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"Mommy" Procedures refers to a constellation of surgical procedures that treat problems of the breast and body which are unique to women who have given birth.
Pregnancy results in stretching and volume enlargement of the subcutaneous tissues in both the breasts and abdomen. After delivery, these areas rapidly deflate, often resulting in sagging of the breast and abdomen wall regions.
Procedures such as a breast lift, breast enlargement, or both, are often necessary to restore the breasts' youthful appearance. In the abdominal region, some combination of abdominoplasty (partial or full) and liposuction (or Smartlipo) is necessary as well.
It is best for most patients to have completed all their pregnancies before proceeding with surgery so that the results will be preserved.
You should not be alarmed in the event of an unplanned pregnancy post surgery, as the pregnancy and delivery should go smoothly. However, you may require revisional breast and abdominal surgery to enhance your results after this additional pregnancy.
As with most plastic surgery, patients should be within 20-30 pounds of their ideal body weight and in good general physical condition to optimize results.
Women considering these procedures should be aware that breast lifts and abdominoplasty often result in scars. Most often, these heal well and are placed in inconspicuous locations (such as the brassiere line crease or bathing suit line). On rare occasions, scar revision surgery can be necessary.
Most surgeries can be performed in the office under general anesthesia. If both breast and abdominal procedures are combined, a one night stay in the city with a nurse is usually advised.
Dependng on the type of breast surgery needed, whether a ift, reduction, enlargement or enlargement/lift, the procedure often requires elevating the nipple to the apex of the breast and tightening the skin envelope so the breast returns to a higher, more youthful profile and cleavage is enhanced.
In the abdomen, an incision is made in the bikini line above the pubic hair, most often hip to hip (full) or over the mons pubis (partial). The excess subcutaneous tissue is undermined and removed and the abdominal wall tightened and hernias and diastasis recti repaired with sutures.
Any remaining skin or soft tissue is removed and the abdominal wall is tightened. Two small suction drains are necessary along with a binder to prevent fluid formation. The drain is removed within several days.
Most sutures are biodegradable. However, some do need removal in 7 - 10 days.
Usually, a sports brassiere and abdominal stretch binder (or SPANX) are necessary for 2-3 weeks.
Return to normal life activity after a week off is usually allowed. However, 3 weeks off from exercise and 4 weeks off from sports is usually required.
For additional information on "mommy procedures" and how they may benefit you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. LaTrenta.