Joseph M. Brown M.D, F.A.C.S
PLASTIC SURGEON IN TAMPA
The joys of becoming a mommy come with the frustrating changes caused by pregnancy. Most women get back to a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, but just can’t seem to “get their body back.” Mommy makeover is a general term that refers to surgery of the breast and abdomen that aims to create a more youthful and aesthetic contour. Typically, breast surgery is performed to lift, tighten, or restore volume to breasts that have deflated or begun to sag due to breast feeding/aging. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is also performed at the same time to tighten loose skin and bring the six-pack muscles back to the midline, which helps to narrow the waist and restore an “hourglass” silhouette.
Every patient is different and their concerns and treatments will be uniquely tailored to them. Some women may benefit from a breast lift (mastopexy),
while others may benefit from an augmentation with an implant. Finally, some women may benefit from a combined breast lift with implants to restore volume and a more youthful position of the breast. Likewise, a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is appropriate for some patients, while others may benefit from a mini-tummy tuck and/or liposuction.
For many women, it is a difficult decision to make when considering this surgery. Dr. Brown will take the time to listen to you and give you honest feedback and recommendations, focusing on safely achieving your goals.
A mommy makeover covers a large area of the body and it may require an overnight stay at a recovery facility. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can take 4 hours or longer to complete. Most women find the recovery to be a slow process. Patients will typically begin to feel better about two weeks after surgery and it is recommended that patients take it slow during the initial recovery phase. Depending on what was addressed during surgery, it could take between 6 months to a full year for the final results to appear. With that being said, most patients can go back to a normal routine in an average of 3 weeks. Rigorous exercise is discouraged until at least 6-8 weeks after surgery.
How safe is it?
A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.
How long after having my last baby should I wait to have a mommy makeover?
It is typically recommended that you wait at least a year from a medical standpoint. That being said, most women wait longer than this to have surgery. From a personal/logistic standpoint, it is usually easier on the patient to wait until the youngest child is old enough to be a little self-sufficient and not have to be carried around. Between the actual child and that bag with the “child’s stuff,” being a mother is a very physical job. This is particularly true in the first few years of the baby/toddler’s life, which would make the recovery period more difficult for most people. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision for each patient. We encourage patients to do as much as they possibly can with diet and exercise. When they get to a point where they just can’t see any more results, it’s usually a good indication that it may be time for surgery.
If you are a mother in need of a specialized makeover in the Tampa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Westchase or Brandon area, contact Dr. Brown and his friendly staff at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery for more information.
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We are located at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery, 17523 N Dale Mabry Hwy Lutz, FL 33548.