“O.K. You’ve had your babies and now it’s your time to treat yourself!”
There’s no earthly experience that comes close to that of being a mother. Bearing children and bringing them up is an experience to treasure with all your heart. However, the experience is not without sacrifice. Along with sleep deprivation, messes, and no more alone time come dramatic physical changes to your body. Pregnancy and nursing can cause stretched out skin, flaccid abdominal muscles, sagging and deflated breasts, stretch marks, and stubborn fat deposits. To help mothers regain a more youthful figure after the sacrifices of childbirth, Dr. Roxanne J. Guy offers the “Mommy Makeover.” The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to improve the appearance of the breasts, abdomen, and other areas of the body altered by pregnancy.
Consultation & Preparation
During your consultation, Dr. Guy will evaluate your health, your desires, and your anatomy to determine the best way to improve your figure with the Mommy Makeover. Since the Mommy Makeover is customized for the woman’s individual needs, it may include several different procedures such as a breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Guy will answer all your questions and concerns and design a completely customized treatment plan for you. Good candidates should be healthy non-smokers with realistic expectations. Patients should have no plans to bear children in the future because future pregnancies can compromise the results of your procedures. Dr. Guy will provide you with specific instructions to help you prepare for your Mommy Makeover.
The most common procedures included in the Mommy Makeover are the breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction.
Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Breast augmentation enhances both the size and shape of the breasts. For women whose breasts have lost volume after pregnancy, breast implants can add fullness to improve your body shape. Women are given multiple options to choose from in terms of implant type, shape, profile, size, and placement to achieve their desired appearance.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift can lift and improve the appearance of breasts that are stretched out and saggy due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are multiple incision techniques for the breast lift to remove excess skin and tissue, reposition the nipple/areola, and reshape the breasts to improve its appearance. If the size of the nipple/areolar complex has become severely enlarged, Dr. Guy can also perform nipple reduction with this procedure.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck removes excess abdominal skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. Dr. Guy makes a horizontal incision between the hipbones and above the pubic bone. After tightening the underlying muscles, she removes any excess skin and fatty tissue before closing the incision with sutures. The resulting scar from the incision is easily hidden beneath the bikini line and will continue to fade over time. This procedure greatly improves the appearance and contour of the abdomen.
Liposuction removes unwanted fat from stubborn areas such as the lower abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Since many mothers find it difficult to get rid of fat in these areas, liposuction provides an effective solution to improve body shape that has been altered by pregnancy.
For the Mommy Makeover, several of these procedures are usually combined to more effectively improve body contour. For example, women will often undergo a tummy tuck along with a combination breast augmentation and breast lift. Some women may need only a partial tummy tuck, doughnut mastopexy, or other modified procedure. Dr. Guy will create a uniquely customized Mommy Makeover to help you regain your figure.
Recovery & Results
Dr. Guy conducts the Mommy Makeover on an outpatient basis, which means that you will be able to return home right after your surgery. You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and assist you for a few days. The day after surgery, Dr. Guy will have you return to her office so that she can check on your incisions and your body’s healing response. For the first few days after surgery, you will likely see some swelling in your abdomen and breasts. Dr. Guy will prescribe you with pain medication to help you control any pain or discomfort. Dr. Guy will give you specific instructions on how to manage your activities, when you can return to work, how to shower, and how to change your dressings. Your body will need rest, but you should introduce slow walking as soon as possible as well as light exercises to reduce swelling, tone your muscles, and lower your risk of blood clots. However, you should avoid more strenuous activities for at least six weeks. After a week to ten days, your stitches will be removed. The scars from your Mommy Makeover will be easily hidden by undergarments or swimwear and will continue to fade over time. The results of your Mommy Makeover will become more and more apparent as your body heals from the surgery. Before long, you will be able to fully enjoy the benefits of your newly enhanced body contour.
Roxanne J. Guy, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is highly experienced to perform your Mommy Makeover. To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Guy, call (321) 727-1600 or fill out our online contact form.