Looking for a Mommy Makeover in Louisiana? You’re not alone. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that 62% of mom’s seek out plastic surgery to help regain their pre-baby figures. (source) That’s why here in Shreveport, at Bridges to Beauty, we offer the Mommy Makeover. Dr. Bridges has been performing mommy makeovers in Shreveport for over two decades and understands that the way women feel about their bodies post motherhood is an intimate issue and one that diet and exercise alone may not always be able to address.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
“Mommy Makeover” is a term used to describe the procedures involved in renovating the areas most effected by motherhood: the breasts and the abdomen. The goal of a mommy makeover is to address some of the common physical changes that can occur following pregnancy.
Pregnancy and nursing quite commonly cause sagging or an elongation of breasts and wider, lower nipples. Correction of breast tissue placement and reduction of the diameter of the nipple areolar (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) complex can be remedied with a breast lift.
Pregnancy tends to diminish breast tissue mass, causing the size and shape of the breast tissue to change. Most commonly, the breast shape goes from a ”cone” shape to a “tube sock” shape. A breast augmentation can correct the shape of the breast by replacing lost tissue with a saline, silicone gel or combination breast implant.
In some instances, breast tissue gained during pregnancy is not lost and a woman desires to return to her previous, reduced state. There are many reasons a woman may want a breast reduction but the top reason being for physical comfort. In this scenario, a breast reduction is recommended to be done as part of the mommy makeover.
A common complaint in the abdominal region post pregnancy is excess skin and stretch marks. In this case a tummy tuck is recommended to surgically removal the excess skin along with it’s stretch marks, while re-positioning the abdomen muscles into a tighter formation.
Another common complaint amongst women post-pregnancy is stubborn fatty bulges in the abdominal region. In this case liposculpting is recommended to reshape the affected as desired.
How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?
Cost is made up of 5 components: the location you are having the procedure in, professional fee for the surgeon, professional fee for anesthesia, and the cost of the operating room and the number of surgeries being done. Insurance companies in do not cover the costs associated with a Mommy Makeover in Louisiana because they are deemed elective and cosmetic in nature. The only exception to this rule is the breast reduction. If the size of the patients breasts are very large and are causing shoulder, back, and neck pain, insurance companies will often cover the costs associated with the surgery.
Are the Mommy Makeover procedures done all at the same time?
Mommy makeover procedures can be done in one or two stages, depending on how many procedures are recommended by the doctor and desired by the patient.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
1. A woman who has achieved a stable body weight.
Significant weight gain or loss after surgery may diminish the final result.
2. A woman who is in overall good physical health.
Like any other invasive surgery, the better health of the patient, the better the body fares during surgery and the quicker recovery time. Patients should have high blood pressure and diabetes symptoms under control before undergoing surgery. Patients who smoke need to be 6 weeks nicotine free before undergoing surgery.
3. A woman who is in a good place mentally.
It is important that a woman considering undergoing cosmetic surgery be of stable mind, making the decision to have surgery done for herself and realistic in her expectations for the outcomes of surgery.
4. A woman who has completed her childbearing years.
While you can go on to bear more children after having a mommy makeover, the results of the mommy makeover procedures may be diminished or completely lost especially in the abdominal area.
What are the risks of a Mommy Makeover surgery?
The risks are similar to most major surgery. They include wound healing, bleeding, infection, and seroma (fluid collection) formation.
What is the recovery time for a Mommy Makeover?
Depending on how extensive the surgeries chosen are and what areas are addressed all in the same day, recovery times will vary. It is possible to go home the same day however, if your plastic surgeon deems your surgery extensive, or if you have other medical issues, your surgeon may recommend an overnight stay in a recovery facility. Typical Mommy Makeover recoveries range from one to four weeks.
When can I resume normal activities after a Mommy Makeover?
We recommend having friends and family available to assist you in caring for household chores and children for the first week after surgery. Heavy lifting should limited (if not completely refrained from) for 1 month.
When can I resume work after a Mommy Makeover?
Some women feel ready to return as early as 1 week post-surgery. Most women are ready to return to work 2-4 weeks after surgery.