Mommy Makeover Series: Recovery

When you have a mommy makeover, you’re making a big investment in your physical and mental health. Common mommy makeover procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery and labiaplasty, can reduce pain and discomfort over the long term by correcting damage done to the abdomen and vagina during pregnancy and childbirth. If you are having a tummy tuck as part of your mommy makeover, here’s what you can do to reduce the amount of pain you experience and ensure a speedy recovery:

5 Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips

  1. Arrange to take at least one week off of work after you have a tummy tuck

You’ll need to wear surgical drains for about a week after your tummy tuck… And these aren’t an encumbrance you’ll want to have to deal with while you’re busy at the office! As such, you should book a week off of work following your tummy tuck in order to allow your body to dedicate all of its energy to healing.

  1. Have help if you have young children

You won’t be able to lift more than 25 pounds for about a month after having a tummy tuck. If your children are still young (as in, under the age of six) you will therefore need help with childcare duties while you recover from your mommy makeover with tummy tuck.

  1. Set up a “recovery area” for yourself

You will have to get up and walk around a little bit each day after you have surgery in order to maintain good blood flow and minimize the risk of blood clots.

To avoid unnecessary pain, we recommend that you create a special “recovery area” that contains everything you will need within easy reach. Your recovery area should include:

  • Any medications you will be taking. Taking pain medication on a regular schedule is necessary in order to prevent pain flare-ups. (Pain is much easier to prevent than it is to control once it has already occurred.)
  • Device chargers. Make sure to situate all of your device chargers in a location where you can reach them without having to bend over.
  • A bed with at least four pillows, or a recliner. You will need to keep both your head and feet slightly elevated while you rest, so having additional pillows or using a recliner is helpful. You may also find a full body pillow useful.
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  1. Ask your surgeon for recovery instructions

Each mommy makeover with tummy tuck procedure has its own post-operative protocol—and it’s incredibly important that you adhere to said protocol. Because you will be groggy right after you have a mommy makeover with tummy tuck, we advise obtaining a document that outlines the steps you should take to recover safely from each procedure you’ve had. Make a few copies of this document and give a copy to your partner or your caregiver (keep a copy for yourself as well). This will ensure that you don’t overlook any important steps while healing.

If you have any further questions about mommy makeover recovery or you wish to book a consultation, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to guide you throughout your mommy makeover journey and make sure that you achieve the body of your dreams.

Mommy Makeover Series: Tummy Tuck

Most of the best things in life are challenging—that’s what makes them so satisfying. Nowhere is this truer than the experience of motherhood: Carrying a child and raising him or her is a miraculous, fulfilling, and inspiring journey… But it’s hard work, for both your mind and your body. While some women are lucky enough to heal completely after their pregnancies, others are left with residual damage in the form of a bulging stomach that will not respond to diet or exercise. This issue is far from being skin-deep, too. The presence of a pronounced tummy “pouch” can signify underlying damage to the muscles of the abdomen.

The above issue is so prevalent among new mothers that almost all “mommy makeovers” include a procedure known as abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck surgery can correct aesthetic issues, such as loose skin and stretch marks, while also addressing deeper structural problems. Here’s what you need to know about this procedure:

Having a Tummy Tuck is Often Necessary to Restore Your Shape

When the muscles of the abdomen have been damaged by pregnancy, no amount of exercise is capable of repairing them. This is because the tissue between the lateral portions of the abdominal muscles becomes torn (due to the pressure exerted on it by the growing fetus). Once this occurs, the muscles can no longer be used in unison, making exercise ineffective. Only the surgical sutures that are placed during a tummy tuck can mend the torn tissue and restore full muscle functionality. After the patient recovers, the mended muscles will both respond properly to exercise and exert a “corseting” effect on the abdomen. (They will compress the abdominal tissue as they did prior to pregnancy, meaning that it will no longer be able to push forward and distort the abdomen.)

Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is a powerful procedure that can help patients achieve a slimmer, more athletic abdomen. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck can remove the stubborn pockets of fat on the belly that prevent people from attaining a slimmer belly. But, unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck can actually remove excess skin and tighten a portion of the abdomen. Tightening the abdomen is important for some of our female patients because diet and exercise alone can’t reverse the effects of pregnancy on the abdominal muscles.

