What is a Mommy Makeover?
While having a child is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest gifts, for many mothers, trying to regain their pre-pregnancy figure can be a very frustrating and daunting task. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations can all wreak havoc on a woman’s breasts, abdomen and flanks. Niki Christopoulos MD, FACS , our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, will custom-design the correct combination of procedures for you to improve your body, restore your self confidence and give you a more shapely and proportionate figure.
A Mommy Makeover can involve a variety of procedures designed to specifically improve your areas of concern. It can include a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation to correct sagging and deflated breasts; an Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck surgery to reduce the excess abdominal skin and fat while tightening your abdominal muscles to improve overall contour, Liposuction to contour excess fat pockets from a variety of body areas; as well as non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation to improve the tired facial appearance that nights of breastfeeding can create.
The Mommy Makeover is among the most successful procedures cosmetic surgeons have created in the last 30 years. It resonates instantly with a lot of today’s moms– women who are proud to be mothers but want to regain their previous physiques. Mothers who have actually put their children first and perhaps forgotten the delight of looking after themselves. Ladies who may want to resume or begin a profession, or just look their best again.
The reasons for considering a Mommy Makeover cosmetic procedure vary, while the mix of treatments they choose are even more diverse. In fact, a Mommy Makeover can be just about any combination a woman and her plastic surgeon can create.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is normally at the heart of a Mommy Makeover. Pregnancy takes a toll on the female body, stretching both the skin and stomach muscles. Once the muscles are altered, no amount of money of sit-ups can restore their old tone. Through a cut short on the stomach, a plastic surgeon can sew the muscles back together and remove any redundant skin.
Almost every Chicago mom puts on weight around the hips, thighs and upper body during pregnancy. After giving birth, those fat pockets can be frustratingly stubborn to reduce. Many women will choose liposuction to rid their post-childbirth bodies of love handles or saddlebags that didn’t exist prior to childbirth. Liposuction is often performed in addition to a tummy tuck.
Breast surgery is also a very common part of a Mommy Makeover, Chicago moms know. Childbearing, together with the easy passage of time, does have an effect on the perky, vibrant looking breasts many mothers remember having at one time. Lots of mothers choose to undergo breast lift surgical treatment, some with implants to replace lost volume. Sometimes breast reduction and lift is the surgical treatment of option.
These 3 treatments, abdominoplasty, liposuction and breast surgery, are considered the traditional Mommy Makeover. When a patient is in excellent health and each operation is routine and not awfully comprehensive, lots of plastic surgeons will consider performing them at the same time. The key is to limit the amount of basic anesthesia time as much as possible.
Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Ideal Candidates for a Mommy Makeover are patients who:
- Are at or near their ideal body weight but still have sagging excess tummy skin with weakened abdominal muscles
- Have drooping and deflated breasts
- Appear tired even though they may be well rested
Dr. Niki Christopoulos’ Approach to a Mommy Makeover Procedure
A Mommy Makeover may include one or more of the following procedures. To find out more about these procedures, click on the following links:
Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Christopoulos to discuss further any questions you may have and to determine which procedures are the best for your customized Mommy Makeover.