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A mommy makeover at Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery in Kirkland is a package of procedures meant to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy appearance. Giving birth can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman’s life. Unfortunately, pregnancy and breastfeeding often result in unwanted changes in a woman’s body, such as drooping breasts, enlarged areolas, a straighter waist, pockets of fat in the abdomen, stretch marks, and a sagging tummy that no amount of exercise and dieting seems to fix. The loose muscles and stretched skin improve somewhat over time, but the body never completely returns to the way it was before pregnancy.
“The staff is incredibly patient and friendly. They helped keep me at ease during the whole process. Dr. McMillan was wonderful to work with and very realistic with what could be done after 2 pregnancies (both 60+ pound weight gains and loss) and long term breastfeeding. Dr. McMillan is incredibly cautious and thorough- especially when it came to my MS and making sure my neurologist was informed and agreed that the procedure wouldn’t be a problem for my health. I’m about 5 months post op. Love my results!” -LM
It used to be that women were resigned to living with these natural changes in their bodies. Now, however, more and more women are seeking out plastic surgeons to rejuvenate their breasts and tummies to the youthful firmness they enjoyed before having children. These procedures are collectively called “mommy makeovers” or post-maternity breast and body reshaping.
Dr. McMillan provides the following mommy makeover procedures:
Mommy Makeovers: Breast Lift
The aftermath of pregnancy can leave you with sagging breasts, uneven breasts, lost breast volume, drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to reverse these changes and return a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. This is accomplished by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast lifts after pregnancy can also reduce areola size and reposition downward-pointing nipples.
Your post-maternity breast lift will be tailored to you, depending on your individual case and goals. Breast size does not change after a breast lift, nor does the fullness or roundness in the upper part of the breasts. Women who desire larger, smaller or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with a breast lift.
Mommy Makeovers: Breast Reduction
Most women find that their breasts swell to a fuller size and shape while they are pregnant. Afterwards, a natural reduction in breast size leaves some women with the empty-looking, drooping breasts discussed above in the breast lift section. For many other women, however, the breasts remain larger than desired after childbirth. Breast reduction surgery may be the solution in these cases.
One reason women may seek breast reduction after giving birth is to return the breasts to the smaller size they had before becoming pregnant. In addition, breast reduction can relieve the common symptoms of large breasts, such as pain, improper posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities and low self-esteem. Breast reduction achieves these goals by removing fat and glandular tissue and tightening skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts that are in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.
Note: Breast reduction surgery is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed in the future, since many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples are removed.
Mommy Makeovers: Tummy Tuck
Perhaps nowhere else on the body is pregnancy more unforgiving than in the abdomen. By stretching and weakening the skin and muscles of the tummy and waist, pregnancy can leave you with loose skin, stretch marks and a straighter waistline that no amount of exercise will correct. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can help.
Tummy tucks help to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin and tightening muscles. The result is a firmer tummy and more defined waistline. Our doctors have been performing abdominoplasties with excellent cosmetic results for many years.
Women who also suffer from areas of fat in the abdomen or flanks after pregnancy may benefit from liposuction.
Note: Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to delay abdominoplasty.
Mommy Makeovers: Liposuction
New mothers may find that they have pockets of fat in the lower abdomen that don’t respond to diet or exercise. They may also find that they have lost definition in their waistline. Women who had C-sections may also suffer from areas of fat hanging over their surgical scar. Each of these post-maternity body changes can be improved through liposuction.
Liposuction sculpts the body after pregnancy by removing undesirable resistant fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks and/or thighs. It offers the opportunity to slim and contour areas of the body that did not “spring back” to their pre-baby tone. With liposuction, you can minimize areas of fat caused by pregnancy and enhance the curve of the waistline.
There are several different methods surgeons use when performing liposuction, including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL). In both types, fluid is injected into the area to be treated. Then a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible, and a cannula (small tube) breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out.
Recovery and Healing
Because the mommy makeover is a combination package of several surgical procedures, the recovery process requires a fair amount of patience. The best way to ensure as short and comfortable of a recovery process as possible is by following your surgeon’s care directions diligently.
During healing, you will need to wear post-surgical elastic garments. These garments help the skin cling to the new contours of the body. They also control swelling and bruising in the region, which will fade in time with the help of ice packs.
You will need to stay home from work for a time. Once all bruising and swelling have ameliorated and healing is complete, you will be able to enjoy your full results. To better understand your potential results, look over mommy makeover before and after photos in our gallery.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Because the mommy makeover is a combination procedure, it is very cost-effective. Only a single surgical session is typically required, and only a single recovery period is needed. These are both factors in determining the final price of any procedure, and minimizing them lowers the overall cost.
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Schedule a consultation for your mommy makeover in Kirkland — contact us today to get started. The skilled and experienced surgeons at Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery will be happy to answer any questions you may have.