What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a blanket term to describe a combination of procedures to re-contour the body. While it typically includes a tummy tuck and breast surgery, Dr. Robert Whitfield always approaches each patient from a 360˚ viewpoint. He wants you to be exceptionally pleased with your restored body and plans your procedures to achieve that goal.
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During a mommy makeover consultation, Dr. Whitfield will perform a full physical exam. He will assess:
- Abdomen skin condition and any stretch marks or saggy areas
- Quantity of excess fat lodged on abdomen
- Breast appearance (saggy, deflated looking, droopy, or lost volume)
- Nipple size and position on breasts
- Proportion of your waist to hips and buttocks
- Condition of underlying muscle structure, whether stretched or split
Additionally, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your individual goals and discuss your lifestyle. Together, you will come up with the best combination of procedures to deliver what you envision for a restored, pre-pregnancy body – or better.
What is the recovery time from a mommy makeover?
Recovery will depend on the procedures performed in your custom mommy makeover, as well as whether Dr. Whitfield needed to repair stretched or split abdominal muscles. This surgical technique will improve the look of a protruding lower abdomen commonly appears after pregnancy or multiple pregnancies. The abdomen will feel tighter over the first few months following surgery.
Most breast and abdominal procedures can be safely combined. Whether or not this is safe for you will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
A mommy makeover is typically done under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center and may or may not require an overnight stay. Although swelling following breast surgery may take in the range of three to six months to fully resolve, most patients will notice a marked improvement at six weeks and are able to get back to normal life in about two weeks after surgery, although you will need to limit vigorous exercise until given the medical okay to do so.
Drainless tummy tuck in a mommy makeover
For some women, Dr. Whitfield performs what is called a drainless tummy tuck. In this procedure a tissue glue can be used to help eliminate the need for a drain. The long-lasting analgesic Exparel is used during surgery to prevent discomfort for up to three days, speeding recovery.