Mommy Makeover in Beverly Hills
Pregnancy and childbirth are special parts of women’s lives, but they can come with challenges. New mothers often find the changes to their bodies concerning and try to find ways to address them. But sadly, it usually takes more than a healthy diet and exercise to restore a mom’s body to its pre-pregnancy condition.
Weight fluctuations during pregnancy and the stretching of breast tissue while nursing can permanently alter the shape of your abdomen and breasts. While dieting and exercise can help, these measures often fall short, and stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin persist.
A Mommy Makeover is a customizable combination of breast and body contouring procedures that target multiple problem areas. With Dr. Rey’s expertise in performing these procedures, you can achieve a more toned tummy, youthful breasts, and an increase in self-esteem!
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
What Does Your Mommy Makeover Include?
Breast lift surgery addresses breast sagging (ptosis) and raises them to a more youthful position. Dr. Rey offers four different techniques, each of which targets a specific degree of breast ptosis. Dr. Rey will determine which approach is the most appropriate for you during your consultation.
During a breast lift procedure, Dr. Rey reshapes the breast tissue, removes excess skin, and lifts the breasts. If needed, the areola and nipple are repositioned. If your areolas are bigger than you’d like, their size can be reduced. Breast lift surgery can also be combined with breast augmentation to both lift the breasts and increase their size.
For women who want to enhance the size of their breasts after having a baby, breast augmentation is an excellent solution. Dr. Rey has many options available to customize each breast augmentation procedure. From the type of implant and the size, he will take into account your desired final look when helping you determine which path is most appropriate for you.
Women with large breasts that are too cumbersome and cause discomfort, can choose breast reduction surgery. Dr. Rey utilizes one of three incision techniques based on the specific needs of each patient. Sometimes, liposuction is performed to better remove excess fat. In addition to reducing the size of the breasts, Dr. Rey can also reposition the nipples and areolas during this procedure.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, reshapes the midsection for a smoother, slimmer midsection. Dr. Rey offers three techniques for this procedure:
- A standard tummy tuck involves an incision that is placed along the lower abdomen (the bikini line) and another around the navel. Dr. Rey corrects separated abdominal muscles and gently stretches the skin over the belly before removing excess tissue.
- A mini tummy tuck focuses only on the lower abdomen. Dr. Rey removes minimal fat deposits and tightens the skin over the lower portion of the stomach. Abdominal muscles can be repaired, if necessary.
- An extended tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have experienced significant weight loss. This procedure focuses not only on the midsection but also around the hips to the back. Dr. Rey removes excess skin and tightens the remaining skin over the underlying tissue and muscle.
Liposuction is often combined with tummy tuck procedures in cases where excess fat needs removal.
Liposuction helps patients remove stubborn fat deposits in many places throughout their body. This procedure can be combined with abdominoplasty as well as with a breast reduction to enhance the results of these techniques. Liposuction can also be performed on the thighs, arms, neck, and back.
Dr. Rey inserts a thin tube (cannula) through small incisions created near the treatment site. The cannula gently suctions fat out of the body, and its small size allows for precise contouring of the remaining tissue.
Have Concerns About Your Mommy Makeover?
Typical side effects of a Mommy Makeover include swelling, bruising, and some minor discomfort. These are temporary and will subside within a few days to a few weeks after surgery. However, some swelling may remain for a month or two, and compression garments are used after abdominoplasty or breast surgeries to help control this. Most patients can resume light daily activities within the first week and return to work within two weeks, depending on the procedures performed and individual healing time. Dr. Rey will clear you for more strenuous activities after your follow-up appointment.
You can ensure optimal results and minimize your risk of complications by carefully following Dr. Rey’s aftercare instructions. He will provide both pre and postoperative care instructions that are designed to enhance your results.
