Making Time for You
At Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery, we believe women should be valued and supported as they raise children, work, and care for their families. To us, that means taking some time to do something for you, something that makes you feel feminine and beautiful. Many women find that by the time the children are ready to head off to school, they look in the mirror and find no part of their body looks like it did before pregnancy. A mommy makeover combines different procedures into a single surgery for women who want to restore the bodies of their youth and their self-confidence at the same time.
How Pregnancy Changes the Female Body
There is little doubt that your pregnancy was one of the most cherished events of your life, but the changes that took place during those nine months can leave you less than satisfied with your appearance once your precious bundle of joy arrives. If you breastfeed after pregnancy, the deviations can be even more pronounced. There are many different ways pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body:
- A permanent bulge in the midsection, caused by stretched abdominal muscles
- Areas of fat in the middle that don’t respond to diet and exercise efforts
- Stretch marks that form across the abdomen due to the expansion of the uterus
- Skin laxity around the middle as skin fails to conform to your post-baby shape
- Sagging breasts, sometimes accompanied by nipples that point downward
- Breasts that lose their youthful volume and look deflated
These concerns often don’t improve on their own or even with calorie counting or time at the gym. Plastic surgery may be the only truly effective solution to counter these changes and restore your youthful body profile. Dr. Mordkovich often recommends a mommy makeover for women with multiple post-pregnancy concerns because he can adapt the surgery to each patient and address a host of concerns in a single surgical session.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover is a combination or procedures that are specifically designed to address the concerns women commonly express after having children. The treatments included in the surgery will be customized to the precise needs and desired results of the individual patient. Some of the procedures we might suggest with the mommy makeover include:
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – removes excess skin and tissue from the midsection while tightening loose abdominal muscles to flatten to abdomen and create a smoother appearance
Breast Augmentation – implants are typically used to restore or enhance the size and fullness of the breasts and create a more feminine body contour
Breast Lift – repositions sagging breasts to a perkier, more youthful position on the chest while removing loose skin to create a smoother breast contour
Dr. Mordkovich will take ample time during your initial consultation to discuss your precise concerns and your aesthetic goals. Each of these procedures will be further modified to those goals to ensure you enjoy the precise results you want. With extensive experience and skill in both breast augmentation and abdominal contouring, you can rest assured Dr. Mordkovich is aptly qualified to help you restore your pre-pregnancy body and your self-confidence. His innovative 3D imaging system by Crisalix will help you visualize your results even before you schedule your surgery.
What can I expect from my mommy makeover?
No matter which procedures Dr. Mordkovich includes in your mommy makeover, it will be performed under general anesthesia. If you undergo breast implants, you will likely have an incision underneath the breast in the natural crease. Through this incision, Dr. Mordkovich will place either saline or silicone implants in your breast tissue, in a size, shape and profile that will complement your body proportions. A breast lift involves additional incisions around the areola and down the lower half of the breast, allowing Dr. Mordkovich access to remove excess skin and position the breasts to create a more youthful profile.
Your incision for your tummy tuck will be placed within your bikini line and extend from hipbone to hipbone. Dr. Mordkovich tightens the underlying abdominal muscles if necessary while removing excess tissue and loose skin to create a flatter, firmer midsection. Liposuction may also be added during this procedure to produce further abdominal etching.
Mommy Makeover Recovery and Results
Recovery from your breast enhancement will take one to two weeks, while tummy tuck recuperation is usually closer to three weeks. You will have pain medication for the first few days to keep you comfortable and compression garments to help manage post-operative swelling. Incision care is essential after these procedures to minimize scarring and you will receive instructions on how to care for your incisions in the weeks following surgery.
Once you have fully healed from your mommy makeover, you will enjoy aesthetic enhancements that are both dramatic and long-lasting. To find out if a mommy makeover is right for you, contact Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today at 201-751-9490.