Mommy Makeover is a recent term that has gained popularity on the Internet and in beauty reporting. It refers to a combination of procedures (Breast Enhancement and Body Contouring) that are designed to address the consequences of child bearing and age.
With pregnancy and the nursing of children a women’s body may experience the effects of breast atrophy (becoming smaller) and ptosis (sagginess) as well as abdominal muscle and skin laxity. This may also be accompanied by the undesired deposition of fat on the hips, outside thighs and abdomen. The typical “Mommy Makeover” consists of the combination of a breast enhancement (Breast Augmentation and/ or Breast Lift (Mastopexy) and body contouring (Liposuction and/or Tummy Tuck).
Depending on the number of pregnancies, the length of time she nurses and her genetics, a woman may experience a decrease in size of her breasts as well as sagginess (Ptosis). The degree of ptosis will determine whether or not a woman will need a breast lift.
The classic breast lift that performed by most Plastic Surgeons involves a scar that looks like an anchor. Because of dissatisfaction with this result, I began performing “limited scar” breast lifts over 10 years ago. Depending upon the individual patient, we may be able to achieve the desired results by limiting the scar to around the areola or by just adding a vertical scar to it (Lolli-pop scar).
The Body Contouring necessary to address the effects of child bearing and age may involve the reduction of fatty tissue (Liposuction) as well as skin (Tummy tucks, Body, Thigh and Arm Lifts).
With respect to removing fatty tissue, although there seems to be a new “High Tech” method advertised every week, I have educated my patients to the fact that the method of removal and the amount taken out doesn’t really matter very much. What is crucially important is the amount and location of the fat that remains. When someone has a sculpture commissioned, does anybody really care how much stone is on the floor when the artist is done? It’s the form of the object on the pedestal that matters, not what you throw away.
Many women also have extra skin of the abdomen, waist, thighs and arms that bother them. Techniques of Tummy Tucks and Body Lifts can improve these issues. Although claims have been made about non-surgical skin tightening technologies, none have been able to reliably produce the results of the skin removed using Body Lifting Plastic Surgical procedures.
Despite the physical costs to their bodies, having children and watching them grow is arguably the most fulfilling thing a woman can experience. Many women are concerned about the physical consequences of being a mother. Through the latest techniques of Breast Enhancement and Body Contouring, many women can reverse these effects and achieve a Mommy Makeover.