Mommy makeover consists of three main procedures; breast surgeries, tummy tuck and liposuction.
As a result of increase in hormones, breast size increases. During breastfeeding, the breasts are still kept engorged. Only after the breastfeeding process, there will be further changes to the breasts. Some women will get back to their original size prior to pregnancy whereas some others will have larger breasts than in the pregnancy period. It is also likely that some women will experience such a huge decrease in breast size that the breasts will get smaller than before. As a consequence of fast increase and decrease in breast size, the breast skin can be cracked. As the skin will be defected, this may also cause sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If the breast size increases after the breastfeeding period, breast reduction surgery is most favorable. If the breast tissue size is almost the same but the breasts are sagging, breast lift surgery is recommended. If the breast size decreases but the quality of skin is not defected, it is suggested to have a breast augmentation. Finally, if the breast tissues decrease, the breasts are sagging, and the skin is cracked, breast lift and implant surgeries are applicable.
Every woman goes through a different type of change in breast tissues after pregnancy and breastfeeding. These changes are determined by genetic factors, quality of life, and the amount of weight gain during pregnancy. Besides, the length of breastfeeding period plays an important role in determining the change of breasts. Depending on all these factors, various changes may occur in breasts.
It depends on the patient’s preference. If the changes in the breasts do not bother the patient, she is not obliged to have a breast surgery. However, it is unlikely that the breasts will not be affected in a negative way after pregnancy.
It is recommended to wait for a minimum period of 6 months and ideally 1 year. This is because lactation and hormonal effects still continue until this period. Especially, the infection is risk high in early period surgeries as the milk ducts are still active. Also, the breast size increases due to hormonal effects. In order to have a breast surgery, the breasts should return their former size.
Either breast lift and implant surgery or breast reduction lasts around 3 hours. Only breast implant surgeries can take approximately 1,5 – 2 hours.
Drains are usually placed after the breast surgery. However, this decision varies upon the patient’s condition. Depending on the surgery type, the drains can be removed in 2-4 hours after the surgery.
It is recommended for the patient to wear a sports bra for around 6 weeks after breast surgery. The main reason for wearing a sports bra is that the compression helps the breasts stay properly positioned.
In the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, the baby grows fast. As a result of stress on the abdomen, the skin will be cracked and defected. Also, the abdominal muscles will be separated. After giving birth, the density of the abdomen will decrease and the abdominal skin will be sagging. As the abdominal muscles are separated, they will be loose and sagging as well.
It is recommended to have a tummy tuck surgery in order to fix the abdominal defects. Tummy tuck helps remove sagging skin as well as repair separated abdominal muscles. Thus, the abdomen will have a flat and tight look.
If the patients are unable to lose weight after pregnancy and breastfeeding, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction.
Tummy tuck takes around 2 hours. If liposuction will be combined with tummy tuck, the surgery will last longer.
Yes, drains should be placed after a tummy tuck surgery in mommy makeover. The purpose of placing drains is to prevent blood spots under skin and help stitch the abdominal skin and muscles. The drains can be removed in 5-7 days after the surgery.
It is recommended for the patients to wear a corset for around 6 weeks. Wearing a corset prevents blood spots under the skin. Also, it helps stick the abdominal skin and muscles.
It is recommended for the patient to have a tummy tuck surgery 1 year after giving birth.
If the overall health and blood values of the patient is eligible for performing both surgeries, they can be completed in one session. Otherwise, the surgeries should be performed in two sessions.
If abdominoplasty and breast surgeries are performed at the same time, the procedure lasts around 5 hours. In case liposuction is combined with tummy tuck, the operation may last longer.
If abdominoplasty and breast surgeries are performed at the same time, it is recommended for the patients to stay at the hospital for two nights.
The priority varies upon the preference of the patient. If the patient is uncomfortable about the abdomen and breasts both, it is recommended to start with abdominoplasty. The main reason for starting with tummy tuck is that the surgery can be combined with liposuction. Thus, the procedure helps thinning the centerline of the body. Besides, after tummy tuck, the bottom line of the breasts are sagging. For this reason, it is recommended to prioritize tummy tuck before breast surgeries.
If the patient would like to give birth again, we recommend to perform a mommy makeover afterwards. Having a mommy makeover does not cause any issues for giving birth. However, if a patient, who had a mommy makeover procedure, gets pregnant again, the body will go under changes again. As these changes will also affect the shapes of breasts and abdomen, the patient will most likely need to have a revision surgery.
Mommy makeover is a long and combined procedure. For this reason, the recovery is longer than standard procedures. Any patient, who will have mommy makeover, should quit smoking. If the patient stops smoking 4 weeks before and after the surgery, this will help speed up the recovery process.