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Most women struggle to bounce back to their pre-baby bodies naturally. While essential to achieving a slim figure, diet and exercise cannot tone the muscles or tighten the skin after being stretched beyond its limit. Childbirth stretches the stomach, creating a saggy surplus of fatty skin and stretch marks around the abdomen. Breastfeeding also deflates a woman's breasts, causing them to hang more loosely than before. Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery will create a customized mommy makeover plan for you to look better than you did pre-baby! While a mommy makeover typically addresses the breast and waist, patients from Miami and worldwide come to Blue Lagoon for specialized mommy makeovers that include vaginal reconstruction if needed. Our team is dedicated to evaluating each patient's needs and designing their dream bodies in the best way for them.

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a series of procedures that plastic surgeons combine and perform in a single surgery. The goal of a mommy makeover is to revive a woman's body after childbearing. The exact set of procedures depends on which body areas the patient wants to restore or enhance. A mommy makeover includes breast augmentation, optional breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck. However, labiaplasty is also commonly requested as an add-on procedure depending on whether the patient's labia was damaged during labor.

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What procedures are performed in a mommy makeover?

Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

A breast augmentation with an optional lift is the primary procedure in a mommy makeover. A lift is not always required, but since the breasts expand and contract so dramatically during milk production, a woman goes up several cup sizes and drops back down once she finishes breastfeeding. This stretching of the skin leaves her with flatter, drooping breasts that require surgical lifting.

A breast augmentation restores the shape and corrects volume in the breasts. Patients can choose between saline or silicone gel breast implants. The shell of both types of implants are made of silicone; what differs is the filling, durability, and look and feel of each. Both saline and silicone implants are generally considered safe so long as your breast augmentation surgery is performed by a seasoned, board-certified surgeon like the ones at Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery.

Saline vs. Silicone Implants

Look and feel: Silicone breast implants tend to make the breasts look and feel more natural. Many patients claim that silicone implants feel lighter in contrast to those filled with sterile saline fluid. However, the size of your silicone breast implant cannot be altered after being placed. A huge benefit of saline implants is that they are filled once placed, and fluid can be removed if the patient wants a more understated look later on.

Eligibility: Silicone implants are FDA approved for women 22 years or older. Younger patients between 18-21 are only eligible for saline implants since they are FDA approved for women 18 years or older. Patients desiring saline implants should also have enough breast tissue to avoid undesirable rippling effects.

Durability and Risks: Breast implant ruptures are rare in any case, making it difficult to determine which is more durable. Nonetheless, both silicone and saline implants behave differently when ruptured. When ruptured, leaked saline is absorbed by the body and is completely safe; it also becomes visibly apparent that the implant has ruptured. Silicone implant ruptures are often known as "silent ruptures" since the thick silicone gel tends to encircle the shell if severed and does not show symptoms of rupture. Even though the silicone does not usually spread, the rupture must be remediated immediately because the body cannot absorb silicone. For this reason, you are required to have MRIs or ultrasounds done yearly to examine the health of your silicone implant.

Openings: Saline implant shells are placed in the breast and then filled to achieve the desired look. Since the shells are compact, the incisions are also smaller compared to silicone implants. Silicone breast implants require a larger opening during the surgery because they are pre-filled, resulting in a larger scar.

The surgeon creates your incision in the area most appropriate for your desired outcome. The incision can be made beneath the areola (periareolar incision), under the breast (inframammary incision), or in the armpit (transaxillary incision). Your surgeon then places the implant according to the type of implant selected, desired enlargement, and what is safest and most aesthetically pleasing for your body type.

Tummy Tuck to restore abdomen

The ASPS claims that

“For postpartum women concerned that they have "lost their waistline," abdominoplasty can provide a firmer, trimmer abdomen. Liposuction is added to address specific problem areas. Ideally, abdominoplasty is postponed the woman has completed planned childbearing. However, recent studies suggest a "positive outlook" for women with unplanned pregnancies occurring after abdominoplasty”

American Society of Plastic Surgery

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is also a key procedure in a mommy makeover. Not only does a tummy tuck address flabby skin, but it is the only way to repair damaged abdominal muscles. No amount of diet or exercise can make them look and perform as they should. Instead, a patient whose abdominal muscles were pulled apart after labor needs a surgeon to stitch together the torn tissue between her abdominal muscles so the area may heal properly.

