The joy of having a child often comes with changes to the body from pregnancy and childbirth that cannot be restored through a healthy diet and exercise. Stubborn pockets of fat may appear throughout the body and stretched skin may not return to its previously tight condition. The mommy makeover combines several plastic surgeries, including lifts, liposuction, and augmentation to restore a woman's body and enhance her self-confidence. In the San Diego area, Dr. Champaneria customizes each patient's treatment plans to her needs, but many common procedures that are included are a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast lift and/or breast augmentation. Women who are finished with their plans to have children, but haven't been able to regain their pre-pregnancy body should consider a mommy makeover plastic surgery to reclaim their body.
Mommy Makeover Reviews
"Mommy Makeover - This office, and this doctor are WONDERFUL! If you choose to have any procedures done, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Champaneria. His pre op and post op care is WONDERFUL. He cares about you, and spends time with you, and listens to what your ideas are too. I have never felt hurried while in his office. You will not be disappointed if you go to see him. You will be ELATED after surgery too! The office staff is GREAT also."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 12, 2016
"Dr Champanaria and his team of associates were incredibly detailed and thoughtful every step of the way. I appreciated Dr Champaneria’s ability to guide me through my options as I prepared to have a mommy makeover. Initially I wanted implants and Dr Champaneria recommended against it based on a couple of factors, I am so glad I went with his recommendation as I am thrilled with both my tummy tuck and breast lift. His expertise and consultative style can’t be matched. I would recommend Dr Champanaria to anyone seeking a mommy makeover or anything else."- L.R. / Google / Jan 06, 2019
"34 Years Old, 2 Kids, Pregnancy Wasn't Good to Me - Vancouver, WA - After dedicating 3 years of my life to trying to get my "pre-pregnant" body back, I conceded that pregnancy wasn't good to me. I had two children and lost over 135 pounds, stuck to a very strict diet and exercise schedule, and still couldn't get my body back. Like many women I had a constant protruding stomach and lots of excess skin. My breasts were completely deflated and also had excess skin. After much research and 4 different consultations I finally found Dr. Champaneria and it was a match made in heaven! He made me feel comfortable immediately and from our first visit I knew he was the surgeon for me. His office is super professional and very friendly. He set out a game plan for a full abdominalplasty with muscle repair and a breast lift with augmentation (also known as a mommy makeover) I was hesitant at first to do the whole thing but Dr. Champaneria welcomed and answered all my questions with ease. He is very knowledgable and confident in his abilities. He also clearly outlined what to expect in the recovery process. The surgery went perfect, my incisions are as minimal as possible, and Dr. Champaneria and his team were there for me every step of the way. My aftercare is amazing and I love going into the office. I finally have my body back and could not be happier. I highly recommend Dr. Champaneria to anyone looking for a Plastic surgeon, he is truly amazing!!!"- J. / RealSelf / Apr 20, 2016
The surgical techniques used during a mommy makeover vary based on the condition of each of the body parts the patient wishes to improve. For the breasts, common issues include sagging and loose skin and a loss of breast volume. Some women will have breasts that remain enlarged. Surgeries that may be considered include breast reduction, breast augmentation and/or a breast lift. For many, a combination of these techniques creates a youthful, beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance. The most common example is a breast augmentation with a lift. For the lower body, it is normal to see loose skin, surface irregularities such as stretch marks, and persistent pockets of fat. These are normally addressed with liposuction and by trimming away excess skin and ‘lifting’ the remaining skin to a new position.
A mommy makeover covers a sizeable area of the body. It is considered an invasive surgery and in many cases will require an overnight stay at the hospital. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and can take 3 hours or longer to complete. Most women find the recovery to be a slow process. Walking upright is difficult in the first several weeks, and it is recommended that patients take it slow during the initial recovery phase. Depending on what was addressed during surgery, it could take between 6 months to a full year for the final results to appear. With that being said, most patients can go back to a normal routine in an average of 3 weeks; however, exercise is discouraged until at least 6-8 weeks after surgery.
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Mommy Makeover FAQs
How Safe Is it?
A mommy makeover, because of the combined nature of surgeries, is considered an invasive procedure. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Under the hands of an experienced surgeon, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.
Babies After Surgery?
It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before a patient decides to have a mommy makeover. Pregnancy may compromise the results of the surgery, because additional skin stretching and weight gain is inevitable. Patients who are uncertain if they will have additional children should consult with their surgeon to discuss the best approach to take.
What About Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks may be minimized when the excess skin is removed. The tightening of the skin and underlying tissues will also help in making the marks less visible. Remaining stretch marks can also be minimized after surgery with skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser and chemical peels.
Will I Have Scars?
While a mommy makeover creates a beautiful new shape and figure for a woman, unfortunately, it does include some scarring. The scars are most common with a breast lift procedure and a tummy tuck. The surgeon will make every effort possible to create clean incisions, as well as take great care in minimizing scarring as much as possible. Any scars that result from this surgery will be able to be concealed with undergarments or swimsuits.