Motherhood is a joyous and momentous experience. While there is no denying the importance of this time in a woman’s life, it is also well-known that pregnancy and childbirth be extremely hard on the female body. Due to hormonal fluctuations and the physical changes that go along with pregnancy and breast feeding, many women will see a loss in breast volume, sagging abdominal tissues, unwanted fat, and stretched skin. Unfortunately, diet and exercise are not always effective at restoring a pre-baby body; sometimes, a surgical intervention is necessary. To meet this need, Plastic Surgery Associates brings their Napa Valley patients the Mommy Makeover.
A Mommy Makeover in Sonoma County:
The Mommy Makeover is a surgical procedure, consisting of one or more techniques, created to restore the appearance after pregnancy and childbirth. The procedure normally includes a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, although additional techniques can be added as needed. The Mommy Makeover can restore a pleasant size, shape, and proportion to the breast, as well as make the stomach flatter and firmer. However, since not all women are struggling with the same needs, Plastic Surgery Associates’ Mommy Makeover is easily tailored to fit their specific desires. Any number of rejuvenating, surgical procedures may be combined in the Mommy Makeover.
The Ideal Mommy Makeover Candidate:
Any woman frustrated with her post-pregnancy body may potentially make a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover. As with other cosmetic surgery procedures, patients should be in overall good health, hold reasonable expectations for their results, and be committed to the necessary recovery period after a Mommy Makeover. Generally, to maintain their results, women are encouraged to wait on a Mommy Makeover procedure until after they have finished having children. However, a Mommy Makeover will not negatively affect any future pregnancies.
The Mommy Makeover Consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates:
Prior to scheduling a Mommy Makeover at Plastic Surgery Associates, a complimentary consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will be arranged. During this appointment, patients will have a chance to get know the surgeons, as well as our Santa Rosa practice. At this time, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will perform a brief physical examination, explain the Mommy Makeover procedure in detail, and discuss the patient’s desired aesthetic results. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will take time to go over both the benefits of the procedure, and potential complications. They will show before/after photographs of their previous Mommy Makeover patients, helping to explain the potential results.
If it is determined that the Mommy Makeover is the right procedure for the patient’s needs, an individualized surgical plan will be created. This will also be the time that the exact Mommy Makeover cost will be determined. A patient coordinator will further explain all of the accepted payment and financing options.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure:
The Mommy Makeover from Plastic Surgery Associates is performed under general anesthesia, taking between four and six hours to complete. An overnight hospital stay is sometimes suggested, for added patient comfort. The exact nature of each Mommy Makeover will vary according to the specific techniques included in the surgical plan created by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas.
The Mommy Makeover procedure will normally begin with an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. The surgeon will first make a horizontal incision across the pubic line, from hip to hip. From here, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will remove the excess fatty tissue. They will then use liposuction to sculpt and contour the abdomen, waist, and hips. Unwanted tissue will be excised, and the belly button will be recreated, when needed, then repositioned. The incision is then sutured for proper healing.
A breast augmentation is then performed, restoring the lost breast shape and volume. During the consultation appointment, be most natural and proportionate type, size, and shape implant will be determined. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will begin by making an incision in the crease of the breast and creating a pocket for the implant. Then, the surgeon will place the implant, usually a cohesive silicone gel implant. Finally, dissolvable sutures are placed.
At this time, additional procedures may be performed to achieve the best possible results. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas may recommend a breast lift, braciolplasty (arm lift), liposuction, or labiaplasty. While the Mommy Makeover is normally performed as one procedure, depending on the number of techniques desired, more than one operation may be necessary.
Recovering from a Mommy Makeover in Napa Valley:
The Mommy Makeover recovery will take between four and six weeks. Patients should expect mild to moderate pain for the first several days; Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will prescribe the appropriate medications for a comfortable healing process. Swelling is common, and although the majority will dissipate in the first three weeks, it may take six months to fully resolve. Patients will be required to swear a surgical compression garment for the first several days, to assist with swelling and fluid accumulation. During the first 24-48 hours, the surgeon may also recommend a soft diet. Assistance with household chores, children, and driving is strongly advised for the first week.
Normally, patients will feel well enough to return to work or school in about two weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed for at least four to six weeks. Due to the initial swelling and bruising, the benefits from a Mommy Makeover will not be seen immediately. Over the following six weeks to three months, as the body heals, the full results from the procedure will become apparent.
Potential Risks of a Mommy Makeover:
Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales each have more than 20 years of Mommy Makeover experience, making the procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates among the most safe and effective in the country. As the procedure is invasive surgery, it does hold a small risk for complications to occur. These can include infection, scarring, excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and asymmetry. The best way to avoid any complications after a Mommy Makeover is to choose a Board Certified cosmetic surgeon, with extensive experience and well-known expertise, such as Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales.
Ready to get the Mommy Makeover you deserve?
For additional information on the Mommy Makeover procedure, or to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment at Plastic Surgery Associates, contact the Santa Rosa office at 707.537.2111. To get more background on our surgeons, Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas, download Plastic Surgery Associates’ new iPhone app. Here you will also find video testimonials and before/after photos of recent Mommy Makeover patients, as well as a handy tool to keep track of upcoming appointments with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas.
Mommy Makeover FAQ:
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Plastic Surgery Associates offers patients the Mommy Makeover; a rejuvenating set of surgical procedures designed to restore a pre-baby figure. In general, the procedure will include a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. For optimal results, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can tailor the procedure to include liposuction, an arm lift, breast lift, or labiaplasty.
What will happen at the Mommy Makeover consultation?
During the complimentary Mommy Makeover consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales will perform a physical exam, explain the surgical procedure, and discuss the patient’s aesthetic goals. At this appointment, it will be determined if a Mommy Makeover will fit the patient’s unique needs.
How long is the expected recovery period, after a Mommy Makeover?
Patients should expect their period after a Mommy Makeover to take between four and six weeks.
When can I return to work after my Mommy Makeover?
Patients will normally feel well enough to return to work ten to fourteen days after their Santa Rosa Mommy Makeover.
What are the potential complications of a Mommy Makeover?
Plastic Surgery Associates’ Mommy Makeover is considered an extremely safe and effective procedure. However, as it is a surgical procedure, there is always the small chance for excessive bleeding, infection, unexpected scarring, or asymmetry to occur.
Mommy Makeover at a Glance
|Purpose:||To restore a pre-pregnancy body for women after childbirth and breast feeding. The procedure will restore volume and shape to the breasts, tighten the abdomen, and/or eliminate excess, fatty tissue.|
|Procedure:||The Mommy Makeover combines multiple procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, and/or a labiaplasty. Each procedure is individually tailored, depending on the patient’s concerns, surgical goals, and existing anatomy.|
|Recovery:||The recovery from a Mommy Makeover will take approximately two weeks, depending on the type and number of procedures included.|
|Results:||A Mommy Makeover will improve the shape/size/position of the breasts, reduce excess skin and fat, and sculpt the body to its pre-baby shape.|
|Related Procedures:||Abdominoplasty, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Labiaplasty|