If you would like to reshape many areas of your body, you may be considering spreading out your procedures. Many women often want to have their breasts or midsection treated first, for example, and then wait to schedule their other surgeries for later down the line. However, life often gets in the way of even the best-laid plans, and a piecemeal approach may create unnecessary issues. Fixing only one area at a time might even detract from your final look.
A mommy makeover at our plastic surgery practice in Louisville, KY, addresses multiple areas in a single procedure and has the perk of eliminating some of the issues that go along with staggering your procedures. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of combining surgeries to enhance your overall results.
What does a mommy makeover do? What procedures are included?
A mommy makeover is a suite of procedures used to lift and contour multiple areas of the body. It is traditionally used to help women restore their bodies after pregnancy and breastfeeding. One of the most exciting parts of mommy makeover surgery is that it can be customized to each woman’s needs. You get to decide which procedures to include for your unique needs.
Breast augmentation uses breast implants to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. Breast implants work well for restoring volume to breasts that appear “deflated” after pregnancy. They can also correct breast asymmetry, make small breasts more proportional to the body, and reverse an inverted nipple.
The main goal of a breast lift is to address sagging breasts and create a more youthful, lifted appearance. The procedure removes any loose skin and tightens existing breast tissue. This is an excellent option for women who struggle with drooping breasts after breastfeeding or weight loss.
A tummy tuck directly removes excess skin and fat from along the midsection. It can also tighten weakened abdominal muscles to flatten a “belly bulge” and adjust the shape and location of your bellybutton.
Liposuction is a versatile procedure that literally suctions fat from the body. It can be used alongside other procedures to tone areas such as the hips, thighs, belly, and more.
Why is combining surgeries a good idea?
If you need more than one procedure to address all of your concerns, there are many benefits to combining them in a single operation.
- One recovery period: It’s often difficult to take time off from work and other responsibilities when you lead a busy life, and scheduling time off more than once is an even greater inconvenience. Combining multiple procedures into one surgery means you only have to plan for one recovery period, and you can avoid unnecessary hardship.
- Cost-efficient: Each time you head into surgery, there are certain additional fees, such as operating room and anesthesia charges. You only have to pay these fees a single time when you undergo multiple surgeries at once.
- Comprehensive results: There is both a physical and psychological boost to seeing your body transform after a single surgery. When you address all your problem areas in one fell swoop, you aren’t distracted by other issues that still need to be addressed.
Is combining surgeries safe?
As a mommy makeover involves more than one procedure in a single surgery, it requires you to be under anesthesia for a longer period of time. The primary concern with an extended surgery is that there is an increased risk of complications the longer you’re under general anesthesia. As an overall rule, most plastic surgeons consider a 6-hour procedure the upper limit.
Because mommy makeovers are customized and involve different procedures, the surgery time may vary. In general, a surgery with breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction often takes around 3 to 4 hours. This is well within the typical time frame you can safely be under anesthesia. We discuss this topic during your private consultation, making sure you are comfortable with your surgical plan.
How do I know if a mommy makeover is right for me?
The best candidates for mommy makeover surgery are healthy patients who want to address multiple areas at once. We most often see women who have had one or more pregnancies or experienced significant weight fluctuations.
In the end, it is up to you and your surgeon to decide if a mommy makeover is right for you. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see our patients’ real results and the type of outcomes you can expect from the procedure.
If you’re interested in a mommy makeover or other plastic surgery procedures here in Louisville, KY, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our office by phone at (502) 899-9979.