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Mommy Makeover

A “Mommy Makeover” is a term used when discussing the most common combination of surgeries that women seek in order to help return their figure to a pre-pregnancy state. But it is not only for Moms! While pregnancy can leave excess skin in the abdomen, weakened muscles from childbirth, and deflated breasts from breastfeeding, this combination may also be found in women as they age, especially those with a history of weight fluctuations. A “Mommy Makeover” surgery is an individualized procedure to give back the breast size and shape and abdominal flatness you had at a younger, pre-pregnancy age.

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" I was always in pretty good shape, but after I had my twins things never went back where they were. All of a sudden my breasts were flat and my stomach had expanded. No matter what I did I couldn’t make my body go back to how it was. When I met with Dr. Coan he explained muscle plication and his special training in doing tummy tucks. I also decided I wanted a breast augmentation. Now I feel like my proportions are how I want them. Everyone at work says I look great, and they ask how I got my body back after having my kids–and my husband can’t keep his hands off me! " - Mommy Makeover from SM

Depending on your particular case, you will likely need a breast lift, with or without implants, and reshaping of your tummy with an abdominoplasty, with or without liposuction. Dr. Coan located in Cary, NC, is an expert in breast and body surgery and can examine you and discuss what procedures would work best for you.  Call CARE to schedule a consultation.

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What are the benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

One benefit of a mommy makeover is the ability to have multiple surgical procedures at one time that address various areas of the body. Many of our patients are busy moms on the go and like the idea of having only one recovery period of downtime.

Are Mommy Makeovers dangerous?

Mommy makeover procedures are considered very safe procedures. Dr. Coan is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who takes every measure to prioritize patient safety above all. When following his recommendations, your recovery can be relatively predictable.

How long does it take to recover from a mommy makeover?

Recovery is quite manageable for the majority of our patients. After a mommy makeover, our patients are able to walk on their own after waking from anesthesia. We typically recommend about 10-14 days off from work, depending on your job description and responsibilities. Many patients begin to feel like themselves within weeks after surgery. Our standard post-operative instructions include exercise restrictions for 6 weeks after surgery. This is to allow your body sufficient time to heal and prevent any possible complications.

Can a tummy tuck be considered medically necessary?

As a general rule, an abdominoplasty is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.

How many plastic surgeries can be done at once?

Ultimately, this will depend on what procedures are recommended. It is not uncommon for three or even four procedures to be combined into one surgery. For example, a patient may receive a breast lift, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction at one time. The benefit of this approach is having just one time under anesthesia and one recovery period.

Do you lose weight after a mommy makeover?

As a general rule, cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction or mommy makeovers, are not considered to be weight-loss surgeries. While some patients could have a few pounds of excess skin and tissue removed with an abdominoplasty, a patient’s overall weight will not fluctuate to a significant degree.

How do you prepare for a mommy makeover?

In preparation for a mommy makeover or any cosmetic surgery, we strongly recommend choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon. Other forms of preparation include finding a good support system and taking adequate time off work. Most of our patients find that approximately two weeks off is a sufficient amount of time off work. This recommendation may vary on your job description and if your job requires more or less manual labor.

How much fat can be removed during liposuction?

The total amount of fat removed during liposuction will depend on a multitude of factors, including treatment areas and a patient’s baseline amount of excess adipose tissue, or fat. Many patients have anywhere between 1-5 liters of fat removed during a liposuction procedure.

What does a mommy makeover cost?

Total costs of surgical procedures depend on the type of procedure being performed. Ultimately, Dr. Coan and our team want to provide you with the best possible result. Here at CARE Plastic Surgery, our patient care coordinators will work with you to accomplish your aesthetic goals. We offer a variety of financing options, including CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, and PatientFi. Additionally, we accept several methods of payment, including cash, check, cashier’s check, and most major credit cards.

What is included in the mommy makeover?

Typically, a mommy makeover procedure can include some combination of breast and abdominal procedures. Common breast procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction. Common abdominal procedures include abdominoplasty, liposuction, or BodyTite. Additionally, some patients may choose to add other procedures, such as nipple reduction or labiaplasty.

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