Motherhood can be one of the most rewarding events in a woman’s life. But with the joy comes the physical demands of pregnancy and childbirth, which can leave a woman’s body much different than it once was. To address these changes, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Vijay is pleased to offer a customized procedure that incorporates popular breast and body treatments, such as tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgeries, into one operation called a Mommy Makeover. At his Corpus Christi, TX practice, he has helped many women who have wanted to tone, tighten and improve their bodies, helping them restore their figures and their confidence.
The initial consultation for a Mommy Makeover surgery is a thorough, one-on-one appointment during which Dr. Vijay carefully evaluates your areas of concern so you can plan your transformation. The major appeal of a Mommy Makeover is that each procedure is completely tailored to the unique needs of the patient. Although there are differences in every surgery, the typical Mommy Makeover incorporates at least 2 of the following procedures:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast augmentation
- Breast Lift
It’s also fairly common to incorporate a facial procedure, such as facelift surgery or an injectable treatment, into your Mommy Makeover procedure.
If you are undergoing breast augmentation, you will likely try on implant sizers or use VECTRA® XT 3-D imaging at your consultation or during another appointment. Dr. Vijay listens carefully to your concerns and suggests the treatments that most align with your goals and your lifestyle. Although most Mommy Makeovers are performed as single procedures, some may be performed in stages, depending on the patient’s overall health or personal preferences. Regardless of the specifics of your procedure, Dr. Vijay ensures that you know exactly what to expect thanks to a thorough consultation at our Corpus Christi office.
*Client testimonials are based on personal experience. Individual results may vary.
After your Mommy Makeover surgery, the specifics of your recovery depend largely on the procedures you underwent. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Vijay gives you a more precise idea of what you can expect.
In general, most Mommy Makeover patients require a long weekend off work and other daily obligations, unless abdominoplasty is included, in which case recovery is about 10 days. You may be advised to avoid bending, heavy lifting or reaching your arms over your head, especially if you underwent a tummy tuck or breast enhancement. Dr. Vijay recommends that most Mommy Makeover patients have a loved one at home who is willing to assume some additional responsibilities during this time.
Instead of, or in addition to, oral pain relievers, some patients may be given a pain pump to help them manage discomfort. The pain pump allows for careful control over any discomfort and helps patients avoid the use of narcotics during recovery. You can learn how to use your pain pump in the following video:
By following Dr. Vijay’s instructions for caring for yourself after surgery as well as listening to your body and doing your best to avoid overextending yourself, your recuperation should be relatively comfortable and uneventful.
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can expect after your Mommy Makeover surgery, then feel free to browse the helpful videos and documents found on our postoperative care page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are physically healthy and close to their goal weight. Liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck to eliminate stubborn abdominal fat, but patients should note that neither procedure is intended for weight loss.
Why is it best to have these procedures performed at one time?
Combining a few procedures into one surgery will decrease the overall recovery time needed, and it is also more cost-effective than having the procedures done separately.
Can I have a breast augmentation without a breast lift?
Yes, but both procedures may be needed to achieve the best results. If sagging exists and breast augmentation is performed without a lift, there is a higher chance of complications developing after surgery. However, if there is no sagging present, satisfactory results may be achieved with just a breast augmentation.
When is the best time for a Mommy Makeover?
The best time for a Mommy Makeover is after childbearing is complete. Patients can still have the procedure if they desire more children in the future, but the results achieved may be reversed after a subsequent pregnancy. Breastfeeding after breast implants or a breast lift is also possible, but the success rate is slightly lower.
What is the recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?
Patients will need someone to drive them home after surgery and will require assistance for the first 24 to 48 hours. Although some discomfort is expected, this can be controlled with prescribed pain medication. Swelling may last anywhere from several days to several weeks. Most patients feel comfortable resuming their normal activities after two weeks, although they should avoid strenuous activities and exercises for at least six weeks.
What results can I expect?
After surgery, your body will be significantly improved with more attractive, youthful contours. Scarring may be present but will be in inconspicuous locations and easily hidden beneath underwear or swimsuits, and the scars will continue to fade over time. Although the body will continue to age naturally, results are long lasting and can be maintained with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Why Choose Dr. Vijay
Dr. Vijay is very unique in the sense of his great customer care, service and experience. He approaches each client as an individual and takes the time to thoroughly understand their needs and desired results.