What is a Mommy Makeover?
There is no doubt that becoming a mother is one of the most gratifying experiences that life has to offer. Yet, no new mother is ever truly prepared for the aftermath on her breasts and body. Hormonal changes can swell and stretch the tissues and skin, only to be followed with a deflating effect. It is when the body does not snap back, that we see the long-lasting changes of pregnancy.
What is the recovery from mommy makeover like?
A typical mommy makeover can take between 4 and 6 hours to perform, depending on the degree of skin laxity and breast ptosis. It requires at least a one or two day stay in an aftercare facility. Long-acting local anesthesia is used in combination with general anesthesia to limit pain substantially in the postoperative period. You should have a friend or relative assist you in the first week when you go home. Your initial dressings will include gauze and either an elastic bandage or a compression stocking. Any external stitches or drains (if used) will be removed during the first visit. A specialized compression garment will need to be worn around the clock for the next 4 to 6 weeks.
The recovery for each procedure is similar to that described under the individual BREAST and BODY sections. Bruising and swelling may occur for the first one to two weeks following surgery. As with other body contouring procedures, you should plan on staying home for the first week or two, with very limited activities including light walking, reading, and watching television. Driving should be avoided during this time, as well as heavy lifting.
In 2 weeks, you may begin to gently increase your activity including more extensive walking, but avoid aggressive exercise or weight lifting. Running and other high impact activities are strictly avoided for 6 weeks.
There may be some diminished sensation along the lower abdomen and breasts near the incisions. This usually improves over the next several weeks as swelling goes away. Occasionally, the decreased sensation may be permanent.
Risks and Complications
What are the risks and complications of a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a long and complex procedure that requires a trained aesthetic eye to limit the length and visibility of scars and to produce excellent contour. Basic risks include sensitivity or reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, or infection. A hematoma can be drained in the office with local anesthetic. An infection may require oral antibiotics and possibly surgical drainage, if it occurs. In more severe cases, a bad infection may require intravenous antibiotics and a brief hospitalization.
Scars are commonplace for any surgical procedure. In a mommy makeover, the scars can sometimes be quite extensive. They can be raised or can stretch or widen over time. Dr. Panossian has developed a technique for improving the appearance of scars with a combination of products and timing that have provided fantastic results and very happy patients.
Slight asymmetry is always a risk in plastic surgery. After a mommy makeover, there may be subtle differences between the breasts in terms of scarring, shape, or decreased sensation. Once again, these are relatively rare occurrences in experienced hands.
In rare cases, a clot in the legs can form, causing swelling and pain in the calves. This is called a “deep venous thrombosis” or DVT. If this does occur, it is considered an emergency and must be evaluated quickly in an emergency room. Dr. Panossian uses specialized boots during surgery and encourages early walking after surgery to reduce this risk substantially.
Dr. Panossian has vast experience in minimal-scar plastic surgery and body contouring. He will be happy to go over your options during consultation. His staff is also available at all times to answer your questions and address problems, should they arise. Call today for a consultation.
Why choose Dr Panossian
- He received his medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine.
- Graduated at the top of his class at UCLA, receiving Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude honors.
- Was accepted into an elite combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
- Completed subspecialty training in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Harvard Medical School.
- Was mentored by Dr. Ron Zuker in the practice of facial paralysis reconstruction. This prestigious fellowship position was available to only one surgeon in the United States.
- Is affiliated with various charitable and educational organizations, including Operation Smile and Mending Kids.
- Is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the highly selective American Association of Plastic Surgeons, reserved for only a select group of individuals nationally who have demonstrated excellence in academic plastic surgery.
- Holds memberships in several other professional societies including the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
- He serves on the Board of Directors for Mending Kids and the Gondobay Manga Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives in Sierra Leone.
- Has been nominated by his peers annually since 2012 as a “Super Doctor.”
- Served as an expert medical consultant and appeared on The Doctors, Grey’s Anatomy, and Nip/Tuck.
- Has been featured as “Top Doctor” in US News and World Report, Pasadena Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeover
If you live near Pasadena, CA, Dr. Panossian offers mommy makeover among its services, and is conveniently located at 39 Congress St., Suite 402 Pasadena, CA 91105
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