Are You Considering a Mommy Makeover in New York?

By Dr. Leo Keegan and Dr. Carlin Vickery

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Although motherhood can bring tremendous joy to a woman’s life, pregnancy can wreak havoc on a new mother’s body. The process of childbirth can cause permanent changes to a woman’s body, including loss of breast volume, damage to the abdominal muscles, and increased skin laxity in the midsection. Many of these physical changes can only be remedied by surgical procedures. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of body contouring surgeries designed to restore a woman’s figure to its pre-pregnancy state.

Pregnancy and childbirth can cause abdominal muscles to separate, with the center connecting fascia splayed like taffy between the muscles. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be performed to reposition these muscles and restore the architecture of the abdomen. In most cases, a Mommy Makeover consists of a tummy tuck combined with a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction surgery.

Are you a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover NY PatientBefore surgery is considered, it is recommended that a woman perform core strengthening exercises, modify her diet and return to her pre-pregnancy weight. In some cases, however, diet and exercise simply do not achieve the desired results. This frequently happens after two or three pregnancies, when the architecture of the abdomen has been permanently altered. In these cases, surgery may be the only viable option.

Ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover typically suffer from separated abdominal muscles and loss of breast shape and volume. A woman who has bulging pockets of abdominal fat that do not respond to diet and exercise may wish to consider a Mommy Makeover to regain her pre-pregnancy figure. Patients who undergo a Mommy Makeover at our Manhattan office can expect to enjoy the return of uplifted, tight breasts and a flat, bikini-ready abdomen.

Most women who undergo a Mommy Makeover are in their thirties, but many women in their twenties or forties are also great candidates. A Mommy Makeover is often performed on women who are accustomed to having lean, tight bodies. Young, healthy women who are in good shape generally recover quickly from a Mommy Makeover and face minimal risk of complications.

Preparing for your Mommy Makeover

Like any other surgery, a NYC Mommy Makeover requires careful preparation before the procedure. To avoid complications and unnecessary discomfort, the following steps are recommended:

  • Avoid taking medications, such as aspirin, that can increase bleeding.
  • Maintain a light diet for 24 to 48 hours before the surgery.
  • For patients who require substantial abdominal surgery, bowel preparation to empty the colon may be needed to prevent discomfort.
  • Because flying increases the risk of blood clot formation in the legs, patients should avoid flying for several days before the surgery. In the days leading up to the surgery, patients should remain active to ensure adequate blood circulation.

Recovering from a Mommy Makeover

Before and After Mommy Makeover NYWithin three weeks after a Mommy Makeover, patients are usually 85-95% recovered from the surgery. To ensure a quick and healthy recovery, patients should become mobile as soon as possible. All of our Manhattan patients receive one-on-one overnight care from our outstanding staff of registered nurses, all of whom have extensive experience in helping patients optimize their recovery from plastic surgery. A pain pump, which delivers targeted doses of pain medication to a specific area of the body, can help patients to maintain mobility soon after the surgery. In most cases, patients are up and walking within a few hours after a Mommy Makeover.

Our modern, peaceful overnight Manhattan facility is designed to maximize the comfort of our patients during the recovery process. Our well-appointed, private recovery room is equipped with cable TV, and each patient receives the undivided attention of our overnight nursing staff. Friends and loved ones are welcome to visit the patient during recovery at the facility, but are not allowed to stay overnight. We encourage family members to reserve their energies for after the patient returns home from NYC for their Mommy Makeover, when they may need to take a more active role in the patients recovery process.

Within one week of the surgery, most patients still have sensitivity in their abdominal area, and patients may experience swelling for several weeks after the surgery. Patients are highly mobile within a week of the procedure, but are advised to be conservative with their movements to prevent damage to the sutures. Patients should avoid picking up their children during their recovery from a Mommy Makeover, but driving is allowed within 7 to 10 days after the surgery.

At least 2 to 4 weeks should pass before a patient flies on an airplane. If a patient must fly within a few weeks of a Mommy Makeover, she is strongly encouraged to walk around during the flight to maintain blood circulation. Within three weeks after a Mommy Makeover, patients can resume most of their normal activities.

What are the long-term effects of a Mommy Makeover? Is there scarring?

Mommy Makeover NY PhotosA post-surgical scar is inevitable, but a skilled surgeon can help to minimize the visibility of the scar. The tummy tuck scar usually extends from one hip to another, but the scar tends to fade over time, and is generally unobtrusive after 12 to 18 months. By letting the patient bring in her preferred swimwear before the surgery, we can tailor the location of the incision to minimize the visibility of the scar.

Most patients enjoy a high degree of satisfaction following a NY Mommy Makeover. Patients benefit from stronger abdominal walls, allowing core muscle strength to return to its pre-pregnancy levels. Overall, our patients look and feel much better as a result of their surgeries, and can return to their busy lives with energy and confidence.

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