Mommy Makeover Surgery
Performed by Dr. Elliott in Atlanta & Alpharetta GA
Despite the fact that pregnancy only lasts nine months, it can have significant effects on a woman’s body, and often these effects can only be remedied with surgery. No matter how much a mother loves her children, it is also important that she feels confident in her own skin. Therefore, in a combination of surgeries that make up a comprehensive procedure called a mommy makeover, Dr. Franklyn Elliott can help restore a woman to her pre-pregnancy figure.
A mommy makeover targets the areas of a woman’s body that are most affected by pregnancy. The surgery is always customized to meet the mother’s specific needs, but often it involves a combination of the following procedures:
- Breast surgery – Between pregnancy and breastfeeding, bearing children can have a significant effect on the breasts. However, these effects can vary from patient to patient, so a mommy makeover may involve a breast augmentation, breast lift, or a breast reduction. A breast lift may also be combined with an augmentation or reduction in order to enhance the size, shape, and position of the breast.
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) – Similar to the effect of significant weight loss, throughout pregnancy and early motherhood, the tummy experiences quick and significant expansion and reduction. Sometimes this expansion and reduction exceeds the capabilities of the skin’s elasticity, leaving behind loose excess skin and stretched muscle. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen in order to create a flatter, firmer stomach. The procedure may also involve surgically tightening the abdominal muscles that were loosened due to the baby’s growth. In the case of women who have given birth via C-section, the existing scar can sometimes be used as the incision point for a tummy tuck, minimizing the risk of additional scarring. Either way, the tummy tuck scar is easily hidden within the bikini area.
- Liposuction – Pregnancy and early motherhood often leaves behind areas of stubborn fat that are difficult to removal with diet and exercise. Therefore, many mommy makeovers include liposuction (the removal of unwanted fat through a small tube) in the hips, legs, buttocks, or abdomen.
Some women may only have one area that has been significantly impacted by pregnancy, and may only need one of the above procedures to achieve her desired results. But for women who want to enhance multiple areas after childbirth, combining the procedures into one mommy makeover can minimize the total recovery time involved, minimize costs, and allow her to return to a body she feels confident in more quickly, rather than progressing through multiple procedures and recovery periods.
Like any plastic surgery procedure, the first step to a mommy makeover is a consultation with Dr. Franklyn Elliott, in which you can discuss your desired results and have a mommy makeover customized to fit your needs.
Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
The best candidates for a mommy makeover are overall healthy women who want to address the effects that pregnancy and childbirth have had on their bodies. It is best to wait until you have finished having children. Each pregnancy has a significant impact on the body, so for the best and most lasting results, you should delay undergoing a mommy makeover until you no longer intend to have more children.
How can combining multiple procedures into one mommy makeover save on costs?
The cost of a surgical procedure involves the use of the surgical facility, anesthesia, the surgeon’s services, etc. Undergoing multiple surgeries at one time reduces the total amount of time needed in the facility and the amount of anesthesia needed. Minimizing the recovery time can also lower any costs incurred to allow for proper healing, like time off work or child care expenses.