Mommy Makeover

Address Common Effects of Childbearing with a Customized Combination of Procedures for Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, and the Main Line

Carrying and delivering a baby causes changes to the body. The fact that these changes are to be expected doesn’t mean that women who undergo them want to keep them. Many new (and not-so-new) moms miss their pre-baby appearance. A Mommy Makeover at the Philadelphia area’s Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery—serving Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and more—is a popular plastic surgery technique designed specifically to address physical changes associated with pregnancy and restore a pre-baby body. Mommy Makeover surgery includes a specialized combination of breast body contouring procedures that are performed together for comprehensive results.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a cosmetic surgery procedure that helps to address the effects of pregnancy and restore contours associated with a pre-baby body shape. It includes a combination of different procedures to address multiple areas in a single plan and is custom-tailored to the patient’s preferences. Mommy Makeover surgery remains highly popular in 2023, partially due to its ability to enhance several areas at the same time.

There is no set standard as to which treatments will be performed as part of a Mommy Makeover. Each patient has their own personal goals, and each procedure is personalized to meet the needs and expectations of the individual patient. A Mommy Makeover can be completed during a single operation or over multiple sessions.

How Does Your Body Change After Pregnancy?

Many pregnant women want to know: “How will pregnancy change my body?” During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts can grow by a full cup size or more. Unfortunately, volume loss and sagging skin can result from the breasts eventually returning to their pre-baby state. The abdominal muscles and tissues stretch during pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby. It’s common for the muscles at the center of the stomach to separate during pregnancy, which is known as diastasis recti. You may experience a bulge on the stomach in addition to loose or sagging skin as a result. Resistant fat may cling to certain areas of the body.

While many of the changes experienced during the nine months of pregnancy can resolve after birth, there’s a possibility that stretched-out skin, muscles, and other tissues may not return to their firm state. Many women hold onto at least 11 pounds of the weight they gained during their pregnancy. Although surgery and aesthetic treatments are no alternative to staying healthy and physically fit, a Mommy Makeover is one method of crafting your ideal figure, with the added benefit of boosting self-confidence and making clothes fit better.

What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover?

What does a Mommy Makeover include? The two areas that experience the most significant transformations during pregnancy—and are therefore most often prioritized in a Mommy Makeover—are the breasts and abdomen. Additional components may be added as needed or desired.

Both surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments may be employed in a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Laura Gowen may perform breast augmentation to restore fullness and/or a breast lift to elevate the position of sagging breasts on the chest. In other cases, a breast reduction may be helpful for addressing the appearance and burden of uncomfortably large, disproportionate breasts.

For patients who are concerned about a belly bulge remaining after child birth, a tummy tuck is used to flatten the stomach area by repairing the abdominal muscles while removing excess fat and skin. Liposuction is used on the abdomen and other areas where stubborn pockets of fat can be found.

Other aspects of a Mommy Makeover may include a thigh lift, arm lift, or a Brazilian butt lift to address the lower body.

Some of the most common non-surgical treatments include non-invasive fat reduction, skin-tightening treatments, and injectables. Although non-surgical treatments tend to produce less dramatic effects, they are ideal for creating significant, long-lasting outcomes that complement surgical results.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Is it a good idea to have a Mommy Makeover? How long should I wait to have a Mommy Makeover?

These are some questions patients will need to ask themselves if they are considering this surgery. Also, keep in mind that a Mommy Makeover isn’t only for new or recent mothers. If you have experienced a pregnancy at any time or have never been pregnant but believe you could benefit from a combination of procedures to create a slimmer and sleeker body shape, you may be a good candidate.

The overall health of the patient, time since delivery, breastfeeding status, and plans to have children in the future are all factors that should be considered and discussed with Dr. Gowen during your consultation. You can work with her to determine the right time for a Mommy Makeover.

Patients must be fully recovered from childbirth, at or near their ideal body weight, have realistic expectations, not be heavy smokers or drinkers, have finished breastfeeding, and in most cases have no plans to become pregnant again in order to be considered ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover. Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate is to have an in-person consultation with Dr. Gowen. She will review your medical history and personal goals.

Laura A. Gowen, MD
Plastic Surgery

Meet Plastic Surgeon
Laura A. Gowen, M.D.

Board-certified and breast-fellowship trained plastic surgeon Laura A. Gowen, M.D., draws on her extensive experience and uses advanced techniques to create beautiful, natural results for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients.

Laura A. Gowen, MD

How Do You Prepare for a Mommy Makeover?

Choosing the plastic surgeon who will perform your Mommy Makeover will be the most critical decision a patient can make during preparation for a Mommy Makeover. It’s recommended that you select a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in all aspects of the individual procedures used in your specific case. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Gowen to discuss your options with her. Dr. Gowen will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for Mommy Makeover surgery.

What Can You Expect from Recovery and Results After a Mommy Makeover?

What is Mommy Makeover recovery like? How long does it take to feel normal after Mommy Makeover surgery? These are among the questions many patients have for Dr. Gowen when discussing a Mommy Makeover. Since each Mommy Makeover is custom-made to fit an individual patient’s goals and no two women have the exact same body or concerns, recovery times and outcomes vary from person to person. You should plan accordingly, because an investment of time will be required for recovery. If your procedure includes a tummy tuck, this will be the procedure that has the longest recovery time—usually around four weeks. Your body will continue to heal over several weeks as swelling gradually goes down and your body contours improve. You may need to wear a support bra or compression garment to minimize swelling.

Dr. Gowen and the Cirillo Plastic Surgery team can advise you on what to expect from a Mommy Makeover. Generally, you are advised to gauge your timeline of recovery by your most extensive procedure and to avoid heavy lifting for four to six weeks after. It’s important to give your body enough time and energy to heal properly.

Are you curious about what not to do after a Mommy Makeover? Dr. Gowen will provide you with guidelines on caring for your surgical sites, which medications will need to be taken, any specific concerns to watch out for, and when to follow up with her. The results are long-lasting and will usually be enjoyed for years to come.

Which Other Cosmetic Procedures Are Available?

Although Mommy Makeover surgery is a popular option for improving multiple areas of the body, procedures for the breasts such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction, or body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can all be done as individual, standalone procedures. There are also procedures available from the Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery for enhancing the face, such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for those interested in facial rejuvenation. Additionally, a variety of non-surgical treatments are available for improving the appearance of the skin and reducing signs of aging such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. These minimally invasive injectables temporarily reduce wrinkles and restore smoother, younger-looking skin. Fillers can also enhance the balance, volume, and definition of facial contours.

Ready for an appointment to determine whether Mommy Makeover at the Philadelphia area′s Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery is right for you? Please BOOK ONLINE, call 610.672.0500, or contact us.

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