Mommy makeover is the catch phrase for cosmetic surgery involving the breast and abdomen, the two areas most commonly affected by pregnancy.
The breasts typically “deflate” after pregnancy and breast feeding and almost always will require a breast augmentation to regain the lost volume. If there is sagging of the nipple and loose skin, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be needed as well.
Some patients (the lucky ones!) have little effect on their stomach area after pregnancy. However, most patients will develop loose skin, stretch marks and weakness of the abdominal muscles, resulting in a “beer belly” appearance. Typically a standard or extended abdominoplasty is required, although some patients can achieve an excellent result with a mini-tummy tuck.
In most cases, both breast and abdominal surgery can be performed together, if the anesthesia time can be kept under six hours (this is the recommended time limit for outpatient elective surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery). Performing both surgeries together has the benefit of one recovery term (this is especially critical for patients who work) and lower cost.
Mommy makeover surgery is amongst the most expensive cosmetic surgery procedures performed. This is due to the prolonged surgery and anesthesia/operating room time required to adequately address and correct the changes discussed previously. Whether the time and cost is worth it is a personal question only the patient can answer. However, if you have realistic expectations and are doing the procedure for YOU and YOU ONLY, it is one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform. Imagine reversing the effects of pregnancy, what a wonderful concept! Many patients have told me their sex life has improved since the surgery because they feel more confident about themselves. The smile on the partner’s lips is always a big give-away!
Michael A. Jazayeri, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of experience. His office is located in Orange County, California. To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call 714-834-0101.