Motherhood is a wonderful path to take in life as the rewards are incomparable. That being said, this can also come with plenty of personal sacrifice to make way for your family. It is equally important to tend to your needs and do something for yourself.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The natural process that the body endures during pregnancy and labor can bring about changes to one’s feminine physique that are not exactly gratifying. Many women are left reaching for just about anything that can help them recover their previous form. A Mommy Makeover is a combination of coordinating cosmetic procedures that will aid in restoring one’s pre-pregnancy figure. Dr. Prichard puts his skill and expertise to use, in providing his patients with among the best mommy makeovers available.
What to Expect During a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Prichard customizes each Mommy Makeover procedure to the patient's body and what they are hoping to improve upon. However, it is pretty common that most Mommy Makeovers consist of a combination of procedures.
Below is a list of procedures that are frequently included in a Mommy makeover:
- Breast lift - For a perkier, more youthful looking shape
- Breast augmentation - Can restore the size of one’s breasts along with giving a fuller appearance
- Tummy tuck - For a smoother, flatter abdomen
- Liposuction of the abdomen, hips, and flanks to improve proportion throughout the body
- Fillers and injectables - Revitalizing the complexion for more radiant, resilient skin
Nothing takes a toll on the breasts quite like nursing, with the profile suffering from significant sagging, drooping and deflation. Breast ptosis can cause clothes to fit uncomfortably, and it can make one feel self-conscious in social settings. A breast lift is a wonderful solution for these issues, providing corrective relocation of the breast to a more attractive position. A breast lift is often best complemented by a breast augmentation, performed during a mommy makeover, to ensure comprehensive improvement to the whole upper torso.
Both breast volume and size can rapidly decline after breastfeeding and pregnancy, leaving the silhouette distorted and disproportionate. With breast augmentation during a mommy makeover, either silicone or saline breast implants are inserted into carefully designed capsules over or under the pec muscles. The surgery can greatly improve self-confidence, as the breasts may look even more fabulous than they did before childbirth.
Childbirth can have momentous effects on the abdominal muscles. The region known as a “six-pack” separates and weakens, leaving the gut in cosmetic disrepair. Some moms may be tempted to fight belly decline with diet and exercise, but unfortunately there is no workout that can realign the rectus muscles. Only a surgical tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover can adequately address the issue.
Liposuction is one of the world’s safest and most popular body contouring techniques. During the procedure, often as part of a mommy makeover, excess fatty tissue is suctioned out through slender cannulas (“little reeds”) inserted through minor incisions. Watch in delight as your post-pregnancy body regains its slim, shapely curves, making swimwear, evening wear and ordinary everyday clothing fit like a dream.
The breasts and torso aren’t the only places that suffer setbacks after childbirth. The face too may show signs of stress, fatigue and aging, but these can be easily combatted through an innovative regimen of non-surgical injectables that target wrinkles, fine lines, facial folds, furrows crow’s feet and even depletion of volume in the lips, cheeks and jowls. Dr. Prichard is a leading authority in the administration of Botox, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm and a variety of other exciting new fillers on the market.
What About Recovery?
As a Mommy Makeover is a comprised of a series of coordinated procedures, you will only have to contend with recovery one time. The length of this recovery period depends on the particular procedures you select to have done. However, it is relatively common for patients to feel able to return to work within 2 weeks or so.
It is recommended that you stay away from any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the first six weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery, it is best to bring them up before your surgery day. In the interest of delivering among the best Mommy Makeover, Dr. Prichard is there for every step of your healing process.
Why Choose Dr. Prichard?
Dr. Prichard is a licensed plastic surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as a Diplomate of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has ample amounts of education and training under his belt, as well as recognition in the media and amongst his peers.
While Dr. Prichard consistently presents beautiful results for all of his many plastic surgery procedures independently, when done together as part of a mommy makeover, you can be sure that the finished product is of the utmost beauty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will There Be Scars with a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover can restore your body after having children, and incisions are required to make this happen. Our surgeon with extensive expertise and good technique can control scarring and instruct you on to how to minimize the scars so they fade to being almost invisible. With our careful incision placement, you should be comfortable wearing even the most revealing clothing.
Will Health Insurance Cover my Mommy Makeover?
While your health insurance may in some rare cases cover some portion of a mommy makeover, most of the procedures included are generally considered to be elective and will, therefore, not be covered. Our staff is extremely familiar with working with insurance companies and will assist with these questions.
What is the Cost of a Mommy Makeover?
The cost of a mommy makeover can vary greatly depending on where you live, the number and type of procedures you choose to include, and your surgeon. It is safe to estimate that most mommy makeovers will cost between $9,000 and $20,000. There is no way to get an exact quote for a mommy makeover without a private consultation with your surgeon.
Can I Have a Mommy Makeover if I Have Not Had Children Yet?
Definitely! The term “mommy makeover” generally refers to a combination of procedures designed to treat the impact of pregnancy and breastfeeding on a woman’s body. While mothers are definitely the majority of our clients for this procedure, there are also many women who need this procedure due to dramatic weight loss, sagging skin with age, stretch marks, stubborn pockets of fat, and more.
Can I Still Breastfeed After a Mommy Makeover?
Yes, it is still possible to breastfeed after a breast augmentation done as part of a mommy makeover. This would depend on the method in which the doctor places the implants, so be sure to mention this during your consultation. Something to keep in mind, however, is that breastfeeding after your breast augmentation can possibly result in the need for a future breast lift, due to stretching and sagging commonly caused by breastfeeding. Ideally, mothers should wait six months after breastfeeding their last child before moving forward with a breast augmentation.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for You?
Even after losing the weight you may have gained during your pregnancy, many women find that their body has been altered in such a manner that prohibits them from feeling completely comfortable in their own skin. Very often these changes can include:
- Stretch-marks and sagging skin
- A protruding abdomen
- Diminished, drooping breasts
The changes that your body experiences during pregnancy can cause the breasts and abdominal skin to develop stretch marks. Stretch marks will not diminish without the aid of surgery. Additionally, the position, shape, and contour of your breasts tend to progress from youthful and voluminous to drooping and flat. Your previously flat tummy may develop a “pooch,” as many women describe it, which is extremely difficult to get rid of, even with a well-balanced diet and consistent exercise.
In the interest of delivering among the bestmommy makeovers, Dr. Prichard will be able to help you decide on a treatment plan that suits your goals and expectations.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’d like to further explore your options for mommy makeovers, request a consultation online. Or if you’d rather, you can call the office directly and one of our staff members can assist you.