Mommy Makeover

A newborn baby. There’s nothing like it. Looking into the baby’s eyes, the smell of baby’s breath, the sounds, the special moments alone with the baby…nothing compares. Then the changes set in. The milk comes in and for some women it’s, surprise! Breasts! For others it’s just more of too much; too big, too heavy.  And then it’s gone.  The volume goes away and the breasts change again.  Mommy isn’t happy with the look any more.  And the abdomen! What on earth happened to the abdomen?!  Stretch marks, loose skin, and maybe even skin draping over a C-section scar.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery is very popular.  It is not one specific operation.  The term ‘mommy makeover’ refers to a combination of procedures, typically involving the breasts and the abdomen, performed to help reclaim body shape and tone that changed after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Mommy makeover breast surgery options

A woman whose breasts lost volume (“deflated”) may decide she wants more fullness.  For her, a breast augmentation may work best.  Some women develop looseness of the breast skin.  Maybe the breasts have a bottom-heavy appearance.  The nipples might point down. Women with these types of changes may benefit from a breast lift.  This can be combined with placement of breast implants at the same time.  On the other end of the spectrum, some women have large, heavy breasts.  Breast reduction surgery may work best for them.

options for the abdomen in mommy makeover surgery

The abdomen, of course, also changes as a result of pregnancy.  Some women have amazingly few long-term changes.  Many women develop a muffin top, or maybe a pooch of skin in the lower abdomen hangs over a cesarean section scar.  Stretch marks are common. Skin around the belly button is loose.  Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery may work wonders for women with these types of findings.  Liposuction of the flanks may be performed at the same time to enhance her contours.  If loose skin extends all the way around to the back a procedure like a lower body lift may provide the best result.

the Mommy Makeover consultation

The initial visit takes about 2 hours.  Dr. Kunkel and his staff provide a lot of information. Vectra XT 3-dimensional imaging is used.  Six cameras take photographs of the woman’s breasts, abdomen, and back. The Vectra software combines this information into three dimensional images.  Dr. Kunkel reviews the images with the patient.  He often draws on the images to highlight particular physical features and options.

The Vectra software includes information about almost every breast implant available in the United States. For a woman considering breast augmentation, it is possible for the software to show what she might look like with specific breast implants.  While the simulated result from the software is not exact, it does provide helpful information.  Dr. Kunkel uses the 3-d imaging to help guide the patient in tailoring a procedure to meet her unique physical features and goals.

Where in fort worth does dr. kunkel perform mommy makeover surgery?

Mommy makeover surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center with the woman under general anesthesia.  The procedure may take between 3 and 6 hours and the patient spends the night.  Facilities that Dr. Kunkel uses include:

Recovery after a mommy makeover

Rather than having a lot of pain, Dr. Kunkel’s patients often feel tired and “drained” for about five days. They may walk in a “bent-over” position during that time. Women start to have a little more energy and begin walking upright after 5 or 6 days.  Most patients take two or three weeks off from work. Women with young children need to make arrangements for someone else to drive their kids to school and other activities for the first week after surgery.  Compression garments are worn for two or three months. Strenuous activities like running, bicycling, working out, and swimming should be avoided for about six weeks.

Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery

Every surgical procedure includes some risks. All operations, from hernia repairs to cesarean sections to tummy tucks and breast surgery include risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing.  There may also be additional risks for specific procedures. Issues that are more unique to tummy tuck surgery include the possibility that the belly button could end up slightly higher or lower than it had been and it may have a different shape, the scar on one side of the abdomen could be longer or higher than the scar on the other side of the abdomen, and it is possible to have long-term numbness in the lower abdomen or even the upper thigh.

Risks that are more specific to breast implant surgery include capsular contracture (firmness developing around the breast implant), a change in nipple sensation, and leakage of the implant (implant rupture) over time. For breast lift and breast reduction surgery, it is possible that one nipple could end up a little higher or lower than the other, and loss of sensation in the nipples or some of the breast skin may occur. Loss of a nipple is possible but is also uncommon.

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