Children are a blessing, but there’s a price that your body pays with pregnancy and childbirth. If you wish you could get back your old figure, consider having a mommy makeover.
Dr. Sanders helps women in the Los Angeles area look and feel the way they did before their body changed with pregnancy. Overwhelmingly, our patients are thrilled with the results.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Women choose to have a mommy makeover for a variety of reasons:
Better quality of life. Many patients tell us that after having children, they’ve changed the type of clothes they wear, stopped going to the beach, felt less comfortable in intimate situations, and generally avoided showing off their body. A mommy makeover is about “getting back” instead of “giving up.”
A single recovery. In one surgical session, Dr. Sanders can treat several features of your body. This will decrease the overall time that you spend healing.
Personalized treatment. Dr. Sanders tailors each mommy makeover to the patient’s needs and goals. Some common procedures he performs for women include:
- Adding fullness with breast augmentation.
- Restoring the breasts to a youthful position with a lift.
- Reducing the size of uncomfortably large breasts.
- Tightening the abdominal muscles and getting rid of excess skin and fat with a tummy tuck.
Dr. Sanders will work collaboratively with you to define your individual treatment plan during your in-office consultation.
Am I a Candidate for Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover can be a great option if:
You are healthy enough for surgery.
You want to restore your breasts, abdomen, and other features to a pre-pregnancy state.
Dr. Sanders can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of individual procedures. For example, a tummy tuck can reduce excess skin around your midsection, but it won’t help with significant fat beneath the muscle. A lift will raise the position of your breasts, but you may also benefit from a reduction to get the shape and size you want. You can discuss these and other options during your visit to our practice.
Get a face and body that matches the ultimate vision of yourself.
Do you ever look in the mirror in disappointment, realizing that the face staring back at you does not match the image in your head? If you fall short of your own self-image, we invite you to consider aesthetic interventions, ranging from breast augmentation to facelifts to tummy tucks. Get the face and body you have always dreamed of, and step into a more youthful, more confident version of yourself. Request a virtual consultation with Dr. Sanders.
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Procedures Included in a Mommy Makeover
One of the benefits of a mommy makeover is that it is fully customizable. You can tailor your experience to include the procedures you need to help you achieve the contour and changes you want. There are many different options that complement one another for more comprehensive results.
Breast augmentation can replace lost volume and increase the size of your breasts. Both silicone and saline implants are available to leave you with breasts that look real, feel natural, and flatter your frame. Get fuller, rounder breasts that empower you to feel more confident when wearing the clothing you love.
Perk up saggy, drooping breasts with a breast lift. Remove excess skin and reposition breasts to a higher position for a more youthful appearance. A breast lift can gently reshape and tighten your breasts as well as improve nipple projection following changes from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging.
Reduce strain on your neck and back from overly large, heavy breasts with a breast reduction. Smaller breasts can improve comfort as well as symmetry and aesthetic balance of the chest to the rest of your body. Find a breast size that works well for you and your lifestyle.
Some areas of fat can be hard to get rid of even with vigorous exercise and a healthy diet. Liposuction helps to target these areas, eliminate fat cells, and create a flatter, firmer physique. It can be used on your abdomen as well as your back, thighs, arms, and other areas.
Tone up your midsection with a tummy tuck. This procedure can be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat as well as excess skin that is keeping you from the smooth, contoured abdomen that you want. It may also be effective in removing stretch marks and tightening abdominal wall muscles.
A fat transfer can have a two-fold effect. It can remove unwanted pockets of fat from one area of your body while enhancing curves and restoring lost volume in another. Fat can be injected into areas where you want a little more volume, and it is all natural.
In addition to addressing changes in your midsection, a mommy makeover can include procedures that enhance other areas of your body as well.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing stimulates collagen production and can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, scars, and sunspots while enhancing skin tone and texture.
Facial injectables can help combat signs of aging. Smooth fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, and define facial features in a way that looks natural.
