“Mommy Makeover” Myths

A “mommy makeover “ is an operation that combines multiple procedures into a single operation. Every mommy makeover is different. For example, one person’s mommy makeover may include a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction while somebody else’s may include a breast lift Brazilian butt lift and liposuction. A mommy makeover is a customized operation designed to treat multiple areas of the body in one single save operation. This combination of procedures has become more common as surgical techniques and anesthesia techniques have improved, thereby allowing more procedures to be done safely at the same time. Surgical procedures have become less invasive and anesthesia techniques have also become safer and easier for the patient. There are still several misconceptions about a mommy makeover procedure, so let’s discuss some of the most common myths.

Every mommy makeover is the same- MYTH

This is false. No to mommy makeovers are the same. A mommy makeover is customized to each person’s needs and desires. What one person wants will definitely be different than what another person wants. You are board-certified plastic surgeon will come up with a plan that meets your needs. Your mommy makeover will address multiple parts of your body in a single safe operation. The most common procedures that are done as part of a mommy makeover include a breast lift or reduction, breast implants, tummy tuck, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift. Every person will likely have a different combination and slight modifications to these procedures, making each mommy makeover different.

A mommy makeover is too much surgery at once – MYTH

Certainly, there is a limit to what procedures can be done in a single operation. The more complex the procedure and the longer the operating time, the higher the chance of having a complication. Therefore, your mommy makeover will be designed keeping safety in mind. This means that while you may want four separate procedures in your mommy makeover operation, your surgeon may only agree to do two or three procedures. So, saying a mommy makeover is too much surgery at once is simply not true because every mommy makeover is different, and mommy makeovers are designed with your safety in mind. Of course, if you are planning on a combination of procedures, you will need to be healthy and not have any medical conditions that place you had increased risk for a surgery. If you have medical problems, your plastic surgeon may recommend dividing your procedures into separate operations in order to decrease your operative time and decrease your potential risks.

You need to be a mommy to have a mommy makeover – MYTH

This is just not true. The term “mommy makeover” is just a cute term used to describe the operation. However, you do not need to be a mommy to get a mommy makeover. Anyone who wants to change their body and have multiple procedures combined into a single operation can have a mommy makeover.  You don’t have to be a mommy and you don’t have to even be a woman. Sometimes people even refer to a similar operation on a man as a “daddy do over”. The mommy makeover is just a catchy marketing term that makes it easy to refer to a combination of procedures in a single operation.

Any procedures can be combined in a mommy makeover – MYTH

There are dozens of different operations that you may desire and many of these can be safely combined into a single operation. However, not every operation is good to do as part of a mommy makeover. Your plastic surgeon will help you decide whether the combination of procedures if you want it is safe and what is recommended. Some procedures are too complex and require too much operating room time so they are best done separately. Other procedures just don’t combine well. For example, if you were having surgery on your front, such as a breast lift or breast reduction, it does not always make sense to perform a procedure on the back, such as a Brazilian Butt Lift, at the same time.  This is because the healing and results may be adversely affected. Also, if you were having a tummy tuck, you will require good use of your arms during the recovery period. Therefore, doing an extensive surgery on your arms, such as an arm lift, would make your recovery extremely difficult and is not recommended.

My mommy makeover will require a few days stay in the hospital – MYTH

This is not true. Most mommy makeovers can be done as an ambulatory procedure. This means that you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery. Your mommy makeover will be done in an accredited operating room which may be a certified office operating room for an ambulatory surgery center. Depending on the length of your surgery you will stay in the recovery room for a few hours and then be discharged home. There may be some situations where an overnight stay in the hospital is recommended but this is usually not necessary in most cases.

The cost of a mommy makeover is the cost of all the procedures together – MYTH

Mommy Makeover New York City Obviously the cost of a plastic surgery operation will vary depending on the specific procedures you are getting as well as the surgeon and geographic location. However, there is always a cost benefit to having procedures combined. This means that the cost of a combined tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction will be significantly lower then the individual cost of the procedures added together. This is because there is generally a cost savings when procedures are combined, because there will be savings on the anesthesia facility fee. Whether or not this reduced cost is still out of your budget is a different issue, but the cost of a mommy makeover will be less than all the procedures separately.

The recovery from a mommy makeover will be very long – MYTH

The recovery process is directly related to the specific procedures you were having done. But often times the recovery process for multiple procedures occur at the same time. This means that your recovery from your breast lift will be happening at the same time as your recovery from your tummy tuck. So, you may experience more pain and your recovery may be more intense, but it will not be longer. This is something to consider when deciding whether or not a mommy makeover operation is for you. Your recovery may be tougher, but it may not necessarily be longer. This is a real consideration when trying to figure out how much time away from work and family will be required.

Any plastic surgeon can perform my mommy makeover – MYTH

This is interesting since most plastic surgeons are fully capable of performing the procedures that you want as far as your mommy makeover. The specialized part is. However, just being able to perform this procedure separately does not mean that they can safely and effectively perform these procedures together. Combining multiple procedures into a single operation is much more complex. It requires a trained and experienced operating team as well as an anesthesiologist and facility experienced in these procedures. Combining multiple procedures in a single operation, it is imperative to be able to work usually and to reduce the required anesthesia time. There is a very specific order and sequence to these procedures, as well as modifications to the recovery that need to be made as part of your mommy makeover. Also, just because your plastic surgeon is good at breast surgery does not mean that he or she is equally as good at tummy tucks for whatever other procedure you want as part of your mommy makeover.

If you were interested in learning more about combining multiple procedures into a single operation contact Dr. Matthew Schulman. Dr. Schulman is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in New York City. He has extensive experience in performing mommy makeover procedures and has authored a textbook chapter specifically about mommy makeovers.

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What is the recovery time for a “Mommy Makeover”?

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Before we can talk about the recovery time for a “mommy makeover”, we need to discuss specifically what a “mommy makeover” is. There really isn’t a single procedure that is a “mommy makeover”.  It is a made-up term to describe the combination of multiple procedures into a single operation. This means, that each “Mommy Makeover” is different and customized for each person.

