New Year, New You: The Mommy Makeover

Gregory O. Dick, MD

Becoming a mother is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things a woman can experience in her lifetime. But pregnancy and childbirth often leave a woman with loose skin, stretch marks, sagging and deflated breasts and abdominal muscle separation – all of which is unresponsive to diet and exercise. With the New Year upon us, consider giving yourself the gift of a “Mommy Makeover” to help you get your pre-pregnancy body back. 

So what is a “Mommy Makeover” procedure? A Mommy Makeover is an all-in-one surgery that usually combines a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve the desired look. The benefit of this procedure is only having one recovery period versus multiple for having several separate procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Dick will listen to your concerns and customize a plan that addresses your needs and budget. Here are common procedures included in a Mommy Makeover:

Tummy Tuck & Liposuction

Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess skin or fat from the belly and tightens muscles that have been separated. A modified abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, is ideal for patients who are within 10 percent of their ideal body weight and only have a small amount of excess skin and muscle separation. During the tummy tuck, Dr. Dick usually performs liposuction to contour the “love handles” or “muffin top” of the waist and flank areas to improve the contour of your waist. 

Breast Procedures

One of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures, breast augmentation helps women who have lost breast volume after pregnancy achieve a fuller, shapelier, and better-proportioned look. Patients have two options for implants: Saline or silicone gel, with silicone gel being the most popular. Before surgery, patients are encouraged to try on implant sizers with their clothes to get a feel for the breast size they desire.  

The effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and aging, in addition to the loss of the skin’s elasticity, can cause the breasts to sag or “deflate.” A breast lift with augmentation lifts and repositions the breasts with the chosen implants, restoring youthful shape and volume to the breasts. 

To learn more about the Mommy Makeover procedure options and if this all-in-one surgical procedure is right for you, call (301) 251-2600 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dick.

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