It’s very common for the breasts to accumulate excess skin after pregnancy, taking on a sagging appearance. Breast lift surgery tightens the skin and gives the breasts a firmer, more youthful look.
Although having children can be one of life’s greatest gifts, pregnancy and child-raising take a toll on one’s physical appearance. Changes to the shape and size of the breasts, excess skin in the abdomen, and deposits of fat in a variety of body areas can be very hard to improve without some help. A Mommy Makeover procedure is specifically designed to correct several aesthetic concerns associated with your post-pregnancy figure. Mommy Makeovers can include a combination of procedures to help you meet your needs, including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, can address any concerns you may have and develop a customized Mommy Makeover treatment plan to help you attain your goals.
The amount of time it takes to recover from a Mommy Makeover depends on each patient and the types of procedures involved. Generally, patients should expect some temporary swelling and bruising within the treated areas following a Mommy Makeover. The recovery time can take anywhere from one to four weeks, depending on the extent of treatment. During your initial consultation with Dr. Eric Okamoto, he will discuss all aspects of your Mommy Makeover procedure, including what you can expect during the recovery process.
The specific post-operative instructions that Dr. Okamoto provides will be essential to your body’s healing process after your Mommy Makeover. With that in mind, Dr. Okamoto knows there are other factors in your life that may distract you from much-needed downtime. Below he has outlined some tips that, when combined with the post-surgery instructions, can make your recovery more manageable.
Generally, a Mommy Makeover can be considered as safe as possible when performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon and when the patient is established as a good candidate for the procedures at the outset. Only an experienced and qualified surgeon has the advanced training and expertise to evaluate an individual’s overall health so that potential surgical risks are minimized and the patient can feel confident knowing their safety is of the utmost importance.
As with any surgery, a Mommy Makeover has risks. Potential complications such as infection, bleeding, fluid build-up under the skin (seroma), severe bruising (hematoma), and other risks more specific to the various procedures that are part of the treatment plan will be discussed during the consultation. Prior to surgery, Dr. Okamoto will review any potential concerns to be aware of and the precautions that may be taken based on your unique needs in order to minimize risks associated with the selected Mommy Makeover procedures.
Since a Mommy Makeover can be customized with various options, the surgical plan will depend on the chosen procedures for each individual. When possible, Dr. Okamoto strives to combine treatments in a single operation; however, there are many variables to consider when combining several surgical procedures, and mitigating risks will always be the top priority. During your initial consultation, Dr. Okamoto can discuss whether a single operation or a staged series of operations will be the more ideal plan for your personal Mommy Makeover.
Although a Mommy Makeover can be used to address changes that can occur to the body after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the same procedures may also be combined for aesthetic concerns that can develop from aging, hormones, genetics, and lifestyle habits. Women experiencing sagging or deflated breasts, stubborn fat pockets resistant to diet and exercise in various areas of the body, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles or fine lines may consider undergoing a Mommy Makeover even if they are not mothers. Dr. Okamoto can help determine the most effective treatment plan by discussing the areas of your body you would like to enhance, which may or may not fall within the category of a “Mommy Makeover.”
A small fluctuation in weight should not dramatically change the outcome of a Mommy Makeover; however, significant weight gain can alter your newly sculpted contours by stretching the skin and recreating unwanted bulges. Dr. Okamoto strongly recommends staying active and living a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of your cosmetic enhancements, as excessive weight gain can diminish the outcome of long-term results.
If you would like to learn more about the procedures involved in a Mommy Makeover, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Eric Okamoto, M.D., please contact our practice today.
*Individual results may vary