Becoming a parent is one of life’s great joys and privileges. Motherhood changes your life and can also change your body. Pregnancy can result in breast deflation and droop, excess and loose abdominal skin, core weakness due to abdominal muscle separation, and unwanted persistent fat deposition. The more times you have given birth, the more your body may be affected. You can restore your body to its youthful beauty with our Boston Mommy Makeover.
Clareo Plastic Surgery in Boston, MA, is one of the top practices for cosmetic surgery in New England. Dr. Tantillo, Dr. Lee, and the entire team of skilled aesthetic care professionals at Clareo are committed to giving patients the most professional and caring Mommy Makeover experience available. Our practitioners take the time and effort to get to know you and your aesthetic preferences in order to tailor your procedure to the exact combination needed for stunning results that you will be thrilled with for years to come.
Dr. Lee’s message to those considering a Mommy Makeover: Kids bring joy to your life, but wreak havoc on your body that no amount of diet and exercise can fix. There are structural changes that happen in your breast tissue, skin, and abdominal wall that leave a lot of hard working moms feeling incomplete and self conscious. My goal with your mommy makeover is to get your body back to where it was before your sacrifice, to see yourself once again as you always thought you should, and to feel like you always wanted to. It’s about restoring your natural feminine curvature. By accentuating your peaks and reducing your valleys, I am able to highlight your own underlying feminine physique and reveal our own natural beauty. You have given so much to your family, now it’s time for you!
Dr. Tantillo’s message to those considering a Mommy Makeover: I particularly enjoy Mommy Makeover consultations for a few reasons. The surgical plan really starts as a blank palette filled in uniquely for each patient based on her aspirations. The individual procedures of the Mommy Makeover work synergistically to lead to the patient’s rejuvenation; the sum is greater than the parts. Finally, the patient’s reaction to their transformation is priceless
A Mommy Makeover is a procedure tailored to each person and designed to address changes in the body that are often associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding, such as excess fat, sagging breasts, and loose skin around the abdomen. Combining procedures for the breasts and body, our patients often choose a breast lift or breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a combination of these treatments for their customized procedure. In addition, some women may opt for a breast reduction or a Brazilian butt lift. Along with surgical options, there are also numerous non-surgical laser or injectable options that can be included for a truly comprehensive rejuvenation. Our goal is to help you get your pre-baby body back with all the tools at our disposal. Ultimately, your Mommy Makeover is whatever you want it to be and can include almost any combination of surgical or non-surgical procedures.
Your Mommy Makeover will be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals and address your concerns. Generally, a Mommy Makeover includes a combination of procedures for the breasts and body. Some of the most common surgical options include:
After childbearing, the breasts may take on a deflated or flattened appearance. This is especially true for mothers who breastfeed their children. Breast augmentation can help restore breast volume and create fuller, more youthful-looking breasts. Breast augmentation can be achieved using silicone or saline implants or via fat transfer breast augmentation.
It’s very common for women to notice sagging breasts after having children. Breast ptosis can also occur as a normal part of aging, as well as with dramatic weight loss. A breast lift can restore the breasts to a more elevated position on the chest wall. Breast lifts can be performed alone or with breast augmentation for women who want to increase their bust size in addition to improving the breast shape and position.
Some women may want to reduce the size of their breasts post-childbearing. A breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and skin so that the breasts are more youthful in shape and proportionate to the body. Despite the inevitable scarring, breast reduction patients are very happy with their new breast size and figure balance.
Gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy is normal and encouraged. However, after giving birth, many women struggle to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. Fat often accumulates around the midsection, thighs, and hips during pregnancy and can be hard to lose after childbirth. Liposuction uses a vacuum mechanism to suction away stubborn fat from almost any area of the body. It is often used during tummy tuck surgery to slim the waistline, but it can also be performed alone on the thighs, arms, flanks, back, and buttocks.
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing baby. However, after the baby is born, you may be left with loose, sagging skin around your waistline and weak muscle tone. While abdominal exercise can help some, only a tummy tuck can remove stubborn extra skin and fat around the midsection while tightening the abdominal wall. This will create a flat, tight stomach that looks lean and fit.
With weight gain during pregnancy, the upper arms can suffer from excess fat and sagging skin. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can remove fat deposits and excess skin on the upper arms. As part of a Mommy Makeover, an arm lift can reshape your upper arms for a contoured appearance.
A Brazilian butt lift transfers unwanted fat from another part of the body to the buttocks via liposuction. The result is fuller and better-contoured buttocks. Ultimately, this provides a more youthful shape and appearance.
A Mommy Makeover procedure can include other procedures like excess skin removal or other surgical options that can further enhance and improve your post-childbirth physique.
Along with surgical techniques, a Mommy Makeover can include a variety of non-surgical components to correct a wide array of concerns. We can include any combination of procedures for different areas of the body.
The advantage of undergoing several surgeries simultaneously is that healing from all your procedures happens concurrently, at one time. The Mommy Makeover is designed to target multiple problem areas at once. Boston plastic surgeon, Dr. Tantillo and Dr. Lee, offer personalized attention to achieve your aesthetic goals. Benefits of a Mommy Makeover include:
Although patients may come to Clareo Plastic Surgery with similar concerns after pregnancy, your treatment plan is uniquely designed with you in mind.
Generally, the best candidates for Mommy Makeover are in good health and understand the likely results of surgery and what it involves. Consider a Mommy Makeover only after you decide you are not planning to have any more children. While it is possible to safely carry a pregnancy after a Mommy Makeover, the effects of the Mommy Makeover will diminish. Two essential factors to consider include:
Are you done having children? New mothers must have fully recovered from childbirth before having surgery and should wait at least six months after giving birth or breastfeeding before having a Mommy Makeover. We would like our patients to be close to their ideal body weight at the time of surgery. Also, breasts should be a stable shape and size prior to surgery in order to optimize results.
