You have just had a baby and stand in front of the mirror hardly recognizing yourself. Your tummy is still flabby and your breasts look like empty teabags. Sound familiar?
Many women today are resorting to a Mommy Makeover to get their body’s and – more importantly- self-esteem back. Sometimes even diet and exercise won’t help to get your body back in shape, so a mommy makeover might just be the answer.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is an option that many post-pregnancy moms choose when they realize there’s simply no reason to go through life feeling embarrassed or unhappy about the way they look. A Mommy Makeover consists of specific procedures that include the following:
- A breast lift, a breast reduction or breast augmentation
- A tummy tuck
A Closer Look at the Options Included in a Mommy Makeover
A breast lift involves lifting the breasts to a more youthful and natural position. Extra skin is removed along with glandular tissue and breast fat that may exist. The tissue that surrounds the breasts is tightened, which supports a firmer contour of much younger looking breasts.
Breast lifts takes from one to three hours and post-operative recovery is about one hour. By 6 weeks post-op patients are usually pain free and the incision is healed entirely.
While it is rare for problems to arise, the following possible complications can occur with a breast lift:
- Anesthesia reactions
- Side effects and drug interactions from prescribed medications
- Numbness or sensitivity loss
- Irregularities with scarring
- Wound separation
- Permanent bruising
- Fat and tissue necrosis
- Blood loss
- Pulmonary thromboemboli
- Hematoma and seroma
- Liposuction burns
This option is best for women that are done having children and are at a stable weight. The cost can be from $5,000 to $8,000.
Women that suffer pain and discomfort caused from excessively large breasts can benefit from breast reduction surgery.
Small incisions are usually made around the area of the areola and within the breast crease. Next, the breasts are usually lifted to a position that is higher and the desired amount of breast and fatty tissue is removed, as well as excess skin and then the incisions are closed.
A breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from two to three hours to perform. Patients recover so quickly that they only have to wait for two or three weeks before they start back to work. Some swelling may still be noticed however for up to four months after completion of the surgery.
It is rare for patients to experience any complications with breast reduction surgery. When they do occur, the following are the most common complications that happen.
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- change in nipple sensitivity
- Fat and tissue necrosis
Depending on the area the surgery is performed and the experience of the surgeon, patients can expect to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000 for breast reduction.
This is one of the most common procedures selected by women that are not happy with and would like to change the appearance of their breasts. In a majority of cases it is because the patient feels self-conscious about the small size or the unevenness of their breasts.
Incisions for this procedure are made in the least conspicuous areas in order for the implants to be placed in one of two different positions. These are as follows:
- Sub-mammary or sub-glandular placement which is below the breast tissue and above the pectoral muscle.
- Sub-muscular placement which is below the pectoral muscle.
Once the implants have been satisfactorily placed, the incisions are then sutured and bandaged. It only takes between about one and one-half hours to complete the procedure of a breast augmentation surgery. Patients can usually get back to their normal routine about two weeks following the procedure.
A majority of women that choose to have this type of procedure done do not usually experience any type of complications. There are times however that they can occur. Below is a list of the most common complications that arise from a breast augmentation surgery.
- Re-operations sometimes need to be redone
- The implants will sometimes rupture or deflate
- In some cases the implants will end up needing to be removed
If saline implants are chosen, the cost is normally around $3,500 and if silicone implants are chosen, the cost is normally around $$3,800. Patients that plan on getting breast augmentation surgery done will also need to be aware that there are several other additional charges that they will be responsible for paying. Additional charges of breast augmentation surgery includes the following:
- Cost of the surgery center or hospital where the surgery is performed
- Cost of any prescription medications that are needed after surgery
- Cost for medical and lab tests
- Cost for special post-operative garments
The total cost of breast augmentation usually averages out to be somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000.
When an excess amount of fat accumulates in a person’s abdominal area, a tummy tuck can be of great benefit, as excess skin and fat is removed with this popular procedure.
The great thing about a tummy tuck is it only takes between one and two hours to complete and patients are able to return home shortly thereafter. While the benefits of a much slimmer figure are noticed fairly quickly, patients may not notice the full effects for up to a year after the procedure has been performed.
Complications are a rare occurrence with this type of surgery but there is still a possibility of them occurring. Below is a list of some of the most common complications that patients have experienced after undergoing a tummy tuck surgery.
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Skin discoloration
- The need for surgery revisions
- Sensation changes
There are several different factors that determine the total cost for a tummy tuck and this includes the following factors.
- The fees of the surgeon
- Price of special garments that generally need to be worn after surgery
- The cost of prescription medications that are commonly prescribed to patients having this procedure done.
- Fees of the anesthesiologist
- Charges of the hospital or surgery center
- Charges for tests that need to be taken before the procedure can be done.
Taking each of these charges into account, patients can generally expect the total cost of a tummy tuck surgery to be between $3,000 and $8,000.
A mommy makeover may not be for every woman. Find a good, trustworthy plastic surgeon and discuss the possibilities with him/her and any concerns you my have.