Feeling Beautiful after Baby – Mommy Makeovers in Minneapolis

Pregnancy, childbirth and, breastfeeding can create dramatic physical changes, and mothers often struggle with the joy they feel while dealing with the insecurity of their post-pregnancy appearance.

For many mothers, the idea of plastic surgery can seem selfish, but mommy makeover patients report they feel a significant boost in confidence after their procedures.  As an experienced mommy makeover surgeon in Minneapolis, Dr. George Landis has seen the positive and transformative effects this operation can have. Everyone deserves to look their best, with all the confidence that comes with loving their bodies.

If you have loose skin around your abdomen, deflated breasts, or exercise-resistant fat caused by one or more pregnancies, visit Dr. Landis today for your comprehensive mommy makeover consultation. Dr. Landis and his team are proud to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals with this extensive and customized procedure.

Procedures Included in Your Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeover refers to a combination of aesthetic treatments designed to enhance beauty-after-baby, but each treatment is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all operation. Patients can choose from a variety of procedures designed to correct the after-effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding. While treatment plans are unique, many consist of surgeries to shape and smooth skin, while adding volume to breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Landis reviews your concerns and expectations before determining the best way to meet your needs with cosmetic surgery.

These treatments and others are designed to alleviate the following issues commonly experienced after motherhood:

  • Excess skin on the stomach
  • Separation of abdominal muscles
  • Drooping breast skin
  • Lack of breast volume

Treatments are often completed concurrently, to help patients save time in surgery and during recovery. Dr. Landis understands that mothers are parts of busy families and cannot afford to take too much time away from work, childcare, and routine activities, like picking children up from school. Arranging for childcare for extended periods can also be cost-prohibitive. You can finish your tummy tuck, and breast enhancement surgery in one surgical visit, so you can take these aesthetic issues off your list of concerns.

Customizing your Minneapolis Mommy Makeover with Dr. Landis

When determining your treatment plan, Dr. Landis will recommend procedures which best fit the correction you need. The following operations are the most common; however, your cosmetic goals may include additional treatments, like injectables, to improve skin tone and reduce facial lines. Consider the procedures below as they may apply to your aesthetic concerns:

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tissue in the lower abdomen, and Dr. Landis can remove small fat deposits as well, but a tummy tuck is not a fat removal surgery on its own. Additional benefits of a mommy makeover include realignment of vertical stomach muscles that are often displaced as the abdomen expands during pregnancy. Improved strength of the abdominal wall allows patients to develop better muscle tone and prevents the risk of Hiatal hernias.

A breast lift raises the position of the breast on the chest wall. This surgery is intended to improve breast position but does not increase cup size. If patients want to increase breast fullness or add volume to the upper pole (cleavage), Dr. Landis can include implants or fat transfer. He offers both silicone and saline implants, depending on your goals and body shape. Nipple position can also be enhanced with this procedure, resulting in those youthful breasts that have an upward curve.

Weight fluctuations can leave you with persistent fat deposits that are difficult to eradicate through diet and exercise. Liposuction is a particular fat removal procedure that can slim problem areas of stubborn fat. Common treatment areas include the inner thighs, arms, stomach, and hips. Patients should be near their ideal weight before this procedure is performed to ensure the best results. Liposuction is not a comprehensive weight-loss procedure, but a body sculpting operation Dr. Landis can use to shape your body into a pleasing body outline.

Firmer Skin Post-Pregnancy with a Mommy Makeover

The development of loose abdominal skin after pregnancy happens to many patients and is not reflective of poor health habits or exercise. Patients at a healthy weight who frequently visit the gym find no amount of cardio or crunches can eliminate all soft tissue. While it’s true some skin elasticity will return after pregnancy, your body changes after pregnancy, creating loose tissue after bearing children. Many mothers are motivated to consider plastic surgery after being frustrated by these aesthetic issues in their abdominal area. With loose tissue, all your hard work in the gym can become obscured, which is difficult for many women seeking their pre-pregnancy bodies. 

An essential part of a mommy makeover is removing loose tissue on the stomach and breasts to improve contours that will complement your new shape. Patients who realize the best results from body contouring surgeries are those who are at or near their ideal weight. Being at a healthy weight will also reduce the need for body sculpting through liposuction.

The Physical and Emotional Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

The most obvious upside of body contouring is a sleek shape with taut skin. This benefit allows patients to move freely, unencumbered by loose tissue that can cause rubbing or chafing while exercising or normal activities. But the results of a mommy makeover are widespread and go beyond removing tissue or adding breast implants.

Patients report the following additional benefits of their procedures:

  • Greater freedom in clothing selection
  • No more padded bras
  • No need to wear compression/shape garments under clothes
  • Increased self-esteem in social situations and while with your partner
  • The confidence to wear swimsuits or other form-fitting and revealing clothing

It’s hard to imagine how any of the above issues can weigh on you until you no longer have to worry about them. Feeling more like yourself can mean less time getting ready and trying to hide bothersome imperfections. Imagine the freedom of not being worried about banding your stomach or wearing push-up bras to mimic full breasts. Your mommy makeover with Dr. Landis can help you live confidently and feel great in everyday life.

Recovering from your Full Body Mommy Makeover

Because multiple operations are bundled together during a mommy makeover, recovery can take longer than what you experience after a single surgery.  Although implant placement has a relatively short downtime and healing, a tummy tuck which deals with underlying muscle and excess skin extraction will require extensive care after surgery.

If you are considering a mommy makeover, it’s best to have a plan to ensure a smooth recovery. We suggest you bathe or shower the day of surgery as you may not feel up to it for the first three days after a mommy makeover. Make arrangements with pre-cooked meals, child supervision, and housekeeping with your spouse, friend, or family member helping you in this time of need. Set up an area in your home where you can be comfortable and relax during recovery. These areas may include your bedroom and a lounge area (recliner) with everything you need close. You will have prescriptions for pain and antibiotics, which should be reaching distance. 

On the fourth day of recovery, you will begin to feel more like yourself. Our surgical team will schedule follow-up appointments after the first week to remove sutures and drains if necessary. A compression garment, along with a special bra, will help support incisions during the healing process. As each day passes, you will begin to feel more comfortable, and many patients find the time starts to fly by as they see their results develop.

Ask our Plastic Surgeon about Mommy Makeovers in Minneapolis

Dr. George Landis is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is widely recognized for his approach to aesthetic medicine. His compassionate, bedside manner and informative consultations make him unique in his field and this community. Your safety and satisfaction are of the utmost concern for his entire practice; when you visit Dr. Landis, you will benefit from a completely customized treatment plan that takes all your needs and interests into account.

If you’re ready to look and feel your best, take the first step toward a mommy makeover by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Landis today. We encourage all patients to approach their initial appointment with plenty of questions, so we can help you understand the procedures they choose. Patients are also welcomed to browse our mommy makeover before and after photo gallery to get an idea of the benefits you can achieve through a mommy makeover.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Although breast surgery is highly tolerable during recovery, a tummy tuck will require extensive care after surgery. We will provide capable pain meds to help make you comfortable after surgery, especially during the first few days of recovery. You will need help because you will be restricted from certain activities like picking up your children and preparing meals. Make sure you have a responsible adult helping you during this time.

Although healing varies from patient-to-patient, we suggest you plan to take off at least two weeks from your daily routine. This period may be less if a tummy tuck is not included in your mommy makeover.

Because you will experience swelling in the incision areas, results will not be fully realized for several weeks. However, you will notice improvements in your breasts and abdominal are within the first two weeks.

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