As stated above, each Mommy Makeover is unique and customized for each person. This means that your Mommy Makeover will consist of what you need. Since a Mommy Makeover is intended to reverse the common affects of pregnancy, there are some procedures that are most popular. These include:

What do you mean by “Recovery Time?

So, when we talk about the recovery time for a “mommy makeover”, we need to more clearly define what we mean by “recovery time”. Are you specifically referring to pain? Or are you referring to time away from work and family? Also, you need to keep in mind that there is the short-term recovery, meaning when will you be able to get back to normal activities, versus long-term recovery meaning when will you see the final results of your procedure.

This means that whenever a patient asked me “what is the recovery time?”, I always ask them specifically what they were referring to so I can give them a more accurate answer. I wasn’t recording it is my experience in general that when somebody asks “what is the recovery time?”, They are usually referring to the amount of time required away from work and daily activities.

The Recovery Time is related to the specific Procedures you are having

“Recovery Time” will depend on what specific procedures you are having as part of your operation. The more surgeries you are having as part of your operation, the longer and more difficult the recovery will be. The important thing to consider is that when multiple procedures are combined into a single operation, the recovery length and difficulty is generally directly related to the most invasive procedure of your operation. For example, this means that if you are having a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift as part of your mommy makeover, the recovery will be most related to the tummy tuck. This is because the tummy tuck operation is generally considered the most painful and has the most restrictions afterwards. By comparison liposuction and breast surgery tends to have a much quicker recovery and less pain when done by itself.

Because a tummy tuck is part of about 90% of all “mommy makeovers”, let’s specifically discuss the return of the recovery time for a “mommy makeover” that includes a tummy tuck.

How much time will I need off from work?

The time off from work will depend on specifically what job you do however, most people will require about three weeks away from work when a tummy tuck is part of their mommy makeover. When you return back to work you may be required to have some modifications in your activities. This is most appropriate when your job involves strenuous activities or heavy lifting. Because of moneymaker involves internal suturing of the abdominal muscles, the restrictions will be centered around protecting this muscle repair. This means that you will be restricted from heavy lifting, meaning over 20 pounds, for approximately six weeks after your tummy tuck. Prior to your surgery you should discuss with your surgeon what the specific activities of your job are so that he or she can make recommendations centered around your job. If you are currently working from home or virtually, the required time off from work may be closer to two weeks but again you want to discuss this specifically with your surgeon.

How long will the pain last?

Any surgery results in postoperative pain. The amount of pain will again depend specifically on the type of procedure you had done as well as your personal pain tolerance level. Most patients require pain medication for 7 to 10 days after surgery and you should expect the first one to two weeks postop to be the most painful. Pain however can last for several weeks and even several months it is not unusual for patients to still feel some pain and some soreness and tenderness in the surgical site for 3 to 6 months after surgery. This pain should be very tolerable and should not interfere with daily activities or work. In fact, it is not unusual to have patient complains of occasional pains with specific activities for up to a year after surgery.

When can I drive after my surgery?

For most people it is important to be able to drive as part of their daily activities. So, after your mommy makeover you should make alternate arrangements for approximately two weeks. After two weeks you are most likely to be able to drive without restrictions. However, you need to make sure you are safe while you’re driving and this means that you should not be taking any prescription pain medication and also be able to maneuver the car quickly without difficulty in the event of an emergency. For breast surgery, you should be very careful opening and closing your car door because this motion puts a strain on your chest muscle which will need to recover after your breast surgery.

When can I go swimming after my surgery?

Some people also want to know when they can go swimming after their surgery. In general, you are allowed to go in a pool or an ocean two weeks after your surgery. However, you should avoid staying in the water for a long period of time because this can affect your skin’s ability to heal. This means that if you were in the water long enough where your fingers and toes become wrinkled, you were probably in the water for too long. I would also recommend avoiding hot tub’s for approximately three weeks after surgery. This is not because of an increased risk of infection as many people believe, but it is because your skin will be numb after surgery and it is not uncommon to receive accidental burns when bathing in a hot tub with very hot water temperatures. For those who prefer to swim for exercise, the restrictions will depend on specifically when your surgeon allows you to resume exercise.

When can I go on vacation after my surgery?

If you were trying to go on vacation after your surgery, it is best to wait approximately six weeks. This will help to ensure that you are healed enough so that there are no ongoing surgical issues and that your bruising and swelling is resolved enough for you to be active on vacation. This will definitely depend on what your vacation is. For example, if you are going on vacation to sit and relax next to a pool, you may be permitted to do this as soon as four weeks. However, if your vacation is to climb a mountain, we would recommend that you wait several months before engaging in this physical activity. If you are traveling to vacation by airplane, there really is no flying restrictions. If you think about it, many patients come to me from out of state or out of the country and fly back to their home within 1 to 2 weeks of surgery without incident. When flying however you should be careful not to do any heavy lifting and this may include asking someone to put your carry-on bags in the overhead compartment for you.

How long will the scars last?

Scars will last forever. This means that you will always be able to see where your surgical incision was, but the good news is it should fade over time. It can take several years for the scars to fade. But remember they will never go away. During the first few months, it is normal for the scars to be read and “angry” looking. This is normal. Scars appear this way because they are going through a normal scar formation and remodeling phase. Over the next 6 to 9 months, the scar will become more organized and should be less red. During this time, you should be treating a scar with silicone scar gels to help in the healing process. Your surgeon may also recommend laser treatments during this Time in order to help encourage good scar formation and good healing. It is also important to minimize sun exposure to healing scars. The UV rays from the sun will make fresh scars look more red and more “angry” looking. This means that you should be careful when exposed to sun and always apply sunscreen directly to your scars I recommend sunscreen to scars for the first nine months after surgery.