Like most surgical procedures, there is a recovery required after a tummy tuck. After the tummy tuck, patients are advised to refrain from lifting heavy objects for about 2-3 weeks, but patients are able to go back to work within a week.

Some of our patients qualify for a mini-tummy tuck, a milder version of the tummy tuck designed for patients who want to localize their treatment to the lower abdomen.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Can be Combined with Liposuction

Sometimes women discover that they have new deposits of stubborn fat on their stomachs, flanks, or thighs after going through pregnancy. If this is the case, you can ask your surgeon about having liposuction administered at the time of your tummy tuck.

Your Mommy Makeover Should Form Part of Your Family Plan

While having a tummy tuck will not impair your ability to have children, subsequent pregnancies can compromise the results of this procedure. Most women therefore wait until they’re done having children to schedule a mommy makeover. However, if you would like to undergo a mommy makeover in between pregnancies, you may be able to do so. Just talk to your surgeon about the possibility of future revision surgeries and make sure to budget accordingly.

Having a mommy makeover can help you enjoy family life with greater confidence and peace of mind. Moms who are happy with their bodies typically have healthier relationships and may even enjoy more robust careers. When it comes to motherhood, the key to success is balance: By looking after yourself, you’ll be better able to look after those around you.

Mommy Makeover Series: Breast Implants – Breast Lift

You’re a mother, and you love being one. You wouldn’t change anything in the world about motherhood – except for one thing: your body.

You had a different body before pregnancy; you felt confident, healthy, and you even turned a head or two. You’ve sacrificed for your children, and that’s okay – but you want to feel proud of your body again. You want to look in that mirror and feel confident. You want to go into that closet and fit into your best clothes. You can get that feeling again with a mommy makeover and with one mommy makeover procedure in particular: the breast lift with implants.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, elevates your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift reshapes the breast to a more youthful form, and it resizes overly large nipples that were stretched by sagging breasts.

Breast Implants (Mammoplasty)

While a breast lift can reshape your breasts, addressing volume loss is another issue. Many women experience volume loss once lactation and breastfeeding are over. Pregnancy has stolen both size and volume from your breasts, and they need help!

To address both issues, the breast lift can be paired with breast implants. A breast lift with implants can:

  • Restore volume loss due to breastfeeding
  • Reposition and elevate sagging breasts
  • Create a perkier shape
  • Resize overly large nipples
  • Enhance the cleavage

Choosing Breast Surgery

The decision to get breast surgery is a big one. It is a major procedure, and it’s not to be taken lightly. Being fully informed is vital to making the right choice, that’s why a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is critical. A qualified surgeon should be able to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Don’t forget to ask your surgeon these questions about the breast lift with implants:

  • Am I a candidate for the breast lift with implants?
  • How frequently do you perform this procedure?
  • What are your qualifications for performing the breast lift with implants?

Contact us today for your free consultation to determine if breast augmentation is right for you. Call us at (540) 371-7730 or contact us online today.

Mommy Makeover Series: Preparing for Your Consultation

If you’re a mommy, then you know all too well how pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body. Sure, you wouldn’t trade your little bundle of joy for anything in this world – even Kate Hudson’s abs. However, the wonderful thing about living today, is that you have options. That’s right: You can have the baby, the bod, and even that second piece of cake, if you’re so inclined.

If diet and exercise aren’t eliminating those last few pockets of fat, you’re curious about a breast augmentation, or your self-confidence could really get a boost from a professional facelift, you’ve come to the right place! Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg offers something for everyone – no matter your age, needs, or gender. Here, you’ll experience only the utmost satisfaction.

To better prepare you for your plastic surgery consultation, we’ve put together this resourceful guide.

First, it’s important to research your chosen procedure ahead of time. Of course, you don’t have to be completely versed on the matter (that’s the doctor’s job); however, having basic knowledge of the surgery will help you understand your options better, as well as make that initial meeting go much smoother. (View our plastic surgery videos here)

Come to the consultation with any questions or concerns that may be weighing on your mind. Again, doing some research on the surgery prior to this meeting could be beneficial, as you will most likely come across information that is new or unfamiliar to you. Now is the time to get answers.

The doctor may ask you questions regarding your medical history, or the medical history of your family. Make sure to answers these questions as truthfully as possible. If you don’t know the answer, be honest. This is an important part of the process, as it will help to ensure a successful surgery without complications. Also, fill out all paperwork correctly, and to the best of your knowledge. The more the doctor understands your history, the less amount of risks that will be involved in the procedure and recovery period.

