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Mommy makeover

Mommy Makeover in West Palm Beach and Wellington, FL

It is a good idea to define what a “mommy makeover” consists of. The joy and blessings of pregnancy are not without sacrifices to the new mom’s body. Some of these changes are due to the enlargement of the abdomen from carrying the baby and also from the enlargement of the breast as the mother gets ready for nursing. However, some woman also undergo changes in their face, hips, thighs, and arms after weight gain during pregnancy. As all these tissues enlarge they weaken and loose their elasticity. This is not noticeable while the tissues are stretched by the baby or the fluid in the mom’s tissues, however, after delivery this becomes very apparent with sagging skin, striae, and excess fatty tissue. Changes in pregnancy are not the same for every mom. Dr. Rueda, one of Palm Beach’s most sought after mommy make over surgeons, believes in a personalized approach to touch up the areas that help the new mom improve their shape the most. The majority of woman focus on improving the abdomen and breasts. We serve patients from the following cities: Wellington, Jupiter,  Boyton Beach, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach. Have any questions? Call us now! Tel:561.557.3115

What can mommy makeover correct

Excess and loose abdominal skin

As the uterus enlarges with the baby and stretches the abdomen, the overlying skin weakens, decrease its little elasticity, and expands generating saggy skin or striae. Mommy make over corrects these changes by performing a “tummy tuck” procedure (See tummy tuck). The primary goal of tummy tuck surgery is to remove the excess skin in the abdomen.

Droopy breasts and nipples

As the pregnant woman’s breast enlarges and stretches, the overlying skin weakens, decrease its little elasticity, and expands generating saggy skin. After pregnancy is over and the breast gland returns to its normal size, this excess weak skin drapes in front of the breast. This causes the breast to loose its perky appearance and become droopy and saggy. Mommy make over surgery corrects these changes by performing a breast lift procedure (See Breast Lift). Breast Lift in mommy makeover restores the position of the breast and nipples to provide a full and youthful breast appearance.

Excess abdominal fat

A great number of women also gain some weight and fatty tissue after pregnancy. Although not meant to be a way to reduce body weight, mommy make over surgery is combined with liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue.

Loose facial skin

A fair number of women develop loose skin or excess fatty tissue in the face and neck area after pregnancy. Dr. Rueda has found that most of the time these changes can be corrected with non-surgical methods that tighten the skin. This creates a youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance.

Excess abdominal fat

A great number of women also gain some weight and fatty tissue after pregnancy. Although not meant to be a way to reduce body weight, mommy make over surgery is combined with liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue.

BODY CHANGES IN MOMMY MAKEOVER

ABDOMINAL CHANGES AFTER PREGNANCY

As the uterus enlarges during pregnancy the overlying muscles and skin are stretched. This stretching weakens the tissues elasticity, such that once the uterus begins to shrink to its normal size, the muscle looses its tone and the skin appears loose and in excess.

It becomes intuitive that to improve these changes the muscles would need to be tightened, and the excess skin removed. This is best accomplished by a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty (See Tummy Tuck).

BREAST CHANGES AFTER PREGNANCY 

The breasts enlarge during pregnancy due to growth of the underlying gland filling with breast milk. This growth also causes the overlying skin to get stretched. This stretching weakens the breast skin elasticity, such that once the breast gland begins to shrink to its normal size, the breast skin looses its elasticity. Sometimes the breast gland may shrink smaller to its normal size. This leads to droopy breasts and reduced breast size.  

To improve these changes, the breast would need to be tightened, and the breast size augmented to its original size. This is best accomplished by a breast lift (See Breast Lift) that contours the breast shape and creates perky and youthful breasts. In cases where breast size decreased, an implant may be used to enhance the size of the breast (See Breast Augmentation).

Mommy makeover procedure

Most woman undergo a mommy makeover consisting of tummy tuck and breast lift. An arm lift or thigh lift may also be performed in those who have developed loose skin in their arms and thighs.

Please click here on tummy tuck and breast lift to read more about each procedure.

  • Woman who has developed excess saggy skin and fatty tissue in the abdomen, arms, or thighs after pregnancy.
  • Woman who has developed droopy breasts after pregnancy

  • Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Face and Neck

RECOVERY AND DOWNTIME

The recovery depends on which areas undergo procedures. For a typical mommy makeover the abdomen and breasts are contoured using a tummy tuck and a breast lift. It is typically an outpatient procedure where you get to go home the same day, but may require an overnight stay in some cases. There is swelling and bruising for first 7-10 days, the abdomen feels tight after contoured. A dressing is applied for 48 hours and then removed. There are abdominal drains that usually stay for 3-10 days. An abdominal binder and bra are used for at least 10 days.

Most patients generally return to work in 2 week. Exercise is not allowed until 6 weeks after the surgery if the six pack muscles were tightened.

The cost of a mommy makeover varies from patient to patient depending on the type of technique needed, anesthesia time, and surgical time. At Precision, we make sure we provide you with an accurate personalized price that will cover all costs needed for you to obtain a fantastic result.

Why choose precision plastic surgery for your mommy makeover

Dr. Rueda, a Cleveland Clinic trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience in Plastic Surgery will be your safe and best choice for mommy makeover. Successful results in this procedure require a surgeon that is experienced, artistic, and detailed oriented. Dr. Rueda has published articles on cosmetic surgery in expert peer reviewed journals, and his work has been presented in several national plastic surgery conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting long-term relationship and have the best mommy makeover Palm Beach can offer. If you are located in Wellington, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Jupiter or any other surrounding cities, contact us today to learn more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Those patients with excess abdominal skin, fatty tissue as well droopy breasts are ideal candidates for this procedure.

The ideal time to undergo this procedure is when the patient has achieved a stable weight after pregnancy. This usually occurs 3-9 months after delivery of the baby. Most woman seek this procedure 6-18 months after they have completed their pregnancy. For woman who are nursing, it is best to delay the procedure until breast feeding is complete.

This is a very personal decision. We recommend for child bearing to be complete as pregnancy after mommy makeover may lead to worsening of the improved abdominal and breast contours. However, it is not uncommon for woman who desire the improvement in their body in between pregnancies to undergo surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery may take 2-4 hours depending on the amount of areas undergoing treatment.

Your mommy makeover surgery will be performed in Precision Plastic Surgery Palm Beach by Dr. Steven Rueda in our office operating room. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. In very selected cases, the surgery may be performed at a local hospital or ambulatory surgery center in Palm Beach.

Yes! The majority of patient’s undergoing this procedure undergo liposuction of their hips or thighs. This can be done safely at the time of mommy makeover.

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