Everybody heals differently

Remember, everybody heals differently. This means that the recovery time from your “mommy makeover” will be different than the recovery time from somebody else’s “mommy makeover”. This is partly due to the fact that everybody’s mommy makeover is slightly different, but, even if you and somebody else had the exact same procedures, you cannot expect to heal and recover in the exact same way. This is why it is important to have a detailed discussion with your surgeon before your surgery so that he or she can explain to you exactly what your recovery is likely to be. Your recovery will depend on the procedures being done, your overall health, your pain tolerance, and the specific surgical techniques being used.

How to select your surgeon?

Since your “Mommy Makeover” will involve several different procedures, you want to be sure to select a surgeon experienced in ALL the procedures you are having done. You should select a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You also want to review before and after photos to be sure you are comfortable with the results that he or she can provide you. If your surgeon is an expert at tummy tucks, but not at breast surgery, you may want to reconsider choosing them if your “Mommy Makeover” involves both. Be sure to find out if your surgeon is experienced in combining multiple procedures into a single operation. You should also find out where your surgery will be performed. Will it be in an appropriate facility such as a hospital or accredited ambulatory center? Will you be required to stay in the facility overnight or will you be allowed to go home right after? These are the types of questions that you should be asking your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

If you would like to learn more about a “Mommy Makeover” and if you are a candidate, contact New York City Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schulman. During your consultation, you can find out if a “Mommy Makeover” is right for you, and what your recovery will be like.

 

References

Everything you need to know about a mommy makeover. (2018) Accessed at https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-a-mommy-makeover

 

“Mommy Makeover” Explained

A growing operation within plastic surgery is the “Mommy Makeover”. This term can be quite confusing because it is not clear what it is exactly. In fact, there really isn’t a single procedure that is a “Mommy Makeover”. It is a made-up term, to describe the combination of multiple procedures into a single operation. This means, that each “Mommy Makeover” is different and customized for each person.

What procedures are common during a Mommy Makeover?

As stated above, each Mommy Makeover is unique and customized for each person. This means that your Mommy Makeover will consist of what you need. Since a Mommy Makeover is intended to reverse the common affects of pregnancy, there are some procedures that are most popular. These include:

  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Brazilian Butt Lift

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy causes many changes in the abdomen. The growing baby and hormonal changes of pregnancy cause stretching of the skin and separation of the abdominal muscles. After birth, many of these changes improve over time, but it can be variable. Diet and exercise cannot completely reverse these either. Multiple pregnancies and large weight gain during pregnancy can also result in more significant abdominal changes that are even harder to improve without surgery. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to target the extra skin, extra fat, and separated muscles. This is the most common procedure requested by moms, and is often the cornerstone of a Mommy Makeover. The incision is kept low beneath the underwear or bikini line.

Breast Surgery

Breasts often change with pregnancy. They may deflate, droop, grow, or a combination of any of these. Your breast procedure will depend on what your complaints are about your breasts. If they have deflated, placement of a breast implant (breast augmentation) would be appropriate. A breast augmentation would involve placing a saline or silicone breast implant under the breast to increase the volume. If they are drooping, which is common after breast feeding, then a breast lift would be what you need. In this case, the breast tissue would be lifted into a perkier position. Sometimes breasts grow with pregnancy and aging, and the treatment would be to have a breast reduction. During a breast reduction, the breasts are made smaller and also lifted. Many times, there is a combination of things you may be unhappy with. Maybe you feel your breasts are drooping AND deflated. In that case, you would be a candidate for a breast lift AND augmentation.

Liposuction

Excess fat accumulates after pregnancy and aging. This excess fat can be anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, arms, and even the neck. Liposuction is the surgical removal of the fat using suction. During this procedure, a small cannula is inserted and the fat is removed form the area using suction. Liposuction can be performed virtually anywhere on the body. It is best considered a “shaping”procedure and not a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is commonly combined with breast or abdominal surgery, and it a very common component of a Mommy Makeover.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure in which fat is removed using liposuction and then re-injected into another area of the body such as the butt and hips. Basically, fat is removed from the places you don’t want it, and added to the places you do want it. By adding fat to these areas, it is possible to fill a deflated butt, fill hip dips, and give the appearance of a butt lift. The results will depend on how much fat is injected. The more fat that is injected, the more dramatic curves. However, in many cases, a small amount of fat is injected for a subtle reshaping that works together with the tummy tuck to improve the overall appearance.

Why have Mommy Makeovers become more popular?

  • Improved Techniques and Safety:

There are a few reasons why Mommy Makeovers have increased in popularity. First, there have been safety improvements that now allow for combined surgeries to be performed more safely. In the past, combining multiple procedures resulted in long surgeries with increased risk of surgical complications, However, anesthesia and surgical techniques have improved, leading to shorter surgeries, shorter anesthesia times, and less risk of bleeding or blood clots.

  • Desire for a single recovery:

Many people prefer to recovery only once from a surgery, even if it means that the recovery will be longer and harder. If you separate a surgery into multiple procedures, the recovery for each will certainly be easier and shorter. However, you would need to do that multiple times, and each recovery requiring time off from work and family. If you combine your procedures into a single Mommy Makeover, you only have to do that once, which is more desirable to many people.

  • Decreased Cost:

The cost of your surgical procedure will be a combination of the surgeon fee, the facility fee, the materials fee, and the anesthesiologist fee. These costs will vary depending on the complexity and length of your procedure. Commonly, discounted rates are offered when surgeries are combined. This is because there is usually a cost savings on the anesthesiologist and facility, since a Mommy Makeover is considered a single operation. While you should never base your decision to have a certain procedure solely on cost, you are likely to find that the total cost of a Mommy Makeover is less than the costs of each individual procedure done separately.

  • Improved results:

Many times, combining procedures will give a better result than if done separately. This is because many procedures compliment each other and performing them at the same time, allows the surgeon to make necessary adjustments to maximize the results. For example, performing liposuction of the back with a fat transfer to the hips (Brazilian Butt Lift), will improve the results of a standard tummy tuck. Or, breast augmentation at the same time as a tummy tuck will improve the total appearance of your torso. Of course, these can be done separately, but doing them separately may require that you have a revision of the previous procedure to make things work better together.

