Reclaiming a Youthful, Self-Affirming Physique Through a Mommy Makeover

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover in Arlington Heights is a series of body contouring procedures done to undo the effects that pregnancy and childbirth often have on a woman’s body. It can correct such changes as a distended abdomen, stretch marks, sagging breasts, or changes to the vaginal area. Consequently, a mommy makeover includes at least some of the following procedures

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Breast lift and other types of breast surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Butt lift
  • Labiaplasty

Depending on what the patient needs and wants, they may undergo the procedures during a single surgery or space them out over several operations.

The ideal candidate will be a woman in good overall health with realistic expectations. She also needs to have finished childbearing, for a subsequent pregnancy can undo the effects of the makeover. The candidate will need to have maintained a stable weight for at least one year, for weight fluctuations can undo the effects of the procedure. Ideally, she should have also finished nursing her youngest child.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to correct sagging breasts and make them appear more youthful. During the procedure, the surgeon will reshape the breasts, remove excess skin, and reposition the nipples.

There are several different techniques, and the surgeon will choose one depending on the size of the patient’s breasts and how badly they are drooping.

The most commonly used technique, for example, is the anchor technique, which is named after the anchor-shaped incision. The surgeon will make a curved incision at the base of the areola, followed by a second incision that extends from the first incision to the crease beneath the breast. The last incision runs along the breast crease and is perpendicular to the second incision. While the anchor technique is the most invasive procedure, it also provides the most lift.

The surgeon will offer less extensive techniques to women with less severe degrees of drooping. Such options require fewer incisions and thus reduce the risk of scarring. Examples include the vertical lift, which is a single incision down the breast; the crescent lift, a curving incision around the base of the areola; and the circumareolar lift, in which the surgeon cuts around the whole areola.

A breast lift can be done on its own or it can be combined with breast augmentation.

What Does an Abdominoplasty Involve?

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to give the patient a flatter stomach. There are two types: the full abdominoplasty and the mini-tuck. While the full abdominoplasty is done on the whole abdomen, the mini-tuck involves only the lower abdomen.

During the abdominoplasty, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. If the patient has stretch marks, the surgeon will trim away the skin with the stretch marks. In many cases, the surgeon will make a new belly button. They will stitch the remaining skin back together.

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