Mommy Makeover in Tijuana
Having a child is one of life’s greatest joys. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding can also wreak havoc on a woman’s figure. To address the common aesthetic concerns that many mothers have after having children, the leading Tijuana plastic surgeons at CosMed / VIDA Wellness and Beauty offer mommy makeover surgery.
Aesthetic Concerns That Mommy Makeover Addresses
Often, pregnancy stretches out the abdominal skin, causing it to lose its elastic quality so it can no longer “bounce back” to a smaller size or shape after the excess baby weight is lost. Pregnancy can also cause the abdominal muscles to separate or become severely damaged, so muscle tone cannot be restored without surgical intervention.
In addition, breastfeeding often changes the size, shape or look of the breasts. The breast skin can also lose its elasticity after nursing, contributing to the look of sagging breasts. Also, many women report that they have lost breast volume after nursing, resulting in deflated-looking breasts. Other mothers notice that their breasts are smaller in size than they were before having children.
The good news is that mommy makeover surgery addresses these aesthetic concerns. Mommy makeover is not a single surgery; rather, it is comprised of multiple cosmetic surgery procedures designed to improve the look of the areas of the body that are most commonly affected by having children.
What the Procedure Entails
Mommy makeover is generally performed on an outpatient basis, but mothers who need a quiet place to recuperate, or who are visiting us from out of town, can opt to recover in the comfort of our recovery boutique. Mommy makeover is always performed under general anesthesia.
During the abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, phase of surgery, the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision in the pubic area, extending from hipbone to hipbone. The surgeon eliminates the excess abdominal skin and strategically positions internal permanent sutures to tighten and repair the separated abdominal muscles. The key to achieving optimal aesthetic results from tummy tuck surgery is this interior repair work. He then pulls the remaining skin tight and closes the incision with dissolvable sutures. Finally, he uses a second incision placed in the navel to move the belly button, so it is aligned with the new flatter, firmer abdominal contour.
The second part of mommy makeover surgery involves breast surgery. This can be breast lift alone or breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery. To perform a breast lift, the surgeon creates an incision and removes excess skin and fat before reshaping the breast mound as he moves it to a higher, more youthful location on the chest wall. For women who desire more fullness in their breasts, breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants can also be performed during mommy makeover.
Recovering From Mommy Makeover Surgery
The abdomen may be swollen, bruised, tender, sore or numb after surgery. These symptoms are expected and will gradually subside. Taking pain medication as directed by your surgeon will help relieve any discomfort. You will have a compression garment placed over the treatment area. Do not remove it until you are advised to do so by your surgeon. It serves to minimize swelling and provide additional tissue support while you heal.
The breasts may also be swollen, bruised, tender or numb. Again, take the prescribed pain medication to help alleviate painful symptoms. The breasts will also be covered with a surgical bra that you should keep in place until instructed otherwise.
You will need to take about two weeks off from work and your normal activities. Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activity, especially heavy lifting — including lifting your children. You should arrange to have help during the initial recovery phase. Take short walks around the house or recovery boutique as soon as you are able to minimize the risk of developing blood clots in the legs.
You will return to VIDA Wellness and Beauty for several follow-up appointments, so your surgeon can keep an eye on your progress and let you know when it is safe to resume your normal activities.
Caring for Your Children Starts With Caring for Yourself
To be the best mother possible, you cannot deny your own physical and emotional needs. If you are bothered by your figure after having children, do not be embarrassed to seek help. Mommy makeover surgery will improve not only your figure, but also your overall sense of wellbeing. This will help you care for your family more completely.
To schedule a private consultation with a CosMed board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about mommy makeover surgery, call us toll free at 1-619-610-1667.