What is a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery is not one specific operation. It is a combination of procedures, typically involving the breasts and the abdomen, performed to help reclaim body shape and tone that changed after pregnancy. Dr. Kunkel customizes the procedure to the individual woman’s physical attributes and desires.
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. Fat that is removed by liposuction may also be injected (fat grafting) into the buttocks or breasts to add shape to those areas. If loose skin extends all the way around to the back, a procedure like a lower body lift may provide the best result.
What to expect during your first visit
Most women are surprised at how much time they spend directly with Dr. Kunkel during their initial visit. Women who have visited with other surgeons often comment that the surgeon spent about 10 minutes with them. In contrast, the first mommy makeover visit in Dr. Kunkel’s Fort Worth office takes about two hours. A lot of information is provided.
Vectra 3-D Imaging Software
Vectra 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, highlighting particular physical features and options. He often draws directly on the patient while she is standing in front of a full length mirror as well. By doing this he makes sure that the woman understands how different options will affect the specific areas she wants to change.
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 system in his Fort Worth office to help guide the patient in tailoring a procedure to meet her unique physical features and goals.
“I researched doctors in the Fort Worth area and chose Dr. Kunkel. Great choice! He is Board Certified, which is an absolute requirement for me, but not all doctors are certified in their area of expertise. Dr. Kunkel and his staff are wonderful. Dr. Kunkel explains in detail what to expect. Follow-up is fabulous. Everyone is the office is helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend you consult with Dr. Kunkel before making your decision on the doctor you choose.” -Inez F.
How long does a mommy makeover take?
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 usually spends the night in the surgical facility. Hospitals and surgery centers that Dr. Kunkel uses for mommy makeover surgery include:
- Andrews Womens Hospital at Baylor All Saints
- Texas Health Harris Southwest Hospital
- USMD Fort Worth Hospital
- Texas Health Fort Worth Surgery Center Midtown
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.
When Can I resume physical activity?
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 cesarean sections to tubal ligations to tummy tucks and breast surgery include risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing. 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.