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Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover – Plastic Surgery After Childbirth

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

After having children, some women look to plastic surgery to reverse the effects of aging, pregnancy, and childbirth. Although you may be concerned that plastic surgery after childbirth will take too much time away from your busy schedule, a fresh perspective and younger feel may help you to accomplish more with greater efficiency. At Boulder Plastic Surgery, we offer Mommy Makeover surgery, which can include procedures such as:

  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck

Planning Your Mommy Makeover

One of the benefits of Mommy Makeover surgery is that the procedure can be tailored to meet your individual wants and needs.  The type and extent of the surgery depends on which parts of the body you are looking to improve. Listed below are the procedures that can be included and combined as part of Mommy Makeover surgery.

Breast Lift

Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, is a procedure designed to lift, firm, and reshape the breasts. Results are achieved by tightening the surrounding tissue as well as eliminating excess skin. Pregnancy, weight loss, and heredity can cause the breasts to lose shape and firmness. At your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine the technique that will deliver optimal results. Any incisions made will be located in areas that can easily be hidden by clothing, and they will eventually fade or heal over time.

Breast Augmentation

With breast augmentation, improvement to the size and shape of the breasts is possible with the use of silicone or saline implants. There are three different ways that the procedure can be performed, which will depend on your desired outcome as well as the type and size of the implant you choose. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss which method is best for you.

With the use of a tube and vacuum device, unwanted fat deposits can be removed to improve overall body shape. The purpose of liposuction is not to decrease body weight, but to provide a smoother and more contoured profile in areas that do not sufficiently respond to proper diet and exercise. Liposuction is typically performed on the thighs, hips, waist, and back. Other areas that may be treated include the abdomen, buttocks, legs, upper arms, neck, and face.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to remove excess fat and skin located in the abdominal area. The procedure may also restore muscles in the area that have weakened or separated. This helps to create a firm, smooth abdominal profile. Loose or sagging abdominal skin can be caused by previous surgery, heredity, aging, pregnancy, and significant fluctuations in weight.

Preparing For Your Mommy Makeover

Being well prepared for your Mommy Makeover surgery can play a significant role in how successful the procedure(s) and your recovery are. It is very important to follow the orders and recommendations outlined by your doctor, especially regarding medications and dosage.

Be in Good Health

If you have any medical conditions that could end up interfering with your health, be sure to discuss them with your doctor at your consultation. Being in good health at the time of your surgery is essential. If a new condition arises after your initial consultation, be sure to speak to your doctor before the day of your surgery.

Stop Smoking

Before your Mommy Makeover surgery, you must quit smoking for at least one month. Smoking cessation must continue for the entire recovery process as well. Because smoking constricts the blood vessels and diminishes oxygen delivery to your cells, you may be at risk for complications during surgery. Smoking also compromises the body’s ability to heal due to a lack of oxygen rich blood. As a result, scars could end up healing poorly.

Take the Proper Medications

Before your procedure, it is also important to avoid over-the-counter medications that can thin the blood, which can lead to difficulties during surgery. Before your surgery takes place, you will be given a list of medications that will assist your surgery and recovery, as well as a list of those that should be avoided.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

For a successful surgery and recovery, it is crucial to follow the pre-operative instructions provided by your doctor. Depending on the procedure, it is possible that you will be asked to avoid eating and drinking the night before surgery. You may also be asked not to take certain vitamins, minerals, or medications if possible. If you end up eating or drinking before the surgery or happen to take anything you have been instructed not to, be sure to inform your surgeon.

Ask About Your Mommy Makeover Recovery

Before your surgery, it is important to discuss Mommy Makeover recovery time with your surgeon. Estimated recovery time varies from patient to patient depending on the specific combination of procedures. By talking with your doctor in advance, you can be prepared with reasonable expectations for when you will be able to resume your daily activities, go back to work, and return to your exercise regiment.

Mommy Makeover Cost

The cost of Mommy Makeover surgery depends on the individual patient as well as the procedures selected. If you have been considering plastic surgery after childbirth and would like to learn more about pricing as well as what each procedure entails, be sure to set up a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery. Complete our online scheduling form, or give us a call today at 303-578-4193 for additional information.

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