Who is a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Anyone who desires multiple procedures is technically a candidate for a Mommy Makeover. Contrary to the name, you don’t even have to be a “mommy” since weight changes, aging, and genetics can cause the same changes in your body as pregnancy. Because a Mommy Makeover combines multiple procedures, the surgeries will be longer. This means that you need to be in optimal health. You will be required to undergo full pre-operative medical testing to make sure you are healthy for this longer surgery. If there are any issues, such as anemia, your surgeon may recommend splitting the procedures into separate operations, or not operating at all. You also want to be sure that you have made appropriate arrangements for post-operative help and time off from work or away from your family.

How to select your surgeon?

Since your Mommy Makeover will involve several different procedures, you want to be sure to select a surgeon experienced in ALL the procedures you are having done. You should select a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You also want to review before and after photos to be sure you are comfortable with the results that he or she can provide you. If your surgeon is an expert at tummy tucks, but not at breast surgery, you may want to reconsider choosing them if your Mommy Makeover involves both. Be sure to find out if your surgeon is experienced in combining multiple procedures into a single operation. You should also find out where your surgery will be performed. Will it be in an appropriate facility such as a hospital or accredited ambulatory center? Will you be required to stay in the facility overnight or will you be allowed to go home right after? These are the types of questions that you should be asking your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

If you would like to learn more about a Mommy Makeover and if you are a candidate, contact New York City Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schulman. During your consultation, you can find out if a Mommy Makeover is right for you.

What to Expect From Recovery After a Mommy Makeover

If you are a mother who has become unhappy with your appearance after pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding, a mommy makeover could be just what you need to regain your confidence. 

But just what does a mommy makeover entail in terms of recovery?

Below, we’ll go over the basics of what recovery from this procedure is like. But first: What is a mommy makeover?

Mommy Makeover New York City

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “ ‘mommy makeover’ is a catch-all phrase that refers to a specialized combination of body contouring procedures, performed together to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy.” These procedures may include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck

This is a surgery for women who’ve experienced excess skin and stretch marks on the abdomen, noticeable sagging and loss of volume on the breasts, and other effects from becoming a mother. It is best for women who are done having children and breastfeeding and those who have waited at least six months after giving birth or the end of breastfeeding. You should also be in good physical and mental health and not be a smoker. 

Each woman will have a different experience when it comes to her mommy makeover. Some women will prefer to focus on their breasts while others will be more concerned with their abdomen and hips. Still others will request that all areas of their bodies undergo procedures. These are things that you can discuss with Dr. Schulman during your consultation appointment prior to surgery.

What Is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?

The recovery process after a mommy makeover should be seen as just as important as the surgery itself. It is, in a sense, a part of your mommy makeover procedure as how you take care of your body post-surgery can greatly impact your overall results. 

Length of Time for Recovery

The length of time for a full recovery after a mommy makeover will depend on the exact procedures you decided to undergo. It’s crucial to remember that each of your individual procedures may come with a recovery period of weeks or even months, so if multiple procedures are chosen, you may be unable to go about your normal routine for some time. Tummy tucks, for example, come with a quite long recovery period. It is inevitable, for instance, that you will need to take time away from work. You also need to make sure a family member or close friend can be with you to assist you physically during the first few weeks after your operation. Remember that this will impact your child care routine, so plan accordingly, and make arrangements far ahead of time.

Discomfort and Pain After Surgery

Many women fear the mommy makeover procedure and plastic surgery in general because they assume it comes with a lot of pain and discomfort — especially during recovery. While it is true that these types of procedures can lead to some discomfort while you are healing, it’s first important to remember that the surgeries themselves will not be painful. Anesthesia will be used to make the experience painless for you. 

Moreover, during recovery, Dr. Schulman will do everything possible to provide you with relief from pain and discomfort as well. This also includes providing you with recovery guidelines that will mitigate the appearance of scars. 

How to Care for Your Surgical Sites

Again, the care you’ll need to take for each of your surgical sites will depend on what procedures you choose. Dr. Schulman will provide you with specific post-op guidelines. For instance, here are a few things you’ll likely have to do:

  • Rest. Your surgical sites will need time to heal, so you’ll need plenty of sleep and rest — especially right after surgery. 
  • Avoid physical activity and lifting anything heavy. Dr. Schulman will give you specific guidelines.
  • Use cold therapy. Ice packs can help tremendously to reduce swelling and improve the results of your procedures. Using ice the wrong way, however, can negatively impact your results, so be sure to follow the directions given to you by Dr. Schulman.
  • Drink plenty of water. Fluids will be essential to your recovery, but try to avoid soda, tea, and coffee, and do not drink alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke. if you were previously a smoker, you’ll need to cease this habit for a duration of time before, during, and after your surgery.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Being in a reclined, sedentary position for a long period of time during your recovery can make it easy to overeat the foods you love — comfort foods and sweets, most of all. This should be avoided at all costs, however, because it’s absolutely essential during recovery that you give your body only the healthiest and most nutritious foods. Additionally, if you end up gaining too much weight after your surgery, it can negatively affect your results. 

How Do You Make a Consultation Appointment for a Mommy Makeover?

The consultation appointment you have with Dr. Schulman prior to your mommy makeover will be crucial to the outcome of your surgery. To make this appointment, simply call our office. Dr. Schulman is the leading plastic surgeon New York City has to offer.

As an important note, remember that recovery can take up to several months, and the consultation appointment will come quite early on in the process, so plan work, school, vacations etc. accordingly. At your consultation, be prepared to ask and answer questions. You’ll want to write down your comments, concerns, and other inquiries beforehand so that you don’t forget anything.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Schulman Today

By nature, mothers are selfless and doting for their children. But this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t prioritize their own needs sometimes as well. In fact, it’s been proven over and over again that those parents who take time for themselves are able to offer even more patience, love, and gentleness.

