Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover in Sarasota, FL

Although motherhood is an incredible and rewarding journey, it can also introduce some unwanted permanent changes in the body. For many women, a flabby stomach, thicker waist and other changes that often occur after pregnancy can be extremely discouraging. Despite diet and exercise, it can be hard to lose the “baby weight” after giving birth. Furthermore, weight loss doesn’t address issues like excess skin, sagging breasts, or separated abdominal muscles. These problems require surgical correction such as in a mommy makeover.

The physical changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding like excess fat, a flabby tummy and stretch marks can negatively affect a woman’s confidence, self-esteem, self-image, and wardrobe choices. The mommy makeover, a customized cosmetic surgery for restoring and rejuvenating the body after having children, can address any combination of these issues and is one of our most popular combination surgeries.

Dr. Alberico J. Sessa, MD, is a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in a range of cosmetic procedures, including mommy makeovers. Dr. Sessa provides cosmetic care for moms at the Sarasota Surgical Arts cosmetic surgery center in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. Moms can experience natural-looking, beach-ready results and a refreshing new start with a mommy makeover.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

The mommy makeover is a custom-tailored surgery that includes several cosmetic procedures combined into one surgery to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy shape. Depending on the patient’s needs, the procedure can strengthen weak abdominal muscles, tighten stretched skin, lift sagging breasts, flatten the tummy, reduce stretch marks and remove pockets of fat.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover includes multiple cosmetic surgery procedures performed during one operation, which condenses the recovery and provides a significant overall transformation.

A mommy makeover procedure may include:

  • Breast Augmentation
    Breast augmentation with breast implants can repair breast projection, increase fullness, and improve proportions. Augmentation is often paired with a breast lift during a mommy makeover.
  • Breast Reduction
    A breast reduction reduces the size of large or pendulous breasts, improving their shape, increasing the patient’s self-confidence, and treating symptoms such as neck and back pain or shoulder grooving.
  • Breast Lift
    A breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding can lift and tighten the breasts, restore their pre-pregnancy shape, and create balance.
  • Tummy Tuck
    A tummy tuck tightens abdominal muscles, removes excess skin, reduces stretch marks, and enhances the waist.
  • Liposuction
    Liposuction removes undesirable pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise in key areas like the stomach, waist, thighs and more. It provides body contouring and outstanding results when combined with other surgeries during a mommy makeover.

Mommy Makeover Candidates

Mommy makeover candidates are women who are frustrated with persistent aesthetic changes in their bodies following pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Candidates should be non-smokers, in good emotional and physical health, and have realistic expectations. Good candidates are also close to their ideal weight and do not plan to have more children.

Your Consultation

A consultation with Dr. Sessa at our cosmetic surgery center in Sarasota is the first step toward regaining your pre-pregnancy shape and confidence. During your mommy makeover consultation, Dr. Sessa will review your health history to determine your candidacy and discuss your physique and post-pregnancy goals. Many women use the mommy makeover to achieve long-term goals and to look better than ever.

If you have multiple areas that you would like to see improved, Dr. Sessa will provide you with before and after photos from mommy makeover surgeries incorporating breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuction, and breast lifts. He will suggest a custom surgical plan and answer all of your questions.

The Mommy Makeover Procedure

Dr. Sessa completes mommy makeovers as a same-day procedure performed under general anesthesia at our Sarasota cosmetic surgery center in Sarasota, FL. A mommy makeover procedure may include a combination of cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, and liposuction.

The exact surgical technique and incision placement will vary based on the patient’s goals. Dr. Sessa hides the incisions as discreetly as possible for each aspect of the surgery. For example, he conceals the breast augmentation incision beneath the breast line and completes liposuction with tiny incisions that require only one stitch. Many mommy makeover surgeries require Dr. Sessa to remove sagging skin, lift tissues, and resolve unwanted pockets of fat.

Dr. Sessa will explain the length and details of the combined cosmetic surgery procedures during your consultation.

Recovery

The recovery process varies depending on the extent of the surgery, but the initial recovery usually takes one to two weeks. After the procedure, you may be tender and tired for a few days and should enlist help in caring for your home. Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and carrying anything over 10 pounds for the first six weeks.

Dr. Sessa will provide you with complete recovery details before the surgery, including the use of pain medication, compression garments, returning to work, limitations in caring for your children, and more. You will experience some results almost immediately, and others will be revealed gradually as swelling subsides.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good mommy makeover candidate?

Pregnancy affects every woman differently, but if you are struggling to lose weight despite diet and exercise and have excess skin and pockets of fat, stretch marks, sagging or enlarged breasts, and lax abdominal muscles, a mommy makeover procedure could probably benefit you. During your consultation, Dr. Sessa will review your health history and recommend the best treatment options for you.

Can I include a butt lift in my mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover can consist of a combination of specialized body contouring procedures that are performed together to provide comprehensive results following pregnancy. You may be able to combine a butt lift during your combination surgery, but this will depend on the other procedures you choose. There are no set components because each method is custom tailored to fit your unique needs. You can discuss the possibility of a butt lift with Dr. Sessa during your makeover consultation.

Can I drive after the surgery?

Patients will need to be driven home after the procedure because mommy makeover surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. Most patients will feel well enough to drive after the first few days, but you will not be able to drive if you are taking prescribed pain medications for a comfortable recovery. You can discuss this with Dr. Sessa.

Should I have a mommy makeover if I plan to have more children?

Dr. Sessa encourages you to weigh your desire for more children before proceeding. If you do become pregnant, you will likely see unwanted changes in the same areas and reverse the results.

How long should I wait after the birth of my last child?

On average, we recommend that you wait at least six months after the delivery of your last child before having a body contouring procedure, including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, breast lift, or liposuction. Dr. Sessa typically prefers that you lose most of the baby weight and finish breastfeeding at least three months before your mommy makeover. This will help optimize results.

When can I return to work?

Most patients return to non-strenuous work within two weeks. Dr. Sessa will provide you with more information during your consultation because everyone’s recovery is slightly different based on the cosmetic procedures completed during the mommy makeover.

What are the possible mommy makeover risks?

The procedures in the mommy makeover include risks such as bleeding, an adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, scarring, and slow healing. Dr. Sessa is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and will discuss all possible risks with you before scheduling your surgery. Choosing a skilled surgeon and following all pre- and post-operative instructions significantly reduces risks.

Are mommy makeover surgeries safe?

Yes, mommy makeover surgeries are typically safe for patients in good health.  With the mommy makeover, you can combine several surgeries into one recovery period.

What results can I expect after mommy makeover surgery?

Mommy makeover surgeries combine multiple cosmetic procedures to reduce the overall cost of each procedure and to provide outstanding results. You can expect a boost in self-confidence, a loss of excess fat, tight abdominal muscles and more. Some benefits of the makeover are immediate, but the full results are often not seen until approximately six months later when the swelling has completely subsided. Longer-lasting results can be expected when you maintain a healthy lifestyle, enjoy a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Schedule a Consultation in Sarasota, FL

Dr. Alberico Sessa MD  has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures expertly with fabulous results, including mommy makeovers with body contouring, breast lifts, tummy tucks, and other cosmetic procedures. Call Sarasota Surgical Arts at 941-923-1736 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sessa or register online at Sarasota Surgical Arts.