While motherhood is an extremely rewarding experience, pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact the body in many different ways. A mommy makeover at Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center 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 Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center 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.
"I had an amazing experience with beautiful results - I couldn’t be happier with my breast augmentation results. Everyone that I met from my first consultation to my post follow up after surgery were extremely helpful and informative. Dr. Snyder himself is an amazing surgeon. My results are perfect and better than I ever could have imagined. I highly recommend him if you are thinking about this procedure. His PA, Jen was extremely helpful and informative as well. The facilities from Dr. Snyder’s office to the surgical site used were clean, beautiful and comfortable. I felt well taken care the entire time and am thrilled with my results."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 08, 2018
"After back to back pregnancies, my body had been put through the ringer in a short period of time. I had an umbilical hernia and diastasis recti. Dr. Snyder restored my body and sanity after a mini tummy tuck and a much needed breast lift. I never imagined the results I got. They were better than I expected and my husband was very impressed as well. Dr. Snyder is a true artist! I have told all my Mommy friends to get their "Body by Snyder." Thank you Dr. Snyder for making me feel and look like myself again!"- A.D. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"Highly Recommended - I recently had Eurothreads, non-surgical face lift, with Dr. Ned Snyder and Jen. During the treatment, I was very confident in Dr. Snyder’s expertise and gentleness. Jen was there to assist during treatment and helped explain the procedure to me. I am very pleased with my results. I can not say enough about Dr. Snyder, Jen and his wonderful team. I highly recommend him for non surgical and surgical procedures."- J. / RealSelf / Jan 20, 2020
"I chose Dr. Snyder for my tummy tuck and liposuction. He came highly referred by a friend as well as online reviews. I’m truly thankful that I chose Dr. Snyder and his staff as they cared for me as if I were a loved one. I felt safe, educated, respected, and cared for in a real genuine and honest way.I had first consulted with Sono Bello and fear what my results would have been if I would have chosen that route. I am 5 weeks post surgery, couldn't be happier with my results, my follow ups, and the support from his staff to answer and and all questions along the way. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Snyder and getting to know his care team during your consultation. I've been waiting to do this for a decade and wouldn't change a thing.Thanks team!!!"- M.J. / Google / Oct 21, 2019
"I met Dr. Ned Snyder as I was looking for a second opinion for a revision of breast reconstruction and a neck lift. And I am so happy I did. The interaction between physician and patient started wonderfully since the very beginning. I was able to get an appointment with him soon after my telephone call to his office, and continued smoothly throughout the whole process, prior to surgery, during surgery itself, and on all my post-surgery appointments. Dr. Ned Snyder is not onl...y a fantastic surgeon but also an artist. What he did with my body I consider it a piece of art! The results were well beyond my expectations. Dr. Snyder and all his staff are professional, warm, and courteous. In addition, the cost estimate I received from Dr. Snyder’s office after my consultation with him was about half of previous estimates with other plastic surgeons. I am forever grateful to Dr. Ned Snyder."- C.C. / Facebook / Oct 14, 2019
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.
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.
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