This consultation is the best time to discuss benefits, potential risks, and payment plans or methods with the doctor. Remember, this process is to inform you, but to also ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and completely prepared for surgery.

Lastly, it’s necessary to have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery can be beneficial for a magnitude of reasons, but it should not be pursued for a “quick fix.”

Are you ready for your “mommy makeover?” Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Services for Fredericksburg today by calling (540) 371-7730.

Mommy Makeover Procedures

Pregnancy and motherhood can take a toll on the body, and it can be challenging to get your pre-pregnancy body back. Luckily, a mommy makeover procedure can help! This procedure can be customized to fit your personal body goals by selecting procedures fit for your body. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg created this infographic of the different procedures you can customize your mommy makeover with, along with their RealSelf.com worth it ratings. For more information on the mommy makeover, the procedures listed below, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day with a Mommy Makeover

Kids… you love them, but they are certainly a lot of work. Not to mention the toll they took on your body to bring them into the world. Let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day with a rebirth of your body. Get your flat tummy back and say goodbye to sagging breasts. A mommy makeover is the perfect way to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy changes the body, often in ways that are not appreciated. Stretch marks, sagging breasts, and abdominal changes are very common after pregnancy. A mommy makeover reverses these changes, restoring a more youthful, rejuvenated body. What can a mommy makeover do for you?

  • Increase breast size
  • Reverse breast sagging
  • Restore a flat abdomen
  • Remove excess skin
  • Shape and contour the body
  • Lift and enhance the buttocks
  • Increase comfort and enhance the labia

A mommy makeover often involves several different surgical procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and/or labiaplasty. We’ll design your mommy makeover with you after discussing your biggest areas of concern. We want you to have the body you want and will work with you to make it happen.

Should I Get a Mommy Makeover This Mother’s Day?

Is the timing right for your mommy makeover? Here are a few considerations to help you determine if you’re ready for surgery.

  • Plan on at Least 1 Week off from Work– We’ll combine as many procedures as possible during your mommy makeover to minimize downtime, but you will need some time off from work and other duties. This will vary depending on the procedures you receive. Most patients need help with their regular activities, including childcare, for a couple of days, miss about 1 week from work, and avoid strenuous activities for about 6 weeks.

Love your body again! Pregnancy may change the body, but with a mommy makeover, these changes aren’t permanent. Let your little, or not so little, ones pamper you with flowers and chocolates this Mother’s Day and treat yourself to a mommy makeover. Moms deserve to look great and feel confident too. Call and schedule your consultation today.

May Is Mom’s Month … Time for a Mommy Makeover!

We’re continuing our celebration of moms all throughout May. They sacrifice so much for us and do so willingly, but one unfortunate thing many moms have given up is the body they used to love. Don’t despair, moms. We can help restore your pre-baby body with a Mommy Makeover. Wonderful children and a sexy body, too—who says you can’t have it all?

Has Pregnancy Changed Your Body?

Being a mom is filled with sacrifices, but your body doesn’t have to be one of them. Many women experience unwanted changes to their body and appearance during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, including:

  • Breast Changes– The breasts may become larger or smaller and often develop sagging.
  • Unwanted Fat Deposits– Hormone changes can lead to stubborn fat pockets in areas like the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc.
  • Stretch Marks– Stretch marks are common after pregnancy due to the quick expansion of the abdomen.
  • Loose Abdominal Skin– Abdominal skin and muscles can be stretched out, resulting in a post-baby belly that is difficult to tighten up, even when you return to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Changes to Genitalia– Changes to the labia and vagina are common. Some women experience discomfort, especially during exercise.

If pregnancy changed your body, a Mommy Makeover may be able to reverse some of those changes. Say goodbye to post-baby belly and sagging breasts!

Is My Mommy Makeover Customized to My Needs?

A Mommy Makeover is highly customizable, designed to meet your unique needs and desires. During your consultation, we’ll examine your body, discuss your goals, and offer treatment recommendations. We may recommend procedures like breast augmentation, a breast lift, a tummy tuckliposuction, etc. These surgeries can often be combined, reducing the amount of time you’ll need to spend in recovery.

