An increasingly popular combination of surgeries known as the ” Mommy surgery“ has become prevalent, as women discover there are solutions to the ravages of childbirth on their bodies that accompany the joy and bliss of motherhood.
The female body undergoes very specific and yet at times unpredictable changes with pregnancy. The female hormones affect the fat distribution of the abdomen, hips, and breasts and also the elasticity and nature of the skin of the same and other areas. Fat that accumulates during pregnancy may not disappear after the child is born and stay on as larger hips and an ”abdominal apron“ that hangs over the pubic area, which itself has sagged. The fat can also accumulate in the arms, or under the neck. The breast typically will lose fullness of the upper pole and droop. This sagging of the breast is known as ptosis. In some cases however the breasts do not go back to their normal size after pregnancy but stay enlarged. The rectus muscles that at some time in the past may have given you a ” six pack abdomen“ separate with pregnancy and get progressively more separated with each subsequent pregnancy, leading to loss of the waist line. Finally skin changes and loss of elasticity can affect the genital areas causing darkening of the labia and loosening of the skin in these areas as well as stretching of the vaginal canal by the process of childbirth. The video below will you you some other information about Mommy surgery and my cosmetic plastic surgery practice
How long does Mommy surgery (abdominoplasty-tummy tuck-breast surgery) take?
The surgery takes between 3-4 hours; more if other areas of liposuction such as the thighs are added. Most patients have the surgery performed as an outpatient procedure.
How long is the recovery from Mommy surgery?
Typically patients resume their normal daily activities in 10-14 days.
What are the risks of tummy tuck and breast surgery together?
As with any surgery there are risks of infection and bleeding. The other risks are the same as for the individual surgeries as outlined in the relevant paragraphs.
What type of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is needed for these surgeries.
Is there much discomfort after mommy surgery?
Even though multiple procedures are being performed, the pain is usually the same as for an abdominoplasty which is the largest part of these surgeries. The pain is well controlled with a combination of medicines.
Currently more and more women are opting to have these changes reversed by a series or combination of surgeries. The first is typically a tummy tuck in combination with a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast enlargement and breast lift. Liposuction of the flanks is also performed during this surgery. The result is a reshaping of the abdomen and hips, breasts, and a return to a pre-baby body shape. At times the fat that has been liposuctioned from the abdomen and hips can also be injected back into the buttocks for a Brazilian buttock lift or enlargement. Liposuction of the neck and arms or an armlift can also be performed. Finally, reduction of the labia and removal of excess skin in the genital area can remove the final vestiges of the affects of pregnancy on the body.
These surgeries are typically performed as outpatient procedures, and patients can return to work in 10-14 days. Final healing may take a few months, but patients are encouraged to move around and return to their normal life as soon as possible- few have an option to do otherwise! I usually recommend that my patients are sure they do not want other pregnancies before undertaking these surgeries. If a patient does become pregnant, the procedures do not affect the development of the baby , but the patient may need a ”touch up surgery“ at some time in the future.
I hope this information has been helpful to you and given you some greater insights into the cosmetic plastic surgery options that are available to increase your quality of life.
For more information about ”Mommy Surgery“, tummy tuck, breast surgery or liposuction please call Dr. Tavallali at 703-876-9400(Virginia Office) or 301-907-3838(Maryland Office).