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 San Fernando Valley 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 in the San Fernando Valley 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 San Fernando Valley practice.
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 San Fernando Valley 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 for San Fernando Valley women. That being said, some common restrictions include:
- Not driving home from the surgery. San Fernando Valley 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, San Fernando Valley 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 San Fernando Valley 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 San Fernando Valley 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.