If you’re a mom and you’d like to feel better about the way you look after pregnancy and giving birth, think about taking charge of your appearance. There’s no better time, and you deserve it! Contact Dr. Schulman’s office in New York City today to schedule your initial consultation appointment.

Your Top Mommy Makeover Questions Answered

As a woman, when you feel fit and sexy, you often feel more comfortable in your own skin. From the time you spend with your children or at work, to your romantic relationships and friendships, all aspects of your life may improve when you feel your best.

But if you’re a mother who’s gone through pregnancy and childbirth, having the body you’ve always dreamed of is much more of a challenge. Even with a rigorous exercise regimen and the strictest of diets, the effects of pregnancy and motherhood may have altered your physique in potentially permanent ways. Sagging breasts, love handles, a pouch of fat on the lower abdomen, stretch marks, and many other things are common.

Fortunately, a routine procedure called a Mommy Makeover can improve these problems. Below, we outline the most commonly asked questions concerning Mommy Makeovers to help you see if this is a procedure that may benefit you.

Mommy Makeover New York City: Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions we are most commonly asked when it comes to Mommy Makeover surgeries.

Q: What is the goal of a Mommy Makeover?

A: Being pregnant, going through childbirth, and breast feeding can all be wonderful experiences for mothers. On the other hand, these same experiences can also do a number on your physical appearance. Your breasts may end up sagging and drooping, you may have excess fat that won’t budge even with exercise, and stretch marks and extra skin may be problems as well.

Mommy makeovers are combination surgical procedures that target problem areas commonly associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding. This generally includes the breasts and abdomen, but may also include the buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and other areas.

Q: What procedures does a Mommy Makeover involve?

A: Typically, the components of a Mommy Makeover will include both breast procedures and body procedures. But remember, a Mommy Makeover is customized for each person, so no two Mommy Makeovers are the same.  For the breasts, depending on your current physique and ultimate goals, you may have a breast augmentation (breast implants), a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a combination of these procedures. For trouble areas on the rest of the body, you may benefit from a tummy tuck, liposuction, or other body contouring.

Q: Is it safe to combine procedures?

A: Yes. In fact, if the patient hopes to improve several different areas of their body, it’s often safer to complete all necessary plastic surgeries at once because there is less individual surgeries. It can also combine your recovery times.

Additionally, Mommy Makeovers are just one of the combination procedures available in the world of plastic surgery. It is not uncommon to combine surgeries in other procedures as well. For example, liposuction is often combined with a tummy attack, and breast augmentation is often done in tandem with a breast lift.

Q: Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

A: First of all, you don’t have to be a mom to have a Mommy Makeover! That’s just the term we use for this collection of procedures as they all address common concerns for moms. 

Whether you are a mother or not, you will be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover if you are first, in good physical and mental health. You should be a non-smoker and have realistic expectations for the procedure.

It’s also important to be near your target weight or at least at a healthy BMI before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. Procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks can address small amounts of excess fat and excess skin, but you should do your best to achieve your goal weight before surgery. 

Finally, it’s best to know that you are done having children and breast feeding before speaking to a plastic surgeon about a Mommy Makeover.

Q: What if I do have children after a Mommy Makeover?

A: It’s still perfectly safe to have children after a Mommy Makeover procedure. The primary reason we recommend only having a Mommy Makeover after you’re sure you’re done having children is that the same negative outcomes may occur if you become pregnant again after your surgery. At the same time, there is no physical danger to you or the baby if you become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover. 

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that any invasive breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction procedures may hinder your ability to breast feed. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something you’ll want to discuss with your surgeon if there is a chance that you may breast feed in the future.

Q: What is recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?

A: Recovery will depend on which individual procedures you opt for with your Mommy Makeover. There will be some swelling and soreness, and someone will need to be with you, helping take care of you for at least two weeks after your procedure. Dr. Schulman will outline the steps you need to take for a safe recovery with optimal results.

Q: When will I be able to return to my normal routine?

A: This depends, but it’s not uncommon for full recovery to take several weeks or even several months. For this reason, ensure that you and your family are prepared before undergoing surgery. You likely won’t be able to return to work for at least two weeks, and it may be several months before you are able to return to exercise and any strenuous activity. 

Mommy Makeover New York City: Selecting Your Surgeon

If you are considering a Mommy Makeover and are looking for the top plastic surgeon New York City has to offer, look no further than Dr. Matthew Schulman. As one of the leading board-certified Mommy Makeover surgeons in the city, Dr. Schulman combines outstanding care with a meticulous attention to detail. Just take a look at the many moms who have benefited from his services in the past. 

Once you’re ready to begin moving toward a Mommy Makeover procedure of your own, contact Dr. Schulman’s office to schedule your initial consultation appointment. It is at this appointment that you’ll discuss your current trouble spots and the ultimate goals you have for surgery. 

A new you is waiting! Contact Dr. Schulman’s office today.

3 Components of a Mommy Makeover

For a mother, being pregnant, going through childbirth, and experiencing early motherhood can all be wonderful experiences.

At the same time, each of these experiences can also change a woman’s body — and not always for the better. With pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing come alterations to the body that are often non-reversible. Fortunately, a cosmetic procedure called a mommy makeover exists.

In actuality, a mommy makeover is not just one procedure. Rather, it is several procedures, each of which attacks a different problem area associated with pregnancy and motherhood.

Below, we’ve broken down the mommy makeover into these three basic procedures: Liposuction, the tummy tuck, and breast enhancement.

A Mommy Makeover in 3 Parts

1.      Liposuction

The body contouring procedure of liposuction aims to remove excess pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise. This makes it an ideal procedure for new moms as it is notoriously difficult to lose that extra pouch of fat in the belly after having a baby.

Of course, liposuction can help remove stubborn fat in other areas of the body as well. If you’ve struggled to lose fat in the thighs, back, upper arms, or elsewhere, liposuction is the procedure that can help. It can even remove those annoying love handles and help reshape your tush to the way it once was.

