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Mommy Makeover: When Is the Right Time?

A mommy makeover can reshape your body to help you look more like yourself again. But when is the right time to do it?The “mommy makeover” is on the rise. Women want to reclaim their bodies from the changes brought on by pregnancy and breastfeeding. But a common question is “when is the right time to do it?”

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a procedure, or combination of procedures, that help reshape a woman’s form after pregnancy. Each woman’s needs and goals are unique, but mommy makeovers typically involve any combination of the following:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction of the tummy or other areas such as the back, thighs or arms
  • Breast procedure:
    • Breast augmentation with implants to add volume
    • Breast lift to address low-hanging (sagging) breasts
    • Combination of both breast lift and augmentation to lift breasts and add fullness

When Is the Time Right for a Mommy Makeover?

While you may be in a hurry to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body, there are several factors to consider before scheduling your procedure(s).

Is My Body Ready?

It’s important to give your body time to return to “normal” following pregnancy. It’s best to wait until the stretched tissue returns to its typical state and until you’ve lost your pregnancy weight. Not only is surgery safer when you’re at a good weight, but the results are also better.

What If I’m Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a factor to consider, especially when a breast procedure is part of your plan. You shouldn’t have elective breast surgery until your baby is fully weaned and your milk has completely dried up. Most surgeons prefer to wait at least three months after you stop breastfeeding, regardless of the procedure you’re considering.

How Much Time Will I Need to Recover?

As a mom, you have lots of responsibilities — caring for your family being only one of them. So you’ll want to consider when you’ll have the time and support you need before scheduling your procedure(s). Most women need a few weeks to recover.

Can I Have Another Baby After I Get a Mommy Makeover?

Results of your mommy makeover will be compromised by a pregnancy. So, you shouldn’t consider getting procedures done if you’re planning to have another child.

That being said, life is complex. Sometimes circumstances change. Typically, you can safely have another baby after you have a mommy makeover. However, you may wish to have some additional surgical procedures done following the pregnancy to address the new changes to your body.

Another thing to consider is that depending on the type of breast surgery you had, you may or may not be able to breastfeed.

Are You Ready to Consider a Mommy Makeover?

The board-certified plastic surgeonsat Emory Aesthetic Center  can help you determine the right timing and combination of procedures for your mommy makeover.

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Mommy Makeover: Frequently Asked Questions

Mommy Makeover FAQBeing a mother of 3, I know the joys that motherhood brings, but deflated breasts, a protruding abdomen and unsightly fat deposits are not among them. If you are considering a mommy makeover to restore your pre-pregnancy body, let me answer some of my patients’ most frequently asked questions to help you make your decision.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Typically a mommy makeover is body contouring surgery where both the breasts and abdominal areas are addressed in a single operative procedure. It is designed to restore your body (or enhance, depending on your goals) to its pre-pregnancy state.

Your breasts may be deflated and droopy as a result of breastfeeding. They can be corrected with either a breast lift, a breast augmentation or a combination of the two procedures. The abdominal muscles separated to make room for your growing child but may not have recovered fully, therefore leaving you with a gap and laxity of the abdominal wall. This deformity is called diastasis recti and can be corrected with a version of a tummy tuck. You may also simply have pockets of fat in areas that you have not previously had and no amount of crunches or carb–free living has eliminated it. Liposuction can be done in these areas to restore your feminine silhouette.

Am I a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Ideal candidates for mommy makeover surgery are women whose breast and abdomen are changed as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, and desire restorative surgery to bring their body back to its pre-pregnancy state.

Can I have a Mommy Makeover if I have not had children?

You can still be a candidate for the combination approach to the breasts and abdomen even if you have not had a child. When a healthy diet and exercise have achieved all that it can and what you see in the mirror is not what you want anymore, a mommy makeover can help you realize your goals.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the operative plan created for you, the procedure can take between 3 to 6 hours to complete. Immediately after surgery, you will feel groggy and not want to do too much. The following day, you will already be feeling better and can transition to home with a helpful family caregiver. It is advised that someone stay with you for the first 48 hours after surgery particularly if your children will be at home with you.

How long do I need help taking care of my family after a Mommy Makeover?

Depending on which procedures you are a candidate for, recovery can take anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within 2 to 3 weeks, but returning to exercise and all normal activities may take up to 6 weeks. If you are at home with your children, having an extra set of hands will be helpful for at least the first week. You will be able to pick up your child, although we recommend doing so from a seated position. You will be encouraged to take daily walks, and pushing a stroller is fine.

Should I wait until my family is complete before proceeding with a mommy makeover?

