Having children is an experience that many women cherish. The physical toll of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, however, can change a woman’s body in ways that no amount of exercise or dieting can reverse. If you’re interested in getting your restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy shape, Dr. Ryan Diederich performs Mommy Makeover surgery at his practice near St. Louis. A Mommy Makeover is a phrase that describes a suite of procedures addressing specific areas of the body affected by having children. Typically, a Mommy Makeover combines cosmetic breast surgery, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and liposuction.
Dr. Diederich customizes surgical plans for each Mommy Makeover patients at his Maryville practice. To learn if you’re a good Mommy Makeover candidate, request a consultation request a consultation with Dr. Diederich online, or give us a call at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
What is a “Mommy Makeover?”
A “Mommy Makeover” is actually a combination of procedures to erase or minimize the impact of pregnancy on the body.
These include but are not limited to:
Common Complaints After Childbirth
Body changes including:
- Breast Deflation – Sag (also known as ptosis), loss of fullness, and difficulty with clothing.
- Abdomen – Extra skin, “muffin top”, stretch marks, bulge in the middle.
- Generalized areas -Such as in the arms & legs with poor shape, extra adiposity (ie: saddle bags).
Why can’t I just work out?
The problem is that no amount of exercise can improve these areas and in fact can actually make them worse. For example, in the breast there may be more deflation & ptosis (sag), in the abdomen, the excess skin can bulge can become more prominent, and in the arms and legs, everyone has problem areas that just won’t go away.
Treatment of the breast is dependent on the needs of the mother. This is typically a breast lift to improve the sag and shape of the breast with or without an augmentation to return some of the fullness or to have a desired size change.
There are several varieties of abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck). A mini tummy tuck is for woman who really only have concern for a small area of skin laxity and stretch marks (stria) below the belly button (umbilicus). More common is a full abdominoplasty. This addresses the key changes of the abdomen from pregnancy. This allows the greatest improvement in the skin of the abdomen while at the same time tightening the “6 pack” muscles in the midline to prevent a bulge in this area.
Body contouring traditionally completed through liposuction of areas such as the arms, legs (saddle bag areas), or trunk to reach those hard to lose areas and to regain or improve pre-pregnancy shape.
How long do the actual “Mommy Makeover” surgeries take?
It really depends on the type of procedures and the patient. Each treatment plan from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery is personalized to the patient’s needs and time can vary greatly from 1 to more than 6 hours.
How long is the recovery?
It is less than most people expect. Depending on the procedure, recovery can vary. Most patients return to many of the day to day activities in 1-2 weeks and are doing 95% of their normal life routines by 6 weeks. It’s important to know that the results continue to change and improve and final results can even take up to 1-2 years to fully appreciate. A Mommy Makeover from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery can make the world of difference.
Should I do multiple procedures at once?
The advantage of doing multiple procedures at once is the costs are lower and there is a single recovery time. The ability to complete all of the desired changes at once can depend on a patients’ needs. MidAmerica Plastic Surgery tries to limit the overall procedure length so occasionally we recommend staged procedures for patient safety or to improve the outcome.
What about scars from a Mommy Makeover?
This is a common question asked by patients. To provide the degree of change our patients are looking for scars are necessary. We always make every effort to limit or hide scars through small incisions in procedures such as body contouring, in anatomically hidden areas such as breast augmentation, and in easily concealable locations such as a planned bikini line with a tummy Tuck.
What makes a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Ryan Diederich recommends waiting at least 6 months to 1 year after the last child for a Mommy Makeover. The mother should have specific post-baby body goals in mind. It is also a good idea to have a stable diet and weight.
For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.