The location of your incisions and resulting scars depend on the specific procedures performed. A mini tummy tuck will involve a short scar low on the abdomen that can be hidden by undergarments, while a standard tummy tuck involves a larger incision and another around the navel. Breast lift incisions depend on the severity of breast ptosis and techniques used.
The price of a Mommy Makeover can vary greatly from patient to patient. A single procedure will cost less than a combination of procedures overall, but you do save by having multiple procedures done at once rather than during separate operations. During your consultation, Dr. Rey will provide you with a detailed estimate of your costs.
Some discomfort immediately following your procedure is typical, and its duration can vary depending on the procedures you have chosen. Dr. Rey can prescribe pain medications to help alleviate postoperative pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Mommy Makeover is ideal for a woman whose body has changed during the childbearing process and who is not ready or willing to accept that change.
Just because you are a mother, there is no requirement for you to live with the effects that pregnancy does to your body. Candidates for Mommy Makeover surgery experience:
- Drooping or deflated breasts
- Stubborn, exercise-resistant fat pockets
- Abdominal skin laxity
- Stretched or separated abdominal muscles
Candidates for Mommy Makeover surgery should not smoke, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations for their results.
The beauty of the Mommy Makeover is that it is tailored to your aesthetic needs and goals. While a Mommy Makeover commonly combines at least two of the procedures listed above, it does not require that any technique be included. For example, if you suffer from sagging breasts but are otherwise content with your breast size, you can opt for a breast lift without augmentation or reduction. Or, if you have fatty deposits in your stomach but no real laxity, liposuction may be sufficient, and you may not need a tummy tuck.
Breast augmentation is a cornerstone of the Mommy Makeover. For many women, maintaining natural-looking results is essential. Because of this, implant selection is key. Silicone implants tend to have the most natural look and feel (in comparison to saline implants which look firmer and more augmented). Additionally, some women choose teardrop-shaped implants over round implants to mimic the natural slope of the breast.
While your Mommy Makeover results are long lasting, their permanence does depend on your ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Rey will remove fat deposits and excess skin, but this does not prevent new fat deposits from accumulating or the skin from stretching out again. Results of breast lift and augmentation can also depend on avoidance of significant weight shifts that affect both the size and shape of the breasts. By maintaining a consistent exercise routine and healthy diet, you can better ensure your long-lasting results.
Mommy Makeover surgery will not prevent or impact a future pregnancy in any way; however, an additional pregnancy may negate your Mommy Makeover results. Because of this, we recommend postponing your Mommy Makeover until you are confident that you will not get pregnant. Should an additional pregnancy occur, you can also return for a “touch-up” body contouring procedure with Dr. Rey.
Mommy Makeover surgery is safe when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Robert Rey. Unfortunately, this is still an invasive surgical process, and there is no way to eradicate risk. Some potential complications after a Mommy Makeover include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Prolonged wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
- Unfavorable scarring
You will meet with Dr. Rey prior to your procedure so that you are informed about all the specific details. He will first discuss your treatment goals. After a physical exam, he will help you decide which procedures are best for you. Dr. Rey will calculate an accurate estimate of your procedure costs and give you specific pre and postoperative care instructions. He will review the surgical risks, but careful adherence to the care instructions will help minimize them.
Some women may desire the combination of breast augmentation and tummy tuck or breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction even though they have not physically experienced pregnancy. Truthfully, motherhood is not a prerequisite for candidacy. Mommy Makeover is simply a term coined for these procedures since they address the areas most impacted by pregnancy. That being said, these procedures are also beneficial after significant weight loss or with the natural aging process.
Mommy Makeovers are commonly performed in one surgical setting for your convenience and recovery. However, significant procedures that will take longer than six hours to perform may require two separate surgeries. Dr. Rey will inform you what to expect during your consultation.
During your consultation, Dr. Rey will provide you with specific pre- and postoperative instructions. Preoperative care instructions will include:
- Which medicines to stop taking before surgery
- Instructions to stop smoking
- Making transportation arrangements