Mommy Makeover FAQs
The term mommy makeover describes the combination of an abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) with a breast procedure such as a breast reduction, augmentation, or breast. Pregnancy often affects the breasts and abdomen, which makes women seek out such procedures, hence the name "mommy makeover." Our Birmingham, AL practice offers these mommy makeover operations for all women who are good candidates for those procedures, however. If you are interested in these procedures, please read on to learn the answers to common questions and other facts about this concept. Keep in mind that because patients have unique backgrounds and conditions, specific answers require a personal consultation and physical examination.
To understand more about the mommy makeover, you can request a Comprehensive Consultation online to meet with Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein, or call his office at (205) 933-9308 to schedule an appointment.See Your Procedure in 3D
Is it safe to combine surgical procedures?
If Dr. Beckenstein believes that if you are a good candidate for these procedures, it is best to perform them at the same time. Combining the procedures allows for one anesthesia session and one recovery time. This is safest for you and is also more economical, as it saves money and time off from work.
How long does it take to complete mommy makeover surgery?
The duration of the surgery depends on which procedures are being performed. For instance, women undergoing liposuction, a tummy tuck, and breast augmentation in Birmingham, AL at our hospital facilities average 2½ to 4 hours. Dr. Beckenstein has vast experience with these procedures and is very efficient in the operating room, keeping his procedure times well within safe limits. If surgery exceeds 6 hours, the rate of complications increases.
Is breast augmentation always part of a mommy makeover?
If you are not pleased with your breast size, an augmentation would be suggested. If you are happy with your breast size, an augmentation may not be necessary. A lift may be what you need if you want to change the shape, making your breasts more "perky." A breast lift and augmentation can be combined when a little more volume is desired.
How long after having a child should I get a mommy makeover?
Women should wait until they are finished having their children before proceeding with surgery. You should be finished with breastfeeding and return to as close as your ideal body weight as possible before plastic surgery. A minimum of 6 months to a year is a reasonable time frame to consider a mommy makeover. You must also consider logistics of managing your family with the recovery time of these procedures. It is challenging caring for small children with the activity restrictions after surgery. Good logistical planning will ensure a smooth recovery period.
What will the scars be like?
Scars are an inevitable part of any surgery, but Dr. Beckenstein uses surgical methods that ensure your incisions are in discreet locations. He will also give you aftercare instructions to help your scars heal quickly and be as inconspicuous as possible.
What's the best way to keep the results from a mommy makeover?
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain a stable weight, so you can keep enjoying your more attractive shape. This includes healthy diet and exercise regimens. Wearing a good support bra prevents the breast tissue from stretching, which could increase scarring. Good skin care is essential for maintaining your result, including moisturizing and prevention of sun damage.