Mommy Makeover Surgery
A combination of cosmetic procedures helps many moms regain their appearance and feel wonderful about themselves again!
You wouldn't trade your children and the experience of being a mom for anything. But it's possible your body has changed in many ways -- some may not exactly thrill you. Often, things end up looking "a little misplaced". That's what a Mommy Makeover is all about!
Naturally, your choice of a doctor is incredibly important. Dr. Greg Ratliff is board certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a trained plastic surgeon with the experience, judgment, and skills to deliver the finest RESULTS that are possible for you. He has performed these operations thousands of times.
Many doctors offering to change your appearance don't have these very important credentials.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The phrase “Mommy Makeover” basically refers to a combination of plastic surgery procedures that a woman can use to help offset the effects of pregnancy on her appearance and to transform her body back to or close to its pre-pregnancy look.
Most often, these procedures are a combination of three of the following procedures performed in one operating room session:
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
Who Needs It?
The answer to this question is entirely an individual matter, but there are common threads.
Some tell us they want to return to the form and figure they had before their child-bearing years. Others want to look and feel younger -- not just for themselves, but for their children, husbands, and families. And others wish to get back a full range of motion and freedom of movement that can be limited by volume of breast tissue, extra abdominal skin, and added weight around the midsection.
Moms still in their 20s and others in their 50s and 60s have all had Mommy Makeovers. There are few limitations for those considering it. Breast augmentation and liposuction are often performed on women still considering more children. Women are often fairly sure they are finished having children before having a tummy tuck and/or breast lift.
Preparing for Your Procedure
The knowledge, skills, and experience of your plastic surgeon are extremely important. Dr. Greg Ratliff can give you the recommendations and individualized care that will help you make the informed decisions that are best for you.
Many women find our FAQ section to be very helpful. Click here to review Questions About Mommy Makeovers.
Of course, you will want to consider many individual factors, such as these, and many others:
- If you are planning on having more children, you may choose to wait to have a tummy tuck or breast lift.
- If you plan to lose a significant amount of weight over the next six months or a year, you may want to wait on surgery as well because of the possibility of producing more extra skin through weight loss.
- It is important to understand that a Mommy Makeover is not a weight-loss program or bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. When considering elements of a Mommy Makeover, it is helpful to commit to lifestyle changes that contribute to maintaining a healthy weight and body size.
- Finally, cosmetic surgery is generally elective and usually not covered by insurance. Information concerning financing options can be provided by our patient coordinator and you are encouraged to contact her anytime. Payment for surgery at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa is required in advance of your operation. Financing options are available.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is vital to have realistic expectations. The place to start is with accurate information from your doctor about what is possible for you. You are an vital member of your own healthcare team. Your choices before a Mommy Makeover are critically important.
Surgery -- What to Expect
We will carefully explain the surgical process to you. The length of your surgery and the actual surgery will vary depending on the procedures you are having. One of the benefits of having a Mommy Makeover is the fact that instead of having weeks of recovery after three surgeries, you will have recovery following one surgical event.
Your surgery will be performed in one of our surgical suites, while you are under general anesthesia. Following surgery, you will be taken to our postoperative recovery area until you are ready to be released.
The results you achieve from a Mommy Makeover can be amazing. Sagging and possibly volume-depleted breasts, excess skin gathering below the navel, and extra weight around the hips can all be addressed during your surgery. Your "transformation" can change the way others see you and, perhaps most importantly, how you see yourself.
Recovery time for the Mommy Makeover will vary and depends largely on the types of surgeries you are having. As with all surgical procedures, it is important to follow your surgeons recommendations regarding activity and recovery following surgery.
After surgery, your lifestyle choices, such as eating right, exercising, and controlling stress, can help you achieve and maintain the appearance you desire.