The “Mommy Makeover” refers to the combination of a number of surgeries performed with the goal of returning your body back toward it’s appearance from prior to pregnancy.
With pregnancy comes a stretching of the abdominal skin and muscle, creating a diastasis or weakening of the connective tissue between the abdominal muscles. Excess skin and fat can be resected while the diastasis is repaired and abdomen flattened, and this is performed with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. More information about abdominoplasty and tummy tuck can be found here.
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With pregnancy comes some weight gain, and while breast feeding is often helpful in aiding in postpartum weight loss, there is often some resilient areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. These pockets of fat, often in the flanks and thighs can be reduced invasively with liposuction or sometimes are appropriate for treatment with CoolSculpting. More information about liposuction can be found here, while information about CoolSculpting can be found here.
Following pregnancy, many mothers find that their breasts enlarge with milk, and if you breast feed, you may find that your breasts deflate and appear more droopy than before pregnancy. Surgical breast rejuvenation is a large part of Dr. Lowenstein’s practice, and a lot of information regarding breast implants and breast lifts can be found here.
Because each woman’s body is different before pregnancy and pregnancy can effect a woman’s body in so many ways, an individualized approach to rejuvenation of your body is critical in consideration of a mommy makeover. During your consultation with Dr. Lowenstein, he will discuss your options and suggest a unique plan for the achievement of your aesthetic goals.
At your consultation you will meet with Dr. Lowenstein and his staff. Dr. Lowenstein will listen to your goals and examine your arms. You will learn about the different options for your surgery and expectations for your postoperative outcome. Your breasts will be examined and measurements recorded. If breast implants will be used for your surgery, you will have a comprehensive discussion with Dr. Lowenstein regarding implant types, styles, and sizes. Implant sizers may be used to help demonstrate your postoperative expectations.
One of our Center’s patient care coordinators will then review logistical information including schedule options and financial arrangements in a pressure-free atmosphere. Ask your coordinator for a tour of the operating facilities if you would like to see where the surgery is performed. Your entire consultation should take about an hour.
Your surgery will take place in our Center’s state of the art AAASF accredited operating facility. You will be instructed to arrive about an hour before surgery begins, and you will meet with our nursing staff, our anesthesia provider, and Dr. Lowenstein prior to surgery. Dr. Lowenstein will place marks on your body to aid in the surgery. All questions will be answered to maximize your comfort and those who will be taking care of you after your surgery. Your care giver will be given specific written instructions and have plenty of time to review them during your procedure.
Once in the operating room, an IV will be placed and you will be given medication to help you relax further before falling off to sleep. Depending on the type of surgery performed, your operation may take anywhere between 1-4 hours after which you will be gently awakened and brought to the only private recovery room in Santa Barbara. After a bit of further recovery, your care giver will be brought in to see you, review instructions, and take you home.
You will feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you should up moving around. Periodic walking is a necessity after any aesthetic surgery. Most of your discomfort and/or pain will be well controlled by medications prescribed by Dr. Lowenstein. Additional prescriptions may include antibiotics and special medications to treat nausea in the rare instance that is an issue.
Your dressings will be changed in the first visit back to our Center on the day after surgery. Showering may be postponed until your drains are removed if they are used. A compression garment will be worn for the first few weeks following your surgery but can easily be hidden under clothing as your recovery proceeds.
It is often possible to return to work within 5-10 days, depending on your job and you may begin driving 10-14 days after surgery. Vigorous activities should be restricted for 3 weeks as well as lifting anything over 10 pounds. Exercise that may increase your heart rate above 100 beats per minute should be avoided for 3 weeks. Swelling will progressively improve but should be largely resolved in a month.
Mommy Makeovers are associated with a variable scars depending on the exact procedures performed, but our state of the art techniques for scar therapy using Embrace Scar Therapy have been effective in minimizing the appearance of scars after Mommy Makeover procedures.
Results may vary from patient to patient.