The 7 Procedures Used in a Mommy Makeover Surgery
During pregnancy and motherhood, the adjustments your body undergoes lead to decreased elasticity and increased fat collection in various areas. Hence, women opt for the mommy makeover surgery post-pregnancy.
It is important to remember that the mommy makeover cannot return you to your pre-pregnancy body. The goal of a mommy makeover is to give you natural-looking, aesthetic and toned results. Focusing on returning you to your previous state can be counter-intuitive to this goal.
The 7 Procedures in a Mommy Makeover Surgery
Your abdomen, breasts, vagina, and buttocks are primarily affected during this period. Fat and excess skin collect on your abdomen and buttocks while your breasts droop, and your vagina becomes lax and disfigured.
A mommy makeover tackles aesthetic shortcomings with the following procedures:
- Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty)
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Buttock Augmentation and Lift
- Vaginal Tightening (Vaginoplasty)
Let us discuss each procedure and understand how it contributes to giving you a gorgeous figure and a toned, pre-pregnancy body type.
Breast Augmentation in the Mommy Makeover Surgery
During lactation, your breasts fill with milk, increasing in size and decrease once the baby feeds. This alternate filling and emptying cause the yo-yo effect where the breasts lose elasticity and volume, looking deflated and sagging. Breast augmentation uses breast implants or fat grafting to restore fullness.
Mammoplasty is an outpatient procedure with same-day discharge. Done under anaesthesia, it involves a periareolar or inframammary incision. Your surgeon makes the former around your nipple-areola complex and the latter underneath your breast.
They then place the implant or graft the fat through the incision. For better security and improved results, your surgeon places these behind the breast glands and closes the incision with absorbable sutures, allowing the resulting scars to heal beautifully, with minimal visibility.
How Mommy Makeover Surgery’s Breast Lift Restores Perkiness
A mastopexy or breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin from the breasts, reshaping and tightening the remaining breast tissue, and reorienting the nipple-areola complex to point upwards. Such measures restore a youthful feel to the breasts, helping them return to their pre-pregnancy perkiness.
Mastopexy also happens through a periareolar or inframammary incision, depending on the excess skin amount. After your procedure, your surgeon fits you with a compression garment that helps your breasts heal, and the scars fade as they settle into their new positions.
Breast Reduction Enhances the Mommy Makeover Surgery
As discussed, breasts often increase in size during pregnancy and continue at this size even after childbirth. The resulting increased weight causes many young mothers to opt for breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty. Heavy breasts can cause a host of physiological problems like shoulder and neck pain and a hunchback.
A reduction mammoplasty often includes mastopexy for enhanced results. Thus, your female plastic surgeon uses the same periareolar or inframammary incision to access the underlying tissue. Excess tissue and skin are excised, and your nipple-areola complex is repositioned. Depending on whether you want a traditional conical shape or a rounder, fuller shape, your surgeon determines what amount of tissue to preserve and pull up to the upper pole.
Mommy Makeover Surgery and Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgeries today, with good reason. The advanced MicroAire and VASER technologies available today make this procedure highly safe and precise, with outstanding results.
During pregnancy, many people put on weight with subcutaneous fat collecting on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Liposuction surgery can target these stubborn pockets safely and effectively with tiny incisions. Your surgeon places you under local anaesthesia, makes a fine incision, and uses power-assisted or ultrasound-assisted devices to remove excess fat. An ultrasound-assisted device like VASER can also tighten your skin over your new contours through heat emission if you have less excess skin.
Tummy Tuck’s Centrality to Mommy Makeover Surgery
The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a staple of the mommy makeover since it targets the most crucial area – the stomach. It removes both excess fat and skin with careful techniques. Depending on how much excess skin you have, you may need a full or mini tummy tuck. If you get a full abdominoplasty, your navel gets repositioned, and you can also correct the divarication of the recti muscles.
Gold-medallist surgeons like Dr Priya Bansal use horizontal and vertical muscle plication to tighten the abdominal muscles, producing more toned results. This includes the hi-lateral tension technique, where Dr Bansal closes the incision by bringing together lateral skin layers. This technique further narrows the waist.
When combined with progressive tension suturing, Dr Bansal distributes the tension across the abdomen, making a recovery much more comfortable, with natural-looking results.
Why Buttock Augmentation During Mommy Makeover Surgery
A woman may lose weight on her buttocks post-pregnancy and other bodily changes, making them sag due to poor tissue elasticity. Thus, many mothers opt for buttock augmentation through fat grafting or implants. Simultaneously, this procedure also creates a tighter, aesthetic appearance, earning the name the Brazilian butt lift.
Dr Bansal uses Expansion Vibration Lipofilling (EVL) in the Brazilian butt lift surgery for fat transfer. This procedure promises more precise and safe results, using a cannula to create space and deposit fat. With this, the buttocks get augmented and lifted, looking much wholesome.
Vaginoplasty in Mommy Makeover Surgery
A loose, disfigured vagina can often compromise sexual pleasure in women while causing additional pain. Thus, vaginoplasty takes centre stage, tightening the vagina and improving its appearance.
Depending on the laxity, you get either a surgical or non-surgical vaginoplasty. The surgical version uses sutures to tighten the canal. Meanwhile, the non-surgical alternative uses radiofrequency technology to stimulate collagen production and tighten the vagina. At RG Aesthetics, Dr Bansal uses the latest BodyTite radiofrequency tightening device for enhanced results.
Being a gold-medallist female plastic surgeon, Dr Priya Bansal is well-versed in mommy makeover procedures. She has a keen understanding of feminine aesthetics and uses high-quality, state-of-the-art infrastructure to achieve superior results for all her patients!
Dr Priya Bansal
Board-certified plastic surgeon
Dr Priya Bansal is a gold medalist plastic and cosmetic surgeon with a Plastic Surgery degree from Maulana Azad Medical College and 11+ years of experience in plastic surgery. She specialises in high-def liposuction, mommy makeover, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift and breast procedures for body contouring and sculpting.