Are you a happy mother who isn’t so happy with her body after childbirth?
Since having your children do you notice loose abdominal skin and deflated, sagging breasts? If so, you are not alone! It is very common for board certified Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro to consult with women struggling to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies who look to a Mommy Makeover. During pregnancy, the abdominal skin stretches and your abdominal muscles are pushed apart to accommodate your growing baby. This often leaves you with loose skin, stretch marks, and a bulging belly after delivery, especially after multiple pregnancies. In addition, the breasts enlarge while milk is produced and then deflate after breastfeeding, leaving you with smaller breasts that often droop and sag.
These changes in your body after pregnancy are permanent and can negatively affect your self image. Every year, thousands of women elect to undergo a Mommy Makeover, helping them regain their pre-pregnancy shape and confidence.
What is a “Mommy Makeover”?
The term “Mommy makeover” most commonly refers to a combined rejuvenation of the abdomen and breasts after childbirth, typically in the form a breast lift and/or augmentation and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). It is also very common to add liposuction to the thighs, back, and flanks. The catchphrase “Mommy Makeover” is really just a marketing term, and there are no specific requirements that must be met in order for it to be called a Mommy Makeover. In other words, it is highly customizable to each patient and it can be modified to address the specific needs of your body after childbirth.
Depending on each individual patient, she may benefit from any of the following procedures:
- Breast lift
- Breast reduction
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Stretch mark removal
Before and After Photos of Mommy Makeover
You results will vary.
Who is a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
First and foremost, Mommy Makeover surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you must do it for yourself, not to please someone else or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. It is important that you are in good overall health that you have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of your surgery. During your consultation, Doctor Petrungaro will stress to you that these are major changes to your body and that you must be 100% confident in your decision to proceed.
You may be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover if you have:
- Stretched, sagging abdominal skin
- Protruding abdomen
- Drooping, deflated breasts
- Unsightly stretch marks
It is also important to note that a Mommy Makeover should be performed after you are done having children.
The Mommy Makeover Process
*Your results will vary.
As mentioned earlier, the three most common procedures that constitute a Mommy Makeover are tummy tuck, breast lift and/or augmentation, and liposuction. And remember, a Mommy Makeover can be customized to each individual patient. You can choose to proceed with one or multiple procedures at one time, and you can add or subtract procedures to create a treatment plan designed specifically around you and your goals.
1. Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is one of the most powerful procedures for a postpartum woman because it removes excess abdominal skin, eliminates some or all stretch marks, and fixes a bulging belly by tightening up weakened abdominal muscles.
2. Breast Lift and/or Breast Augmentation
A breast lift, also known as “mastopexy”, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The nipple and the areola are also moved upwards into the correct anatomic position. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged, and a breast lift will reduce this as well.
Sometimes a breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift to help gain back breast volume lost after breastfeeding. A breast lift and/or augmentation can give you back that youthful look by enhancing your figure with a breast profile that is uplifted and fuller.
Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by surgically removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion. Liposuction is performed by literally “sucking out” the fat of the target area using a hollow cannula, hence the term liposuction. Usually during a mommy makeover, the liposuction is done to provide the finishing touch on an area rather than as a standalone procedure. Areas that can be addressed are the belly, back, flanks, hips, thighs, and arms.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
*Your results will vary.
Because a Mommy Makeover is a highly customized procedure, recovery will be different for each patient and may take longer for some depending on the procedures performed. You will be required to take at least one week off work to stay home and rest. For the first few days you will need a bit of extra help from family and friends when it comes to getting around the house. You will be able to shower or bathe within 24-48 hours of surgery, and you will have a few small drains in your abdominal area and possibly in each breast that you will need to care for until they are removed at 5-7 days in the clinic. It will be beneficial to wear a compression garment on the abdomen for a few weeks to help with swelling. All strenuous activity (running, sports, yoga, etc.) is absolutely restricted for 6 weeks.
Mommy Makeover Results
*Your results will vary.
Your new shape and profile will continue to improve during the year following your surgery. It is important to realize that despite having a Mommy Makeover, your body will still continue to change over time due to age and gravity, therefore it is important to adopt and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to assure that your results will last and that you love your new look for years to come. A Mommy Makeover is among the most life-changing Plastic Surgery procedures offered today, and nearly all patients are ecstatic with their results after surgery.
Why choose Mommy Makeover surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro?
Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has successfully completed many years of surgical training in all aspects of Mommy Makeover surgery. He is well versed in the established traditional methods as well as the latest and most innovative techniques. He listens to his patients and respects their goals and wishes, and will always go the extra mile to deliver the most beautiful results possible. If you are searching for a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with beautiful results from your Mommy Makeover coupled with the highest standards of patient safety and care, Northwest Indiana and Chicago Mommy Makeover specialist Doctor Jason Petrungaro will be happy to consult with you regarding this wonderful procedure. Visit with Doctor Petrungaro in our Munster office for an hour — you will leave knowing you have found the perfect partner in your quest to regain your rejuvenated pre-pregnancy look!
If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover and have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Doctor Jason Petrungaro at (219) 836-1163 or click to schedule a consultation online.
My 30th Birthday Gift to Myself - Munster, INDr. P is so informative and took the time to explain things to me. He was very thorough and answered all of my questions. I know I am making the right decision and my results will be amazing.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Munster, INI love Petrunagro Plastic Surgery. You are treated like family there. Dr. Jason Petrungaro has helped me with my goals of getting healthy, and in shape after two children, and many years of forgetting about myself. This procedure has changed my life. I feel so unbelievably wonderful about myself, and have more confidence than ever before! I have people tell me I look great everyday! Dr. Petrunagro is the reason why. He listened to my concerns and goals, and he delivered them in a big way! He gave me my life back!