If after several pregnancies, you find you have either large or sagging breasts and/or excess skin and a loose abdominal wall causing stretch marks, flabby skin and a “pooch”, you may want to consider a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover refers to the combination of a breast reduction, or a breast lift, with a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, that can restore your body to the way it looked before children.During a breast reduction, extra breast tissue (gland) and extra skin can be removed restoring a youthful higher look. If the breasts are sagging, but are of acceptable volume, then a simpler breast lift may be required. The choice of which of these procedures can or should be done is made by the woman after consulting with a plastic surgeon.
An abdominoplasty can be performed to reverse the effects of pregnancy by tightening the fascia (the structure) of the belly wall and to remove extra stretched skin from the lower abdomen to restore a smooth contour to the belly and remove stretch marks, if possible.
Both procedures are commonly performed together under general anesthesia but do not require admittance to the hospital. The recovery time is about two weeks and you should expect to take about two weeks off from work. Both procedures, either separate or combined, are considered cosmetic and are not usually covered by insurance.
The first step towards considering these procedures would be to make an appointment for a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your individual situation and provide you with a plan of care that makes sense for you.
At ASC's cosmetic & plastic surgery offices in Fairfield County, CT, our board certified plastic surgeons offer breast lift surgery as well as breast augmentation, reduction or reconstruction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), neck and face lifts, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, as well as Botox, Juvederm and other injectable fillers. ASC offices are located in the towns of Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southbury.
- David Goldenberg MD