Dr. Genaro Valladolid is the plastic surgeon of choice for mothers who want to restore or improve upon their pre-baby bodies. He offers mommy makeover, a multi-step cosmetic treatment that combines two or more breast and body procedures that address the cosmetic changes brought upon by pregnancy and breastfeeding. When performed by an expertly trained plastic surgeon like Dr. Valladolid, mommy makeover can provide women with a restored physique and confidence.
Successful results from mommy makeover require the skill and attention to detail of a surgeon like Dr. Valladolid. He understands that every woman is different and so are her needs. He takes this into account when performing and planning a mommy makeover. Dr. Valladolid tailors his surgical technique to each woman’s anatomy, concerns and desired outcome with the end goal of enhancing her unique beauty.
Ideal candidates for mommy makeover are women who want to improve or correct the following:
Mommy makeover is a highly customized treatment. Dr. Valladolid assesses each patient individually and tailors his surgical plan to the unique needs and goals of the patient. A mommy makeover can include a combination of any of the following:
Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck eliminates loose skin on the abdomen. Tummy tuck also repairs separated or weakened abdominal muscles that have separated during pregnancy and childbirth. By suturing the muscles together and removing excess skin, the abdomen appears flatter and firmer.
Liposuction eliminates pockets of surplus fat in undesirable locations. Using a thin tube called a cannula, the surgeon breaks up fatty tissue before removing it with gentle suction. Liposuction can be performed on various body areas, including the abdomen, waist, back, hips, buttocks, upper arms and thighs. The procedure is often paired with other procedures, such as tummy tuck, body lift and breast lift, for more comprehensive body contouring results.
Body lift improves the shape and tone of loose, excess tissue on the torso and trunk of the body. The exact treatment areas vary patient to patient but can include the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. During body lift, saggy, hanging skin is removed and the underlying tissues are tightened for a firmer and smoother contour.
Breast augmentation is a popular choice for women who want to restore volume and fullness to flat or deflated breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women have the option of augmenting their breasts with silicone gel or saline implants, both of which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Another option is fat transfer. This technique uses natural fat harvested from the patient’s body (e.g., from the abdomen, back, thighs or hips) to add a subtle boost in breast volume.
Breast lift raises sagging or drooping breasts for a perkier and more youthful appearance. During breast lift, stretched out and loose breast skin is removed. The breast mound is reshaped and elevated higher on the chest wall. The breast skin is then re-draped over the newly contoured breast mound. Downward-pointing nipples and overly large areolas are modified as needed.
Dr. Valladolid strongly recommends that you wait at least six months after giving birth to have any elective surgeries. You need that time not only to allow your body to fully recover from child birth, but also to shed unwanted pregnancy weight with normal, healthy habits.
Women who are considering having more children one day should also put off mommy makeover until they know that they do not intend to get pregnant again. While it is in no way unsafe for women to get pregnant following mommy makeover procedures, a subsequent pregnancy will reverse the work you have paid for.
You should also wait until you have finished breastfeeding before having mommy makeover, particularly if you are including a breast procedure. Your breasts take on a different size and shape when they produce milk, so Dr. Valladolid will not have an accurate picture of how to adjust them to your wishes until this period is over. Furthermore, the medicines you will be prescribed to manage the pain from your surgeries can be passed to your child through breastmilk.
Mommy makeover procedures do not serve as weight-loss surgeries. In fact, Dr. Valladolid encourages you to commit to diet and exercise ahead of mommy makeover since the surgeries work much more effectively on women who are near their ideal weight.
Adopting healthy habits is your best bet for getting rid of the majority of your pregnancy weight. With that said, it is common for new mothers to notice that the shape of their bodies permanently changed, and that is something that mommy makeover procedures can address. These procedures will smooth out the stubborn pockets of fat and help to restore the contours you had prior to being pregnant.
Because every woman has a different body, no two mommy makeovers are exactly the same. After hearing the concerns about your post-pregnancy body, Dr. Valladolid will discuss the changes that realistically can be achieved with each procedure so that, together, you can devise a plan that is right for you.
Whether your personal focus is on a flatter stomach, lifted breasts, toned thighs, curvy proportions or all of the above, Dr. Valladolid will recommend a course of action that will have your friends wondering how you look so good after having kids.
Recovery from mommy makeover generally takes about four to eight weeks, though the precise amount of time depends primarily on the number and types of procedures you choose to include with your mommy makeover. Most patients can expect to be out of work for 10 to 14 days, and to keep exercise moderate for the first couple months.
Rest and relaxation are critical components for healing from all of the procedures included in mommy makeover, so plan to limit your activity and take pain medication as necessary in the initial days following surgery.
To learn more about mommy makeover, schedule a consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Valladolid. Contact one of his offices, in Scottsdale or Mesa, by calling (480) 770-5015 today.