Although it is possible to carry a pregnancy after abdominal contouring surgery, we recommend that you choose to do this when you are done having children. Your results will last longer if they are not stressed by pregnancy and breast engorgement.

If you are considering a restorative procedure after pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding, let the board certified cosmetic surgeons of the Emory Aesthetic Center help you define your goals and customize a plan to achieve them.

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About Dr. Anderson

Erica Anderson, MDErica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.

Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.

Does Pregnancy Cause Varicose Veins?

pregnancyMany women are aware that pregnancy increases the risk of developing varicose veins. Your mother may have even thanked you for hers!

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible on the skin surface. Often blue or red, these veins can take several shapes – sometimes straight, other times twisted, and frequently bulging above the surface of the skin. While varicose veins are more common below the knee, they may occur at any location on the legs. During and after pregnancy, they may even occur on the vulva or groin. As many as 55% of women will develop varicose veins at some point in their life.

Pregnancy increases the risk of developing varicose veins because of the increased blood volume and pressure from the growing uterus. The most common symptoms of large veins are heaviness, aching and pressure. While some women experience only cosmetic issues, varicose veins may contribute to blood clots and ankle or leg swelling. The good news is that varicose veins often improve after delivery – though they will rarely go away.

How to Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins During and After Pregnancy

  • Sleep on your left side (helps blood flow more easily to the interior vena cava vein)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Elevate your legs
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Promote healthy digestion and avoid constipation
  • Wear compression hose

If you have bothersome veins caused by pregnancy and would like an evaluation by one of our board-certified vascular surgeons, please contact the Emory Vein Center for a consultation. Your legs will thank you!

Call 404-778-VEIN or request an appointment online today!

About Dr. Rheudasil

Mark Rheudasil, MDMark Rheudasil, MD,  graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University in Texas and he earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1983. He completed a general surgery internship and residency program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Rheudasil also completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Emory University in 1989.

Dr. Rheudasil is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and is a board certified vascular surgeon. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the International Society for Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgery, and the North American chapter of the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery. He is also a member of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Emory Association of Vascular Surgery, the Atlanta Vascular Society, and the Georgia Surgical Society. He is also a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, the Medical Association of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Clinical Society. He is also certified as a Registered Vascular Technologist.

Dr. Rheudasil has published articles in several medical journals including The Journal of Vascular Surgery, American Surgeon and The Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. He has lectured at the regional and national level on a variety of topics including current reviews of vascular surgery.

Mommy Makeover – Restoration after Childbirth

Mommy MakeoverI think we have all read or at least perused the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” But did it include a chapter that discussed the repercussions of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding on your body? And that sometimes the body changes experienced post childbirth and breastfeeding are not easily reversible? Fortunately, there are solutions to help with the changes we all experience.

Ideal candidates for mommy makeover surgery are women whose breast and abdomen are changed as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, or simply weight loss and aging. When a healthy diet and exercise have achieved all that it can and what you see in the mirror is not what you want anymore, a mommy makeover can help you realize your goals.

I am most asked if one should wait until their family is complete before proceeding with a mommy makeover. Although it is possible to carry a pregnancy after abdominal surgery, we recommend that you choose to do this when you are done having children. Your results will last longer if they are not stressed by pregnancy and breast engorgement.

Typically a mommy makeover is a surgery where both the breasts and abdominal areas are addressed in a single operative procedure. It is an individualized combination of procedures designed to restore your body (or enhance depending on your goals) to its pre-pregnancy state. Your breasts may be smaller and droopy as a result of breastfeeding. They can be corrected with either a breast lift, an augmentation or a combination of the two procedures. Your abdominal muscles had to separate to make room for your growing child, therefor leaving you with a gap and laxity of the abdominal wall. This result is called diastasis recti and can be corrected with a version of a tummy tuck, either conventional or limited. You may also simply have pockets of fat in areas that you have not previously had and no amount of crunches has eliminated it. Liposuction can be done in these areas to restore your feminine silhouette.

Depending on the operative plan created for you, the procedure can take from 3 to 6 hours to perform, and recovery can be as quick as 2 weeks but full recovery may take up to 6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work in 2 to 3 weeks. Returning to exercise and all normal activities may take up to 6 weeks. If you are at home with your children, having an extra set of hands will be helpful for at least the first week. You will be able to pick up your child, although we recommend doing so from a seated position. You will be encouraged to take daily walks, though avoid having the dog pull you around the block. Pushing a stroller is fine.

If you are considering a restorative procedure after pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding, let the surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center help you define your goals and customize a plan to achieve them.