Questions about Mommy Makeovers
Cosmetic Surgery in St. Louis, Missouri
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that can help women who have had one or more children regain a body similar to what they had before they had children.
What are some common body problems women report after childbirth?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and the demands of motherhood can be hard on a woman's body, and may lead to:
- Stubborn baby fat deposits that exercise cannot get rid of
- Sagging, stretched skin in the belly or elsewhere
- Sagging or shrunken breasts
- Stretch marks
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What plastic surgery procedures will be included in my mommy makeover?
Your mommy makeover will be tailored to meet your individual needs and desires. We can address which procedures will best meet your needs during your consultation. Plastic surgery procedures that are often requested include:
- Breast augmentation to restore fullness and shape to breasts
- Breast lift to restore shape and elevation to breasts
- Liposuction to remove baby fat deposits
- Tummy tuck to remove excess skin and fat in the belly area
Sometimes women also request body lift procedures that target areas that have excess sagging as a result of weight fluctuations and changes to skin as a result of pregnancy or aging, including an arm lift or thigh lift. Stretch marks in some areas may be removed during a tummy tuck, breast lift, arm lift, or thigh lift. During your consultation, we will let you know which ones might be removed.
Can I have multiple procedures performed at the same time?
Yes. Depending on your health and the procedures you desire, it is often possible to have multiple procedures performed at once. It reduces your overall recovery time as well as the cost for the procedures.
What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?
Recovery from a mommy makeover depends on which plastic surgery procedures you have performed. For liposuction, you should count on taking a couple days off work and getting back to normal activities within a few weeks. Breast augmentation, breast lift, and arm lift, generally require about five days off from work and you will get back to normal within about a month. Tummy tuck requires a little longer--two weeks off from work and back to normal within six weeks.
Will I have scars after my mommy makeover?
All surgery leads to scars, including plastic surgery, but our delicate touch and detailed instructions for aftercare will help your skin heal and generally reduce the appearance of scars. For most women, scars become very subtle. When possible, they are placed in concealed locations: scars for breast augmentation will be concealed at the nipple or the breast crease, a tummy tuck scar will be about the same level as a low transverse C-section scar.
What if I get pregnant after my mommy makeover?
A subsequent pregnancy can affect the results of your plastic surgery, but none of the procedures in a mommy makeover will negatively impact a pregnancy. If indicated, a limited touch-up procedure may help to restore the benefits of your mommy makeover.
What if I have more questions about a mommy makeover?
We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Kofkoff at our St. Louis, Missouri practice. During your consultation, you can have all your questions answered.