When Do You Choose a Mommy Makeover?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Harper will review your medical history to determine if a mommy makeover is suitable for you. Candidates for a mommy makeover in Indianapolis should be healthy and have an interest in correcting: loose tissue on the tummy, deflated or drooping breasts, stretched nipples or areolas, and persistent areas of body fat.
It is recommended that you are not planning any additional pregnancies, have finished breastfeeding, and have reached a stable weight before the surgery.
Your Mommy Makeover
On your surgery day, your incision locations will be marked by Dr. Harper. General or local anesthesia with IV sedation will be administered. The doctor then performs the surgical procedures that you and the doctor have chosen: usually a tummy tuck, breast augmentation/breast lift, and liposuction.
To restore breast volume, breast augmentation (a.k.a augmentation mammoplasty) may be recommended as part of your mommy makeover. Dr. Harper offers both saline and silicone implants, as well as breast augmentation with fat grafting.
Breast augmentation typically requires two small incisions beneath the breast to allow the insertion of the implant. The implants are usually placed below the breast tissue or chest muscles. On average, the life of an implant is between seven and twelve years.
More often than not, breast augmentation surgery serves to:
- Naturally, increase the size of breasts.
- Restore the shape and size of breasts post-pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss.
- Restore the symmetry of breasts.
The breast augmentation procedure is essentially a cosmetic surgery because the purpose of it is to boost the aesthetics of your breasts. The best part about this procedure is that it can boost the self-esteem of women and make them feel confident about their looks.
Breast Lift (or a Mastopexy) is a procedure that helps reshape the breast to a more youthful contour while lifting and repositioning the areolas. To help improve the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area, the breast lift may be added to your mommy makeover. When performed on a patient who has lost breast volume usually from breastfeeding in this case, this procedure is usually combined with breast augmentation (enlargement) to better fill the empty space created by the volume loss.
Pregnancy often causes stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin. After one or more pregnancies, these effects can be significant and troubling for a mom. This is where a tummy tuck surgery can help women improve the appearance of their abdomen. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen. At the same time, the connective tissue in the area is sutured to tighten it. The doctor then repositions the skin to give the abdomen a more toned look.
Stubborn fat deposits can appear when your body weight is constantly changing. Some women accumulate fat in the thighs or buttocks, while others tend to accumulate fat in the arms or upper body. Using liposuction, a proven procedure for targeted fat removal, Dr. Harper can address these problem areas to help you slim down.
Liposuction can treat thighs, abdomen, waist, hips and buttocks, chest area, upper arms, back, inner knee, neck, cheeks, and chin, as well as ankles and calves. But it’s important to note that liposuction cannot treat obesity or be a substitute for exercise and diet. At the same time, the procedure is also not useful for cellulite or saggy skin.
After Your Procedure
A mommy makeover can be completed in a single day, or you may choose to have it done in a series performed weeks or months apart. Dr. Harper can help you with these details.
A combined procedure of breast and body contouring can involve more downtime than a single procedure. You will probably need some help at home for about one week after surgery, while complete recovery requires several weeks. The final results of your Indianapolis mommy makeover will appear in about six months to a year.