Mommy Makeover Raleigh
What is a ‘Mommy Makeover’?
A ‘Mommy Makeover’ is a combined surgical procedure that involves both breast rejuvenation and abdominal rejuvenation to improve on the changes that occur following pregnancy. The breast procedure may be a breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction or augmentation mastopexy, which is simultaneous placement of breast implants and breast lift surgery. The abdominal procedure may be a mini-tummy tuck, a full abdominoplasty, or perhaps, a reverse upper modified lower abdominoplasty. The surgical procedures that are chosen should custom tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Patients ask me what the most important consideration is with ‘Mommy Makeover’ surgery and for me it’s this: you’re a mommy, you have little ones that are counting on you, you have a husband that is counting on you and so patient safety is the most important consideration. You may be in the operating room for three hours if it’s a breast augmentation and mini tummy tuck, or perhaps seven hours if it’s a breast reduction and major abdominoplasty. Make sure that the surgeon you’re seeing is board-certified and highly experienced. Expect to see many, many before and after photographs of ‘Mommy Makeover’ patients. Ask to see if you can speak to patients in the practice who have undergone a ‘Mommy Makeover’ surgery. Make sure that your surgery is being performed in an accredited surgical facility and that your anesthesia is being provided by a board-certified MD anesthesiologist who is present in the operating room through the entire surgical procedure. Make sure that the staff is skilled and highly experienced and ask to see the operating facility and even meet the staff if it would make you more comfortable. Make sure that the facility has the capability to keep you overnight, as opposed to sending you home that day to fend for yourself. Ideally, patients should be observed overnight under the care of RNs and released the next morning after a visit physician. Make sure that the practice has a preemptive approach to pain control so that you can quickly get back to routine activities of daily living. Make sure that the follow-up appointments are frequent, especially early on, so that the progress can be closely monitored. When you’re considering a ‘Mommy Makeover’ surgery, do your homework, have a checklist, and if the surgeon and the facility meets all of these criteria, then you’ll be set-up to have a great result and great experience as a surgical patient.