Breast Augmentation + Tummy Tuck = Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover primarily targets the abdomen and breasts, the areas of the body that undergo the greatest change during pregnancy. During the months that your baby is developing within your body, the abdomen and its underlying muscles undergo extreme stretching to accommodate a growing infant. Getting your body back to normal can be difficult — the breasts lose volume and firmness while loose skin and muscles may not be responding to exercise or diet.
When you know you are done having children, and you’re ready to rejuvenate your body, a mommy makeover can help take your confidence to a new level. A typical mommy makeover combines a breast augmentation or breast lift with a tummy tuck. Oftentimes, liposuction is incorporated to remove fat and reshape the waist, hips and thighs. By performing these operations at the same time, you’re able to lower the recovery time and return to your daily routine more quickly.
Breast Augmentation is typically performed to create a fuller, symmetrical and improved appearance of the breasts. The most common two types of implants are saline or silicone. Implants can be placed above or below the chest muscle and incisions are usually placed in a discreet area such as the armpit, the areola or lower breast area to minimize visible scarring. Incisions are closed using sutures, surgical tape, or skin adhesive. Incision lines will fade over time.
A Breast lift or mastopexy, raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Over time the areola can become enlarged, a breast lift can reduce this in addition to rejuvenating your figure with a more youthful profile. The results should last for decades, but it is important to remember factors such as weight fluctuations and your general tissue characteristics may influence the longevity of your results.
A Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Your tummy tuck will begin to reveal your new contours approximately 3 months post-surgery, but it typically takes a full year before the full results set in. Diet and exercise are essential to create the optimal outcome and maintain long-lasting results.
The recovery time for a mommy makeover will vary based on your individualized procedures. The first two weeks you can expect to have some swelling, bruising and tenderness. Your activity level should be minimal during the first two weeks, and you should not lift anything over 20 pounds. It can take up to a full 8 weeks for most patients to return to all normal activities and strenuous exercise.
Get Your Body Back to Pre-Baby Shape
If you’re ready to give your mom body a makeover, Dr. Rieger can help you plan out the procedure combination that is perfect for you. As a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, Dr. Rieger has performed numerous breast augmentations, breast lifts and tummy tucks. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about mommy makeovers.