A mommy makeover is an excellent way to address the many areas of the body that have been affected by pregnancy. Often, patients choose to restore breasts and reduce baby weight in target areas, but each treatment is tailored to the individual. And at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA, you can get this custom plan to address your post-pregnancy body needs.
Treatments Included in a Mommy Makeover
Every mommy makeover is as unique as the mommy who gets one. Makeovers are designed to address your individual needs so as to accomplish your particular goals. Dr. Sands and our experienced team members will discuss all of your options with you and recommend treatments based on your needs. Oftentimes, treatment plans include two or more of the following:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Treatments for stretch mark reduction
Tummy tucks will give you a midsection that has a smooth and toned look. This option works to repair abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy and can assist when muscles have been separated as well. It also eliminates the excess fat and skin around the area.
A breast lift is a good treatment for breasts that are deflated and sagging after pregnancy and nursing. This will remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue so that the breast can be reshaped and repositioned higher up on the wall of your chest.
If you don’t really need a breast lift but are still looking for more volume, a breast augmentation can provide this. Implants are used to give you the shape and volume you desire.
Stubborn areas of fat in the hips, thighs, buttocks, and elsewhere that do not respond to post-pregnancy exercise routines can be addressed using liposuction. It can also be used to fine-tune or correct issues that other procedures cannot effectively address.
Stretch Mark Treatments
If you have taken on some stretch marks that continue to linger visibly, you can reduce and possibly eliminate them with one of our many skincare treatments.
Who Should Think About Getting a Makeover?
You don’t have to be embarrassed about being less than thrilled about your post-pregnancy body. Many women struggle with this in spite of all the joys motherhood can bring. It is normal, and we are here to help you with any issues you may have. We understand that diet and exercise just aren’t enough sometimes, so we provide the intervention needed to correct these affected areas to restore the body back to a former version of itself.
If you are struggling to get your body back into shape after pregnancy, and you are not planning to have more children in the future, then a mommy makeover may be the treatment plan for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Service?
Before you are approved for surgery, Dr. Sands and our medical team will talk with you about all the treatment options. Together, we will assess your candidacy based on your health and medical history, as well as your goals. Other factors such as certain medical conditions may need to be evaluated further, and alternative treatments may be suggested if needed.
Can Multiple Treatments Be Done in the Same Visit?
Many makeover plans can be performed on the same day, but others may need to be done in stages so as to provide recovery time for some procedures. You can make this choice with your doctor to fit your schedule or personal preference. The doctor may suggest a particular plan based on personal factors such as your current health or other concerning issues.
Some patients may benefit more one way or the other, and each decision is made to best fit the individual. You and your doctor will make the final decision after considering all factors.
What Can Treatments Accomplish?
Quite simply, these treatment plans are meant to assist areas of the body that pregnancy usually has the biggest impact on. For most women, this is the breasts and the midsection. Plans are customized to each patient’s individual needs to accommodate your goals in body appearance. We will work with you to make a plan that combines various treatments and options to address all the different consequences pregnancy has put upon your body.
Various treatments can help repair saggy breasts, eliminate stubborn fat deposits, tighten skin, repair the abdominal wall, firm the stomach, and more. We are here to help you identify any areas of your body that may need improvement.
How Soon After Giving Birth Can I Get Treatment?
It is best to wait until six months or more have passed since giving birth when considering a makeover. Your body must recover from the exhausting and damaging experience of giving birth before it will be strong enough to handle surgical procedures and recover properly. This also helps to ensure optimal results.
If you are planning on getting pregnant again in the future, you will likely be given the recommendation to delay getting any corrective treatment done until after you have finished having children. You may contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss whether this is the right option for you at this time.
Possible Makeover Combinations
The options chosen are different for every patient, as every woman will have her own needs with their post-pregnancy body that differ from others. A consultation with our knowledgeable staff will help you determine which options best address your concerns. Generally, women will decide to focus on repairing breasts and the midsection. How many treatments are put together to accomplish your goals is up to you and your doctor.
