Mommy Makeover by ROXY Plastic Surgery
After you are done having your kids, it’s time to focus on you again! It’s frustrating to have your body change and not be able to tighten loose skin on your abdomen or get rid of unwanted belly fat. Usually your breasts change too – some women have sagging, some women’s breast become very small and deflated, and others need a breast reduction after having kids. There is no work-out that can adequately return your body to its previous state. That’s why a Mommy Makeover is one of the most common procedures at ROXY Plastic Surgery.
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HOW IT WORKS
Consultation and Planning
When you come to a consultation at ROXY Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grawe will examine you to help you decide what operation is best for you. Most Mommy Makeovers address Breast and Belly concerns but some patients carry excess fat in the thighs or other problem areas. Dr. Grawe will address each of your concerns. If you have lost the fullness of your breasts, you may benefit from a Breast Augmentation. If you have breast ptosis (sagging), you can get perky breasts with a Mastopexy (breast lift). If your breasts are large and heavy, you may want a Breast Reduction.
Your abdomen changes after having children also. If you have loose skin and stretch-marks, you will benefit from an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) to tighten your abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. If your skin is tight but you have unwanted fat, liposuction may be recommended. At ROXY Plastic Surgery, we will tailor-make a plan just for you!
A Mommy Makeover is typically an outpatient surgery so you can go home the same day. The length of the surgery depends on which combination of procedures you choose. You will be under general anesthesia so you will be completely asleep. Your breast and abdomen will be repaired from having kids and you will wake up with a surgical bra and abdominal binder to decrease the swelling. You will be able to go home about an hour later.
You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be very swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down.
You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed. This is important to prevent blood clots. You may remove your outer dressing and shower 48 hours after surgery. You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.
You may drive and return to work when you are no long taking prescription pain medicine. Most people are able to return to a light duty job 2-4 weeks after surgery.
Remember that everyone is different. Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone. The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery. The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.
With every surgery there are risks involved including bleeding, infection, blood clots, pain, scarring, delayed healing and need for further surgery. Here are some complications specific to a Mommy Makeover – the risks really depend on which combination of procedures you choose:
- Capsular Contracture
- Skin Wrinkling/Rippling
- Implant Problems
- Wound Healing Problems
- Blood Clots
Infections in the presence of an implant are harder to treat than infections in normal body tissues. If an infection does not respond to antibiotics, the implant may have to be removed.
Scar tissue, which forms internally around the tissue implant, is normally soft and you cannot feel it but, it can tighten and make the breast round, firm, and possibly painful. Excessive firmness of the breasts can occur soon after surgery or years later and is not predictable. This problem often requires surgery to treat.
The implant may be seen or felt mostly on the bottom of the breast or on the side where the muscle doesn’t completely cover the implant. This can give a wrinkle- look and occurs most often in very thin patients with very little breast tissue to start out with. This occurs less often with silicone implants.
Implants of all types are manufactured products and can fail. They can deflate which causes them to change shape. This is repaired with further surgery to replace the implant.
If an area of the abdominal skin does not heal normally, you may develop a wound which requires dressing changes and takes longer than normal to heal.
Most people are not symmetrical from one side to the other and there may be asymmetries after surgery as well.
A tummy tuck scar goes from hip to hip but is very low like a C-section scar. This can be covered by most types of panties or bathing suits. There may be a scar that looks worse than normal and additional treatments can be done to improve the result.
All surgery may put you at risk for blood clots in your legs and abdominoplasty does have a risk of this problem as well. There are measures taken during and after surgery to avoid this risk.