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We love our children. Their worth every moment, every day, every change your body has to go through to have them. But now is it your time? Time to get back the shape, curves, and confidence you deserve. If it is, let’s take a look at the mommy makeover and how it’s changed over the years.

While the procedures involved in a mommy makeover remain the same as they were 10-20 years ago, individual techniques have progressed substantially. Your mommy makeover is not your mother’s makeover!

What Exactly is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover restores a woman’s physical shape, attractiveness, and maybe most important, her confidence after childbirth. Women experience changes in their bodies after each baby. The most frequent areas affected make up the possible procedures of the mommy makeover on the list below.

  • Breast augmentation often includes implants and a breast lift for loss of volume, firmness, and shape.
  • Abdomen surgery may consist of a full tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck, depending on the degree of muscle and skin changes.
  • Liposuction to the tummy, waist, flanks, and back.
  • The buttocks are a relatively recent addition to the list to correct shaping, projection, and give waist definition.

How The Mommy Makeover Changed Over The Years

With the development of VASER, liposuction has undergone a revolution in recent years. This has enabled several mommy makeover breakthroughs that would not have been achievable with conventional liposuction. VASER is so advanced that doctors must have specialized training even if they have done liposuction for years.

  • Liposuction with high definition
  • Body sculpting on a whole new level
  • Etching for the abdomen
  • Fat Transfer natural breast augmentation or a
  • Brazilian Butt Lift

Let’s Look at the Above List in More Detail

High-definition liposuction: varies from standard liposuction in the manner in which the fat to be removed is dislodged gently vs. violently. Traditional liposuction is intended to draw significant amounts of fat from the deep layers to modify your physique. High-definition lipo targets larger quantities of fat from the deep level AND the tiny amounts of fat between your skin and your muscles (subcutaneous), requiring a more sensitive, skillful, and accurate approach.

In the hands of an artist, high-definition liposuction “etches” areas like the abdomen with ultrasound technology create a lean, cut appearance. If you’re close to your ideal weight but need some extra help to get that cut or ripped-looking body, you are a perfect candidate for high-definition liposuction.

Body sculpting: is a more recent technique now available with VASER liposuction. While VASER liposuction eliminates higher volumes of healthy fat gently from undesirable places than other forms of lipo, a skilled surgeon uses the collected fat to sculpt your form in the buttocks, breasts, and hips. That means beautiful curves with waistline snatching and no hip dips!

Abdominal etching: To reveal abs in both men and women, VASER high-definition liposuction is required to eliminate the fat around the muscle. Rather than fashion a fake six or four-pack, your surgeon will remove the fat concealing the ab muscles just like you get with rigorous dieting and exercise. That was not possible even a few years ago.

Fat Transfer: is a technique made possible by VASER technology that allows fat to be extracted gently with ultrasound energy without causing harm to the fat cells. Healthy fat cells, properly placed, will form blood supply and be retained in large part. With traditional or laser lipo, fat is too damaged to produce long-term results with fat transfer. Doctors that use fat from these more damaging techniques have disappointed patients as the months pass. The body absorbs the damaged fat so that the sculpting effect is temporary.

A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL): The transplanted fat is used to contour the buttocks’ shape and projection. Talented surgeons discuss the exact look that a patient desires. Some people like a rounder, higher look; others want more mid-projection and a tighter look in pants. A BBL can be performed with minimal or no loss of transplanted fat using VASER, providing the surgeon does not overdo the amount injected between the skin and muscle.

Natural Breast Augmentation: utilizes collected fat from unwanted areas to enhance cup size. It is a natural and effective way for women to increase breast volume about one cup size after giving birth.

It’s important to note that fat transfer to the breast is limited to 150-200 cc’s, about one cup size. Any more fat and the body will absorb most of the transplanted fat. To increase breast size more than one size with fat transfer requires another procedure once the transplanted fat has developed a new blood supply.

Of course, this procedure should only be done once a woman is certain she is not having more children and no longer breastfeeding.

Fat transfer to the breast after childbirth is often done with a breast lift. 

Who Qualifies for a Mommy Makeover?

Candidates for a Mommy Makeover should:

  • Have good enough health to have surgery.
  • Have no uncontrolled medical problems that might impede the recovery process.
  • Be done having children.
  • Have a plan for childcare assistance as they cannot lift more than few pounds for a few weeks.
  • Are focused on improvements in the areas most often impacted by pregnancy, breastfeeding, or extensive weight loss.

A Mommy Makeover can address any or all the following issues:

  • Excessive skin in the abdominal region.
  • Abdominal muscles that have been stretched or divided.
  • Extra fat in the belly, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, waist, and mid-back, bra area.
  • Breasts that have lost volume.
  • Breast sagging caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, or excessive weight loss.

Your surgical strategy must be customized to meet your concerns and your specific cosmetic objectives.

What Will My Mommy Makeover Scars and Incisions Look Like?

Every attempt will be made to keep them as minimal and unobtrusive as possible. For example, tummy tuck scars, done properly, are below the bikini line. Scaring is a function of the doctor’s skill and your genetics. Talk to prospective surgeons, so you understand what to expect and what their approach is to minimize the appearance of scars.

Tummy tuck: As a rule, the incision runs from hip to hip, right above the pubis. It varies in length and visibility. A great surgeon will pay attention to the line and edges of the scar, avoiding what are called “dog ears” at the end of your scar.

Liposuction: Scars after liposuction are tiny since the incisions are small. Most people heal with minimal scarring or are virtually undetectable.

Breast lift: There are several types of breast lifts, each with its pattern of scarring. Some incision lines can be hidden by natural breast curves, while others will be evident on the breast surface. Although incision lines are permanent, they usually diminish and improve considerably with time, particularly when your surgeon is skilled at placement and talented at stitching.

Breast reduction: There are four usual approaches to incisions for breast reduction. Your pattern will be determined by the size of your breasts, the amount of sagging in your breasts, and the location of your nipple-areola complex on your breast. The right approach for your lift is a topic for your consultation, so you understand your options.

Breast augmentation: You can make your incision in one of four places:

    1. Under the breast, inframammary.
    2. Where the arm joins the chest is transaxillary, at the armpit.
    3. In the belly button, transumbilical (only for saline implants).
    4. Around the bottom border of the areola, periareolar.

Your surgeon will undoubtedly have recommendations for the procedures that are best for your body and results.

With advanced techniques, leaps in technology, and specialized training required for surgeons, you can see why this group of procedures today is not your mother’s mommy makeover.

What’s Next?

This article contains a lot of information. The best way to apply what you’ve learned is to arrange a visit with Doctor Cyr for a tailored surgical plan. His focus is combining your goals with his advice and skills. Fill out our contact form here to take your next step here or better yet, call today! 1 (833) CHISEL U | (833-244-7358).