Mommy Makeovers

A Mommy Makeover, is a combination of different procedures or patient specific plastic surgeries or treatments that target and correct those changes your body was left with as a result of having children or weight fluctuations. The ultimate goal is to help you return to a more flattering pre-pregnancy figure.

The procedures of a Mommy Makeover include:

  • Skin Care (peels, IPL Laser or clinical skin care)

Although motherhood is wonderful, the results on a woman’s body from having babies and the fluctuation of weight gain and loss, can take its toll on your figure. Many women will experience a variety of physical changes, (usually to the abdomen and breasts), that are difficult to reverse with diet and exercise. Pregnancy can also sometimes affect the distribution of body fat or even your skin’s complexion.

Reasons for considering a Mommy Makeover

There are benefits to combining surgeries such as: You are under anesthesia once, you recover once and certainly there are cost savings. But for many women, plastic surgery after pregnancy or pregnancies, allows them the ability to reclaim their body after having babies. This rejuvenation of one’s body back to a more desirable shape can do wonders for your psyche, self-confidence and sense of attractiveness. The benefits to self-esteem and sexuality can be great.

Are you a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

You may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations. It is very helpful to look at Before and After pictures to assist you with you expectations and your decision process.
  • You are a mother looking to counteract some of the physical effects of pregnancy.
  • Your pregnancy has negatively affected the size and shape of your breasts
  • You’re distressed about your sagging tummy and stretch marks
  • Pockets of fat on your waist, abdomen, arms or thighs do not improve with diet and exercise
  • You have sagging breasts, uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).
  • Your breasts have become so much larger after childbirth that they are out of proportion with the rest of your body and they cause back pain.
  • Your tummy has loose skin and stretch marks and your waistline has become thick and undefined.
  • You had a C-section and now you have areas of fat hanging over your surgical scar.
  • You have excess fat in the love-handle area as well as in the hips and thighs.
  • You have early signs of aging in your face and around the eyes.
  • You are done having children

The unique combination of surgical procedures involved in this treatment is designed to help new mothers feel more confident about their post-pregnancy bodies. New moms are advised to wait at least six months following the birth of their last child before seeking surgery.

How are the Mommy Makeover procedures performed?

Depends on the procedures to undergo.

  • Skin Care (peels, IPL Laser or clinical skin care)

Mommy makeover is a descriptive term, not a procedure, so your first step is to consult with your plastic surgeon and decide on the procedures you will undergo. The following procedures described above are common to mommy makeovers.

Where is the surgery performed?

The surgery is performed in Estetica Institute’s accredited surgical center, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Our surgeries are performed at our state of the art operating rooms by a highly trained staff of professionals who all maintain the highest credentials. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

How long does the surgery last?

Barring another pregnancy or significant weight gain, your results should be permanent, though plastic surgery cannot stop you from normal aging.

Can I drive myself home?

You cannot drive yourself home after the surgery. We suggest that you arrange for a ride home with a friend or relative. We are happy to help you arrange for a ride and some overnight help if necessary.

What happens after surgery? What is the recovery process?

Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:

  • Drains, if they have been placed
  • Normal symptoms you will experience
  • Any potential signs of complications

For more information, read about the Mommy Makeover procedures you will be undergoing :

  • Skin Care (peels, IPL Laser or clinical skin care)

In general, you can expect to be bandaged, wearing compression garments, and you may have some surgical drains. After the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. If the pain is extreme or lasts long, contact your physician. You will also have some swelling after the surgery. In some cases, this swelling will remain for weeks or even months. Contact your physician to find out if your pain and swelling is normal or a sign of a problem.

Recovery time frame

Because procedures are performed together, the benefit is that you only have to endure one recovery time. The first week will be the worst, and you will still feel like you are recovering for about two to three weeks. After that, you’ll probably be feeling pretty well, but you will not be able to do any heavy lifting (such as picking up your children) for six weeks. By the end of the first week, you should be walking around the house frequently, but you are still unable to drive. You will come back for follow-up evaluation within five days. During this visit, we can remove the drainage tubes. Swelling should subside within five weeks, and the results are apparent within three months.

Having different procedures done at the same time does not lengthen the recovery. For example, breast augmentation recovery is approximately seven days, and tummy tuck recovery is ten to fourteen days. Your recovery period for both procedures will be in the ten to fourteen days.

It is very important to

follow all postsurgical instructions. This will include information about wearing compression garments, taking any medications prescribed, and the level of activity that is safe. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies based on what your mommy makeover entails. However, there are some basic precautions and instructions that you should follow to help this recovery go as smoothly as possible. Arrange for someone to help you get around the house and help with your medication for at least the first twenty-four hours after surgery. It is very important to continue to have lots of help at home, even though you might be tempted to try to help around the house quickly, but you won’t feel like yourself for at least seven days Our caring and highly trained staff is here to help from your initial consultation through your recovery. The doctors are just a phone call away 24-7 for you after any surgical procedure.

For more information about mommy makeover procedures in Palm Beach Gardens performed by the expert plastic surgery staff at Esthetic Institute or to schedule an appointment, please call 561.776.9555.

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Dr. Gregory S. DeLange at Estetica Institute of the Palm Beaches

Dr. Greg DeLange is a highly trained and experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and then completed his Surgery Residency at the University of Texas. After completing a year as Chief Resident, he followed his General Surgical training with an additional two years of Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious University of Florida Shands Hospital. Dr. DeLange has performed over 20,000 Plastic Surgical cases and is certified by the distinguished American Board of Plastic Surgery.