This 28-year-old patient had 2 children over the last 8 years. She noticed that having babies had changed Mama’s body. She felt that her breasts had lost fullness, especially on top, and that they had become saggy. She was, however, happy with her cup size. Her belly had changed also. She had that “pooch” of fat and loose skin that she just couldn’t get rid of, her belly muscles seemed to bulge more, and there were those darn stretch marks.
She was evaluated and found to be a very good candidate for a “Mommy Makeover”. Mommy makeovers usually involve treating the breasts and the belly in one stage. For the breasts, either a breast lift (mastopexy), breast reduction, or breast augmentation is usually done depending on the patient’s wishes. A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is usually done at the same time.
Because she was happy with her cup size, but not the sagginess of her breasts, she underwent a breast lift and a Tummy Tuck at the same time. The surgery was done under general anesthesia (she was asleep for it). The surgery took about 5 hours, and she got to go home after about 1-2 hours in the recovery room.
Recovery following a Mommy Makeover can be a little rough. Usually, the breasts don’t feel too bad, but it is the Tummy Tuck that makes it tough. We used a long-acting numbing medicine and gave her plenty of pain medication, but for the first week she wondered, “Why did I do this?”. The second week she felt like she was going to make it. The third week she knew she was going to make it, but it was about 4 weeks before she started to ease into her normal activities. She had no complications. The “After” picture is about 4 months after surgery.