What is a Mommy Makeover?
Makeover refers to a combination of surgical procedures
that correct deformities related to changes in a
woman’s body as a result of pregnancy and nursing.
“Mommy Makeover” actually originated as a marketing
term, and has become firmly established in the media
and popular language.
Pregnancy changes in the abdomen and breasts
are natural changes, that are common to many women. Though
there are numerous and varied suggestions for prevention
of stretch marks, loose skin, breast sag and volume loss,
none of these preventative measures are effective. Fortunately,
when appropriate, surgery can be a very effective method of reversing these
- We did not originate the term "Mommy Makeover" but
we agree with the concept that undesirable changes and perceived deformity are
a result of pregnancy are inevitable and can be distressing.
Patients should consider many factors in the decision
about surgery, but in reality surgery is usually the
only means of reversing these changes.
- Modern surgical technique can safely and effectively
reverse these problem areas.
- The two most common postpartum deformities
- Loss of breast volume and shape.
- Fullness of the lower abdomen, often associated
with an excess of skin, localized accumulation of
fat, and stretch marks.
- Therefore, the most common
combination of procedures characterized as "Mommy
breast surgery and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
- Breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast
lift, etc.) can be done in conjunction with an abdominoplasty.
Of course doing these procedures individually is also
a reasonable approach. The options should be considered
carefully, weighing the convenience of a single anesthetic,
operation and recovery, risk, time and difficulty
of recovery, cost, and personal medical conditions.
- By adding the progressive
tension sutures (PTS) » to our abdominoplasty, we are able to avoid the use
of drains, permit patients to stand upright as soon
as comfortable, thereby minimizing convalescence, making
combined procedures easier on the patient. Further,
the addition of these PTS sutures significantly reduces
the complications of this surgery.
- All surgery has its risks, expense, convalescence,
etc. Even though elective, the decision to have surgery
should be carefully considered.
- No cosmetic surgical procedure
is standardized - procedures vary from surgeon to
opinions are both helpful and important when considering
The "Mommy Makeover" - Reversing the Changes
Cosmetic Surgery: Promises and Pitfalls™
combination of surgical procedures that reverse the
changes to the female body as a result of pregnancy. The
mommy makeover combined procedures is a convenient
way to reverse the pregnancy changes with one anesthetic,
operation, hospitalization, and recovery!
- An effective marketing term that packages surgical
- Using terms like "makeover" tends
to trivialize a combination of major surgical procedures
- While many women may be troubled by
post-pregnancy changes to both breasts and abdomen,
suggestive marketing may encourage correction of a
deformity that was previously of little concern. In
other words, a woman seeking a tummy tuck, although
not particularly concerned about the appearance of
her breasts can be influenced to have
breast surgery just because it is part of "the package..."
- “Packaging” surgical procedures may increase convalescence, risk, and, of course,
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