Mommy Makeover Surgery: Staci Hix-Hernandez MD Approach.
>Traditionally a mommy makeover is thought to be a tummy tuck with a breast augmentation +/- lift. however, no two women are alike, and certainly no two pregnancies are alike. Some women gain more weight and lose more weight than others. Some women are blessed with great genetics and end up with no body changes after pregnancy. However, many women suffer loose skin, relaxed muscles and stretch marks. There is a lot to say about going into pregnancy as healthy as you can as a way to avoid these problems. But once you have them, what can you do about them?
>I view a mommy makeover as addressing the concerns that arose as a result of pregnancies. For each individual this will be different. There are certain anatomical changes that occur as a result of pregnancy that diet and exercise alone cannot fix. Its not always the breast and stomach. Maybe the primary concern is her neck or arms, perhaps the thighs.
>The most important thing is to sit and listen. I need to discover what each patient is concerned about as well as what her outcome goals are. I don’t try to fit a patient into a cookie cutter procedure. I design a specialized treatment plan to treat each individual. In my opinion this is the only way to get the best possible outcome.
The breasts can take a beating after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women are left with deflated and droopy breasts. The approach to breast rejuvenation in the mommy makeover involves a breast lift
or mastopexy and/or breast augmentation
. Some degree of sagging breast tissue may be dealt with breast implants alone, but significant breast sagging will most likely require a breast lift. If the breasts are deflated, they can be augmented with breast implants
or natural breast augmentation with fat transfer
The abdomen takes the brunt of the effects of pregnancy. It stretches out to accommodate the pregnancy and then is expected to return to normal. Unfortunately, sometimes the muscles of the abdominal wall come apart, letting the abdomen to bulge out. This is where a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty comes in. These muscles are actually sewed back together leaving a tight, flat belly. The abdominal skin can also be stretched out leaving sagging and stretch marks. The tummy tuck addresses this too, removing the excess skin and stretch marks.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
The great thing about mommy makeover surgery, is that all of the procedures can be done in one session. As a result, your recovery is combined and shortened. You will be back on your feet immediately, but will need to take it easy for a few weeks. However, the wait will be worth it as your pre-pregnancy figure returns!
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD
is an expert at mommy makeover surgery. With 7 years experience in complex abdominal reconstruction surgery at a major teaching hospital, she possesses the skills to give you the best possible results. Make your free consultation with her to now to discuss how a mommy makeover can help you!