MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Monday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Mommy Makeover Surgery Near St. Louis, MORequest Your Consultation
Having children is an experience cherished by many women we see from Maryville, Edwardsville, and the St. Louis area. However, the physical toll of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can change a woman’s body in ways that no amount of exercise or dieting can reverse. If you’re interested in restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy shape, Dr. Ryan Diederich performs Mommy Makeover surgery at his practice in Glen Carbon, IL. A Mommy Makeover is a phrase that describes a set of procedures addressing specific areas of the body affected by having children. Typically, a Mommy Makeover combines breast surgery, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and liposuction but can be customized to fit your goals.
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What Is a “Mommy Makeover?”
A “Mommy Makeover” is actually a combination of procedures to minimize the impact of pregnancy on the body.
These include but are not limited to:
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Common Complaints After Childbirth
Body changes including:
- Breast Deflation – Settling (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 fatty tissue (ie: saddle bags).
Why Can’t I Just Work Out?
The problem is that no amount of exercise can reduce the loose skin and, in fact, can actually make it worse. In the breast, there may be more deflation & ptosis (settling). In the abdomen, the excess skin can become more prominent. In the arms and legs, there may be “problem areas” that just won’t go away.
What Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Cost Near St. Louis, MO?
The cost of Mommy Makeover surgery in the St. Louis area varies based on the procedures included in the operation, the experience and training of the plastic surgeon, and other factors. Dr. Diedrich customizes each Mommy Makeover based on the patient’s concerns and cosmetic goals. Most patients want to address pregnancy-related changes to their bodies, but the specific procedures performed can differ. We provide a detailed price quote after your consultation that you can review at home before making a decision.
Typical Procedures Included in a Mommy Makeover
Treatment of the breast is dependent on the individual patient’s needs. This may include a breast lift to improve the settling and shape of the breast, an augmentation with implants to return some of the fullness or to have a desired increase in size, or a reduction to reduce the size of the breast and restore a more lifted appearance.
There are several varieties of abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck). Most common is a full abdominoplasty which 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 limit a bulge in this area. Alternatively, a mini tummy tuck is for women who really only have concern for a small area of skin laxity and stretch marks below the belly button.
Body contouring is traditionally completed through liposuction of areas such as the arms, legs, abdomen, and flanks to reach those stubborn areas of fatty tissue.
Preparing for Your Mommy Makeover
In addition to following the pre-op instructions we provide, preparing for the day of surgery and recovery can help reduce any anxiety you might experience. Some of the steps we recommend include:
- Ensuring you have a ride home on the day of surgery
- Fill your prescriptions before the day of surgery
- Arrange for transportation to post-op appointments
- Plan to have someone take care of your children for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery (you won’t be able to lift toddlers or small children)
- Prepare a “nest” where you can get plenty of rest in a slightly elevated position, with access to devices, books, and any other essentials
How Long Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Take?
It really depends on what procedures Dr. Diedrich performs and the patient. Dr. Diedrich personalizes each treatment plan and the surgical time can range from 2 to 6 hours. This will be discussed during the consultation once the treatment plan is determined.
How Long Is the Mommy Makeover Recovery Process?
Recovery time depends on how quickly you normally heal and the extent of the procedures performed during the surgery. One of the benefits of combining procedures is having to plan for only one recovery. Recovering from the tummy tuck takes longer than for a breast lift or breast augmentation.
Most patients return to non-strenuous day-to-day activities within 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. Our post-surgery page includes instructions regarding incision care. Here’s a general timeline you can expect:
- First week: Get plenty of rest, take brief walks around the home slightly hunched over
- 2 weeks: Return to non-strenuous work and daily activities
- 3 weeks: Stop wearing compression garment
- 6 to 10 weeks: Gradually resume normal exercise routine
- 3 months: 80% healed
Keep in mind that your results continue evolving and improving and that it can be a year or more before you fully appreciate the outcome.
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Should I Do Multiple Procedures at Once?
The advantage of doing multiple procedures at once is a single recovery time and lower costs. The ability to complete all of the desired changes at once can depend on a patient’s needs. MidAmerica Plastic Surgery tries to limit the overall procedure length for patient safety or to improve the outcome so occasionally we recommend staged procedures.
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 after birth or breast feeding for a Mommy Makeover. The patient should have specific post-baby body goals in mind. It is also recommended to have a stable diet and weight.
For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ryan Diederich
Dr. Diederich is a Southern Illinois native realizing his dream of giving back to the community. He helps patients feel and look their best with his surgical skills and compassionate care.Learn More
Dr. Diederich has created customized Mommy Makeover surgical plans for patients from Glen Carbon, Maryville, IL, and beyond. To learn if you’re a good Mommy Makeover candidate, request a consultation with Dr. Diederich online, or give us a call at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment. A $200 consultation fee will be collected to reserve your appointment.
*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.