Fluctuations in weight can leave loose skin across the thighs. A thigh lift can smooth and tighten the appearance of the upper leg.
Get rid of unwanted fat and excess skin that can hang off of the upper arms. An arm lift can improve tone and contour.
What Is the Recovery from a Mommy Makeover Like?
Your recovery will depend on the procedures you have. With both breast and body surgeries, you can expect to look great within a few weeks, but the final results can take up to a year to show.
Dr. Sanders generally limits mommy makeover surgery to less than five hours to ensure the safety of his patients. When you wake up, long-lasting local anesthesia and pain pumps bathing the surgical area with numbing medication will keep the surgical sites numb, and you’ll also have the option of taking prescription medicine to further manage your comfort. Typically, tummy tuck patients will have drains to reduce swelling.
Most of our patients want to know how visible surgical scars will be. Dr. Sanders takes special care during procedures to place incisions in inconspicuous locations. He also reduces stress on suture sites to encourage the incisions to heal as clean, thin lines. Following surgery, our practice promotes a regimen of silicone scar gel and other skin care treatments. As a result, scars tend to fade significantly over the course of a year.
Pricing for a Mommy Makeover
The pricing for your mommy makeover will depend on the treatment plan that you and Dr. Sanders design together.
For example, you may decide to combine a breast augmentation or a breast reduction with a breast lift to get the fullness, shape, and position you want. You may also have a preference between silicone or saline implants and their subcategories if you choose to have an augmentation. Each surgery and implant type can affect the price.
Similarly, Dr. Sanders can perform a tummy tuck as either a traditional or limited procedure. A traditional surgery tightens the underlying muscle and removes excess skin and fat. Limited procedures only remove excess abdominal skin and fat. They are less expensive but also less common.
The best way to price a mommy makeover is to come for a visit. Together, we’ll talk about the areas you want to address, discuss what’s possible through treatment, and create a plan focused on achieving your goals.
Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Restrictions When Getting Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A mommy makeover is an incredibly personal procedure, so it’s difficult to say exactly which restrictions will be in place. That being said, some common restrictions include:
- Not driving home from the surgery. Patients will usually spend one night at a recovery center, and the next day, they’ll need to have someone drive them home.
- Limiting the intake of aspirin, fish oil, and blood thinners for two weeks before and after surgery, as these can cause excess bleeding. Patients will also need to stop any herbal meds they are taking that could interfere with anesthesia.
- Taking several weeks off from work and taking care of the kids, as women won’t be able to lift heavy objects, bend over, or care for children.
How Soon Can I Schedule a Mommy Makeover Procedure After Giving Birth?
Ideally, women should wait several months after giving birth before they start thinking about a mommy makeover. This is because their bodies need time to heal after this major event. Their abdominal tissues will be stretched out and they may have wounds in their vaginal area that need to recover. Not only is this important for the woman’s health, but it’s also important for Dr. Sanders when planning the procedure. For example, if a woman wants to decrease her tummy size after giving birth, she may find that she naturally shrinks down to her pre-baby weight without any interventions after a few months. Her condition is now optimized for a tummy tuck. Waiting helps Dr. Sanders choose the correct procedure, which ultimately gives women the results they desire.
Will a Caesarean Section or Hysterectomy Affect Mommy Makeover Results?
Having had a cesarean section or hysterectomy will have no bearing on the results of a mommy makeover. In fact, having unsightly sagging skin from a C-section or hysterectomy is one of the primary reasons women choose to have a mommy makeover. Dr. Sanders can easily remove this extra skin and smooth out the belly, so it looks similar to the way it did prior to pregnancy or hysterectomy. In many cases, Dr. Sanders can even remove the C-section or hysterectomy scar when making an abdominal incision, minimizing the scar after surgery.
Restore the fullness and firmness of your figure with a mommy makeover. Schedule a visit with Dr. Sanders at our San Fernando Valley practice by contacting us online or at (818) 981-3333.