A number of changes take place on a woman’s body after she gives birth to a child. She may be unable to eliminate excess skin or fat in her midsection, or her breasts and buttocks may look slightly different than they did before becoming pregnant. It can be difficult to return the body to a pre-pregnancy state with diet and exercise alone. A mommy makeover is an excellent way for these women to correct their aesthetic frustrations and feel like their most confident selves.
Dr. Saira Saini is a leading plastic surgeon in the Fayetteville, NC area performing mommy makeover procedures. Contact her office today to request a consultation.
About Mommy Makeovers
At Carolina Plastic Surgery, we know that it can be difficult for women to obtain their pre-baby bodies without some kind of cosmetic intervention. Patients that are interested in correcting changes to their stomach, breasts, or overall physique as the result of pregnancy, may want to consider undergoing a comprehensive mommy makeover treatment. Each of these makeovers is tailored to the unique needs and aesthetic goals of each of our patients.
Mommy makeovers typically involve a combination of abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and natural buttocks augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift) procedures. Depending on each patient’s specific goals, these procedures may either be all performed on the same day or as part of a series of treatments.
Ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are in good health and have realistic expectations for their treatment outcomes. Generally, these patients have given birth and do not plan on having any more children in the future. Future pregnancies will likely reverse the effects of the procedure, which is why we recommend that patients wait until they are done having children.
Before undergoing a mommy makeover treatment, patients must first schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Saira Saini. During this appointment, Dr. Saini will discuss the patient’s treatment goals, current state of health, and medical history. Using this information, she will help the patient decide which mommy makeover procedures can best benefit them. Simply request a consultation by filling out our online form and a member of staff will get back to you shortly.
Each mommy makeover procedure is uniquely crafted to meet the patient’s individual needs. However, the majority of women experience common physical changes in their breasts, abdomen, and sometimes their buttocks.
Breast augmentations are one of the most common cosmetic procedures for women, not only for those who have recently given birth and breastfed. Following pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts tend to lose volume or deflate. A breast augmentation is most frequently performed using implants. There are a variety of decisions that need to be made regarding implants, including composition, shape, texture, size, incision, and placement. Another procedure, known as a breast fat transfer, utilizes liposuction to harvest fat from the patient’s own body and inject it into the breasts. This technique will not be able to increase the volume of the breasts as much as implants, but it is a more “natural” breast augmentation technique.
Along with a loss of volume, the breasts may also begin to stretch and sag following pregnancy or, in other cases, significant weight loss. This can leave the breasts in a lower and less attractive position than they once were. A breast lift uses discreet incisions in order to raise the breasts to a more youthful position. The procedure can be performed on its own or in conjunction with breast augmentation.
When the abdomen stretches during pregnancy, the muscles and skin stretch too. The abdomen is one of the hardest areas to regain contour following pregnancy. Oftentimes, diet and exercise just aren’t enough. Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is performed to remove excess skin and tighten abdominal muscles, creating a flatter, more defined, and more attractive midsection. Depending on the extent of the patient’s case, Dr. Saini may perform a full tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, or mini tummy tuck.
It’s not just the breasts and abdomen that change in contour during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Following childbirth, many patients find that they now possess areas of localized fat that just won’t seem to go away – no matter how much they try! Liposuction has long been used in the medical field to help contour and define the body by removing deposits of fat cells from the body.
Liposuction is typically performed by making a small incision near the fat deposit, then using a small hollow tube called a cannula to extract the fat deposits from the body. The procedure is commonly performed on the neck, arms, abdomen, flanks, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, and knees.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift is becoming more and more popular among new mothers. In a Brazilian Butt Lift, the fat that is extracted from the body during liposuction is then purified and injected into the buttocks. It is a natural way to shape, contour, and enhance the buttocks without the need for implants. Plus, it is very natural looking.
These are not the only procedures that may be performed as part of a mommy makeover package, only the most common. When the patient comes in for the consultation with Dr. Saini, feel free to ask about any other procedures that may be of interest.
Dr. Saini meets personally with all of her mommy makeover candidates during the initial consultation. She will talk to the patient about their medical history and what they hope to achieve from their procedure. If the patient has any photographs of themselves prior to having children, they should bring them in, as they may help Dr. Saini visualize the patient’s goals.
Dr. Saini will go over all of the different procedures in detail that may be a part of the mommy makeover package. At the end of the consultation, the doctor and the patient will have determined the best treatments to meet the patient’s goals.
At the end of the consultation, the patient will have the opportunity to schedule their procedure date (although there is no rush at this time to do so and we believe that all patients should be 100% confident in their decision prior to scheduling.)
The procedure may be performed in one session or it may be spread out over the course of two sessions with time to rest and recover in between. This will depend on a number of factors, including the patient’s schedule and the number of procedures they are undergoing.
When the patient comes in for surgery, Dr. Saini will begin by marking the incision points that will be required and again explaining the personalized procedure in detail. In general, mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia. A professional anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia prior to surgery. This helps aid in patient comfort through and following the procedure.
When the patient wakes up, they will be in a recovery room where they are being monitored by the doctor’s knowledgeable staff. However, they will still be fairly groggy, so they will not be able to drive and should have another responsible adult come to pick them up.
Recovery will vary depending on the number of procedures that the patient received. However, they should expect to take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to rest and recover. During this time, the patient will be asked to come back in and see Dr. Saini so she can make sure that the patient is progressing as expected.
Following surgery, the patient will be bandaged and may have tubes to drain excess fluid. They will also be wrapped in a series of compression bandages. The compression bandages are important to help minimize bruising and swelling, improve recovery time, and help the body settle into the newly contoured form. The compression garments may need to be worn longer than the initial recovery period. It may take up to 6 months or a year for the patient to fully enjoy their final results, but Dr. Saini’s patients seem to find it is worth it to enjoy the long-term results.
A mommy makeover is perhaps the most customizable surgery that Dr. Saini performs since it is a combination of individual procedures tailored to the patient’s needs. For this reason, it is almost impossible to provide a price range for the procedure prior to meeting one-on-one with the doctor. However, once the doctor has had the opportunity to meet with the patient and evaluate their needs, she will be able to provide an accurate price quote.
Are you interested in learning more about how you could benefit from a mommy makeover procedure? We can help! Our practice is proud to provide this treatment to patients in the Fenix, Rockfish, Hope Mills, Judson, and Fayetteville areas of North Carolina. Contact Carolina Plastic Surgery today to schedule your very own consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you achieve your best body!