Dr.Miguel A. Delgado Jr.,MD,FACS- San Francisco discusses what is a "mommy makeover". He discusses why it has become such a popular slogan and who is a candidate. The tummy tuck, breast surgery and liposction is discussed. Complication are talked ...
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Mommy Makeover Surgery Explained A mommy makeover is a procedure for women that had have other kids and it usually is a procedure that includes the breast and usually a tummy tuck. With the breast it could be breast augmentation, it could be a breast augmentation with a lift and in rare cases it could be actually a breast reduction. The abdomen usually is a full tummy tuck because having been stretched out the abdomen, the abdominal wall, the musculature, the skin and therefore women want to achieve a tight flat appearance of their abdomen and they like to have the fullness of their breasts back just like before it was prior to having kids. So that’s why the mommy makeover term is making them back to what they were part of having kids. A wellness changes after having children of both psychological and physical. The physical aspect is the laxity of skin both on their breast from the engorgement of their breast and the expanding of the skin. The skin sometimes rebounds back tightly and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes having a second kid will stretch it off further and a third kid even further and as that happens women often loose the breast volume as well. So they have stretched out skin, they loose volume and the breast begins to sag and change shape completely. The abdomen having kids stretches out the abdominal wall, again stretches out the skin as well and therefore you could have a variety of stretch marks along the breast, along the abdomen and therefore one is trying to reduce the amount of skin that has been stretched to tighten things up and restore the volume I suppose that’s in the breast that has been lost. The mommy makeover can be accomplished by one surgical procedure or a few. Most commonly women tend to have it done at the same time because there’s one recover, there’s one time off work, there is one time away from their kids and therefore it seems to fit into their life quite well because the tummy tuck is a fairly long recovery for a person. The abdomen is tight, flat; the intra abdominal area is tightened therefore walking is difficult for awhile as well as a person could be hunched over. So it may take from one to weeks to even straighten up completely starting to drive in a few weeks and really not back to full scale which you used to do. Running around in stores, out of stores usually for even as it takes weeks in some rare occasions, exercise usually can start in about six weeks but it is one of the more difficult recoveries and obviously the more you have done the longer the recovery. So if a breast surgery is done, abdominal surgery is done, liposuction is done as well, there’s a further significant of length of recovery. Women are definitely concerned about scarring when it comes to cosmetic surgery as well as cosmetic surgeons. The mommy makeover has a significant amount of scarring, the abdominal scar goes from hip to hip, and therefore one has to make a decision if this is a good trade off and some women it is and some it is not. A woman that has a C-section they already have a scar and therefore having an extended scar from that isn’t that significant than a person that has a scar at all. So it depends on each patient of whether or not a scar is appropriate or not but in general it definitely is a significant scar. The breast on the other hand, the scars are smaller especially if one just needs a breast augmentation. There is short scar breast lifts as well but there is scarring and we go over in great detail what is required to accomplish a persons goals with the least amount of scarring. Women that undergo mommy makeover are extremely happy; they are one of the most happiest cosmetic surgery patients that we see. They look better on clothes; they feel better independent of clothes, they look at themselves and they’re able to go back in time and see how they used to look so the sense of confidence, the sense of well being is restored to a certain extent. The morning cosmetic surgery center is a ce

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