How liposuction works

The liposuction procedure is straightforward. Your doctor will anesthetize the area, then make extremely small incisions near the sites where you’d like to lose fat. They will then insert a small tube called a cannula. This will be moved back and forth by your surgeon to agitate the fat cells, which will then loosen and be sucked out through the cannula.

2. Tummy Tucks

Many people confuse liposuction with tummy tucks, but they’re actually significantly different.

While liposuction removes pockets of stubborn fat, tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) focus on loose muscles and excess skin. In effect, tummy tucks are slightly more invasive than liposuction procedures, but they actually work well together, which is why they are both key components of mommy makeovers.

The tummy tuck procedure

Tummy tucks start with anesthesia, as with liposuction. Your surgeon will decide what type of sedation is best for your procedure as well. Incisions are made near the pubic hair line and the navel. The skin is pulled (like a window shade) to tighten it. Loose muscles are tightened in the process. Excess skin is cut and removed, and the resulting contours are stitched up carefully to leave as few scars as possible.

3. Breast Enhancement

Having a baby can drastically change the outline of your breasts. It can affect your breasts’ volume and change their shape and the skin around them. This can be exacerbated if you breastfeed. Distended breasts can be fixed, however, with breast enhancement procedures.

Breast enhancement actually includes two different procedures: Breast augmentation and the breast lift. Both are generally used in a mommy makeover so that the patient can achieve the ideal silhouette.

Breast augmentation is the procedure that changes the volume of your breasts. Most notably, augmentation includes adding a silicone or saline implant to each breast. This can help create a fuller, plumper appearance. You might want to augment your breasts so that they’re the same as they were before pregnancy, or, alternatively, you can add even more volume if that’s something that you’ve always desired.

By contrast, a breast lift is meant to give your breasts their perkiness back. In some women, all they’re looking for in breast enhancement is a lift. If you have sagging and drooping breasts, but you are happy with their overall volume, you may only want a breast lift.

Both of these procedures can give you back the breasts you’re used to (or add extra volume, in the case of a breast augmentation). The procedures can also help correct a symmetry issue, if you have one. Some women experience asymmetry after pregnancy and breastfeeding, in which one breast appears bigger and/or higher than the other. This can be remedied with breast enhancement.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

In order to be a good candidate for a mommy makeover, there are several stipulations that your plastic surgeon will want to see.

1.      You’re finishing having children and done breastfeeding.

First, a mommy makeover is best for women who are done having children. We say this because — even though you can certainly go back to having children after your makeover — the pregnancy will likely undo its positive effects. Also, remember that you must wait at least six months after giving birth (and after stopping breastfeeding) to have any of the mommy makeover procedures.

2.      You’ve done your best to lose excess weight through diet and exercise.

Second, if your pregnancy caused you to gain a significant amount of excess weight, try to lose as much as you can on your own through diet and exercise. Just remember that it’s important to diet and exercise under the guidance of your doctor in the early months after giving birth.

Once you’ve lost all you can on your own, if you still have a few “stubborn pounds” that won’t melt off and/or excess skin, a mommy makeover can remedy these problems. It is best if you don’t have more than 10 to 15 pounds you’d like to lose.

3.      You’re a non-smoker.

Next, it’s important that you don’t smoke. In some situations, you can commit to quit smoking a full month before your mommy makeover procedures, but of course, it’s always safer and healthier to be a non-smoker when undergoing surgery of any kind. This is because smoking can hinder the recovery process.

4.      You have realistic expectations.

Finally, it’s critical to be in the right state of mind before your procedure. A mommy makeover won’t instantly transition your body exactly back to the way it was before you got pregnant. Still, it can get you close! Just be sure to have a healthy, realistic outlook before your makeover.

Are You Ready for Your Own Mommy Makeover?

As a mother, you deserve to pamper yourself once in a while instead of always taking care of everyone else, expending all of your extra time and energy in the process. And what better way to take care of yourself than by getting your pre-baby body back with a mommy makeover?

When you’re ready to start the process, all it takes is making an initial consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon. Just remember that not all plastic surgeons are alike when it comes to critical procedures like tummy tucks and breast lifts. You need to choose someone who is skillful and competent. This makes it all the more important to do your research and choose a plastic surgeon New York City area men and women trust — one who is board-certified and has extensive experience.

When you’re ready to move forward, make a consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon like Dr. Schulman to discuss your options. Ask about the exact procedures that will help make you look your best.

A mommy makeover could be the treatment that finally gives you your confidence back — you deserve it mama!

Mommy Makeover 101: How to Best Restore Your Body

While mothers never fail to say how rewarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding truly are, this doesn’t take away the fact that these processes can do a number on their bodies. In fact, many women never fully regain the elasticity of their skin, the tone of their muscles, or their overall body shape of their youth.

With help from a skilled Board Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Matthew Schulman, however, a combination of personally-customized cosmetic procedures can be combined into one single operation to restore a woman’s pre-baby body and even improve it. This is called a “Mommy Makeover.”

What Exactly Is a “Mommy Makeover”?

Mommy-Makeover-NYCA Mommy Makeover is a collection of cosmetic procedures that are combined into one single operation, designed to restore the body to its pre-baby shape and form. This means every Mommy Makeover with Dr. Schulman in New York City will be different. Dr. Schulman will individualize your surgery based on your body type and your desires. The term “Mommy Makeover” is also a misnomer, since it can be performed on women who are not moms.  It is not uncommon for women to request a “Mommy Makeover New York City” to reverse the signs of aging and changes associated with weight loss.

 

Some of most common issues that are addressed by Mommy Makeovers include:

  • Excess skin on the abdomen
  • Resistant fat deposits that won’t budge, even with diet and exercise
  • Separated or stretched abdominal muscles
  • Sagging or deflated breasts
  • Uneven breasts
  • Buttock or hip flattening

Why Do Such Severe Physical Changes Occur with Pregnancy and Birth?

If you’ve had a child, you know how dramatic the entire process of pregnancy and childbirth is. Your entire body changes in ways you’d never expect, and contrary to what many celebrities will claim, “bouncing back” isn’t simply a matter of putting in hard work at the gym and going on a diet. Additionally, the effects of these natural processes are even more pronounced after multiple children, or pregnancies with significant weight gain.

So, what’s actually going on to make your body change so permanently after pregnancy and childbirth?

Naturally, weight gain is one of the biggest culprits. Although absolutely essential with pregnancy, it can wreak havoc on your body. Contrary to what many women initially assume, you’re not just gaining 7 or 8 pounds (or the weight of an average baby) either.

Most women who start at a healthy weight gain at least 25 to 35 pounds overall during their pregnancies. Some women gain even more. The average 25 to 35 pounds includes the weight of the baby, certainly. But it also includes additional things like the placenta, amniotic fluid, the enlarged uterus, added body fluids and blood volume, and extra energy stores (fat). These are all essential to the process of a healthy pregnancy.

Of course, weight gain like this doesn’t come without repercussions. Pregnancy weight gain can cause “stubborn fat cells” to accumulate (fat that won’t go away after childbirth, even with diet and exercise). The growing baby can also cause the skin on the abdomen to stretch out — and it may not bounce back to its original tightness. Stretch marks may appear. And finally, the stomach muscles can separate and stretch; this is called ab separation or diastasis recti.

Your breasts will also be affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. The breasts may first enlarge during both of these periods; however, when breastfeeding comes to an end, the breasts will deflate, and you may be left with drooping or sagging breasts.

Many of these changes are the result of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. This means that even after the baby has been born, it may take your body up to a year before these hormones return to normal.

What Surgeries Typically Make Up a Mommy Makeover?

In order to produce an effective Mommy Makeover, surgeons like Dr. Schulman rely on a number of proven effective cosmetic procedures. Again, these will vary from patient to patient, commonly include:

Breast AugmentationThis procedure is excellent for women whose breasts have enlarged during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding and now sag and droop. The process involves increasing your breast size by placing breast implants either above or below the chest muscle. Oftentimes, the breast needs to be lifted and a breast lift needs to be performed together with the breast implant.

LiposuctionLiposuction is the removal of unwanted and stubborn fat. A small incision is made in the problem area (such as the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs), the area is anesthetized, and Dr. Schulman will use a thin tube called a cannula to suction out the unwanted fat. This results in a smooth contour of the area and reduced fat. Liposuction is often performed with other procedures.

Tummy TuckA tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles (repair of diasthasis recti) and also removes excess skin. This is great for moms with stretched skin around the abdomen and the presence of unsightly stretch marks.

Fat Transfer: A fat transfer involves using the fat that is removed with liposuction and re-injecting this fat into other areas of the body that you want reshaped or enlarged. Fat can be added to the buttock and hips, in a procedure called a Brazilian Butt Lift.

For Further Reading:

Deciding between liposuction and a tummy tuck? Most women opt for both of these procedures in their Mommy Makeover but many are confused about how they differ.  For a better understanding of how each procedure differs, check out this article, which compares the two.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeovers

Q: Can a Mommy Makeover really restore my body to its original size and shape?

A: Every patient’s Mommy Makeover will be different just as every woman’s pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience is different. As a result, the outcome of your makeover may not exactly restore your pre-baby body. However, we can tell you that your results will indeed improve some or all of the less-than-desirable effects caused by hormonal fluctuations, weight gain, breastfeeding, etc.
In fact, many women report feeling that their Mommy Makeover actually made them feel better about their appearance than they once felt prior to becoming pregnant. Dr. Schulman will discuss what specific procedures should be part of your Mommy Makeover.

Q: Why do they call it a Mommy Makeover?

A: Some women don’t like this term, and we get it. The truth is that “Mommy Makeover” is just a cute term — nothing more. The actual procedure itself is a highly safe combination of useful and effective cosmetic procedures. Call it what you like — it’s a process that will restore your body to its original beauty and shape and improve your confidence many times over.

Q: Where are Mommy Makeovers Performed?

A: Because Mommy Makeovers combine several surgeries into one safe and effective procedure, some women assume that the procedures must be done in a hospital. In fact, all Mommy Makeover procedures are performed in Dr. Schulman’s fully-certified, accredited office operating facility, under general anesthesia. During the surgery you are completely monitored by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.

Q: What’s recovery time for a Mommy Makeover?

A: The necessary recovery time for a Mommy Makeover will depend on exactly what is done during your surgery. The more procedures you have done, the longer your recovery will be. In general, most women require about 2 weeks off from work and activities. For more extensive procedures, a third week of recovery may be indicated. Dr. Schulman will be better able to address this question after you are evaluated. You should understand that it can take a few moths before you feel totally back to normal.

Q: What is the cost for a Mommy Makeover?

A: The cost will depend on exactly what is to be done, so there is no standard price. However, the cost of combining multiple procedures, such as in a Mommy Makeover, is less expensive than having each procedure done individually.

Q: How drastic will the results be?

A: Much of your results will depend on what exactly you wanted to change, which of the suggested procedures you decided to move forward with, and the extent of each procedure. For an idea of what you may be able to expect from your makeover, however, we invite you to check out our Mommy Makeover Before and After photo gallery.

Are You Ready for a Mommy Makeover?

If you’ve been looking in the mirror, unhappy with the reflection staring back at you, talk to Dr. Schulman about making the improvements you’re considering. The Mommy Makeover women prefer is one performed by Dr. Schulman — hands down. As one of the nation’s top board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Schulman’s experience, precision, and record of amazing results truly sets him apart.

Becoming a mother is an amazing process and one you should be proud to have accomplished. But now it’s time to do something for yourself. Contact Dr. Schulman today to schedule a consultation for a Mommy Makeover. See what this revolutionary, personalized procedure can do for you.

10 Ways to Heal Properly after Your Procedure

Any cosmetic surgery is a serious procedure, and even minimally invasive treatments require patients to follow a few guidelines for optimal recovery. These guidelines can help control post-surgical pain, but they also are designed to ensure that the surgery has the best possible chance of improving the appearance of the area affected by the procedure. That’s why proper healing is crucial both to your overall health and happiness and to the long-term effectiveness of your cosmetic procedure.

Here are 10 things New York City Plastic Surgeon, Dr Schulman recommends to my patients to help ensure that their bodies can heal properly after cosmetic procedures.

1. Follow Doctor’s Orders

For some patients, it may seem too obvious a tip, but closely following the post-operative or post-treatment instructions your Board Certified Surgeon provides is absolutely crucial. Your doctor is the expert on your specific procedure and is the only one who can provide their unique perspective, having actually operated on your body. No website will ever know as much about your body as your doctor does. The after-care instructions you get from your doctor are meant specifically for you based on your body and the procedures you’ve undergone. It can be tough to resist, but if you have questions or concerns about those instructions, you should consult your doctor rather than relying on the internet for advice.

2. Take Relaxation Seriously

For any surgery, your activity level is likely to be severely restricted for days or even weeks. While you’ll need to limit your activity level, it’s also important to remember that relaxation extends to your mind as well. That means you should avoid unnecessary mental and emotional strain as well as taking it easy on your body. Many of my patients find it helpful to meditate each day or just to spend time in a quiet room, away from the daily hustle and bustle of their families.

3. Be Patient

The full effects of many cosmetic procedures can take as long as a year to be realized. I’ve worked with patients who find themselves disappointed when they look at their body following surgery and don’t see the jaw-dropping effects they’d hoped for. While that disappointment is understandable, it’s important to give your body plenty of time to adjust. Your body right after surgery will be swollen, and depending on the procedure, the new shape created has yet to fully take effect. For instance, if your surgery involved fat grafting, which uses liposuction to take unwanted fat from one area of the body and transplants it to another that’s lacking volume, it will take some time for the fat cells to begin thriving in their new home. It can take up to a full year after surgery to see your final results – and in some people even longer.

4. Stay Indoors When You Can

The sun has notoriously bad effects on our skin, from causing cancer to dotting the face and neck with dark spots. But direct sunlight can be even worse for those healing from surgery. UV rays can make scars appear darker and redder and this can last for months. Additionally, excessive heat can worsen inflammation, which can increase your pain level. Your skin may be numb, and you will be more likely to suffer a sunburn. If you do need to be outside for extended periods, I recommend applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 directly to the scars. Remember that the UV rays are strong enough to penetrate clothing, so even if you are covered up, make sure to protect your healing scars.

5. Stop Smoking (and Don’t Vape)

Of course, nobody should smoke, but millions of Americans are smokers, and smoking is known to be an incredibly difficult habit to kick. In addition to raising your risk of cancer and heart disease, smoking can actually make your recovery from surgery much worse and more difficult. That’s because nicotine constricts blood vessels, which slows the healing process considerably and increasing your risk for wound healing issues and infection. If you think vaping is safer, think again; one Juul pod contains 20 cigarettes’ worth of nicotine. You should quit smoking for more reasons than just surgical recovery, but consider this: The investment you’re making in cosmetic surgery could well be wasted if you continue smoking after your procedure.

6. Drink Plenty of Water

Keeping well-hydrated is a crucial aspect of ensuring successful recovery from cosmetic procedures. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day (juice, coffee, soda, and tea don’t count) can help flush your system of potential toxins, reduce your risk of infection, and speed the healing of your surgical incisions by boosting nutrient delivery. Additionally, drinking lots of water can help prevent constipation, which is a frequent but unfortunate side effect of the pain medication you may be on. It is common after surgery to have a reduced appetite, which is even more reason to push the fluids. Electrolyte-containing drinks, such as gatorade or powerade, are helpful in keeping you well-hydrated.

7. Increase Your Protein Intake

As your body continues to recover, it will require increased amounts of nutrients to ensure proper healing. Protein is an especially helpful nutrient because it spurs production of new cells, such as collagen and blood cells, and because it can help strengthen your immune system. Your ideal intake level will depend on your body weight and level of activity approved by your Board Certified Surgeon, but men usually will need slightly less protein than women.

8. Move Your Body, but Don’t Strain Yourself

I’ve already told you to take it easy, so this could seem like contradictory advice. The fact is that some physical activity is good. Proper healing from cosmetic procedures doesn’t mean lying in one spot for weeks on end. In fact, lack of activity can increase your risk of blood clots as well as cause stiff and sore muscles. I recommend my patients move their bodies, whether by light walking or gentle stretching, at least once an hour when they’re awake. Remember to always follow post-operative instructions on strenuous activity, such as going to the gym or lifting more than 10 pounds. Try to listen the signals your body is sending; if something feels like too much of a strain, it probably is.

9. Ask for Help from Others

Most major cosmetic procedures will seriously impact your ability to meet the normal obligations of your life. This includes not being able to go to work for at least a couple of weeks after surgery, and it could even mean reducing your ability to care for your children or pets adequately for a brief period. Particularly for patients who are undergoing multiple procedures, such as a mommy makeover, or having invasive surgeries, it’s crucial to arrange help in the everyday tasks that are part of your life. Asking for help can be a challenge for most people. We all want to feel independent. Forcing yourself to return to your normal activities too soon can not only jeopardize the effectiveness of your cosmetic procedures, but it can negatively impact your overall health.

10. Keep All of Your Post-op Appointments

The more successful a patient’s recovery is, the more likely some patients are to forego follow-up appointments. After all, many people think, “I feel good, so I’m sure everything is OK”. While this is an understandable inclination, skipping your follow-up appointments means that your doctor cannot monitor your progress or check for possible signs of infection. Your doctor will only schedule follow-ups with you that are necessary, and most doctors will only release patients back to normal activities if they’ve been able to examine them in person.

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