Mommy Makeover Specialist
Countless mothers visit Minneapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Michael C. Fasching for his help in restoring the figures they had before having children. Dr. Fasching understands the aesthetic concerns that mothers commonly have, and knows how to correct them: with mommy makeover surgery.
What Mommy Makeover Surgery Entails
“Mommy makeover” surgery is not simply one surgery. Rather, it involves multiple cosmetic surgical procedures that are performed together to address the aesthetic concerns that often accompany pregnancy and nursing.
Dr. Fasching can customize your mommy makeover procedure to include whichever surgical treatments you desire. However, the most popular surgical combination is breast lift surgery (mastopexy) — with or without the use of breast implants — and “tummy tuck” surgery (abdominoplasty).
Why Mommy Makeover Usually Includes Breast Surgery
Although there are many advantages of having children, the toll that breastfeeding can take on the appearance of the breasts is not one of them. Nursing often leaves mothers with sagging breasts and downward-pointing nipples that have migrated from the center of the breasts toward the bottom. Also, nursing often causes the breasts to look deflated, like a pancake. In addition, some women are disappointed to find that their breasts are actually smaller in size than they were before having children.
Thankfully, Dr. Fasching can include breast surgery in mommy makeover treatment to correct aesthetic concerns related to the breasts. With breast lift surgery, he raises the breasts to a higher, more youthful-looking position on the chest wall. He can also adjust the position of downward-pointing nipples, so they are located in a more central position on the breasts. And by excising excess skin from the outer border of the areolas (the darkly pigmented skin surrounding the nipples), Dr. Fasching is able to reduce the size of overly enlarged areolas, as necessary.
For women who are frustrated with the appearance of flattened breasts or breasts that are smaller in size than they were previously, Dr. Fasching can place saline or silicone implants during mommy makeover surgery.
Why Mommy Makeover Usually Includes Tummy Tuck
Aside from the aesthetic concerns often caused by breastfeeding, pregnancy itself can wreak havoc on the body. Following pregnancy — multiple pregnancies, in particular — moms are often left with stretched-out excess skin that hangs off the abdomen. Pregnancy can also severely weaken the abdominal muscles or even cause them to separate. When these developments occur, surgical intervention becomes necessary to restore muscle tone to the area and provide a firmer, flatter abdominal profile.
To address these aesthetic issues, Dr. Fasching typically includes abdominoplasty in mommy makeover treatment. With tummy tuck surgery, the Minneapolis tummy tuck surgeon first performs liposuction of the midsection to eliminate localized deposits of fat from under the skin, if needed. He then creates a horizontal incision in the pubic area, extending from hipbone to hipbone. He removes excess abdominal skin before repairing the supporting musculature. To accomplish this, Dr. Fasching positions permanent internal sutures in the muscle fascia, using a corset-like crisscross pattern. This brings together the separated abdominal muscles and holds them in place.
Dr. Fasching then re-drapes the remaining skin, pulling it tight, before closing the incision. He moves the belly button, so it is in line with the newly contoured abdomen, with the use of a concealed incision placed in the navel. The result is a tighter, flatter abdominal profile, often with the appearance of “six-pack” abs!
What to Expect During the Procedure
Mommy makeover is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, with the use of general anesthesia. The total surgical time is about three to five hours, depending on which procedures are included.
Typically, Dr. Fasching performs breast surgery first. Again, breast surgery can include breast lift, breast augmentation with implants or a combination of the two. Dr. Fasching leaves the incisions from breast surgery open until the entire mommy makeover procedure is completed. That way, he can readjust the final position of the newly lifted and / or shaped breasts after abdominoplasty, as needed, to align with the new abdominal profile.
Dr. Fasching then performs liposuction throughout the midsection, if necessary, followed by abdominoplasty. Once he is content with the new abdominal contour and has closed the tummy tuck incision, he double-checks the proportion and position of the lifted and / or enhanced breasts in relation to the new, svelte abdominal profile. When he is satisfied with the appearance of the breasts, he closes the incisions in the breast area as well.
The treatment areas are dressed with fluffy, soft bandages and surgical garments on top. The surgical bra and compression garment help minimize swelling and provide additional support to the tissues as they heal.
The Mommy Makeover Recovery Period
Mommy makeover patients should expect to take about two weeks off from work or their usual activities. During this time, they should get as much rest as possible and avoid strenuous activity, including lifting their children. Many mothers will need help taking care of the kids for several days following surgery. Nonetheless, patients should walk around the house, when they are able, to prevent blood clots from developing in the legs.
The treatment areas may be sore or numb. Dr. Fasching will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. The treatment areas may also be bruised or swollen, but these are normal symptoms that will improve over time.
Some of the aesthetic benefits of mommy makeover surgery will be noticeable immediately. Others will take several weeks to become fully actualized, as this is how long it takes for any residual swelling to subside and for the body to heal completely. Breast implants may sit high up on the chest immediately following surgery, but they will eventually settle into a more natural position.
Find out More About Mommy Makeover
In general, Dr. Fasching’s mommy makeover patients are delighted with the beautiful results of their procedures. Dr. Fasching is a talented cosmetic surgeon who provides stunning surgical outcomes. To schedule a personal consultation with him to find out more about your mommy makeover treatment options, contact his practice by calling (763) 577-7500.