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What is a Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover surgery entails a combination of different surgeries. Each Mommy Makeover is tailored to the patient’s preferences. A mommy makeover can include any combination of the following: Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Liposuction, and Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery. Traditionally, the standard Mommy Makeover entails a Tummy tuck and breast augmentation.

The Procedure

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More often than not, pregnancy confers permanent changes to a woman’s body. A typical pregnancy entails a large fluctuation in weight over a short period of time (9 months). The degree of enlargement of the uterus may be significant enough to cause irreversible stretching of the Linea Alba, a connective tissue structure that runs through the middle of your six-pack muscle. This pathology is called diastasis recti and the amount of stretching correlates with increased girth of your abdomen. The increased girth cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, must be performed to address this issue.

Along with a fairly rapid increase in abdominal girth from pregnancy, followed by weight loss, many women develop sagging abdominal tissue and skin along their lower abdomen. Additionally, pregnancy often causes tears in the deeper layers of the skin, manifesting as stretch marks. These are irreversible and no topical cream or laser have been proven effective under academic scrutiny. With time, the deep red or violet color of the stretch marks lighten and usually become less noticeable. Regardless, it is undesirable for many women and the only way to actually remove them is by excision. An abdominoplasty removes the skin and underlying fatty tissue of your lower abdomen, and this is where the majority of pregnancy-related stretch marks develop. You may experience significant reduction in the number of visible stretch marks on your abdomen after a tummy tuck.

Because an abdominoplasty removes excess skin and results in an overall tightening effect on your abdomen, subsequent weight gain will create additional irreversible damage to your remaining abdominal skin and essentially reverse the abdominoplasty results. Thus, it is recommended that you are at a stable weight and have not experienced significant weight fluctuations for at least 6 months prior to undergoing an abdominoplasty.