Having a baby changes a woman’s life forever. Pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding are incredibly tough on a woman’s body. Your formerly flat stomach now sports a pooch. Your breasts seem to have flattened and sagged. And, despite having lost just about all of your baby weight, now there are a few stray pockets of ultimately stubborn fat. Fortunately, a mommy makeover with Dr. Hunsaker of Miami Florida, can get your body back, and maybe then some.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that target the areas directly impacted by pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. At Cosmetique Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hunsaker usually performs a tummy tuck, breast lift with or without augmentation, and liposuction for his mommy makeovers.
Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a toll on the body. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscles to such a degree that they simply can’t return to their former degree of tautness. Abdominal muscles can actually become separated in the center. The increase in breast size, coupled with the stress and volume loss due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the breast skin and underlying support muscles. Plus, the weight gained during pregnancy can leave pockets of fat behind, even if you’ve lost the weight.
If you’re within 10 percent of your ideal weight, have stretched abdominal skin and muscles (a pooch), and your breasts have sagged and seem somewhat deflated a mommy makeover with Dr. Hunsaker could be a great option for you.
What are the procedures performed with a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover at Cosmetique usually involves, but not limited to, the following procedures:
The goal of a tummy tuck is to remove loose, permanently stretched skin and to reposition and tighten underlying separated abdominal muscles. Dr. Hunsaker makes an incision along the bikini line, usually from hipbone to hipbone. The underlying muscles, which have been separated by the localized weight gain of pregnancy, are pulled together and sutured for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin is then pulled down and excess is trimmed away. Your tuck may just involve the lower incision, or it may also include an incision near the belly button to address sagging above the navel.
Size gain, loss, and breastfeeding tend to leave the breasts flattened, and they appear to have less volume. A breast lift seeks to bring the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest. The incisions used for a lift depend on the amount of sagging. Dr. Hunsaker may be able to accomplish the lift with an incision around the areola of each breast. But if more skin must be trimmed, the incision could need to extend down to the breast crease, and sometimes outward along that crease. This is known as an “anchor incision.” A lift doesn’t return lost breast volume; if you want to add volume Dr. Hunsaker can add breast augmentation through breast implants to your breast lift. Augmentation at this time is not difficult as the implants can be placed through the incisions already made for the breast lift.
Stubborn pockets of fat in your abdomen and possibly your outer thighs and buttocks are the targets of the liposuction portion of your mommy makeover. These areas are almost impossible to target with exercise or diet. This procedure uses a cannula inserted through tiny incisions to suction out pockets of unwanted fat and slim your contour. Dr. Hunsaker uses tumescent liposuction, where a liquid solution of saline combined with adrenaline and anesthetic is injected into the treatment areas to minimize bruising, blood loss, and to help loosen the fat.
what is the benefit of having procedures done in one surgical session?
The genius of a mommy makeover is that it targets the major changes that have occurred with a woman’s body due to pregnancy, childbirth, and delivery. Having all three procedures done in a single surgical session with Dr. Hunsaker does make for a more involved recovery, but it is only one recovery. If you were to have all three of these procedures done separately you’d have three different surgical sessions and three recovery periods.
What our patients have to say
“Just came out of five (5) procedures and I am cool and dandy! After 14 years I went back to my first doctor simply because Dr. Hunsaker and his team are the best! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you involved in almost 7 hours of cosmetic procedures. Everything was fast and easy. Thank you for leaving my father with no concerns although I am over 40! Will see you back on Friday.” Leomaris L.
Should I still have a mommy makeover if I want more children?
Dr. Hunsaker wants to be clear with his patients considering a mommy makeover — you must be finished having children to have these procedures. This isn’t an arbitrary thing. If you have a mommy makeover and then later decide to have another child, you will wipe out your results from your surgeries. The weight gain and loss and breastfeeding will create more sagging skin all over again. Plus, it’s likely that your incision scars will become distorted. If you’re even remotely considering having more children, it’s not the time for a mommy makeover.
How long after my final child do I need to wait before having my makeover?
Many new moms absolutely hate the changes in their post-baby figure. This is especially true at the bikini season here in Miami. But you can’t jump right in and have these procedures. Dr. Hunsaker recommends that a potential mommy makeover candidate should have finished breastfeeding for at least two to three months. This allows your breasts to return to their normal cup size. Also, since liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not weight-loss procedures, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. It also helps if a candidate is exercising regularly, as this will make recovery easier and is a start down the path toward a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your results for the long haul.
What will my recovery be like?
The tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover is the most difficult part of your recovery. The lengthy incision and repositioning of separated abdominal muscles mean you won’t be lifting anything with much weight for a few weeks. Stairs will be out of the question for a couple of weeks. Full recovery from your tummy tuck can take up to six months, but you can return to a light level of activity in one to two weeks.
For your breast lift, you’ll need to be very diligent wearing your surgical bra/support bra. You’ll need to wear these bras for 24 hours a day for the first month. This is important to keep from placing any stress on your incisions. In general, your first week after your surgeries will be difficult, but things will become much easier from there.