The surgeon first creates a horizontal incision from hip bone to hip bone between the navel and pubic region. For more extensive tummy tuck methods, this incision may extend 360 degrees around the pelvic area. These grooves are moved upward to tighten the muscles. The surgeon restores the abdominal wall's proper structure by stitching the connective tissue that envelops the rectus muscles and positioning them back to the middle.

Liposuction to restore body contour

Liposuction, or lipo, is essential to contour the body during a mommy makeover. It is typically performed during a tummy tuck but is also necessary for a breast reduction if you want to incorporate that into your makeover. Lipo is a fat-removal process where fat cells are sucked from targeted areas of the body with a thin tube called a cannula. During the tummy tuck process of your mommy makeover, the surgeon removes excess fat tissue and cuts away baggy skin from the abdomen for a shapely, youthful figure.

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is necessary for women who experienced dramatic stretching of the labia minora during childbirth. If the labia minora becomes too enlarged, it can permanently extend beyond the protective flaps of the labia majora and make exercise or sexual intercourse painful. This sensitive, thin tissue tugs, pulls, and chafes against materials it is not intended to, causing daily discomfort and an unsightly appearance. During your labiaplasty procedure, your surgeon will simply trim the overflowing tissue to allow the lips of the labia minora to rest neatly within the labia majora.

Mommy makeover recovery

Since a mommy makeover in Miami involves various procedures, it is imperative to remain patient with your body during your recovery period. Tummy tuck surgery, in particular, involves a lengthy recovery period, taking up to six months to fully recover. Your abdomen and breasts will be swollen during the first 6-8 weeks of your recovery period. They will appear larger than you anticipated but rest assured, this is only temporary. Swelling is the body's natural inflammatory response to the surgery and aids in the healing process. Even so, it should be managed by wearing your Blue Lagoon compression garment 24/7 for the first few weeks to control swelling and fluid retention.

Post-operative scar care is integral to a successful recovery. While tummy tuck and breast augmentation scars never entirely disappear, proper aftercare can make them virtually unnoticeable. Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery's specially formulated gels and topical anti-scar ointments will lessen the appearance of scars. Your surgeon will provide further recovery instructions depending on what procedures you elect and your existing medical history.

Mommy makeover risks

As with any medical procedure, a mommy makeover poses risks to the patient, such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Inflection
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Loss of sensation in surgical areas
  • Inability to breastfeed in the future
  • Leaking implants
  • Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue)
  • Pulmonary complications
  • Cardiac complications
  • Fat embolization (fat that becomes wedged within a blood vessel and blocks blood flow)
  • Negative reaction to anesthesia

This is not a comprehensive list. At your initial consultation with a surgeon at Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery's Miami location, you will discuss your full medical history and the safest practices to achieve the results you want.

Is a mommy makeover right for me?

A mommy makeover is right for you if you suffer from undesirable body changes after childbearing. We suggest that patients consider a mommy makeover once they are finished having children so that the results do not reverse after another pregnancy. We also recommend patients maintain their weight. Dramatic fluctuations in weight stretch and contract the skin, negatively impacting the makeover results. Therefore, if you are at your ideal weight (or close to it), then a mommy makeover is right for you!

Preparing for a mommy makeover

When preparing for a mommy makeover surgery in Miami, you should:

  • Undergo a preoperative physical or lab tests (if issued by your surgeon)
  • Quit smoking at least four weeks before surgery
  • Discontinue alcohol consumption immediately before surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that thin the blood at least 2-4 weeks before the surgery
  • Stock up on low-sodium food and snacks
  • Fill your pain medication prescription
  • Prepare your compression garment and scar creams (Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery provides specialized body garments and healing ointments)
  • Plan for a friend or family member to drive you and care for you for at least a week following the surgery
  • Arrange for someone to watch your children since you must rest for the days following your mommy makeover

Your surgeon will issue further preparatory instructions based on the requirements of your specific procedures. Planning ahead of time for your mommy makeover aftercare is key to achieving optimal results. If you do not have friends or family nearby to aid in your healing, the staff at Blue Lagoon can assist you in finding suitable post-operative care.

