First off, congratulations on doing the incredible: having children! Pregnancy and childbirth are amazing events, and change one’s life forever. While they change one’s priorities, they also affect one’s body in many ways, some more permanent than others. Dr. Albright is able to offer patients cosmetic solutions to many of the common changes that happen after childbirth and child-rearing. Collectively this constellation of surgeries is called a “mommy makeover”, usually involving simultaneous breast and belly contouring procedures. The results from these combined procedures can be life-altering with patients reporting improved self-confidence and sexual well-being.
Mommy Makeover breast surgeries typically involve correction of damaged, stretched and deflated breasts. This is achieved with removal of damaged excess skin and relocation of the nipple with a breast lift procedure. If the patient desires additional volume (desires more volume than they currently fill in their bra), then either a breast implant (augmentation) or breast fat grafting is performed. The goal is a perkier and more youthful breast shape in and out-of-clothing.
The common belly surgeries include a tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, correction of separation of the abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) or an umbilical hernia, and removal of C section scars and excess damaged skin. The result is a more shapely narrowed waistline with a small, tighter, more youthful belly button. The typical scars are then hidden below most underwear and bikini bottoms.
Other women desire contouring of their extremities, termed arm-lifts and thigh-lifts. These procedures are less often combined as patients have concerns about more visible scarring when skin excision is required. However, liposuction can sometimes be utilized without skin excision with reasonable results.
A tremendous benefit of combining procedures is even though more up-front cost, ultimately there is dramatic cost savings by avoiding multiple separate surgeries. However, arguably the more important benefit, patients only have one recovery period and are able to make a more spectacular change. As long as it is safe to combine the procedures, Dr. Albright will tailor the procedures to best fit your goals!