Everyone should love their bodies—especially mothers! Schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation today by calling 540-371-7730.

Mommy Makeover: How Long Do I Need to Wait?

You’ve had your babies, but now you want your body back. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take their toll on a woman’s body, and diet and exercise often aren’t enough to restore your pre-baby look. If you want your body back after baby, come in and learn about our Mommy Makeover. We can help you turn MOM into WOW!

What Procedures Are Part of a Mommy Makeover?

What changes did baby make to your body? A Mommy Makeover isn’t one size fits all, but rather a customized set of procedures to help you look and feel your best. You can decide which procedures you need and which you don’t. We’ll provide advice and answer questions, but your Mommy Makeover is about YOU. During your consultation we’ll help you choose the right combination of treatments, but some possibilities to consider include:

The surgeries you choose will depend on the changes your body experienced during pregnancy and childbirth. Our goal is to help you create a body you love. With a Mommy Makeover you can have the best of both worlds: a gorgeous body and adorable babies.

How Soon After Childbirth Can I Have a Mommy Makeover?

There is no specific timeline for when you’re ready for surgery after giving birth, but these questions can help you determine if you’re ready.

  • Are you finished having children? A Mommy Makeover can yield stunning results, but unfortunately, if you have another baby it may impact your results. If you are considering a Mommy Makeover and are not finished with having children, consult with our physicians with regards to your options.
  • Are you still breastfeeding? Breastfeeding and surgery typically don’t mix. After your last baby, wait until you’ve finished breast feeding. It can take time for your breasts to stop producing milk. We typically recommend waiting at least 3 months after breastfeeding before scheduling a breast surgery.
  • Do you have help available during your recovery period? If you have small children and are their primary caregiver, you will likely need extra help during your recovery period. After many plastic surgeries we’ll ask patients to avoid lifting and strenuous activities for several weeks. You may need help with your children, especially if they are still young, after your surgery.

During your consultation we can work together to determine if you’re ready for a Mommy Makeover. We can also help you estimate recovery times so you can plan for help with the kids, time off from work, etc.

Pregnancy does change your body, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sexy, confident look again. Look great in clothes or in a swimsuit with a Mommy Makeover. Call our offices at 540-371-7730 and schedule your consultation today.

A Breast Lift Can Be the Right Procedure for You

Have your breasts lost their youthful spunk? Do they hang and sag more than you’d like? Give yourself a little “perk” me up with a breast lift. We are pleased to offer this confidence restoring procedure in our Northern Virginia offices to bring women the youthful boost to both their bust and their confidence.

What Causes Breast Sagging?

Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, and aging all take their toll on the breast tissue. Breasts that were once firm, rounded, and perky can become droopy, saggy and misshapen. Sagging is caused by having too much skin for the amount of breast volume you possess. We can remove excess skin and shape and reform your existing breast tissue with a breast lift. We can also add volume with a breast implant while also lifting sagging tissue by combining breast lift surgery with a breast augmentation.

Breast Lift Options

When it comes to a breast lift, each body has different needs. The degree of lifting required can vary substantially from patient to patient. The areola may need to be moved, and in some cases resized. Some women want to simply firm and reshape their existing breast tissue while others want to add more volume through an implant. Asymmetrical breasts can often be corrected during breast lift surgery. If you’re considering a breast lift come in for a consultation and we’ll help you decide which options may work best for your body type and desires.

Breast Lift as Part of a Mommy Makeover

As much as you love your children, bringing them into the world can certainly take its toll on your body. A mommy makeover combines a variety of different surgical procedures to help you restore your body after childbirth. Many women choose to include a breast lift as part of their mommy makeover. Other popular procedures include tummy tucks and breast augmentation. If you’re done having children and want a breast lift, you may want to consider a mommy makeover to get all of your needed cosmetic enhancements done in one day.

Breast Lift Recovery- What Should I Expect?

Our breast lift patients are often pleasantly surprised by their quick and comfortable recovery periods after surgery. Most patients return to their regular activities (wait a little longer to resume vigorous exercise) in less than a week. We provide pain control medication during the healing process, but many patients find that this is only needed on a limited basis. We use dissolving sutures to maximize your comfort and convenience. We’ll give you specific instructions regarding recovery at your consultation appointment and before surgery.

Lift your confidence and your sagging breasts with a breast lift. Contact our offices for a consultation today!