Your ability to sleep through the night isn’t the only thing that changes after you’ve had a baby. Weight gain, stretching to accommodate the growth of the baby, and a change in breast size and shape are just a few of the side-effects of pregnancy. Dr. Margoles understands the frustration that so many women experience post-pregnancy when diet and exercise just don’t seem to be enough to get them back into shape. If you long to rediscover your pre-pregnancy body, our mommy makeover, a combination of plastic surgery procedures, will help turn back the clock and get you back into your favorite jeans.
Are You A Candidate For A Mommy Makeover?
To be a good candidate for mommy makeover, you should be in good health, at your ideal weight and not planning to have more children, as pregnancy can reverse the results. As with all cosmetic and plastic surgery, it’s important to discuss your goals and procedures with Dr. Margoles so that you can set healthy, realistic expectations.
Mommy Makeovers Correct:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost volume after pregnancy/nursing
- Protruding abdomens
- Loose, saggy abdominal skin
- Localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise
When you meet with Dr. Margoles for your consultation she will discuss your procedure in detail, including cost, recovery time, follow-up appointments, and medications. She will also be happy to show you before and after pictures to give you a better idea of what to expect from your procedure. Dr. Margoles and her staff are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Mommy Makeover Surgery Details
Dr. Margoles will customize your mommy makeover to address your individual needs and ideal cosmetic outcomes which she will discuss in detail during your consultation. Among the procedures offered are breast implants and breast lift with implants to augment breasts that have lost volume or are sagging. Tummy tuck surgery is a very popular procedure that repairs separated muscles, and removes loose, saggy skin leaving you with a firmer, slimmer stomach. If love handles, or stubborn areas of excess fat in the thighs, back, or buttocks aren’t responding to diet and exercise, liposuction will remove the fat and smooth the skin. Dr. Margoles will show you a gallery of before and after procedure photos to give you a clear understanding of what options exist.
Once you and Dr. Margoles decide which procedures will get you back to feeling yourself, she will make a recommendation about either having all of the procedures done on the same day, or scheduling the procedures over a prescribed amount of time. Either way, she will have you looking and feeling your best quickly and easily.
Mommy Makeover Aftercare & Recovery
You will be in the recovery room for 1 hour following surgery, after which you will be sent home. All patients must have a responsible adult with them to return home. It is also strongly advised that a responsible adult stay the night with you.
After surgery, Dr. Margoles will apply bandages and compression garments to minimize any swelling. You may have mild bruising and soreness for a few weeks, but these side effects are only temporary. Dr. Margoles can prescribe pain medication to soothe any discomfort.
You will need to rest as much as possible in the days immediately following your Mommy Makeover. Since you won’t be able to pick up your children, bend, lift or strain, for up to two weeks, you may need to ask a family member or friend to help with taking care of your kids, especially if they are young.
Dr. Margoles will give you detailed pre- and post- operative instructions including any medications you may need, and information about scheduling your follow-up visits. It is critical to follow all of her instructions in order to minimize your risk of complications and speed up your recovery. She will advise when it is safe to return to work and your normal activities.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Why do women choose mommy makeover?
Most women can expect to gain 25 to 35 pounds when pregnant. Much of this added weight is fat that accumulates in the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and breasts. As the stomach expands during the nine months of gestation, abdominal muscles stretch and may even separate. This loss of integrity in the abdominal wall creates a bulge or “pooch” that weight loss alone cannot eliminate.
Meanwhile, the skin gives way to accommodate the expanding abdomen, breaking down collagen and creating stretch marks. Once your baby has been delivered, your body will begin to lose much of the weight you gained, but fat will often stubbornly linger in areas that were once trim and fit. Rapid weight loss in the breasts may actually lead to sagging or an unwanted “pancake” look.
Genetics and to some degree lifestyle will largely determine whether you return quickly to your pre-baby profile, or need some help in reclaiming the shape you remember. Using a variety of surgical techniques, mommy makeover targets the weakened or separated abdominal muscles, sagging breasts and folds of skin that arrived along with your baby.
What procedures are included?
Mommy makeover is a flexible, customized suite of surgeries. Moms select procedures based on their own post-pregnancy experience, their expectations and the ideal body shape they envisage. Mommy makeovers typically include two or more of these body contouring procedures:
- Liposuction, to target specific areas of stubborn fat
- Tummy tuck, to repair the abdominal wall and remove excess folds of skin
- Breast lift, to reclaim the natural profile and firmness to breasts
- Breast augmentation with implants, to restore volume lost through pregnancy and nursing
Many women like to add a few extras to their mommy makeover for an even more dramatic transformation. For example, laser skin treatments and chemical peels revitalize the complexion, and dermal fillers can erase fine lines and add volume to lips.
How soon after birth should I consider mommy makeover?
Experienced New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles recommends that you wait at least six months after childbirth before making any final decisions. At that point you will know how much of the weight gain during pregnancy was temporary, and which areas are likely to need a surgical solution.
By contrast, shifting attitudes among some new moms (and their doctors) have recently given rise to a surgical trend involving a procedure known as “C-tuck.” This is when tummy tuck is performed right after a Caesarean birth, providing an instant makeover for mom. This double surgery is inadvisable for a number of reasons, primarily because the body needs time to recover from the stress of pregnancy and to heal. In addition, the stretching of the abdomen and uterus can make it difficult for a surgeon to determine the extent of the tightening you will need. New moms invariably feel weak from labor, and C-tuck simply adds to that exhaustion.
Learn More About Mommy Makeover Surgery & Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about mommy makeover and how it can restore your pre-pregnancy figure, and to schedule your consultation please contact our office (203) 869-2939. Our Greenwich office is conveniently located minutes from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway making it easily accessible for those traveling from Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY.