About the Expert
Dr. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Additionally, he completed a dedicated 12-month fellowship in cosmetic surgery accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery focusing on all aspects of cosmetic surgery, including facial plastic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, body contouring surgery, non-surgical aesthetics, skin care rejuvenation, and cosmetic laser surgery.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
“Mommy Makeover” is term used to describe a comprehensive cosmetic surgical procedure that targets common areas of concerns following pregnancy and breastfeeding. Typically, a mommy makeover involves cosmetic surgery performed on both the abdomen and breasts during a simultaneous operation.
What surgical procedures are performed during a Mommy Makeover?
Cosmetic surgery procedures commonly performed during a mommy makeover include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation with or without a mastopexy (breast lift), and / or buttock fat grafting (Brazilian Butt Lift).
After pregnancy how does a Mommy Makeover improve the appearance of my tummy?
By surgically repairing the separation of the abdominal muscles and removing skin excess, a mommy makeover tummy tuck can surgically sculpt a smaller midsection and can near-approximate the appearance of your tummy to the way it used to look before pregnancy, including completely removing most of your stretch marks or c-section scars. In addition, pregnancy may also lead to stubborn pockets of fat that resist weight loss and exercise. Liposuction or the surgical removal of excess fat will reduce stubborn fat pockets around your back, flanks, and abdomen. Consequently, if you have both loose skin and resistant fat, you may be considered a candidate for lipo-abdominoplasty, a comprehensive treatment that combines liposuction and tummy tuck at the same time.
What breast enhancement can I achieve with a Mommy Makeover?
The look and feel of your breasts are often one of the main focuses of a mommy makeover. Pregnancy and lactation cause your breasts to increase size and may leave some mothers with the appearance of saggy and droopy breasts following breast feeding. Therefore, a breast lift or mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical procedure commonly performed during a mommy makeover that lifts saggy breast tissue and removes skin excess to create breasts that are more youthful and balanced. In addition, a breast lift can be combined with simultaneous breast augmentation to restore lost volume. During breast augmentation, saline or silicone breast implants are inserted to increase size and build the ideal shape based upon your preference.
Is a Mommy Makeover right for me?
If you are cile the results of your mommy makeover are considered long-term, additional pregnancies may adversely affect all the wonderful surgical work that was performed. Therefore, it is ideal to complete your family planning prior to considering a mommy makeover. In addition, it is equally important to reach your ideal weight loss goals before cosmetic surgery, as liposuction and tummy tucks are not meant to be used in lieu of natural postpartum weight loss. Finally, if you are interested having breast cosmetic surgery following pregnancy, you will need to discontinue breastfeeding approximately 4 to 6 months before undergoing mommy makeover breast enhancement surgery to ensure that your breasts have settled into their natural volume.