Ft Worth Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is a personalized combination of procedures that is designed to reverse changes to your body caused by pregnancy. Your custom Mommy Makeover typically includes a combination of the following procedures:
Your abdomen grows as the baby grows during pregnancy, which results in weakening and separation of your abdominal muscles. Stretching of the abdominal skin may cause the skin’s collagen fibers to break, which results in “stretch marks.” A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and soft tissue in order to help restore your pre-pregnancy figure. Also, localized fat deposits may remain after pregnancy. Liposuction can be performed to slim and reshape the body.
Whether you breastfed your children or not, pregnancy can cause dramatic changes to your breasts. Many women are left with stretched, saggy breasts after pregnancy and long for the larger breasts they enjoyed during pregnancy. A breast augmentation, breast lift, or a combination of the two can help restore your youthful, perky look.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Most Mommy Makeover procedures are performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort. This means you will be asleep for the entire surgery.
How long will my surgery last?
Depending on your personalized Mommy Makeover, the length of surgery will vary. Dr. Kirby will discuss the estimated length of your surgery with you.
What are the risks?
The decision to have surgery is personal and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Risks will vary, depending on your personalized combination of procedures. Some general risks include (but are not limited to): unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, anesthesia risks, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, possibility of revision surgery, and unsatisfactory results.
How do I prepare for surgery?
In preparation for your Mommy Makeover consultation, you will need to spend some time thinking about some important topics.
- Do you plan to become pregnant again in the future? If so, you will want to wait to have a tummy tuck until you are finished having children. Muscles that are tightened during a tummy tuck will be re-stretched during later pregnancies.
- Are you at a stable goal weight? If you plan to continue losing weight, it is best to do so with diet and exercise before having surgery. You will have better results if you are at your goal weight prior to surgery.
- Are you still breastfeeding? If so, you should wait until after nursing to have any breast surgery. The risk of bleeding and infection is increased in actively breastfeeding women.
Prior to any procedure, it is necessary to review medications you are taking that may affect your surgery. You may be asked to stop or to adjust some medications you are on. As always, it is important to include supplements on your list of medications. Aspirin and aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer, Carisoprodol, Excedrin, Goody’s, Midol), anti-inflammatory medications (except acetaminophen, or Tylenol), and herbal supplements must be avoided for 10 days prior to your surgery. For more details about which medications and supplements to avoid, click here. Dr. Kirby will discuss your medications with you.
Depending on your medical condition, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical checkup prior to your surgery. You may also be asked to have an updated mammogram prior to your surgery if you have not had one recently. Tobacco products impair your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for 6 weeks prior to any surgery. Tobacco step-down products such as chewing gum and Nicoderm continue to provide your body with tobacco and must be stopped as well. Please ask Dr. Kirby if you will need assistance with quitting.
Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You will need someone to stay with you the night following your surgery as well. You will receive specific instructions for your surgery day from Dr. Kirby’s office.
What is my recovery from surgery like?
Your recovery from surgery depends on your personalized Mommy Makeover plan. Some basic precautions and instructions include:
- Arrange for someone to help you get around the house and help you with your medication for at least the first 24 hours after your makeover. You may need pain medication and anti-nausea medication.
- Try sleeping on several pillows on your back and keep your legs slightly bent at the hips to reduce tension on your abdominal incision, reduce pain and result in a thinner scar.
- Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for up to six weeks.
- Call Dr. Kirby immediately if you notice an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, bleeding in the surgical area or if you develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. Other red flags include shortness of breath, chest pains and unusual heartbeat.
Dr. Kirby may ask you to wear a surgical bra after breast surgery. This will help minimize swelling. Most swelling should improve within a few weeks, although some swelling may last for up to four months after breast reduction surgery. You will need to wear an abdominal binder after your tummy tuck surgery. You can shower after all of the dressings are removed. This usually occurs within 72 hours of your Mommy Makeover. After showering, pat your incisions dry and replace your abdominal binder. Swelling should improve within five weeks, and the results are apparent within three months. Massage techniques will be discussed by Dr. Kirby when the timing is appropriate.