Many women opt to restore their former physiques through the increasingly popular Mommy Makeover. Columbus, Ohio plastic surgeons Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Michelle Sieffert address the parts of the body most affected by pregnancy and childbirth, aiming to restore the youthful contours and perkiness of your body.
Mothers make many sacrifices for their children – often including their own bodies. After living through the changes that pregnancy, breast-feeding, and multiple births have on your physical appearance, you may no longer recognize certain features and simply long for a fresh start.
“I absolutely love my body – and I did before, too – but I’m just so excited to have pieces of me that were lost during childbirth and nursing back.”
Your body has done incredible things throughout your lifetime! You ran the neighborhood as a kid. You played sports throughout school. You gave birth to your beautiful kids and now you want to celebrate this next incredible version of you. Mommy Makeover can make that happen in just one round of recovery. After all, you are a busy mom!
With a combination of procedures often involving breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction and labiaplasty, among others, you can accomplish many goals with only one surgery date. By lifting or adding volume to the breasts, removing the common belly “pooch,” and tightening or sculpting the lower body, women emerge with increased confidence and a renewed physique.
If you’ve noticed any of the following effects of childbirth, you may be a good candidate for a combination of procedures:
Patients must clearly demonstrate their motivation and desire to actively participate in decision-making. Patients must also be willing to share responsibility for aftercare and follow instructions for optimizing their own results.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause the breasts to enlarge, and breastfeeding prolongs engorgement. Afterward, the breasts deflate, lose tone, drop lower on the chest and occasionally become asymmetrical. The upper pole of the breast flattens, which diminishes the cleavage line, and the lower pole of the breast may take a sagging, or hanging appearance. In some cases, the areola widens and ductal scarring can cause the nipples to invert. None of these changes will reverse naturally; however, all of them may be improved or corrected through surgery.
Breast augmentation is the most popular method for restoring breast tone, size and shape. It rounds the upper breast pole and re-establishes the cleavage line. Breast implants can re-create the perkiness and “sexiness” of the breast that many moms feel they have lost. There is also an opportunity to add a cup size or two if desired.
Breast lifting raises the nipple on the chest, decreases the areolar size if necessary, tightens the skin and corrects the sagging and hanging lower breast pole. This procedure entails more scarring, recovery, and expense than augmentation alone, but it also achieves the most dramatic effect.
Inverted nipples can be released and corrected during breast surgery without further downtime or scar. Modifications can be made to any of these procedures to account for underlying asymmetry.
Nipple reduction can be performed to downsize protruding, drooping or puffy nipples. Dr. Donaldson utilizes a minimally-invasive technique that preserves sensation, coloration, ductal function and circularity while decreasing the width and projection.
Developing babies cause three major disruptions to the mother’s abdominal wall.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) reverses these three changes by repairing the abdominal muscles, removing the fat, and tightening the skin. Any stretch marks beneath the belly button and scars from c-section may be improved or eliminated as well. There are several variations of this procedure. A “full” abdominoplasty includes extensive muscle repair and repositioning of the belly button; a “mini” removes the fatty bulge with less muscle manipulation and no changes to the belly button. Dr. Donaldson makes adjustments as necessary to customize the surgical technique for each patient.
It usually takes six months to a year after delivery for a mother to lose the baby weight and determine the new baseline physique. This may include rounder curves, fuller features or isolated deposits of fat. New discoveries for young mothers might include “love handles,” “saddlebags,” “muffin tops” and “banana rolls” among others. Liposuction can flatten, sculpt and contour these spots and affected areas. Variations include traditional liposuction, Vaser (ultrasonic assisted) and other techniques.
The labia minora can also stretch and protrude after delivery, ultimately causing discomfort or embarrassment during intimacy. Labiaplasty restores a tighter, more youthful contour.
“Mommy Makeover” is simply a term used when a patient is having more than one procedure. This means that the price of a mommy makeover is not one set cost, and there is no single “mommy makeover package”. The cost of a mommy makeover varies largely based on your goals, the areas of treatment, the necessary OR time and anesthesia costs, the cost of implants (if desired), and a number of other factors.
Because a Mommy Makeover doesn’t look the same for everyone, we will customize your quote at your consultation based on your goals and desires. During this consultation, your surgical coordinator will provide you with a price based on what combination(s) you are interested in. It is difficult to estimate the price of a mommy makeover before a conversation with our surgical team!
On average, mommy makeover patients choose to at least combine an abdominal procedure like a tummy tuck or liposuction with breast surgery. Many tend to add more treatments on at the same time because of the benefits of already being under anesthesia and a single recovery period!
For most patients, a mommy makeover may range anywhere between $18,000 to $26,000.
Surgery is a personal decision and one that often comes when you decide to put yourself first. We would love to answer any further questions you may have about pricing for a mommy makeover. If you’re eligible for financing, we have many different options to help you receive your mommy makeover then pay as you go along. Research our financing options and schedule your consultation to find out which plan works best for you!
You can also learn more about what goes into determining Mommy Makeover cost here.
Mothers may decide to pursue one of these surgical options alone, or in combination. Combined surgery decreases cost and recovery time; however, it may be more difficult to heal multiple areas at the same time. A full Mommy Makeover requires several hours under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgery center. If you are interested in whether you are a candidate for the procedure, Columbus, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson will see you in a private, virtual consultation.
Your consultation is an opportunity to express your goals and concerns, learn about potential procedures and ask any pertinent questions. Dr. Donaldson will then help you design a customized surgical approach based upon your specifications. You will discuss each procedure in detail and review your medical history to maximize safety.
Dr. Donaldson encourages patients to play an active role in the peri-operative process, asking questions along the way and raising any concerns. Information helps to set expectations and eliminate surprises, and Dr. Donaldson and his staff strive to fully prepare you.
Before your surgery, keep these questions in mind and don’t hesitate to bring them up in your consultation:
On the day of your surgery, Dr. Donaldson will meet with you in the pre-operative holding area to answer last-minute questions, review the procedural plan, and place anatomic markings on your surgical sites.
Yes, though they are rare:
Risks and complications should be recognized and considered before any surgical intervention; however, these risks can be mitigated by Dr. Donaldson’s intra-operative skill and your pre- and post-operative compliance and common sense. Strict adherence to Dr. Donaldson’s guidelines and his staff’s instructions will encourage success and improve your outcome. More specific risks will be outlined during your personal consultation.
You can expect to leave the surgical center with bandages, compression garments and in some tummy tucks, a surgical drain. Almost all sutures are dissolvable and don’t need to be removed, and you may also have surgical-grade glue or steri-strips covering your incisions.
Arrange to have a support system in place for the beginning phase of recovery, including childcare, coverage at work, errands, bills, etc. so that you can focus on healing. Consider taking one to two weeks away from work and primary responsibilities, and four to six weeks away from strenuous exercise. Full recovery takes about six weeks. It is important to rest initially, and then gradually regain activity in order to ensure ideal results and promote proper healing.
Dr. Donaldson is an accomplished, board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Patients consistently rave about his care and their results. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With a comfortable office environment and comprehensive medi-spa services, his professional staff treats patients like family from beginning to end.
If you’re interested in improving your overall appearance and confidence, we invite you to schedule a consultation to determine your options for a Mommy Makeover! Top Columbus, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Donaldson will kindly and skillfully guide you through the evaluation and treatment process.