Nothing compares with motherhood. The experiences changed your life; they also changed your body. The toll on your body from pregnancy and childbearing may include sagging breasts, loose abdominal skin, unwanted fat deposits, and a weakened abdomen. The more times you have given birth, the more your body is affected. Learn more about our Mommy Makeover procedure in Boston at the Clareo Centers for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A Mommy Makeover in Boston is a procedure designed to address changes in the body that are often associated with pregnancy, such as excess fat, sagging breasts, and loose skin around the abdomen.
Combining procedures for the breasts and body, our Boston Mommy Makeover patients often choose a breast lift and/or breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, and/or liposuction for their customized procedure. In addition, some women may opt for a breast reduction or a Brazilian butt lift. However, your Mommy Makeover is whatever you want it to be and can include almost any combination of surgical or nonsurgical procedures.
There are critical factors to consider before undergoing invasive surgery. During your consultation for a Mommy Makeover Boston plastic surgeon, Dr. Tantillo will discuss all your options and conduct a thorough examination to determine if the Mommy Makeover is a suitable choice for you. Essential factors to consider include:
Are you done having children? New mothers must have fully recovered from childbirth before having surgery. Additionally, if you are still breastfeeding, certain injectables must be avoided. It is highly recommended to wait until your breasts return to a stable shape and size. Otherwise, it may become difficult to maintain your new surgical results. Also, significant weight fluctuations will dramatically alter your post-surgical results.
After surgery, it is vital you have help and assistance for household tasks, but you will also need adequate childcare if you have small children. While you are recovering, you will not be allowed to pick up anything over five to ten pounds for four to six weeks after your surgery. Needlessly lifting objects or trying to care for a child could cause you serious injury.
Your Mommy Makeover will be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals and concerns. Generally, a Mommy Makeover includes a combination of procedures for the breasts and body. Some of the most common surgical options include:
After childbearing, the breasts may take on a deflated or flattened appearance. This is especially true for mothers who nursed their children. Breast augmentation can help restore breast volume and create fuller, more youthful-looking breasts. At Clareo Centers for Aesthetic Surgery, we offer breast augmentation using silicone or saline implants and fat transfer breast augmentation.
Some women may want to reduce the size of their breasts post-childbearing. A breast reduction removes excess fat and skin so that the breasts are more proportionate to the body. The reduction of your breasts depends on your breast composition and the current size of your breasts. You may not get the exact cup size you want, but your surgeon will determine the best options for you. Many breast reduction patients end up going down one or two cup sizes.
It’s very common for women to notice sagging breasts after having children. Drooping breasts can also occur as a normal part of aging, as well as with dramatic weight loss. A breast lift can restore the breasts to a more elevated position on the chest wall. This creates a perkier appearance that is often associated with youth. Breast lifts can be performed alone or with breast augmentation for women who want to increase their chest size in addition to improving the breast shape and position.
A Brazilian butt lift transfers unwanted fat from one part of the body to the buttocks. The result is fuller and better-contoured buttocks. Likewise, fat vacuumed away during liposuction is collected and transferred to the buttocks. The final result is a more youthful shape and appearance.
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing baby. After the baby is born, however, you may be left with loose, sagging skin around your waistline and weak muscle tone. While abdominal exercise can help some, only a tummy tuck can remove extra skin and fat around the midsection while tightening the abdominal wall. This will create a flat, tight stomach that looks lean and fit. In addition, a tummy tuck is the only way to repair the stomach muscles in women who have diastasis recti, or separation of the abdominal muscles.
Gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy is normal and encouraged. However, once the baby is born, many women struggle to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. Fat often accumulates around the midsection, thighs, and hips during pregnancy and can be hard to lose after childbirth. Liposuction uses a vacuum mechanism to suction away stubborn fat from almost any area of the body. It is often used during tummy tuck surgery to slim the waistline, but can also be performed alone on the thighs, arms, flanks, back, and buttocks.
The advantage of undergoing several surgeries simultaneously is that you are healing concurrently from all your procedures at one time. The Mommy Makeover is designed to target multiple problem areas at once. Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Tantillo offers personalized attention to achieve your aesthetic goals. Benefits of a Mommy Makeover include:
While many patients have similar body concerns they want to be addressed at Clareo Centers, your treatment plan is uniquely designed for you in mind.
All women should wait at least six months after giving birth before undergoing the procedure. Consider a Mommy Makeover only after you decide you are not planning to have any more children.
While it is possible to safely carry a pregnancy after a Mommy Makeover, the effects of the Mommy Makeover will diminish. If you opt for breast augmentation or reduction, you may not have the ability to nurse another baby. Wait several months after breastfeeding your last child before considering a Mommy Makeover. In addition, your weight should have stabilized after following a diet and exercise regimen. A Mommy Makeover is many things, but it is not a weight-loss procedure. When you reach your goal weight, that is the right time to schedule a Mommy Makeover.
