The “Mommy Makeover” is a popular combination of plastic surgery procedure that repairs the damage left behind by multiple pregnancies. In a mommy makeover, a plastic surgeon combines a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift or a combination breast lift and augmentation to restore a woman’s body. Each of the procedures targets an area that women simply can’t repair with diet and exercise following childbirth.
The Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck is a major component of the mommy makeover. The mother’s abdomen has been stretched repeatedly by pregnancy. Not only is the skin slack and show signs of stretch marks, the layer of tissue and muscle underneath the skin is just as overstretched as well. This forms the unsightly pouch that so many mothers are forced to deal with even after losing the baby weight. The tummy tuck removes a significant portion of this damaged skin while pulling new skin into place to create a smooth abdomen. The muscles underneath are tightened as well to recreate a strong, flat belly.
Liposuction is employed to remove the excess pockets of fat that remain after motherhood. These pockets may be anywhere on the body, but often surgeons target the fat that has cemented itself to the mother’s thighs, waistline or buttocks. Liposuction can be used to create a smooth contour where the tummy tuck has smoothed the waistline as well.
The final surgery usually employed in a mommy makeover is the breast lift or augmentation. In the breast lift, excess skin is removed to recreate the natural breasts in a higher, perkier position. Other mothers opt to make the breast larger using silicone or saline implants. The total effect is a woman’s whose body has been repaired and balanced through the cosmetic surgery – her breasts are high and perky again. Her tummy is tight and flat and her contours are smooth again. Best of all, she is able to enjoy all of that along with her children.