The Modern Mommy Makeover: Options for the Mom on the Go.
After having children, most women find that their bodies have changed, and in their eyes, not for the better. Pregnancy can affect several areas of the body, and for many women, it’s impossible to restore their pre-baby body with dieting and exercise alone. The mommy makeover is a customizable set of procedures specifically designed to restore and enhance the affected areas: the tummy, breasts, love handles, and more. Dr. Angelchik offers mommy makeovers to his patients in the Phoenix, Glendale, and West Valley areas to help them restore their pre-baby body and confidence. With newly available technology, we have some options that will make recovery faster and easier as well for select patients.
A mommy makeover is a set of procedures that typically include a tummy tuck to tone the midsection and remove damaged skin stretched by pregnancy, liposuction and possibly fat transfer to shape the love handles and other areas, and breast procedures to reshape and lift the breasts (if needed). Breast procedure options include: breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast lift (mastopexy), and combinations thereof. Procedures can usually be performed in one surgical setting, allowing you to achieve the full-body transformation you desire.
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women experience volume loss, asymmetry, and breast sagging. With breast augmentation, the youthful volume can be restored and deflation brought on by pregnancy is reversed. Dr. Angelchik is an expert in the breast augmentation procedure and offers a variety of techniques in order to customize your procedure based on your unique concerns and goals.
While breast augmentation can fill out some mild sagging, more severe sagging and excess skin on the breasts might require a breast lift. The breast lift can remove excess skin and reposition the breasts higher on the chest for a perkier appearance. If you experience volume loss and sagging, Dr. Angelchik might recommend adding both the breast augmentation and breast lift to your mommy makeover procedure for optimal results.
In conjunction with a tummy tuck, liposuction of the flanks( love handles), tummy, and other is often added to the procedure to give better shaping of the waistline. For example, some patients may opt for fat transfer in the breasts as a way to add fullness to the upper pole of the breasts without an implant. Fat transfer to the gluteal region (butt) is best performed separately from a traditional tummy tuck to avoid difficulties in positioning after surgery, as patients must stay off of their butts for two weeks after surgery. This is hard to do after a conventional tummy tuck with muscle tightening.
Some busy moms, want to avoid the downtime and recovery associated with a conventional tummy tuck that tightens the muscle fascia on the abdomen. This procedure limits activity and lifting for up to six weeks after surgery. With newly available Renuvion® technology, we have a less invasive option for selected patients that can accelerate recovery and reduce downtime. For those patients who do not have severe muscle laxity after pregnancy, a “Modern Mommy Makeover” can be performed incorporated liposuction on the tummy with Renuvion® skin tightening. Renuvion® incorporates helium ion plasma beam energy along with radiofrequency energy to contract the collagen fibers connecting the skin to the underlying muscle in the fat compartment after liposuction, thus “shrink wrapping” the skin. Loose or overhanging skin at the bottom of the abdomen can be removed as in a conventional tummy tuck, but the belly button is not repositioned. If the muscle tone is reasonably good, and we can tell this at the time of consultation, patients can avoid significant discomfort and still get a really nice result with good contouring and skin tightening. Renuvion® can also be used to tighten skin on any area of the face and body. For those women with mild sagging of the breasts, Renuvion® can actually lift and tighten the breasts without creating long scars. Pain management with Exparel, a local anesthetic medication that lasts 3 days, makes recovery that much more comfortable for our patients. The less invasive Modern Mommy Makeover allows patients to get back to their lives faster, with less surgical risk, and have an easier recovery with reduced downtime and less discomfort. For many patients, this is a great option.
The mommy makeover procedure can give you life-changing results. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation for in Glendale, Phoenix, or West Valley areas of Arizona, contact plastic surgeon Paul Angelchik, MD. Dr. Angelchik is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has been in practice since 1994. Dr. Angelchik is highly rated and has extensive experience in mommy makeover procedures as well as all aspects of cosmetic surgery and medicine. To schedule a consultation, please call our office at 602-517-0077. We look forward to working with you.