Mommy Makeover Chicago

Mommy Makeover ChicagoWhile being a mother is one of the most gratifying jobs a woman will have in her life, it is also the hardest! Bearing children can have many effects on a woman’s body, and oftentimes these changes do not resolve with time. If you’re feeling like regardless of how hard you try, you just can’t seem to get back to how you were before pregnancy, a mommy makeover could be right for you! A mommy makeover aims to restore a woman’s confidence in her body. This can mean targeting many different areas, which may differ based on your body type and how childbearing has affected you personally. Common procedures performed in a mommy makeover consist of:

Breast Lift

Breast lift, or Mastopexy, is designed to recreate the appearance of firm and more youthful breasts. After childbirth and breastfeeding, a woman’s breasts can lose their elasticity and firmness, a condition also known as ptosis. Depending on the specific problems to be addressed, a breast lift procedure may consist of one or multiple discrete procedures:

  • Tighten skin to eliminate the sagging effect
  • Reduce the size of the areola to keep them in proportion to the newly shaped breasts
  • Move the nipple higher up on the breast so it is approximately even with the lower crease of the breast.

A breast lift won’t significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.

There are several common techniques that may be utilized during a breast lift procedure. The size and shape of your breasts, size of your areolas, extent of sagging, and the desired outcome of the patient are factors that will help your surgeon determine the best technique for you. Incisions may be made in one of three ways:

  • Around the areola
  • Vertically downward from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
  • Horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease

When fuller, rounder breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast augmentation surgery may be necessary. There are several methods available for breast augmentation, including saline and silicone implants, as well as autologous fat transfer (fat grafting).

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation may be performed as part of the mommy makeover with or without a breast lift. Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a very popular and common procedure that can increase your breast size and give you back that voluminous appearance that you may have had before childbirth. By surgically inserting breast implants beneath the chest muscle during breast augmentation, women can achieve larger, shapelier, “pre-mommy” breasts. During your breast augmentation consultation, you’ll learn more about your options for creating your ideal breast appearance, including:

  • Implant size, style, and shape
  • Implant material (silicone, gel or saline)
  • Implant position (preferred method below the pectoralis muscle)
  • Implant incision site

Breast Reduction

When smaller breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast reduction may be recommended for the mommy makeover experience. During the breast lift procedure, extra breast tissue will be removed. The remaining tissue and skin will then be lifted and firmed.

There are several common techniques that may be utilized during a breast reduction procedure. The size and shape of your breasts, size of your areolas, and the desired reduction amount of the patient are factors that will help your surgeon determine the best technique for you. Incisions may be made in one of three ways:

  • Around the areola
  • Vertically downward from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
  • Horizontal beneath the breast and follow the natural curve of the breast crease

After the surgeon has removed excess breast tissue, fat and skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in large breasts usually has been stretched, also is reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast.

Whether your individual mommy make over consists of a breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or a combination of these, your surgeon will discuss beforehand with you which method to utilize for your desired outcome and individual circumstance.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

After childbirth, one area that is nearly always affected is a woman’s abdomen. Pregnancy can stretch or separate abdominal muscles, causing excess skin and fat across the abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes this excess fat and skin from the stomach area. It will also tighten weakened and loose abdominal muscles to give the stomach a flatter, firmer appearance. During the procedure, an incision is made in the lower abdominal region, allowing the surgeon to access and repair the muscles that comprise the abdominal wall and remove excess fat, tissue, and skin. Liposuction may be utilized to remove excess fat during a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck is part of our mommy makeover because it will:

  • Tighten excess skin to eliminate loose and sagging skin
  • Tighten the underlying abdominal muscles to create a firmer abdominal wall
  • Remove excess fat to eliminate a protruding tummy

There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a lower incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or “mini,” tummy tuck. This may be enough for some moms! Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with tummy tuck, to remove abdominal fat.

A tummy tuck may be performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for at least the next day or two. When tummy tuck surgery is performed in conjunction with medically necessary procedures such as hysterectomy or hernia repair, a short hospitalization may be required. You may be permitted to go home after a few hours, unless you and your surgeon have determined that you will stay in the hospital or surgical facility overnight.

Other Procedures

Although these are the most common procedures performed in a mommy makeover, there are other surgical options that may be right for you, including body lift, arm lift, thigh lift, etc. Being a mother is a rewarding job, and we want to make our moms feel as confident and comfortable as they did prior to childbirth. Depending on your individual circumstance, we will work with you to achieve the desired result and make your mommy makeover experience the best it can be!



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