What is a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is a cosmetic transformation designed specifically for moms of all ages. Dr. Roland in New York, NY, offers the Mommy Makeover procedure for women who desire to correct post-pregnancy stomach flab and to lift the appearance of their now sagging breasts. While pregnancy and childbirth are beautiful events in a woman’s life, Dr. Roland understands that mothers of all ages may experience unexpected and unwanted physical changes that they find overwhelming.
Mommy Makeover Benefits
After pregnancy, previously shapely and full breasts may sag and a lingering, pouch of flabby skin may develop in the abdomen area. Even the best attempts at dieting and exercise can fail to improve these cosmetic concerns. While moms try to stay positive, they often begin to experience an internal decline in self-confidence and self-image.
The areas that are affected by pregnancy, weight gain, breastfeeding, stretch marks and weight loss are difficult and often impossible to improve with diet and exercise alone. New York, NY, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Donald Roland performs the Mommy Makeover for women who are finished having children and who desire to recover their youthful, pre-pregnancy shape.
Mommy Makeover Consultation
The Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Roland is the perfect setting to share openly about problematic areas on your body. During your consultation, Dr. Roland will review your present health history and complete a physical examination. Dr. Roland will answer your questions and create a cosmetic plan that will tighten your curves, smooth your belly and lift your breasts.
Good Candidates for the Mommy Makeover
- Good candidates for the Mommy Makeover are no longer breastfeeding. Cosmetic surgery is most commonly recommended one year after the baby is born. If you are breastfeeding during the period of time surrounding the surgery, you will hinder the results that you desire to achieve.
- Good candidates are close to their ideal weight when they undergo cosmetic surgery. You must be as close your ideal weight as possible.
- Good candidates for the Mommy Makeover are not planning on having any more children in the near future.
- Good candidates are in good mental and physical health.
- Good candidates are non-smokers.
- Good candidates have realistic cosmetic surgery expectations.
During a consultation at his New York, NJ, office, Dr. Roland will carefully assess your overall health and any medical conditions to evaluate your qualifications for this procedure.
Mommy Makeover What to Expect
Dr. Roland typically performs the Mommy Makeover in one of the most desirable hospitals or surgicenters in New York. General anesthesia is commonly used for the surgical procedure. The Mommy Makeover is a combination treatment that includes the tummy tuck and breast lift. These two common female procedures successfully reverse the results of pregnancy and childbirth.
The breast lift is also known as mastopexy. This is used to elevate and reshape the breasts and to provide a firmer and more youthful shape for women seeking the Mommy Makeover.
Different incision options for the breast lift include:
- Two rings around the areola in a doughnut shape
- Lollipop shape that circles the areola and descends down to the breast crease
- Lollipop with a small horizontal scar within the crease just beneath the breast
Dr. Roland lifts and reshapes the breast tissue into a new, rejuvenated contour, and he moves the areola and the nipple to a higher position. The rejuvenated breast appears fuller and higher. The incisions are discreetly made to greatly reduce the appearance of scars.
The Tummy Tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. This plastic surgical procedure provides a flatter and firmer abdominal profile. Dr. Roland tightens the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin and moves the navel to an attractive position.
Two incisions are made by Dr. Roland:
- One incision is made near the pubic area and typically runs from hipbone to hipbone
- A second incision is made around the navel
Both surgeries are completed on the same day, and drainage tubes are commonly inserted at the surgical sites that remain in position for up to one week. Patients will wear a surgical or sports bra for the first month along with a surgical binder around the abdomen for six weeks.
Numbness, swelling and bruising are commonly experienced and will diminish and fade more each day. Discomfort can be relieved with over the counter medication, or a prescription pain medication can be used if needed. Many women return to work within two weeks after their Mommy Makeover treatment.
Mommy Makeover Questions and Answers
What Can a Mommy Makeover Do for Me?
The Mommy Makeover will target two problem areas that women experience after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is the abdomen and the breasts. Combining the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and the breast lift (mastopexy) will allow Dr. Roland to restore a flatter and firmer appearance to your protruding, post-pregnancy abdomen while raising and reshaping your breasts.
Excess skin is removed from the breasts while the supporting tissues are tightened, and excess fat and sagging skin are removed from the abdomen while the muscles are tightened. Following up with a healthy diet and regular exercise will maintain the fit and tightened muscular improvements that you experience in your abdomen and breasts.
Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
You may be considered a good candidate for the Mommy Makeover when you are finished having children and breastfeeding and you desire to improve and restore your youthful pre-pregnancy contours.
You may be considered a good candidate for the Mommy Makeover if you are in good health and want to improve some of these conditions:
- Flat, pendulous (hanging)or elongated breasts
- Excess abdominal fat
- Stretched or flabby abdominal skin
- Sagging breasts
- Decreased breast shape or volume
- Stretched and weakened abdominal muscles
- Stretched skin on the breasts and/or areola
- Nipples or areolas that at in the breast crease when they are unsupported
- Downward pointing nipples or areolas
- One breast that is lower
To be considered a good candidate you must be in general health, maintain a healthy weight, not smoke and have realistic surgical expectations.
Who Should Not Consider Having a Mommy Makeover?
Women who plan or desire to have more children or who plan to lose significant weight should postpone the Mommy Makeover surgery.
What are the Possible Risks of a Mommy Makeover?
Possible complications of the Mommy Makeover may include blood clots, fluid buildup,temporary or permanent numbness in the nipple or areola, bleeding, poor healing,infection, uneven positioning or shape of the breasts or nipples, breast hardening, damage or necrosis of breast tissues, widening of the scars and the need for revision surgery. These possible risks are decreased with proper after surgical care and follow-up.
Dr. Roland will review cosmetic options with you during your consultation and will share the potential risks. You will be given all the risks and benefits so that you can make an informed decision.
How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
The Mommy Makeover is performed by Dr. Roland in one of New York’s top hospitals or outpatient facility using general anesthesia. The two part of the procedure includes the breast lift and the tummy tuck.
Dr. Roland will discuss the different incision options with you at your consultation and one of three different incisions will be used. The breast tissue will then be lifted and reshaped, the nipple and the areola will be moved higher on the breast and the excess skin will be removed.
Dr. Roland will make one incision just above the pubic area between the hipbones. He will then tighten the underlying abdominal muscles and remove the excess skin. A smaller incision will then be made around the navel, and it will be moved a more natural, raised position.
The Mommy Makeover results will provide a slim and contoured stomach as well as lifted and beautifully shaped breasts.
What is the Mommy Makeover Recovery like?
After the Mommy Makeover surgery, your breasts will be wrapped firmly with gauze dressings to reduce swelling and to help in the healing process. Drainage tubes will be inserted in the treatment areas to collect any excess fluid. These drains are typically removed in several days or within a week by Dr. Roland at a follow-up visit.
Bruising and swelling may cause discomfort after the surgery and can be relieved with medication. Minor numbness may be experienced in the breasts and nipples but should subside as the swelling continues to decrease. A sports bra must be worn for the first month along with a surgical binder that will be worn over the abdomen for six weeks.
Do I need to Lose Weight Before my Mommy Makeover?
The best results can be accomplished when a woman is close to her ideal weight prior to the Mommy Makeover. This isn’t always possible, and Dr. Roland can discuss your weight with you during your consultation. It is important for your weight to be stable and consistent before the cosmetic surgical treatment.
Dr. Roland will give you directions and advice pertaining to returning to work and resuming activities after your Mommy Makeover. Patients typically are permitted to return to work after two weeks.
Call (212) 744-9400 to schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with board-certified, plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Roland in New York, NY.