This 43-year-old patient from Redondo Beach, CA was constantly in pain from her oversized breasts…
Are you considering reclaiming your post-baby bod or obtaining a more defined physical appearance? Even with successful weight loss, it can be challenging to achieve the look you want. Women who want to reverse the changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding may want to consider a Mommy Makeover in Los Angeles at Cassileth Plastic Surgery.
Our team of highly experienced surgeons offers women a surgical solution for problems commonly found on a post-baby body, including breasts that have changed size or shape, stubborn fat around the abdomen, loose skin, and more.
Mommy Makeover Before & Afters
What can a mommy makeover accomplish?
Each Mommy Makeover at Los Angeles’ Cassileth Plastic Surgery is tailored to the patient, designed to focus on changes for that specific post-baby body. The suite of procedures may include alterations to the breasts (augmentation or reduction to address size and/or a lift to correct sagging), liposuction to reduce volume in bulging areas, fat transfer to move fat cells to areas where more volume is desired, and a tummy tuck to flatten and contour the belly.
Full, lifted breasts
Due to the many changes breasts go through during pregnancy and breastfeeding, breasts can end up droopy and lopsided. Women may experience an increase of several cup sizes throughout their pregnancy, as the breasts develop milk ducts, mammary glands, and more fatty tissue.
This rapid growth—and the subsequent strain of supporting nowheavier breasts—causes the ligaments and skin to lose their elasticity and stretch. This breast fullness often will disappear after nursing, sometimes leaving loose skin.
A Mommy Makeover with a breast augmentation alone, or combined with a breast lift, can replace lost breast volume or even increase breast size, while enhancing the shape and firmness of flattened, saggy, or deflated breasts.
Pre-baby physique restoration
Abdominal skin stretches to accommodate a growing baby during pregnancy, but it may be unable to “snap back” to its previous position after the baby is born. If you have sagging abdominal skin and excess fat around your stomach, a tummy tuck as part of a Mommy Makeover will address the unwanted volume, loose skin, and most stretch marks to give you a smoother, flatter midsection and a curvy body shape.
Removal of excess fat
Lots of us have stubborn fat in isolated spots. These trouble spots may not decrease with exercise and a healthy diet alone. Tummy tucks and breast lifts target the abdomen and breasts, respectively, but removing volume from surrounding areas to fine tune the shape of the body will require another element of a Mommy Makeover.
Liposuction as part of a Mommy Makeover can remove any unwanted fat from the stomach, thighs, buttocks, bra line, and hips. Excess fat cells in these isolated spots are suctioned out, leaving you with a leaner and more defined silhouette. Reclaim your pre-baby look and get the attractive body shape you want.
Minimally invasive rectus diastasis repair
A Mommy Makeover may also include repairing the abdominal muscles. After pregnancy, through weight loss, or with core weakness, patients can acquire a gap between their rectus muscles (sit-up muscles), called a “rectus diastasis.” This is often accompanied by an umbilical hernia, where the lower vertical abdominal muscles have split apart.
This gap causes the abdomen to protrude and can sometimes give the look of an early pregnancy. The condition is most obvious at the end of the day, as the intra-abdominal contents protrude farther through the gap. This can be frustrating, but there is an effective solution.
At Cassileth Plastic Surgery, we repair this condition with beautiful results. For some Mommy Makeover patients, the belly button or “umbilical” access incision works best, and the entire rectus diastasis can be corrected through a well-hidden minimal incision.
A tummy tuck is not necessary to repair a rectus diastasis and is only used in Mommy Makeover patients who also wish to have extra skin to be removed.
Each Mommy Makeover patient is different. Our experienced surgeons give detailed, personalized solutions for women seeking results tailor-made for them.
What procedures are included in a Mommy Makeover?
Facial rejuvenation, in addition to procedures like liposuction, can help improve your post-baby appearance. As a combination of multiple procedures, a Mommy Makeover offers many choices so patients can choose the options that work for their specific body.
A Mommy Makeover in Los Angeles may include the following procedures:
Is a Mommy Makeover right for me?
A Mommy Makeover is fully customized for each patient’s unique concerns. It’s up to you and your surgeon to determine whether the suite of procedures is the most suitable option, and—if so— what would be the best time to have it done.
Keep in mind that the effects of any kind of body contouring or lifting procedure can be undone by future pregnancies or significant weight fluctuations. For this reason, it is important to be finished with having babies and be able to maintain a steady, stable weight long term before choosing a Mommy Makeover.
The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are those who are:
- in a good state of physical and mental health
- completely recovered from childbirth
- no longer breastfeeding
- close to or at their ideal body weight
- maintaining realistic expectations
- finished having children
what to expect after your Mommy Makeover surgery?
A Mommy Makeover is an outpatient procedure. This means you will be able to recover in the comfort of your home afterward, which is usually easier and more convenient for patients. It typically takes around one to two weeks to recover from the combination of surgeries.
Factors such as your age, your health, how well you care for surgical wounds, and how extensive your Mommy Makeover surgery is will affect your healing. Some temporary soreness, bruising, and swelling can be expected.
Patients often feel weak and drowsy for days after major surgery, so it’s helpful to have a friend or family member around to assist you with carrying out daily tasks. We will provide specific instructions on what to look out for, how to care for the surgical site, medications, and other aspects of recovery.
Here are some things to know about what happens after a Mommy Makeover:
- Recovery from the rectus diastasis portion of a Mommy Makeover procedure is one week off work and day-to-day activities. Driving is allowed at one week, and high-impact activities should be avoided for one month.
- Patients won’t be able to drive while taking the prescribed pain medications after any Mommy Makeover procedure.
- Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting—including carrying small children—are discouraged during the first six weeks.
- As the swelling goes down, your body contours will gradually improve. Ideal results are most commonly visible within months.
- Visible scars lines will become less noticeable over time.
- Following all post-surgical instructions lowers the risk of complications and increases the chances of having a smooth Mommy Makeover recovery with the best possible aesthetic results.