While motherhood is an extremely rewarding experience, pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact the body in many different ways. A mommy makeover at Breast and Body Center of Austin combines plastic surgeries of the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs into one operation or staged in a series of surgeries to refresh your figure after childbirth. The most common techniques used during a mommy makeover include breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction surgery. The goal is to tighten and soften areas stretched by pregnancy. Our Austin, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV provides these services for women to regain their pre-pregnancy body and an improved self-image. Call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Snyder at the Breast and Body Center of Austin. We will determine if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover and how to tailor a surgical treatment plan that is right for your aesthetic goals.
Summary of Surgeries
Each mommy makeover is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of mothers who want to look and feel their best. Surgical options at the Breast and Body Center of Austin include:
Childbearing and breastfeeding often causes the breasts to lose perkiness and volume, which leaves an unattractive, deflated appearance. Breast augmentation in your mommy makeover adds fullness and volume to the breasts for a more contoured, feminine appearance. We provide breast implants in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and types that can improve the look and feel of breasts.
One of the most common consequences of pregnancy or breastfeeding is losing the firmness of the breast skin. Excess skin due to stretching and loss of breast tissue density, can give the breasts a sagging appearance. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy), eliminates extra skin and tightens the remaining skin for firmer, perkier, more youthful-looking breasts. For your mommy makeover, a breast lift surgery can also be performed in combination with breast augmentation to rejuvenate and volumize the breasts.
For areas such as the hips, thighs, abdomen, and upper arms where unwanted fat often gathers, body contouring using liposuction is an effective option to remove fat deposits after pregnancy. A small cannula is inserted in the area to be treated and fat cells are gently removed. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is commonly performed with other surgeries.
Thigh and Butt Lift
If you have redundant skin on your thighs, or feel that the skin on your buttocks is sagging lower than normal, you may consider having a skin tightening surgery in these areas. A thigh lift and butt lift can be added to a mommy makeover.
The surgical techniques used during a mommy makeover vary based on the condition of each of the body parts the patient wishes to improve. For the breasts, common issues include sagging and loose skin and a loss of breast volume. Some women will have breasts that remain enlarged. Surgeries that may be considered include breast reduction, breast augmentation and/or a breast lift.
For many, a combination of these techniques creates a youthful, beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance. The most common example is a breast augmentation with a lift. For the lower body, it is normal to see loose skin, surface irregularities such as stretch marks, and persistent pockets of fat. These are normally addressed with liposuction and by trimming away excess skin and ‘lifting’ the remaining skin to a new position.
A mommy makeover covers a sizeable area of the body. It is considered an invasive surgery and in many cases will require an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and can take 3 hours or longer to complete. Most women find the recovery to be a slow process. Walking upright is difficult in the first several weeks, and it is recommended that patients take it slow during the initial recovery phase. During the first few weeks after surgery, discomfort, swelling and bruising are common. It is important for patients get up and move around several times a day to help speed the recovery process and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the legs.
Depending on what was addressed during surgery, it could take between 6 months to a year for the final results to appear. With that being said, most patients can go back to a normal routine in an average of 3 weeks; however, strenuous exercise or heavy lifting is strongly discouraged until at least 6 – 8 weeks after surgery. Your mommy makeover can take a few months for all swelling to clear up and scars will fade over time.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mommy Makeover FAQs
How Safe Is it?
A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Snyder, who has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.
Babies After Surgery?
It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before a patient decides to have a mommy makeover. Pregnancy may compromise the results of the surgery because additional skin stretching and weight gain is inevitable. Patients who are uncertain if they will have additional children should consult with their surgeon to discuss the best approach to take.
What About Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks may be minimized when the excess skin is removed. The tightening of the skin and underlying tissues will also help in making the marks less visible. Remaining stretch marks can also be minimized after surgery with skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser and chemical peels.
Will I Have Scars?
While a mommy makeover creates a beautiful new shape and figure for a woman, unfortunately, it does include some scarring. The scars are most common with a breast lift procedure and a tummy tuck. Dr. Synder will make every effort possible to create clean incisions, as well as take great care in minimizing scarring as much as possible. Any scars that result from this surgery will be able to be concealed with undergarments or swimsuits.