After surgery, it is vital you have help and assistance with household tasks, but you will also need adequate childcare if you have small children. While you are recovering, you will not be allowed to pick up anything over five to ten pounds for four to six weeks after your surgery. Needlessly lifting objects or trying to care for a child could cause you serious injury.
There are critical factors to consider before undergoing invasive surgery. During your consultation for a Mommy Makeover Boston plastic surgeons at Clareo Plastic Surgery will discuss all your options and conduct a thorough examination to determine if the Mommy Makeover is a suitable choice for you.
Our office uses Crisalix software to help you visualize your results before surgery. This advanced 3D imaging technology can show you what you’ll look like after your mommy makeover by creating a lifelike avatar of your new body. You’ll be able to “try on” different breast implant sizes and see how different surgical techniques can impact your appearance. Our Clareo surgeons use Crisalix when creating your personalized mommy makeover treatment plan so that you feel informed and confident about your decision.
Our Clareo doctors use advanced surgical techniques to reduce your downtime and speed your recovery so that you can get back to your routine faster. Your mommy makeover procedure will be performed in a state-of-the-art aesthetic surgery center. The length of your operation will depend on the number and type of cosmetic procedures chosen. Typically, however, mommy makeover surgery will last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. You will receive general anesthesia so it’s important that you have someone to drive you home and help you after surgery. Your incisions will also be placed and sutured as discreetly as possible to ensure you look natural and feel confident.
The recovery time for Mommy Makeover surgery depends on the procedures chosen. However, occasionally some patients spend one night after surgery in the surgery center or hospital. Remember that a Mommy Makeover is major surgery. You will need someone to drive you home after your discharge from the hospital.
You will likely feel tired and sore immediately after surgery, but many of our patients feel well enough to be up and walking by the evening of their Mommy Makeover. It’s important to have someone help you around the house for one to two weeks after your procedure. We will advise you not to lift anything over 5-10 pounds for 4-6 weeks. This means caring for children, pets, or taking care of household tasks will be limited, and arrangements will need to be made. Lifting or straining before incisions are fully healed can significantly impact the results of your surgery. Office work and light aerobic activity can usually be resumed in about two to three weeks. However, you will be asked to avoid strenuous activities and exercise for up to six weeks. Many women can begin light exercise, such as walking, within a week or two of surgery. By the third or fourth week, additional exercise, such as yoga, may be added. Expect to wait six to eight weeks and receive a doctor’s clearance before engaging in more vigorous exercise.
Most of our Boston Mommy Makeover patients take at least two weeks off work after the procedure. Full recovery takes between four to eight weeks, depending on the procedures performed and the individual patient. Typically, you will need to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach for at least six weeks following surgery. Sleeping on your back with your upper body slightly elevated is the optimal position for healing. When you are able to return to your regular sleeping positions will vary based on your particular surgical plan and your body’s ability to heal. Another important thing to consider and be aware of is post-surgery depression and the mental health impacts of surgery. Post-operative depression can occur after any type of surgery, including cosmetic surgery. Some patients may experience a feeling of regret or wonder if they made the right decision. Being in pain and unable to perform everyday activities can make sadness or depression worse. It’s important to find safe ways to stay occupied after surgery, have a strong support system, and talk to your doctor if you are feeling distressed.
After you get home from your Mommy Makeover, you need to rest and recuperate, which means focusing on yourself rather than the needs of others. If possible, ask friends or family members to watch your children or hire a childcare provider during the initial recovery period. The same holds true for performing household chores. Additional recovery tips for major surgery include:
Our Boston-area aesthetic surgery center places the utmost importance on quality, safety, and service to make your experience with us nothing short of exceptional. Drs. Lee and Tantillo and the entire team at Clareo believe that listening to the needs and preferences of our patients is just as important as expertise and skill when it comes to producing positive outcomes. Clareo Plastic Surgery serves patients from all over the Boston area, including Needham, Newton Brookline, and more.
Reclaim the body you had before pregnancy with a Mommy Makeover. Call us today at (617) 505-6818 to learn more about whether you are an ideal Mommy Makeover candidate and about the procedures you are considering. We will answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. Let’s make your aesthetic dream a reality! Contact the Clareo Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
Mommy makeovers have become increasingly common over the last decade since it gives surgeons the ability to address multiple concerns in one procedure.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a Mommy Makeover, but serious complications are rare. Side effects from your surgery could include bleeding, implant leakage or capsular contraction, infection, nipple sensation loss, poor incision healing, and deep vein thrombosis.
Yes, since you will be under general anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
Depending on what procedures are included in your Mommy Makeover, it can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to recover fully. Usually, basic daily tasks are manageable after about one week.
There may be multiple areas of scarring after a Mommy Makeover, and some may be raised and red. Scars should fade and flatten over the course of 1-2 years. Allowing proper healing is important to reduce the appearance of scars.
It is best to sleep slightly elevated and on your back for a few weeks following your surgery. This is the best way to take pressure off of healing incisions.
You will most likely need to wear compression garments if breast enhancement or tummy tuck will be included in your Mommy Makeover. Typically, garments need to be worn for about 3-4 weeks to aid in proper healing.
The surgical results of this procedure are considered permanent, although the normal aging process can affect skin laxity later in life. We recommend waiting until you are done having children as pregnancy and childbirth can, of course, reverse the results of your Mommy Makeover.
Many women opt for a Mommy makeover within a few years of giving birth to their last child. However, there is no exact age that is optimal for this procedure.
No, since this procedure involves surgery, it will need to be delayed until after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Some women experience a change in nipple sensation after breast surgery which can be either heightened or lessened sensation. Usually, these changes resolve and go back to normal after several weeks.
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