With an inherent drive to care for their children, and make any necessary sacrifice, mothers tend to place the focus on the family before considering their own well-being. Dr. Luis A. Zapiach and Dr. John T. Cozzone understand this drive after working with a number of mothers, and want to encourage these women to take a moment to address their inner beauty, and use it to revitalize the natural beauty of their pre-pregnancy bodies with a mommy makeover at Art Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zapiach or Dr. Cozzone will develop a customized treatment plan combining a variety of cosmetic procedures to address the areas of a mother’s body that are typically affected by pregnancy and childbirth.
Contact Art Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a mommy makeover.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover procedure is actually a combination of traditional cosmetic surgery procedures designed to address the common areas of concern, including the following:
- Loss of breast volume
- Breast sagging
- Loose abdomen skin
- Stretch marks
- Excess fat in the hip and thigh area
By combining a number of procedures to address all areas of concern depending on each individual patient’s goals, our surgeons are able to restore a mother’s pre-pregnancy figure and help her feel more confident in the new and exciting role of motherhood.
Which Procedures Are Right for My Mommy Makeover?
The entire mommy makeover procedure will vary from patient to patient. Based on your areas of concern, the following information can help you decide which treatments may be best to combine for a mommy makeover.
One of the most common areas mothers are concerned with after having children is the abdomen. Despite numerous attempts at maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, excess skin and fat in the abdominal region often remains resistant to change—even when other areas of the body respond to one’s efforts. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery can often provide an excellent solution to these issues.
For individuals whose concerns are limited to a buildup of stubborn fat in the abdomen, liposuction can usually be an ideal treatment option. Designed to extract isolated fat cells from targeted locations, this procedure can be employed to achieve a slimmer, more sculpted aesthetic. For patients experiencing loose, extra abdominal skin, however, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) will be a better choice. With this procedure, our plastic surgeons can remove excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue for a firmer, flatter midsection. Additionally, stretched and/or torn abdominal muscles can be repaired, the belly button can be repositioned, and excess fat can also be removed via liposuction as part of the abdominoplasty procedure.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a significant impact on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. Some of the most common changes that occur include tissue sagging and a notable loss of volume, both of which do not resolve on their own. The good news is, breast enhancement surgery can generally help restore breasts to their pre-pregnancy shape and feel.
For women bothered by sagginess or droopiness in the breasts, a breast lift (mastopexy) is typically a great solution. This procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin, lift sagging tissues, and recontour the breasts to achieve a perkier, more youthful appearance. For those who do not have an issue with breast drooping but are troubled by a loss of volume, breast augmentation can often be the appropriate choice. By carefully placing silicone or saline implants, our doctors can restore lost breast volume (or further increase the size of one’s breasts) with exceptionally natural-looking results. In the event a patient is experiencing all of the above concerns, mastopexy and breast augmentation can usually be combined to simultaneously enhance the size, shape, and position of the breasts.
For some women, labial tissue can become enlarged after delivering a child. Unfortunately, this often leads to feelings of self-consciousness or discomfort when exercising, wearing certain articles of clothing, and/or being sexually intimate. With a cosmetic procedure known as labiaplasty, our doctors can reduce and/or reshape the labia minora to help alleviate these issues and restore a renewed sense of confidence.
In certain cases, vaginal concerns experienced following pregnancy and childbirth are more than just cosmetic. At our practice, Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapiach also offer a non-invasive procedure called ThermiVa™ to treat issues such as labial skin laxity and/or redundancy, vaginal dryness and laxity, urinary stress incontinence, and orgasmic dysfunction. The innovative technique uses thermal-controlled radiofrequency energy to tighten tissues and improve mucosal lubrication through the stimulation of the body’s own natural collagen production.
In addition to the abdomen and breasts, other areas of the body may also be affected by weight fluctuations that often accompany pregnancy. Most commonly, women experience an excess of loose, hanging skin in regions such as arms, thighs, and buttocks. To address these cosmetic issues, Dr. Zapiach and Dr. Cozzone offer body lifting techniques such as brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift, and a lower body lift. Based on a patient’s unique needs, our plastic surgeons can utilize these treatments to help restore a tighter, fitter-looking physique.
Whether the desire is to address changes caused by pregnancy or simply resolve a facial aging concern, many women choose to include facial rejuvenation treatments in their mommy makeover. From facelift surgery and blepharoplasty to injectables and laser skin resurfacing, our doctors offer a wide span of surgical and non-surgical procedures that can help take years off one’s appearance while improving skin tone and quality.
Regardless of which techniques our patients ultimately decide to combine, the treatment plan chosen for every mommy makeover will incorporate the goals and expectations of each mother, as well as the skill and experience of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
What Is Mommy Makeover Recovery Like?
Recovery from a mommy makeover procedure will vary depending heavily on the combination of procedures and extent of each surgery. However, the general rules for recovery from each individual surgery can be applied to the mommy makeover procedure as well, as long as each patient realizes that every recovery is different, and every patient’s reaction to the various procedures of the mommy makeover will very. As with any major surgery, mommy makeover patients should avoid strenuous activity for six weeks, but most patients are able to return to lighter versions of their daily routine as they gain energy and stamina.
When Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover?
As with most aesthetic procedures, timing plays a critical role in achieving—as well as maintaining—optimal mommy makeover results. Generally speaking, our board-certified plastic surgeons recommend women who have just had a child wait until they are no longer breastfeeding before pursuing treatment. Additionally, Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapiach advise that anyone who is planning to have more children in the future hold off on surgery until after they are finished growing their family, as the physical changes of a subsequent pregnancy may negatively affect the outcome of a previous mommy makeover.
If you have further questions or concerns regarding the mommy makeover procedure, contact us today.