You wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in the world. But sagging breasts, stretch marks, and all that loose skin? If you’d gladly give those back, you’re not alone. Pregnancy and childbirth can leave lasting effects on a woman’s body. While diet and exercise can help you get back to your pre-baby weight, neither can tighten stretched, sagging skin, lift drooping breasts, or restore lost breast volume. A mommy makeover can do all three—and more, if you wish!
Dr. Chen tailors every mommy makeover to address a patient’s specific concerns, goals, and anatomy. Your mommy makeover can involve a single procedure, such as a tummy tuck, or multiple procedures to address excess fat, stretched skin, and sagging tissues on the breasts, body or face. Your mommy makeover may include:
While many mommy makeover patients are interested in restoring their pre-baby proportions, others take this as an opportunity to get the curves they’ve long desired, enhancing their previous breast size and reducing stubborn pockets that existed even before becoming a mom.
If you are unhappy with certain aspects of your appearance due to pregnancy and childbirth, a mommy makeover can help you address your concerns—and fit comfortably into your favorite clothing once again. Timing is important, however. You should postpone a mommy makeover until your family is complete, as future pregnancy will compromise your results. If you can answer yes to most of the following, you are likely to benefit from a mommy makeover:
Breast and body contouring procedures are among Dr. Chen’s specialties, and he finds mommy makeover surgery rewarding, as he sees the positive impact that surgery has on a patient’s comfort and self-confidence.
Typically, Dr. Chen performs all the procedures a patient has chosen during a single operation. This not only achieves dramatic results, but allows a patient to make her desired improvements with only a single recovery period. Surgical techniques depend on the procedures you are having; you can learn more about what to expect by reading about the various mommy makeover procedure options, listed above.
Dr. Chen is extremely professional, yet personable and made the entire experience pleasant. He eased any fears I had regarding the procedure and was honest about the recovery. I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Chen and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to minimize the results of c-sections or for a tummy tuck with lipo for any reason.
-Actual Patient of Dr. Chen
Planning for a smooth recovery is important for any plastic surgery patient, but thoughtful planning is critical for a mom of younger children. You will need full-time childcare for 1 to 2 weeks or longer, depending on your procedure plan. Even after you are able to resume light daily activities, such as driving, work, and preparing meals, you will need help with heavier tasks. Lifting and straining are off-limits for 4 to 6 weeks to protect your incisions and ensure you heal as intended.
Modifying activity as an active mom can be a challenge, but you can make it easier by arranging for childcare help well in advance of your procedure—it’s a great time to have grandma or grandpa come for an extended visit. Dr. Chen and our experienced surgical team are also here to answer questions and provide support throughout your recovery process.
One of the best things about a mommy makeover is that the results are meant to last. As long as you maintain a stable weight, your slimmer shape and firmer, perkier breasts will stay much improved for many years. The natural aging process will continue, and eventually you will experience some return of skin or breast sagging; however, you shouldn’t experience it to the same degree as before surgery.
To ensure your scars heal flat and fade nicely, it’s key to follow Dr. Chen’s instructions for recovery and scar care. Leave surgical tape in place as long as possible, keep incision sites protected from the sun, and resume activities only when Dr. Chen agrees you are ready.