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What is a “Mommy Makeover”?

Plastic Surgery Dubai | 26 August 2019

For those mothers out there who want a firmer, tighter body, even after childbirth, there is the Mommy Makeover Surgery. This revolutionary cosmetic procedure has been developed by cosmetic surgeons with the needs and desires of mother’s everywhere in mind. Essentially, this procedure brings together the best of several popular surgical procedures to restore and rejuvenate the mother’s body back to her pre-pregnancy body, as close as possible.

If you just had children and did not gain too much weight, a mommy makeover might be right for you. During your consultation I will give you several options of one or more procedures to regain your pre-pregnancy body based on your needs. These will usually be one or all of the main procedures involved which are a breast lift with or without implants, abdominoplasty also referred to as a tummy tuck), or liposuction. Depending on your situation you may opt in for all procedures or just do a specific one or two.

What you will learn

    • What exactly is involved in a mommy maker
    • Details about the procedures I may recommend
    • How long is the mommy makeover surgery
    • What to expect pre and post surgery
    • How long will your mommy makeover recovery time last

WHAT IS A MOMMY MAKEOVER?

A Mommy Makeover is a customized cosmetic treatment plan that brings a woman’s body back to normal after pregnancy. Mothers breast loose volume, they begin to sag and may require a breast lift combined with a breast augmentation to increase cup size and volume. Often times there is excess skin that appears like a kangaroo pouch and even with exercise this stubborn area will not go away. One of the main procedures is a tummy tuck with liposuction that contours and reshapes your body to where you feel confident and like your old self again.

Why is it so popular?
Having a child is one of the most amazing things a woman can experience in her life. With pregnancy woman loose the shape and firmness of their pre-pregnancy bodies. So now they have their kids but they still want to look good and feel good. Many mothers are busy and even with several good workouts a week results don’t always come easy. A Mommy makeover surgery can transform you and give you the body of your dreams.

Who is a potential candidate?
The ideal candidate is one who has had kids and has not been breastfeeding for the last six months. Additionally, it is ideal that you are close to your ideal weight and have remained so for the last few months. Any plans you may have for a pregnancy in the future should be discussed with me. Drastic weight changes will usually require additional procedures in order to fix your concerns and needs. I will talk with your about the three mommy makeover procedures, and recommend whether you should have all, one, or two.

WHAT ARE THE MOMMY MAKEOVER PROCEDURES?

Below are the following mommy makeover procedures that you may talk about with your surgeon and will likely recommend as options to reach your body goals.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is the surgical placement of breast implants, saline or silicone to increase fullness and improve symmetry of the breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy.

What happens during breast augmentation surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during breast augmentation surgery.

Step 2 – The incision

Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incisions vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference.

Step 3 – Implant choice

Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when talking with me. Implant type and size will be determined not just on your desired increase in size but more importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type.

Options for Breast Implants

Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue.

Step 4 – Inserting and placing the breast implant

After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement), or directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement). The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type, and your surgeon’s recommendations.

Step 5 – Closing the incisions

Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time the incision lines will fade.

Step 6 – See the results

The results of breast augmentation surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for fuller breasts.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during abdominoplasty surgery.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Breast lift

Breast lift or mastopexy surgery raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Many patients combine this procedure with a breast augmentation, choosing either saline or silicone implants.

What happens during Breast Lift surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during breast lift surgery.

Step 2 – The incision

There are two common incision patterns:

        • Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
        • Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Step 3 – Reshaping your breasts

After I make the incisions:

        • The underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.
        • The nipple and areola are re-positioned to a natural, more youthful height.
        • If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.
        • Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed. Some incision lines resulting from breast lifts are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.

Step 4 – See the results

The results of your breast lift surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for breasts which have been restored to a more youthful and uplifted position.

Liposuction

Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.

What happens during liposuction surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. I will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.

First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Step 3 – See the results

Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the loss of excess fatty tissue should be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.