Salt Lake City & Moab, UT
The goal of our Salt Lake City mommy makeover surgery is to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure. Women experience changes in their bodies after having children and breastfeeding, and these changes can affect the confidence they have in their appearance. A woman’s breasts may sag or she may develop folds of excess skin on the lower abdomen. It varies by woman, but these issues can be resolved with a customized mommy makeover treatment plan.
Who Is a Candidate for Mommy Makeover?
A good candidate for mommy makeover is a woman who feels unhappy with the changes she has seen in her body after having children. Candidates should be in good health, have healed from childbirth and not be breastfeeding. They should not smoke (or be able to quit several weeks before surgery) and have reasonable goals of treatment. For the best and longest lasting results, candidates should not plan to become pregnant after mommy makeover.
Procedures Involved in Mommy Makeover
Mommy makeovers are tailored to the individual patient and her particular needs. Depending on the case, mommy makeover could include a combination of the following:
- Breast augmentation to increase the size and fullness of the breasts
- Breast reduction to make the breasts smaller and lighter
- Breast lift to correct sagging
- Abdominoplasty to tighten and tone the waistline
- Liposuction to improve the curves and contours of the body and remove stubborn fat deposits
How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?
Salt Lake City’s Mommy makeover procedures may be performed either in stages or simultaneously. Dr. Leland Chick may recommend that a patient recover from one surgery before undergoing another, or schedule them all on the same day, depending on the procedures and the patient’s health history. Combining procedures is advantageous because it requires only one recovery period, but it can also increase some of the risks of surgery.
Most mommy makeovers include abdominoplasty and breast lift. During abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The skin is then re-draped smoothly over the newly contoured abdomen. Liposuction can be performed on the sides of the waist and lower back to accentuate the flatter, firmer abdomen.
During breast lift, excess breast skin is removed and the breast tissues are lifted and tightened in a more youthful position on the chest wall. The nipple-areolar complex may be moved up higher on the breasts. Some women opt to have excess breast fat or tissue removed, whereas others opt to have implants added to enhance breast size and fullness.
Other procedures can be incorporated into the mommy makeover as needed.
Recovery for Mommy Makeover
Surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Mommy makeover patients will need to wear a binder or girdle for a few weeks after surgery to help the tissues settle into their new contours. Also, patients will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise until Dr. Chick clears them. Full recovery varies by patient, but typically it takes about two to three weeks before a patient can return to work. Swelling will take several months to completely resolve. Scars may never completely disappear, but Dr. Chick will make every effort to conceal them in inconspicuous areas (e.g., within the bikini area).
Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeover
Is it best to combine all procedures at the same time?
There is no universal “best” approach that works for everyone. Dr. Chick evaluates patients on a one-on-one basis and recommends the plan of action he feels is most appropriate based on factors like the woman’s health and desired procedures.
What is the average cost for mommy makeover? Is financing possible?
The cost of mommy makeover depends on the extent of the specific treatment plan. Dr. Chick accepts several forms of payment and offers plastic surgery financing through CareCredit.
Can I have children after a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover does not interfere with the ability to get pregnant or have a healthy baby. However, pregnancy can have a deleterious effect on the results of mommy makeover. Therefore, it is best to delay mommy makeover until after having children.
How long after having my last child do I need to wait before having mommy makeover?
Women should wait at least two to three months after they stop breastfeeding before pursuing mommy makeover. This allows the breasts time to stabilize so Dr. Chick can plan the best possible treatment.
What are the potential risks and side effects of a mommy makeover?
Possible risks can include bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, poor wound healing and more. Selecting an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon significantly decreases the risk of mommy makeover complications.
How long do results last?
As long as a patient maintains her weight and does not get pregnant after mommy makeover, her results should last for many years.
Can you transfer fat to your breasts?
Yes, fat transfer breast augmentation involves removing excess fat from another area of the body and injecting it into the breasts to add shape and volume. This approach is most appropriate for women desiring a small increase in breast size and a very natural-looking result.
Learn How to Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consult
Many Utah patients who are considering a mommy makeover can have all their surgery questions answered by scheduling a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Chick. Patients will be able to learn more about our mommy makeover procedure by contacting our office at (801) 233-1188 or by filling out an online form.
“I am a recent (and enthusiastic) patient of Dr. Chick’s. I had the mommy makeover done and haven’t felt this good about myself in 20 years. I started to consider having a tummy tuck about 5 years post pregnancy.”
Self-Verified Patient, Vitals.com