How successfully did the surgeon appreciate and achieve their goals? Would patients have the surgery again? Was it worth it? Would they recommend the procedure and the surgeon to their friends? Pictures alone cannot afford you this information. Your surgeon’s website should offer a complete window into your surgeon’s aesthetic talents and ability to achieve a high level of patient satisfaction.
What are the risks of a Mommy Makeover?
As with any surgery, there are certain inherent risks. These include scar tissue formation, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, asymmetry, numbness, and swelling. Fortunately, the risks of severe complications with a mommy makeover procedure is small when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon in a fully-accredited facility.
Common conditions which increase the potential for complications include obesity, diabetes, tobacco smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. You do not want to place yourself at unnecessary risks. Be certain that your surgeon carefully reviews your entire medical history and takes the appropriate measures to minimize those risks. When considering any combination surgery, your personal safety and well-being should always come first.
Are supplements or vitamins required for my Mommy Makeover?
Most American women receive most of their required vitamins in a balanced and normal diet. Many homeopathic supplements will actually increase bruising as they act as blood thinners. The same is true for Vitamin E. It is generally recommended to stop all supplements and Vitamin E two weeks prior to your surgery.
Many Plastic Surgeons feel that Arnica Montana and Bromelain combinations, taken before and several days after surgery, will diminish the discoloration and swelling associated with your procedure.
However, avoid these if you have a history of migraines as they may aggravate your condition. Multivitamins A, B, C, D, and Zinc are known to be beneficial to wound healing and are fine to continue to take in normal doses both before and after surgery.
Healing requires a minimum of 70 – 90 grams of protein daily and this should be your dietary goal postoperatively. Make certain you get adequate rest and hydration.
Do I need a lymphatic massage following my Mommy Makeover?
While a lymphatic massage may decrease swelling postoperatively, it usually does not diminish your total healing time. Surgery disrupts the normal flow of fluid through your lymphatic channels, leading to edema and inflammation. A well-trained therapist can encourage these stagnant exudates back into these channels and facilitate drainage away from the surgical site. Most patients feel better after a massage and believe that they see improvement.
Most postoperative swelling will resolve spontaneously, but regular compression and a massage will shorten the time required. Ultrasound has been shown to improve areas of induration and lumpiness. Avoid excessive heat or cold applications in the first several weeks following surgery, until your skin sensation has totally returned.
What are my alternatives to a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery can be expensive. Most patients seek out surgery only after they have tried multiple diet regimens and medications. Exercise, even with a personal trainer, has been equally disappointing. Many have lost significant weight and toned flabby muscles to no avail. While they are healthier and have attained an improved quality of life, their problems persist.
The empty, sagging breasts drained by childbirth and breast feeding still need the additional volume of implants. The hanging tummy skin and distended abdominal wall still require surgical tightening. While dedicated core exercise can achieve significant abdominal tightening, it cannot remove stretch marks, flatten muscular separations, or shrink excessive drooping skin. Unfortunately, nothing else can achieve the dramatic results seen with a well-performed mommy makeover surgery.
Am I too old for a Mommy Makeover?
Age is a relative term– the important question is whether you are healthy enough to undergo the surgery. This depends more on other factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and your overall medical condition. Many women in their 60s and even 70s have had mommy makeovers.
Can fat from my Tummy Tuck be used to enhance my breasts?
Yes. The abdominal fat can be utilized to enlarge, fill, and lift the breasts. The waist fat is one of the most stubborn and persistent areas of fat on a woman’s body. It, therefore, makes a natural filler for drooping and deflated breasts.
Can a Brazilian Butt Lift be performed with a Mommy Makeover?
The hourglass tummy tuck procedure includes a Brazilian butt lift with a tummy tuck and Liposuction. It has become one of Dr. Shienbaum’s most popular and powerful body contouring procedures.
Can a Labiaplasty procedure be included with a Mommy Makeover?
As the tummy tuck procedure narrows the waist and removes the overhanging abdominal skin, any issues with the labia and pubic area are exposed. A labiaplasty procedure can correct any asymmetry and irregularity of the labia and mons pubis. Often, fat grafting can provide fuller and more youthful-looking tissues.
Is a Breast Lift part of a Mommy Makeover procedure?
Rejuvenation of the breasts is an important element in the mommy makeover transformation. A breast lift can reverse sagging and ptotic breasts, while a breast reduction can treat oversized and pendulous breasts.