Tummy Tuck With Breast Lift
This is generally the most common makeover combination. The breast lift can help saggy and deflated breasts and restore them to a higher position for a more youthful look. The tummy tuck will remove excess fat and skin and also repair the abdominal muscles. The outcomes of these two options complement one another nicely.
Tummy Tuck With Breast Augmentation
If your breasts are not sagging but have still deflated, and augmentation will help restore the fuller and perkier breasts you had before pregnancy. This is typically done alongside a tummy tuck as well to help with abdominal issues.
Tummy Tuck With Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift
If you wish, you could decide to combine a lift with an augmentation to produce larger, more youthful-looking breasts. Again, this is done with a tummy tuck to address all pregnancy-affected areas of the body further.
Tummy Tuck Plus Liposuction With Breast Surgery
This is one of the more comprehensive plans of makeover treatments. You can choose either or both types of breast surgery, and liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck to better detail midsections with surplus areas of fat. This can also cover areas of the body that do not respond readily to proper diet and exercise, including inner thighs and upper arms.
Is Much Recovery Time Needed?
The time needed for recovery will differ from patient to patient and may depend on the number of procedures and treatments that were done at the same time. Typically, you can plan to return to strenuous activity and a fully-functioning body after four to six weeks. Dr. Sands and the team will monitor you during the healing and recovery process and advise you as to when normal activities may be resumed.
It may be necessary to wear garments specially-designed for recovery for several weeks following some procedures. For example, a surgical bra may be required after breast surgery. For most, it is possible to return to a light office or desk job and activities like driving and light housekeeping after just two weeks, albeit these activities will be limited. Again, it will take up to four to six weeks for a full recovery.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
You will need to spend as much time as you can at home, resting in bed, or on the couch for several days after any surgical procedure. Depending on how invasive your surgery is, you may need as much as two solid weeks of bed rest. Any aftercare necessary for incision sites will be discussed with you to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of infection.
At the beginning of the recovery period, you will need to refrain from overly strenuous activities such as exercises that include bending and heavy lifting. This includes picking up your children. You will need help providing childcare and performing and housekeeping duties and other routine activities until advised otherwise. We will provide you with any specific instructions needed for self-care during this time.
Where Can I Get a Makeover?
Dr. Sands and our experienced team at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA proudly offers this treatment plan to patients all over the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Call us or schedule an appointment online, and we will start the consultation process as soon as it’s convenient for you. We will work with you for the entire process straight through recovery.
When Should I Schedule My Treatments?
It is essential to plan appropriately when considering a mommy makeover, as timing is critical. Your body needs to have recovered from childbirth and reach a stable weight before surgery can be performed. Also, if you get pregnant again in the future, or if you struggle with extreme fluctuations in weight, it is possible to see a negative effect on previous surgical outcomes. For this reason, you should wait until you are done having children before scheduling treatments.
What If I Want More Treatments Than Originally Planned?
We design your makeover plan to be comprehensive by combining the necessary treatments and procedures needed to target all the specific areas of concern you may have with your post-pregnancy body. However, in some cases, there may be stubborn areas that do not respond as well as initially hoped. If this happens, liposuction or some other treatment may be provided later once a full recovery is made from the initial treatments.
If there are further concerns that you have left unaddressed by these options, we provide many treatments at our practice that may assist with these needs. See all of our services on our website or call us to discuss your options. We are here to help you find the solutions that are best for you.
Get a Mommy Makeover at Metairie Plastic Surgeons
Have you done your part to keep healthy during pregnancy and stay fit post-childbirth, yet struggle to return your body to what it once was? You’re not alone, as this is common for many women. We understand the difficulties and frustrations of this, which is why we offer this great makeover option.
Contact Dr. Sands and the team at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA, today to schedule a makeover consultation, and get started claiming back the ideal body you once had and deserve now more than ever.