The Benefits of the Mommy Makeover

Dr. Ip believes that the secret to beautiful results is customizing his procedures to meet his patients’ needs. During your consultation, Dr. Ip will evaluate your concerns and recommend which set of procedures will best meet your desires. The technique for each procedure performed is customized to provide you with your ideal results that address your individual needs.
The goal of every Mommy Makeover is to restore a balanced, natural, and lean physique. The Mommy Makeover can treat a variety of areas and problems. Combining these procedures enhances not just one area but the entire shape and leanness of your body. With a Mommy Makeover, you will look healthier and fitter than ever before.
The busy lifestyle of being a mom often means that you put your needs second, sometimes third, to everyone in your life. Taking care of your physical appearance is no longer a priority, and this causes many women to lose confidence in themselves following the birth of their child. The ultimate goal of each Mommy Makeover Dr. Ip performs is to provide you with a body that you are happy and comfortable in. The increase in your confidence can dramatically impact all areas of your life, leaving you more satisfied.

Problems Addressed With the Mommy Makeover

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Deflated Breasts

It is normal for women to lose breast volume and firmness following pregnancy, especially in women who have nursed. However, a deflated breast appearance is hard for many women to come to terms with because there is no way you can reverse the effects naturally. Dr. Ip will determine if you have volume loss, breast ptosis, or a combination of both and will recommend which breast enhancement procedures are most suitable to meet your needs.

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Abdominal Pooch

The abdomen is the most affected area during pregnancy. The rapid expansion of your belly as your baby grows can leave you with lax abdominal muscles and excess skin. Many women develop stretch marks or find that they have an abdominal pooch that they cannot tone through diet and exercise. Dr. Ip will decide which tummy tuck should be used to treat your abdominal contouring needs. The goal is to restore a flatter, firmer tummy.

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Excess Fat

You may have stored excess fat throughout your pregnancy that you now struggle to shed. Women can accumulate fat in a number of areas throughout their pregnancy. Your fat gain may be unevenly distributed, causing an unbalanced appearance. Common areas of excess fat storage include the:

  • • Abdomen
  • • Hips
  • • Waist
  • • Thighs
  • • Arms

Dr. Ip Will Guide You

through the decision-making process so that you can achieve the look you love.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

Procedure:
  • Uses implants to increase the size of your breasts
  • May be the right option for you if you have lost breast volume
  • Reshapes the breasts, creates better definition, and enhances cleavage

Options:
  • Implant material can be saline or silicone, which will affect the overall look and feel of the breasts
  • Incision placement can include transaxillary, periareolar, inframammary, or transumbilical, which can impact your visible scarring
  • Implant placement will determine where your implants sit on the chest and your overall breast appearance

Benefits:
  • Long-lasting volume enhancement
  • Customized treatment options
  • Restores balanced body proportions
Procedure:
  • Removes and repositions breast tissue to create a firmer, perkier breast appearance
  • Incisions are placed around the breasts, through which your breast tissue is lifted and reinforced

Incisions:
  • Donut incisions are placed around the outer border of the areola
    • Best for treating mild breast sagging
  • Lollipop incisions are placed around the areola and vertically down the lower breast tissue
    • Best for treating mild to moderate ptosis
  • Anchor incisions run around the areola, down the breast, and across the inframammary fold
    • Best for treating moderate to severe sagging

Benefits:
  • Lifts and shapes to rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts
  • Can be combined with a breast augmentation for long-lasting breast enhancement
Procedure:
  • Designed to eliminate excess tissue around the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles
  • An incision is placed discreetly in the lower bikini line
  • A tummy tuck can contour the abdomen, creating a leaner appearance

Options:
  • Mini tummy tucks are ideal for women who suffer from abdominal laxity but have good skin elasticity
    • These women commonly have the appearance of an abdominal pooch
  • Traditional tummy tucks can be the best fit for women with both muscle and tissue laxity
    • This technique may provide some improvement to the appearance of stretch marks if they are on the removed skin

Benefits:
  • Tightens the core for a stronger abdomen
  • Pants fit better
  • Achieves a flatter belly
Procedure:
  • Removes fat for a more slender appearance
  • A cannula is inserted into incisions and uses vacuum suctioning to remove unwanted fat
  • Dr. Ip can contour and create better definition along your liposuction treatment area

Options:
  • Tumescent liposuction minimizes excess bleeding and has a gentle removal process
  • Power-assisted liposuction minimizes postoperative swelling and achieves more precise results
  • Ultrasonic liposuction best treats larger problem areas
  • Laser-assisted liposuction treats patients with large areas of fibrous tissue

Benefits:
  • Can be used in a number of areas
  • Enhances definition in the treatment area
  • Provides permanent fat removal

Recovery

Immediately following your surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling of your breasts, abdomen, and/or liposuction treatment area. A specialty compression garment should be worn to help minimize excess swelling. It is important to carefully follow your postoperative instructions to ensure quality healing and the best results possible.

Diet is an important factor in your healing process. It is necessary that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal following your surgery. Your diet should consist of protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. However, a diet of soft foods may be best immediately following your surgery because of the side effects of the general anesthesia. A detailed list of healthy, nutrient-packed foods will be provided for you before your surgery.
Patients will be required to limit their physical activities following their procedure. You will need to rest for several days after surgery. Most patients return to work two weeks after their procedure. You can resume your regular exercise routine sometime between four and six weeks post-surgery. You shouldn’t smoke for at least six weeks following your procedure.
You will be prescribed medications to take on a routine basis following your surgery. KEFLEX® and CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to prevent infection. Flexeril™ and Valium® are muscle relaxers used to reduce discomfort. Pain medication may also be used to relieve any additional discomfort you may feel during your recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Patients preparing for a Mommy Makeover should quit smoking six weeks prior to their surgery. You shouldn’t take any blood-thinning medications for two weeks prior to your procedure. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients. Do not eat after midnight the day of your surgery.
A: Mommy Makeover surgery is performed using a local and intravenous anesthetic. This is to ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure.
A: It is recommended that you undergo enhancement surgery after you have finished having children. Additional pregnancies can affect the quality of your results. You shouldn’t be nursing at the time of surgery, and you should wait six months to a year before undergoing surgery. During this time, you should attempt to lose as much weight and tone naturally as much as you can.
A: The intensity and length of your scarring will depend on the techniques used for your procedure and your body’s natural healing process. While some mild scarring may develop, it can be easily concealed with clothing. Any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.
A: All the procedures in a Mommy Makeover are designed to provide long-lasting results. However, changes in weight or additional pregnancies can affect the quality of your results. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help prolong the quality of your results.
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