Our Clareo doctors use advanced surgical techniques to reduce your downtime and speed your recovery so that you can get back to your routine faster.
Your mommy makeover procedure will be performed in a state-of-the-art aesthetic surgery center. The length of your operation will depend on the number and type of cosmetic procedures you choose. Typically, however, mommy makeover surgery will last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. You will receive general anesthesia for your mommy makeover. It’s important that you have someone to drive you home and help you around the house after surgery. Our Clareo surgeons strive to deliver the best Mommy Makeover Boston has to offer. Your incisions will also be placed and sutured as discreetly as possible to ensure you look natural and feel confident.
Our Boston-area aesthetic surgery center places the utmost importance on quality, safety, and service to make your experience with us nothing short of exceptional. Reclaim the body you had before pregnancy with a Mommy Makeover. Learn more about whether you are an ideal Mommy Makeover candidate and about the procedures you are considering. We will answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. Let’s make your aesthetic dream a reality! Contact the Clareo Centers for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
The recovery time for Mommy Makeover surgery depends on the procedures chosen. However, some patients spend one night after surgery in the surgery center or hospital. A Mommy Makeover is major surgery. You will need someone to drive you home after your discharge from the hospital.
You will likely feel tired and sore immediately after surgery, but many of our patients feel well enough to be up and walking by the evening of their Mommy Makeover. It’s important to have someone help you around the house for one to two weeks after your procedure. Office work and light aerobic activity can usually be resumed in about two to three weeks. However, you will be asked to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for up to six weeks. Most patients take at least two weeks off work after a Mommy Makeover. Full recovery takes between four to eight weeks, depending on the procedures performed and the individual patient.
You need to rest and recuperate, which means focusing on yourself rather than the needs of others. If possible, ask friends or family members to watch your children or hire a childcare provider during the initial recovery period. The same holds true for performing household chores. Additional recovery tips for major surgery include:
Do not try to do too much, too soon. Your body will tell you what it can and cannot do at a particular point, so listen to it.
Our advanced 3D imaging technology can show you what you’ll look like after your Mommy Makeover by creating a lifelike avatar of your new body.
Our office uses Crisalix software to help you visualize your results before surgery. This advanced 3D imaging technology can show you what you’ll look like after your mommy makeover by creating a lifelike avatar of your new body. You’ll be able to “try on” different breast implant sizes and see how different surgical techniques can impact your appearance. Our Clareo doctors use Crisalix when creating your personalized mommy makeover treatment plan so that you feel informed and confident about your decision.
Your post-surgical scars will fade over time and are barely visible or hidden by clothing.
Depending on your procedures, all of your surgical scars are hidden discreetly. This means you can wear something as revealing as a bikini and not be noticeable. Remember bikinis?! They are a possibility again after recovery from a Mommy Makeover. Tummy tuck incisions are made as low as possible so that the scar is invisible when wearing a bikini or lowrise underwear. Breast scarring will depend on the type of procedure, but all such scarring is hidden by a bra or bikini top. Liposuction scars are minimal and barely noticeable post-healing.
Payment and financing options are available for your convenience.
The price of a Mommy Makeover varies from patient to patient based on the procedures performed and the extent of the procedures performed. There is a wide range in cost, from $8,000 to $20,000. A Mommy Makeover is considered a cosmetic procedure, and typically insurance will not cover the costs. There are exceptions for specific procedures. For instance, if overly large breasts are causing chronic back pain, your insurance may pay for a breast reduction. However, we recommend checking with your insurance provider about your coverage options.
While the length of time for a Mommy Makeover depends on the types of procedures, the surgery is usually completed within four to five hours. How long it takes to perform a Mommy Makeover varies by the number of operations involved.
Mommy makeovers are done under general anesthesia. The doctor will prescribe medication to ease discomfort while you recover. You can expect some pain and discomfort while you recover. It is imperative to follow post-operative instructions to minimize your pain and heal properly.
The results of your Mommy Makeover are progressive and will continue to evolve over time. By about six weeks, most of the swelling should have subsided, and you should be enjoying your new shape. If you eat right and exercise regularly, the results of your Mommy Makeover can last for many years.
Most women can begin light exercise, such as walking, within a week or two of surgery. By the third or fourth week, additional exercise, such as yoga, may be added. Expect to wait six to eight weeks and receive a doctor’s clearance before engaging in more vigorous exercise.
This will vary based on your particular surgical plan and your body’s ability to heal. Typically, you will need to avoid sleeping on your side for at least six weeks following surgery. We will review your plan during your consultation and let you know a more precise timeline for your recovery.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a Mommy Makeover, but complications are rare. Side effects from your surgery include bleeding, implant leakage or capsular contraction, infection, nipple sensation loss, poor incision healing, and deep vein thrombosis.
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