your costs and treatment package. These costs commonly include the facilities, staff, surgeon’s fees, appointments, and any materials for recovery. The costs of a mommy makeover can commonly be combined together, rather than containing the separate costs of each surgical procedure.
What can I include in my mommy makeover?
Although Dr. Ortegon commonly performs the above procedures during a mommy makeover, each candidate can customize their procedure according to their goals and anatomy. Some women opt for body lift procedures to complement their results, as well as face or non-surgical options for additional rejuvenation. There is no standard for what a mommy makeover should include, and Dr. Ortegon can help you plan a safe and effective procedure that fits you best.
Will I have scarring?
Some scarring is inevitable with any plastic surgery procedure, but Dr. Ortegon can recommend your best options for reducing the appearance both during and after your recovery. This might include silicone sheet treatments, as well as professional skincare procedures. You can be assured that Dr. Ortegon will take great care to ensure that any scars can be easily concealed within clothing and the natural folds of the body.
When can I exercise after a mommy makeover?
Because a mommy makeover can require substantial downtime, it’s best to check with Dr. Ortegon before returning to your exercise routine. Your mommy makeover will be unique to you, so he can give you the best idea of what to expect after your recovery.
How long does a mommy makeover take?
A mommy makeover surgical session can take upwards of six or eight hours, depending on how extensive your procedure is. It can become unsafe to extend surgery past a certain amount of hours, so Dr. Ortegon can discuss your unique procedure during a consultation. If your results are not achievable with one surgical session, he may recommend you undergo a package of shorter surgeries to fully treat your concerns.