Most women struggle to bounce back to their pre-baby bodies naturally. While essential to achieving a slim figure, diet and exercise cannot tone the muscles or tighten the skin after being stretched beyond its limit. Childbirth stretches the stomach, creating a saggy surplus of fatty skin and stretch marks around the abdomen. Breastfeeding also deflates a woman's breasts, causing them to hang more loosely than before. Jolie Plastic Surgery will create a customized mommy makeover plan for you to look better than you did pre-baby! While a mommy makeover typically addresses the breast and waist, patients from Miami and worldwide come to Jolie for specialized mommy makeovers that include vaginal reconstruction if needed. Our team is dedicated to evaluating each patient's needs and designing their dream bodies in the best way for them.
A mommy makeover is a series of procedures that plastic surgeons combine and perform in a single surgery. The goal of a mommy makeover is to revive a woman's body after childbearing. The exact set of procedures depends on which body areas the patient wants to restore or enhance. A mommy makeover includes breast augmentation, optional breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck. However, labiaplasty is also commonly requested as an add-on procedure depending on whether the patient's labia was damaged during labor.
A breast augmentation with an optional lift is the primary procedure in a mommy makeover. A lift is not always required, but since the breasts expand and contract so dramatically during milk production, a woman goes up several cup sizes and drops back down once she finishes breastfeeding. This stretching of the skin leaves her with flatter, drooping breasts that require surgical lifting.
A breast augmentation restores the shape and corrects volume in the breasts. Patients can choose between saline or silicone gel breast implants. The shell of both types of implants are made of silicone; what differs is the filling, durability, and look and feel of each. Both saline and silicone implants are generally considered safe so long as your breast augmentation surgery is performed by a seasoned, board-certified surgeon like the ones at Jolie Plastic Surgery.
Look and feel: Silicone breast implants tend to make the breasts look and feel more natural. Many patients claim that silicone implants feel lighter in contrast to those filled with sterile saline fluid. However, the size of your silicone breast implant cannot be altered after being placed. A huge benefit of saline implants is that they are filled once placed, and fluid can be removed if the patient wants a more understated look later on.
Eligibility: Silicone implants are FDA approved for women 22 years or older. Younger patients between 18-21 are only eligible for saline implants since they are FDA approved for women 18 years or older. Patients desiring saline implants should also have enough breast tissue to avoid undesirable rippling effects.
Durability and Risks: Breast implant ruptures are rare in any case, making it difficult to determine which is more durable. Nonetheless, both silicone and saline implants behave differently when ruptured. When ruptured, leaked saline is absorbed by the body and is completely safe; it also becomes visibly apparent that the implant has ruptured. Silicone implant ruptures are often known as "silent ruptures" since the thick silicone gel tends to encircle the shell if severed and does not show symptoms of rupture. Even though the silicone does not usually spread, the rupture must be remediated immediately because the body cannot absorb silicone. For this reason, you are required to have MRIs or ultrasounds done yearly to examine the health of your silicone implant.
Openings: Saline implant shells are placed in the breast and then filled to achieve the desired look. Since the shells are compact, the incisions are also smaller compared to silicone implants. Silicone breast implants require a larger opening during the surgery because they are pre-filled, resulting in a larger scar.
The surgeon creates your incision in the area most appropriate for your desired outcome. The incision can be made beneath the areola (periareolar incision), under the breast (inframammary incision), or in the armpit (transaxillary incision). Your surgeon then places the implant according to the type of implant selected, desired enlargement, and what is safest and most aesthetically pleasing for your body type.
The ASPS claims that
“For postpartum women concerned that they have "lost their waistline," abdominoplasty can provide a firmer, trimmer abdomen. Liposuction is added to address specific problem areas. Ideally, abdominoplasty is postponed the woman has completed planned childbearing. However, recent studies suggest a "positive outlook" for women with unplanned pregnancies occurring after abdominoplasty”.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is also a key procedure in a mommy makeover. Not only does a tummy tuck address flabby skin, but it is the only way to repair damaged abdominal muscles. No amount of diet or exercise can make them look and perform as they should. Instead, a patient whose abdominal muscles were pulled apart after labor needs a surgeon to stitch together the torn tissue between her abdominal muscles so the area may heal properly.
