Having children is a life-changing experience. Unfortunately, for many women, it's also a "body-changing" experience, and not necessarily for the better. Mommy makeovers are ideal for women who want to tone and tighten areas of their body that were affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Naturally, the abdominal area is one area that moms focus on, but for many women, a breast enhancement procedure on Long Island is on their "to-do" list as well.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding usually cause a visible expansion or contraction in the volume of the breasts, and also cause the breasts to change shape and position. On the belly, excess skin, loose stomach muscles and stretch marks often cause moms to feel self conscious and out of shape. A mommy makeover kicks in when a healthy diet and regular exercise have done all that they can do.
To learn more about a mommy makeover procedure from Dr. Romanelli, call (631) 424-3600 today or request your free surgical consultation online.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
A mommy makeover isn't just one standard procedure. It's a customized combination of cosmetic procedures, commonly including some type of breast enhancement with body contouring of the stomach area, hips and thighs. Here are the specifics:
- Breast enhancement procedures include breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation. One popular choice after childbirth is a breast lift combined with a breast reduction or Long Island breast augmentation.
- Tummy tucks are commonly performed as part of a mommy makeover for obvious reasons: the abdominal area undergoes the most extensive changes during pregnancy. After childbirth, it is common for the abdominal muscles – which have stretched significantly – to have a tough time returning to their pre-baby shape. An abdominoplasty tightens these muscles while removing excess skin and fat.
- Liposuction is a great procedure for women wanting to treat areas where excess fat exists. It targets areas that aren't responding to a healthy diet and exercise. Dr. Romanelli commonly uses power-assisted liposuction to target fat cells in areas such as the upper abdomen, flanks, hips, and back.
- Facial rejuvenation is sometimes included in a mommy makeover to help restore a youthful pre-pregnancy look. Procedures include face lifts, dermal fillers, and BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Dr. Romanelli focuses on maximizing each individual's results by considering a variety of factors. He will listen carefully to your needs and concerns and perform a physical examination. Whether your mommy makeover involves breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction on Long Island, he will review your implant options, incision locations, and the surgical technique he will use.
What to Expect
Mommy makeover procedures typically take from 1 to 4 hours, and may require a long weekend or as much as 2 weeks of downtime. However, the recovery period is much shorter than if the procedures were performed separately. Dr. Romanelli asks his patients to arrange for help around the house for the first 7 to 10 days so they can get as much rest as possible. By gradually returning to normal daily activities during this time and more arduous activities after about 2 to 3 weeks, you should have a very successful recovery. Light aerobic exercise, like walking on a treadmill, and gentle stretching can begin at 1 week. By 2 or 3 weeks you may increase your cardio exercise and begin light weight training.