A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore a woman to her “pre-baby” look. Treatment is highly customized to the unique needs of each patient, but commonly includes a tummy tuck, breast surgery and liposuction. Special attention is often given to the midsection during a mommy makeover, since this is the area that typically undergoes the most changes during pregnancy and childbirth.
The abdominal wall goes through plenty of wear and tear during the pregnancy process. Stretching and weakening of the wall, combined with separation of the abdominal muscles, may lead to an expanding midsection that doesn’t respond well to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty addresses those changes by tightening the weakened abdominal wall and restoring a shapely abdomen.
Traditional abdominoplasty procedures often tighten the abdominal wall without leaving much muscular definition in the midsection. This occurs by over tightening with only one rom of internal sutures. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Leber uses a different technique for his abdominoplasty that brings abdominal muscles back to their pre-pregnancy position and produces a natural “six pack” appearance by tightening the abdominal wall with both vertical and horizontal internal sutures. These sutures allow restoration of contour without distortion of anatomy. The natural abdominal contour is actually accentuated with Dr. Leber’s technique. The natural six pack abdominal contour is actually accentuated as opposed to the traditional abdominoplasty technique.
Another concern during the abdominoplasty is the appearance of the belly button after surgery. When Dr. Leber performs this procedure, he preserves the hollow above the belly button and places the incision inside the belly button, rather than creating the typical circle incision around the navel. This allows patients to feel comfortable in two-piece bathing suits after a mommy makeover, knowing they are have an attractive and natural midsection without the telltale signs of surgery.
Other Mommy Makeover Procedures
In addition to abdominoplasty, a mommy makeover usually involves some type of breast surgery. This might include augmentation using breast implants or reduction if breasts have grown larger through pregnancy and nursing. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, may also be recommended to restore the breasts to their original youthful position.
Liposuction is another effective procedure to include in a mommy makeover, because it addresses isolated pockets and rolls of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. The procedure removes the excess fat tissue, leaving a smoother, leaner contour in areas like the hips, thighs, waistline and lower back.
The combination of these procedures, dubbed the mommy makeover, often produces the desired result of restoring a woman to her pre-pregnancy body. By performing the procedures together, there is also a significant savings of both time and money. To learn more about the mommy makeover, contact Dr. Geoffrey Leber’s staff at 480-945-5522 to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Leber.