"Your life really changes after you have kids. You devote your time and energy to taking care of your children, following up on their care and making sure they’re well-fed, clothed, and safe. We really let our physical appearance become something on the back burner. A mommy makeover is such a nice thing to give moms."
- Dr. Kelly Killeen
A woman’s body changes throughout her lifetime, especially after she has created and nurtured a family. Mommy makeover refers to a combination of cosmetic procedures that are designed to meet the aesthetic needs of women whose bodies have changed after childbirth, breastfeeding, weight change, or as a result of aging. At Cassileth Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, we create a fully customized treatment plan for each mommy makeover patient. Our highly experienced plastic surgeons offer women surgical and non-surgical solutions for common post baby body woes, including breasts that have changed size or shape, stubborn fat around the abdomen, separated abdominal muscles, loose skin, and more.
Do you long for your pre-baby body? Or do you wish for a more defined physical appearance? Women desiring to reverse the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding may choose mommy makeovers in Beverly Hills, CA. Ideal candidates are in good general health, at a stable weight, and do not plan to become pregnant. 1
Thank you for giving back to me a very positive body image. People always told me it was an achievement to have lost over 110 lbs, but even after the weight loss, I could not stand to see my stomach… Today I have become a stomach exhibitionist, strutting my flat abdominals for all to see. There have been sightings of my bellybutton all over town. Imagine that!!
As a combination of procedures, a mommy makeover offers patients different choices for enhancement and rejuvenation. A mommy makeover in Los Angeles, CA may include the following procedures:
Moms may choose between surgical and non-surgical options for their mommy makeover experience. Hormonal changes, after a pregnancy, can affect the skin as well as the body. Facial rejuvenation, in addition to body contouring options like liposuction, can improve your appearance. Most patients opt for a tummy tuck, which can remove excess skin, improve the appearance of stretch marks, and repair the abdominal wall. Many patients also include breast surgery, either a breast lift or implants to restore lost breast volume.
A Mommy Makeover may also include repairing the abdominal muscles. After pregnancy, through weight loss, or with core weakness, patients can acquire a gap between their rectus muscles (sit-up muscles), called a "rectus diastasis." This is often accompanied by an umbilical hernia, where the vertical abdominal muscles have split apart.
This gap causes the abdomen to protrude and can sometimes give the look of an early pregnancy. The condition is most obvious at the end of the day, as the intra-abdominal contents stretch farther through the gap. This can be frustrating, but there is an effective solution.
At Cassileth Plastic Surgery, we repair this condition without the tummy tuck scar. If a patients has C-section incision, or “Pfannensteil”, the entire rectus diastasis can be repaired through this incision. For some Mommy Makeover patients, the belly button or "umbilical" access incision works best, and the entire rectus diastasis can be corrected through this well-hidden incision.
A tummy tuck is not necessary to repair a rectus diastasis and is only used in Mommy Makeover patients who also wish to have extra skin to be removed.
Each Mommy Makeover patient is different. Our experienced surgeons give detailed, personalized solutions for women seeking results tailor-made for them.
Our surgeons recommend patients wait at least 6 months after pregnancy before a mommy makeover procedure in Beverly Hills. After 6 months, most women achieve a more stable body weight. It’s also helpful to perform after breastfeeding has been completed, since breastfeeding can affect weight as well as breast size.
Exercising and eating right before surgery also pays off. Patients, living a healthy lifestyle, may improve their recovery time after surgery. Getting prepared for surgery may include making lifestyle changes; you may enjoy the benefits and continue this lifestyle for other benefits as well!
Surgical procedures will be performed under general anesthesia. A mommy makeover is typically an outpatient procedure. However, depending on your unique treatment plan, your surgeon may recommend a staged approach with procedures spaced several weeks or months apart. Patients can learn more about a mommy makeover procedure during a consultation with Dr. Killeen, Dr. Cassileth, or Dr. Min. Your surgeon can answer questions, give advice, and help you make your decision about how to receive the best mommy makeover Beverly Hills has to offer.
After a mommy makeover procedure in Los Angeles, the body needs to heal. A few weeks after surgery, most patients feel ready for light activity. Complete recovery – the setting of incisions, the finalized results, and the settling of skin may take up to 6 months. Factors such as your age, your health, how well you care for surgical wounds, and how extensive your Mommy Makeover surgery is will affect your healing. Some temporary soreness, bruising, and swelling can be expected.
Patients often feel weak and drowsy for days after major surgery, so it's helpful to have a friend or family member around to assist you with carrying out daily tasks. Dr. Kelly Killeen, Dr. Lisa Cassileth, or Dr. Min will provide specific instructions on what to look out for, how to care for the surgical site, medications, and other aspects of recovery.
Here are some things to know about what happens after a Mommy Makeover:
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*Individual results may vary
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Mommy Makeover. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/mommy-makeover/candidates Accessed April 9, 2021.
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