The surgeon first creates a horizontal incision from hip bone to hip bone between the navel and pubic region. For more extensive tummy tuck methods, this incision may extend 360 degrees around the pelvic area. These grooves are moved upward to tighten the muscles. The surgeon restores the abdominal wall's proper structure by stitching the connective tissue that envelops the rectus muscles and positioning them back to the middle.
Liposuction, or lipo, is essential to contour the body during a mommy makeover. It is typically performed during a tummy tuck but is also necessary for a breast reduction if you want to incorporate that into your makeover. Lipo is a fat-removal process where fat cells are sucked from targeted areas of the body with a thin tube called a cannula. During the tummy tuck process of your mommy makeover, the surgeon removes excess fat tissue and cuts away baggy skin from the abdomen for a shapely, youthful figure.
Labiaplasty is necessary for women who experienced dramatic stretching of the labia minora during childbirth. If the labia minora becomes too enlarged, it can permanently extend beyond the protective flaps of the labia majora and make exercise or sexual intercourse painful. This sensitive, thin tissue tugs, pulls, and chafes against materials it is not intended to, causing daily discomfort and an unsightly appearance. During your labiaplasty procedure, your surgeon will simply trim the overflowing tissue to allow the lips of the labia minora to rest neatly within the labia majora.
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Benefits of a mommy makeover include lifted, fuller breasts, a smoother abdomen, and an overall more contoured body. Your Jolie plastic surgeon can add volume to your bust line and shape your waist to make you look better than you did pre-baby! You deserve to enjoy your same attire and newfound confidence. Call Jolie Plastic Surgery at at (305) 262-8347 to schedule a free consultation. Let's discuss your goals and expectations and design a plan specially tailored to you.
Since a mommy makeover in Miami involves various procedures, it is imperative to remain patient with your body during your recovery period. Tummy tuck surgery, in particular, involves a lengthy recovery period, taking up to six months to fully recover. Your abdomen and breasts will be swollen during the first 6-8 weeks of your recovery period. They will appear larger than you anticipated but rest assured, this is only temporary. Swelling is the body's natural inflammatory response to the surgery and aids in the healing process. Even so, it should be managed by wearing your Jolie compression garment 24/7 for the first few weeks to control swelling and fluid retention.
Post-operative scar care is integral to a successful recovery. While tummy tuck and breast augmentation scars never entirely disappear, proper aftercare can make them virtually unnoticeable. Jolie Plastic Surgery's specially formulated gels and topical anti-scar ointments will lessen the appearance of scars. Your surgeon will provide further recovery instructions depending on what procedures you elect and your existing medical history.
As with any medical procedure, a mommy makeover poses risks to the patient, such as:
This is not a comprehensive list. At your initial consultation with a surgeon at Jolie Plastic Surgery's Miami location, you will discuss your full medical history and the safest practices to achieve the results you want.
A mommy makeover is right for you if you suffer from undesirable body changes after childbearing. We suggest that patients consider a mommy makeover once they are finished having children so that the results do not reverse after another pregnancy. We also recommend patients maintain their weight. Dramatic fluctuations in weight stretch and contract the skin, negatively impacting the makeover results. Therefore, if you are at your ideal weight (or close to it), then a mommy makeover is right for you!
When preparing for a mommy makeover surgery in Miami, you should:
Your surgeon will issue further preparatory instructions based on the requirements of your specific procedures. Planning ahead of time for your mommy makeover aftercare is key to achieving optimal results. If you do not have friends or family nearby to aid in your healing, the staff at Jolie can assist you in finding suitable post-operative care.
Since a mommy makeover bundles several different procedures, it is more costly than other plastic surgeries. The average cost of a mommy makeover in the United States is $9,000 to $20,000 USD. Jolie Plastic Surgery patients pay, on average, anywhere from $7,000 to $12,000USD for a mommy makeover, depending on the procedures selected.
We do provide financing plans to help manage this expense. Jolie offers an in-house layaway plan that requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of locking in the price for up to two years through low monthly payments. Patients can also seek pre-approval from providers we accept, such as Care Credit, Alphaeon Credit, and United Medical Credit. Call Jolie Plastic Surgery at at (305) 262-8347 to learn more about your mommy makeover financing options.
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