Mommy makeover cost

Since a mommy makeover bundles several different procedures, it is more costly than other plastic surgeries. The average cost of a mommy makeover in the United States is $9,000 to $20,000 USD. Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery patients pay, on average, anywhere from $7,000 to $12,000USD for a mommy makeover, depending on the procedures selected.

We do provide financing plans to help manage this expense. Blue Lagoon offers an in-house layaway plan that requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of locking in the price for up to two years through low monthly payments. Patients can also seek pre-approval from providers we accept, such as Care Credit, Alphaeon Credit, and United Medical Credit.

Frequently Asked Questions for Mommy Makeover Miami

Can I personalize my mommy makeover?

Absolutely! Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery customizes every mommy makeover procedure to suit the needs of each individual patient. At your initial consultation, you will review your problem areas with the surgeon and design a specialized plan with the procedures required to achieve your desired look.

How soon after giving birth can I undergo a mommy makeover?

You should wait six months to a year after your child's birth before considering any invasive plastic surgery procedure. This period allows for your body to heal and your weight and hormones to regularize.

Is breastfeeding possible after a mommy makeover?

It is certainly possible to breastfeed after a breast augmentation. However, the location and depth of the surgical incision can affect this. Incisions made beneath the breast or through the armpit are less likely to interfere with breastfeeding. Breast implants under the chest muscle, away from the glandular tissue, are also unlikely to inhibit milk production. The surgeon's skill level also matters. If performed correctly, the areola and nerves connected to the ducts will not be damaged, and the patient will not lose the ability to breastfeed. However, we recommend getting a mommy makeover when you are finished childbearing and breastfeeding to avoid losing your results.

Is the anesthesia for a mommy makeover administered by board-certified anesthesiologists?

Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery commissions only the finest anesthesiologists in South Florida. Our anesthesiologists monitor your vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing and will steadily administer intravenous medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.

Are mommy makeover results permanent?

The results from a mommy makeover are intended to be long-lasting. However, various factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss cause the body to stretch and sag once more. Therefore, a mommy makeover is recommended for patients within their ideal weight that are not looking to become pregnant again.

How soon will I see the results of my mommy makeover?

The results of your mommy makeover will begin to show around the 3rd month after surgery. Yet, it could take up to a year to see the final results.

Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

You may be a candidate for a mommy makeover if:

  • You are in good general health
  • You are at (or near) your ideal body weight
  • You are not considering giving birth again
  • You are not a heavy smoker or drinker

Does Blue Lagoon offer financing options for my mommy makeover?

Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery offers a range of financing plans through Care Credit, Alphaeon Credit, and United Medical Credit, where the patient needs to be pre-approved. Patients can also take advantage of our layaway plan, which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of locking in the price for up to two years through low monthly payments.

What will my mommy makeover scars look like?

The type of scars you sustain is determined by the specific surgeries bundled into your mommy makeover procedure. If you undergo a breast lift, you may be left with an anchor-like scar on your breasts or a periareolar scar around the nipple. If you only have a breast augmentation, a tiny scar will be left on the armpit, nipple, or under the breast. This also applies to which type of tummy tuck you undergo. For example, the mini tummy tuck only leaves a 5-inch scar on the lower abdomen, but a full abdominoplasty produces a scar from hip to hip.

Proper aftercare is vital to decreasing the visibility of the scars; while they will never fully disappear, proper post-op scar care can fade them to near invisibility.

Anything else I should know about a mommy makeover?

The surgeons at Blue Lagoon Plastic Surgery agree that incorporating periodic lymphatic massages into your aftercare routine reduces swelling and hastens your recovery. Cosmetic surgeries like the ones included in a mommy makeover disrupt the body's lymphatic channels; it takes these channels approximately 2-3 months to make new connections. Lymphatic massages allow for the lymphatic fluid to be massaged into the tissue and absorbed by the body, promoting quicker healing.

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