Mommy Makeover is a term that can mean a lot of different things to different people. Pregnancy creates many changes to a woman’s body; some women can completely recover with almost no signs of a previous pregnancy; some women are left with issues that can not be corrected by diet and exercise. Body issues that can be addressed with Mommy Makeover procedures include deflation or loss of volume of the breasts, breast sagging, areola stretching, sagging of the abdomen, and stretch marks of the abdomen. Procedures aimed at correcting these problems include breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), combination breast augmentation and lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and liposuction. Pregancy can sometimes cause small hernias around the belly button which can often be corrected during a tummy tuck procedure. A Mommy Makeover can include one or a combination of any of these procedures.
Breast implants can be filled with either silicone gel or saline, and there are a variety of breast implant profiles, shapes, and silicone gel fillers available to choose from. Breast Implants manufactures include Allergan, Mentor, and Sientra, and each makes a variety of implants to choose from. Allergan round breast implants include Natrelle Inspira, Natrelle Inspira Soft Touch, and Natrelle Inspira Cohesive. There are anatomic, or “shaped” options to choose from as well. Mentor silicone gel implants include Memorygel and Memoryshape. Saline breast implants are an option as well. Breast implant shells can be smooth or textured. Breast Lift can be performed with or without placement of a breast implant, and when combined with an implant can oftentimes be done as a single procedure. Some individual circumstances can require that a breast augmentation and lift be separated into two procedures. All of the available choices can be overwhelming. The best way to sort out which of these procedures and breast implants may be most appropriate for any particular woman would be through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon highly experienced in Mommy Makeover procedures.