Along with the many joys of motherhood come some physical changes that many women would like to reverse. Fortunately, that's possible thanks to a specialized combination surgery that Dr. Thomas A. Mustoe performs called a mommy makeover. He can safely combine a tummy tuck, breast surgery, and other treatments at his Chicago practice to address all the areas affected by pregnancy at once, helping his patients regain their pre-pregnancy figures and their confidence. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mustoe is considered one of the leading authorities on body contouring surgery and has performed thousands of abdominoplasties and cosmetic breast surgeries.
If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in Chicago to perform a mommy makeover, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe. Or you can call our office at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
Dr. Mustoe is known as an innovator in breast and body surgery who prioritizes patient safety. Patients can benefit from:
A mommy makeover usually combines some form of breast enhancement surgery and a tummy tuck, in addition to liposuction to help sculpt the waist and hips. Some come in for a mommy makeover soon after they are finished having children, while others wait many years before deciding to pursue plastic surgery. What they have in common are physical changes associated with childbearing and aging. A customized mommy makeover can address any combination of the following:
Patients should be in good overall health before undergoing any surgical procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. The best candidates for surgery also are at a stable weight and are done breastfeeding. Dr. Mustoe may also advise mothers who would like to have more children to wait to have surgery, because pregnancy can affect cosmetic results.
Dr. Mustoe is highly regarded for his expertise in abdominoplasty and breast surgery. What's unique about a mommy makeover is that he performs these procedures during a single operation. The patient benefits by saving the cost of surgery-related fees and having only a single recovery period.
Patients also benefit emotionally by addressing all the areas they would like to at once, so they experience a true transformation. Each woman's procedure is different, and Dr. Mustoe guides each in selecting the components of the operation that will best suit her cosmetic goals. Read on to learn about some of the most common choices. The entire procedure is performed in 4 to 5 hours, and often in less time. Combined with the anesthetic techniques that emphasize a quick, painless wakeup period, this qualifies the procedure to be done as an outpatient.
One of the most frequent mommy makeover components is breast lift surgery to restore a more youthful position to breasts that have sagged after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Dr. Mustoe gets excellent results using a technique that essentially moves sagging breast tissue into a higher position and uses some of the pectoral muscle to help support it, if necessary.
Breastfeeding and pregnancy can cause significant changes to the volume of a woman's breasts. A woman who wants to restore her breasts to their pre-pregnancy size, or enlarge them, can get breast augmentation with implants as part of her mommy makeover in Chicago. More choices of breast implants are available than ever before to provide just the results a patient desires.
Many mothers are concerned about both lost volume and sagging tissue, for which Dr. Mustoe recommends a combined lift-augmentation. When there is minimal breast tissue above the nipple, Dr. Mustoe may recommend inserting a small implant to help restore a youthful appearance without significantly increasing the breast size. Or, women can choose larger implants for more volume.
During pregnancy, breasts usually swell to a fuller size and shape before shrinking somewhat. For some women, they remain larger. While this may be a welcome change for certain individuals, others find the larger breasts cumbersome and painful to support. Breast reduction surgery, often combined with a breast lift, can restore a patient's upper body to aesthetically pleasing proportions and relieve discomfort.
Almost every mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck, because abdominal skin and muscles are stretched during pregnancy and often need to be tightened to achieve a smooth contour. A tummy tuck repairs lax abdominal muscles in addition to removing stretched and sagging skin and excess fat. Dr. Mustoe's advanced techniques yield beautiful results for patients who desire the flatter, toned stomach they had before having children.
In Dr. Mustoe's skilled hands, liposuction as part of a mommy makeover gives patients a sleeker, more contoured figure. He removes excess fat from the waist and hips to help women target those common "trouble spots" after children.
Because safety is Dr. Mustoe's top priority, he limits surgery to no more than 5 hours. Combining breast surgery and a tummy tuck with some liposuction commonly takes about 3 to 4 hours, although each operation varies. Dr. Mustoe recommends patients who also want extensive liposuction to the thighs, for example, to have that done during a separate operation.
This is part of a careful and conservative approach to planning and executing a mommy makeover that Dr. Mustoe takes from each patient's first consultation. Although combining procedures can be a safe and satisfying method, it requires an extra level of care, which Dr. Mustoe's vast training and experience afford. He advises patients not to take on too many concerns at once in order to optimize their safety, their comfort during recovery, and the quality of their results. He is honest and direct with his recommendations, approaching each patient with sensitivity and compassion.
In addition to his deliberate approach, Dr. Mustoe also relies on a number of advanced technical skills for mommy makeover surgery. These include his vast research in scar and wound healing and use of fat grafting to enhance the contours of a breast surgery. The precise techniques that he uses in each surgery, such as incision choice, vary depending on the components being combined, but in every case Dr. Mustoe brings a wealth of technical understanding and a practiced hand to the procedure.
Dr. Mustoe uses surgical techniques designed to minimize trauma during the operation, which helps enhance a patient's comfort during recovery. One of the advantages of a mommy makeover is having to recover from only one operation. Still, undergoing multiple procedures at once requires patients to take adequate time to rest and recuperate. Following Dr. Mustoe's postoperative instructions will help you heal quickly and without complications. Expect to take about 2 weeks off from work and limit your activities to walking or light exercises after the incisions are fully healed, after about 4 to 6 weeks.
Within a few weeks, you'll be able to start enjoying the comprehensive effect of your procedure. Dr. Mustoe's mommy makeover patients are among his most satisfied, because they undergo such a complete transformation. Many mothers are able to get back in touch with feelings of confident femininity that have long gone by the wayside thanks to the rejuvenating effects of this procedure.