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 MakeoverRequest 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 suite 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.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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.
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.
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 2 to more than 6 hours. This will be discussed during the consultation once the treatment plan is determined.
How long is the Mommy Makeover 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 a single recovery time and lower costs. 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 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.