The most common physical changes occur in the pregnancy process mostly shown in the abdomen, waist, basin, legs, and breasts. Losing and gaining weight rapidly within a short time may cause negative changes in the human body. Mommy makeover is a combination of operations performed to improve the outlook of the women after pregnancy and to correct the resulting negative changes upon breasts, face and women’s body due to pregnancy and aging.
Pregnancy might leave some marks in the body after childbirth, due to the weight loss after the breast enlargement during pregnancy. Breasts might sag, also the stretching of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy followed by abdominal muscles shrinking after childbirth leads to sagging in the abdominal muscles and skin. Deformities can be seen throughout the body due to weight gain and loss in a short period. All the mentioned issues can be corrected by Mommy Makeover’s operation.
What changes occur in the body after pregnancy and childbirth?
Changes occur during pregnancy remain even after childbirth. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles open and extend to allow the baby to grow. Although the abdominal muscles recover quickly after pregnancy, they still can not return to their former state as they were before pregnancy. Even if the acquired weight during pregnancy is lost, the abdomen area will still look inflated due to the gap between the abdominal muscles.
In the same way, skin cracks are formed due to abdomen skin stretching. These cracks may give an inflated look at the bottom of the abdomen area. Breasts grow during the breastfeeding period due to lactation. With the end of breastfeeding, breasts usually return to their former size. However, some women’s breasts may not shrink or just one of the breasts shrink. Despite the end of the breastfeeding period, this asymmetrical breasts may be formed.
When should we plan for a Mommy Makeover?
The right time for a Mommy Makeover operation is decided by the patient and the doctor. But, there are some factors must be considered while planning the operation.
For example: before planning to surgery if there will be an intervention in the breasts, the breastfeeding period must be finished. If a liposuction or tummy tuck will be performed, the weight loss after childbirth must be completely finished and so on, these are important criteria for surgery’s results.
Which operation can be done?
The operations can be performed after pregnancy and lactation.
- Tummy tuck and liposuction
The shrunk abdominal muscles and skin during pregnancy will still a reason for a bloated appearance in the abdomen area, no matter how much weight is lost after birth.
At the same time, due to abdominal muscles stretching during pregnancy, there will be skin cracks in the abdomen. The cracked skin can not return to its former state and the abdomen can sag. All these deformities cause women to lose their own self-confidence.
The gained weight during pregnancy will be lost within a short period at the end of pregnancy.
To be able to have a tummy tuck or liposuction operation, the weight-loss period must be completely finished. Otherwise, the fast weight loss right after tummy tuck operation will cause the abdominal skin to sag again. This period is usually completed 6 months after childbirth.
The liposuction procedure, which is performed often in addition to tummy tuck operation, provides a better result to the tummy tuck operation.
Tummy tuck combined with liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery takes about 3 hours depending on the patient’s situation. The abdomen and the regions that liposuction applied over must be wrapped by a tight corset after the operation. The patient must wear the corset for 6 weeks but corset can be taken off for a few hours during the day after the first 3 weeks.
Depending on the degree of sagging, there will be a scar in the lower abdomen area. This scar looks the form of a white thin line and it is few centimeters longer than the cesarean incision.
- Breast reduction and lifting
The remnant of breasts at the same size as it is in the breastfeeding period, the breasts sagging or sagging with having an empty look are some of the most common problems that occur in the breasts after childbirth.
The breasts grow throughout pregnancy and for some women, they do not shrink despite the end of the breastfeeding period. This situation leads to a severe neck and back pains. A few months after the end of the breastfeeding period, breast reduction or breast lifting surgery can be performed easily.
Because there is no harm to the milk glands during breast lifting or reduction surgeries, there will no problem with breastfeeding for the next childbirth.
If there was a reduction in the size of the breasts during the period of lactation, it is possible to place an implant in the breast in addition to the breast lifting operation.
How is the operation performed?
The operation is done under general anesthesia and it takes about 2 hours depending on the breast situation.
For women who have a little sagging beside size loss in breasts, it is possible to obtain a tight breast by only placing implants. In this case, 3 centimeters long surgical incisions are made from the bottom of the breast to place the implant. But, for women who have excessive sagging besides size loss in breasts placing implant will not be enough, a breast lifting operation must be done in addition to the implant placement.
In case the breasts were huge and sagged, breast lifting and breast reduction surgeries should be done. The suitable method for the patient is decided by the patient and the doctor during the examinations.
The duration of stay in the hospital is 1 day after the operation, the placed drains are taken out by the doctor after 1 or 2 days after the operation depending on the situation.
Frequently asked question about Mommy Makeover
- Is it possible for the breasts to sag again after breast lifting surgery?
The end of the breastfeeding and weight loss period is one of the most important factors that affect the result of breast lifting surgery. Major weight changes after breast lifting surgery may cause sagging again.
- Will be there a scar after breast lifting surgery?
In case of that, the breast lifting will be implemented by placing a prosthesis through a surgical incision under the chest, which is 3 centimeters long incision. The resulting scar is greatly fade over time and takes the form of a thin white line after 6 months to one year at most.
However, in the case of having only a breast lifting surgery or a breast lift with a breast implant surgery, the appearance of the surgical scar differ according to the used method to perform that surgery. The scar may appear as an inverted ‘’T’’ or a straight line from the nipple downward, these scars fade over time.
- Is it possible to have Mommy Makeover by mothers of all ages?
Having breast lifting, breast reduction, liposuction, and tummy tuck all together is a big and extremely serious operation.
A mother’s age may be a criterion for this operation. But, more importantly, the mother’s adaptability and ability to undergo this operation which is determined according to the illnesses she has, the medicines she takes and the surgeries she had before.
It is possible for the mother at any age to undergo plastic surgery after giving birth as long as she does not have any health issues that may prevent her from undergoing the surgery.