Yes! A plus size mommy makeover is the ideal surgery for any woman who is considered plus size and who’s had children and would like to regain her pre-pregnancy body.
Regardless of your size, as long as you are in good health and deemed a qualified candidate, there are several mommy makeover procedures that may benefit you.
What Is a Plus Size Mommy Makeover?
A plus size mommy makeover surgery is a combination of cosmetic surgeries that aims to improve a woman’s appearance and help her regain her pre-pregnancy body. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can often lead to undesirable aesthetic effects for women of any size.
Many women find they have lost volume in their breasts or have drooping breasts with downturned nipples. Others struggle most with stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise. Still others are most concerned about sagging skin on their abdomen, stretch marks, and belly “pooches” — sometimes combined with “shelving” over C-section scars.
All of these issues can be addressed with a plus size mommy makeover. Most plus size mommy makeovers include some combination of the following procedures:
A tummy tuck will address loose, sagging skin on the tummy. Many mothers, after they’ve been pregnant, have a “pooch” on their belly, made up of excess fat and skin. Often, the abdominal skin begins to wrinkle and sag.
This is not only uncomfortable, but many women find it unappealing to look at and carry around. They want to feel good in a bikini as well as in their favorite pair of jeans.
Tummy tuck surgery essentially pulls down the abdominal skin and makes it smoother and tauter. This requires a lower abdominal incision that is made beneath the bikini line so that it is not noticeable, even when wearing underwear or bathing suit bottoms. The incision allows your surgeon to smooth out the stomach by pulling the skin down and cutting off the excess. The abdominal muscles are also tightened, and liposuction can address excess stubborn abdominal fat.
Liposuction can be used almost anywhere on the body to get rid of excess fat. The procedure is extremely common and has a very high success rate and satisfaction rate.
To perform liposuction, your surgeon will make several tiny incisions around the area where you’d like to have fat taken out. Many women who are getting plus size mommy makeovers choose to get liposuction on their abdominal area. But the procedure can also be performed on the upper arms, back, thighs, hips, buttocks, and even on the chin.
Through the small punch hole-like incisions, your surgeon will insert a cannula, which is a tube that essentially suctions out fat. They will then close up each incision carefully.
Several breast surgeries are available for plus size mommy makeover procedures. Likely, the most common breast surgery performed in a mommy makeover is breast augmentation. This means augmenting or increasing the size of the breasts with implants.
Breast lifts may also be performed. A breast lift is a procedure that uses the patient’s own tissue (no extra volume is added), and the breasts are lifted up higher on the chest wall. The nipples are often lifted and repositioned as well. The basic goal is to tighten up the breasts and make them appear higher and perkier so that they look more aesthetically pleasing and youthful.
Of course, a breast reduction surgery can also be performed and may be something plus size patients are interested in. Excess weight on the breasts can cause back pain, neck pain, skin rashes, and other discomforts. Breast reduction surgery reduces the size and weight of the breasts and can also reposition them for a more youthful, pleasing look.
What Makes a Plus Size Mommy Makeover Different?
There really is no difference between a plus size mommy makeover and any other mommy makeover — and nothing that necessarily makes a particular mommy makeover plus size.
All mommy makeovers aim to help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies or improve imperfections they’ve always struggled with. The procedure mostly helps deal with issues that may have been exacerbated by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding: sagging breasts, loose skin on the abdomen, stubborn excess fat, etc.
Some plus size patients are concerned about their candidacy for mommy makeover surgery. But this is really something that we look at on a case-by-case basis.
All patients are screened for health issues. Many patients of all different sizes need to undergo additional labs and medical exams to ensure they qualify for cosmetic surgery. If you have a higher BMI (body mass index) or are overweight, we will ask the same questions and perform the same labs (when necessary) as with any other patient.
If you are a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery, we will then approach the specific concerns that you have. Sometimes, plus size patients have concerns about loose skin on their abdomen or arms, overall body shape, sagging breasts, stretch marks, and stubborn excess fat. We can go through each one of these concerns and figure out the best way to address them all.
Plus Size Mommy Makeover FAQs
Will I have a scar after my plus size mommy makeover?
Fortunately, you shouldn’t be too concerned about any mommy makeover scar being excessively noticeable. Dr. Schulman works hard to situate mommy makeover scars in discreet areas.
With tummy tuck surgery, for example, the lower transverse scar is concealed within the pubic area and easily hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Any invasive cosmetic surgery will come with scars, but Dr. Schulman is highly-skilled at making sure they are not easily seen.
How many sizes do you go down after a mommy makeover?
This really depends on what you’re looking to achieve with your surgery. Some women may go down one to two sizes while others may go down more. Google plus size mommy makeover before and after photos, and you’ll see a range of varied outcomes.
For example, if you have a lot of excess skin and stubborn fat around the abdomen, you may go down a substantial number of pants sizes after a tummy tuck and liposuction. But if that’s not your priority, your pant size may stay the same while your breasts change with breast surgery. Again, it all has to do with your current anatomy, what your goals are, and what types of procedures you qualify for.
Is there a BMI limit for mommy makeovers?
All surgeons have different cut-offs, but most plastic surgeons will not operate on a patient who has a BMI of 40 or above. If you are interested in a mommy makeover surgery and have a BMI on the high side, come in for a consultation. We will do our best to work with you to help you reach your goals.
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