Mommy Makeover St. Louis
Confidence is Beautiful
Motherhood is a beautiful thing, full of love and enjoyment. However, pregnancy can be very hard on your body. As your belly grew, the abdominal muscles had to stretch and move to the side to make room for your growing child. Sometimes they don’t return back to the midline, leaving an area of weakness and bulge. This can make you look and feel like you are still pregnant many months to years afterwards. Sometimes the abdominal skin doesn’t shrink back all the way, and some sagging or folds remain despite diet and exercise. If that wasn’t enough, the breasts can become deflated and droopy. If this sounds familiar, you may be a candidate for our mommy makeover. Mommy makeover is designed to help return the body to its shape prior to, or even better than before pregnancy. A mommy makeover typically includes a tummy tuck combined with a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both. It may include additional liposuction as well. The goal is to reshape and tighten the abdomen while also lifting the breasts to give a more youthful appearance. The tummy tuck can remove some if not all of the stretch marks, with a scar hidden low in the bikini line. Depending on the amount of remaining breast tissue, volume can sometimes be added while lifting and reshaping the breasts if desired.
- Length: 4-6 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Overnight stay or outpatient
- Recovery: 2-4 weeks
- Side Effect: Tightness, swelling, bruising, temporary numbness
A MOMMY MAKEOVER CAN:
- Create a more youthful breast
- Improve droopy appearance
- Tighten the abdomen and widened muscles
- Remove excess lower belly skin and stretch marks
- Improve curves and contours
Before & After
PREPARING FOR MOMMY MAKEOVER
A mommy makeover is a major surgery. Make sure you have ample help at home for the first 1-2 weeks so you can focus on recovering quickly.
Smoking and all forms of nicotine should be stopped at least 4 weeks prior to any breast or body reshaping. This includes e-cigarrettes , patches, and gum.
Any medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to any major surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
MOMMY MAKEOVER TECHNIQUE
Our surgeons initially perform the breast rejuvenation, whether this is an augmentation, breast lift, or both. Areas to be liposuctioned will be treated next. This is followed by a tummy tuck to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove any excess abdominal skin. Drains may be placed to help remove any fluid and assist in your healing. A postoperative compression garment, bra, and/or abdominal binder will be placed. Depending on the combination of procedures chosen, the surgery may be performed as an outpatient or with an overnight stay.
RECOVERY FROM MOMMY MAKEOVER
Our surgeons recommend their patients to be up and walking the night of the surgery, with several short and frequent walks around the house in the following days. You may be able to shower 48 hours after your procedure, but will need to wear the binder, bra, and/or compression garment throughout the day and night otherwise for the next 6-8 weeks. You may feel like keeping hunched over the first week after the tummy tuck, until the muscles and tissues relax a little. Tightness, and occasional mild spasms can occur but will resolve with time. There may be some bruising in the breasts and areas of liposuction that will resolve in 1-2 weeks. Drains may stay in place for 1-3 weeks depending on output. Lifting will be limited to only 5-10 pounds for the first 3 weeks, then gradually increased. Expect to return to normal activities and exercises in 6 weeks.