As a leading Portland plastic surgeon, Dr. DeMars has helped numerous women restore their pre-pregnancy figures with the mommy makeover procedure, which is designed to correct the changes that the body goes through after one or more pregnancies. These are physical changes that are unresponsive to diet and exercise efforts and thus require surgical intervention. If you long for your pre-baby body, mommy makeover may be the right solution for you!
Video: What is Mommy Makeover?
Dr. DeMars discusses mommy makeover surgery, including who many be a candidate and the type of procedures it involves.
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What Does Mommy Makeover Treat?
Mommy makeover treats areas of the body that have changed with pregnancy and breastfeeding — primarily, the breasts and abdomen. For example, the breasts may lose volume and look “deflated” or droopy after nursing. The nipples may also point downward. The upper and/or lower abdomen may develop localized fat deposits (known as “love handles”), stretch marks or loose skin. The abdominal muscles may also separate during pregnancy (especially multiple pregnancies).
During your personal mommy makeover consultation, Dr. DeMars will recommend the procedures he feels will deliver the most optimal results.
Your mommy makeover consultation is a good opportunity to accomplish several things: first, Dr. DeMars will examine the areas of your body that have been affected negatively by pregnancy. For example, he will note the quality of the skin and amount of fat on your abdomen, and the degree of sagginess in your breasts. You should draw his attention to anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, such as stretch marks or excess fat on your back or flanks.
Dr. DeMars will want to learn more about your specific cosmetic goals. He will ask you questions about your desired surgical outcome, and you may review before-and-after photographs of his previous mommy makeover patients to get a better idea of what the treatment can accomplish.
Information about your health status and medical history will also be recorded to confirm that you are a good candidate for surgery.
If you decide to move forward with mommy makeover surgery, you will receive detailed instructions about how to prepare and what to expect afterward, so you can make the proper arrangements. You are encouraged to ask questions you have about the upcoming surgery.
Your mommy makeover procedure will be tailored to your individual needs. Depending on the areas of your body that you would like to improve, your mommy makeover could include:
Breast lift: your breasts are elevated to a more youthful-looking position on the chest wall.
Tummy tuck: excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen, and weakened/separated muscles are repaired.
Liposuction: areas of localized fat are removed from the body.
Recovering from Mommy Makeover
The first few days of your recovery will be the most challenging; after that, your recovery should get easier. If you experience discomfort, you can take pain medication as prescribed by Dr. DeMars. Your breasts and abdomen may feel sore and swollen, and look bruised.
It’s important that you rest your body as it heals. Avoid any bending, lifting (including children!) and straining, as these movements could cause a complication to arise. Arrange for a spouse or family member to help you with household chores and childcare, so you can focus on your own body and needs.
Dr. DeMars will schedule several follow-up visits to check your healing progress, remove any sutures and advise you as to when you can return to work, exercise, heavy lifting and other tasks.
Learn More about Mommy Makeover
If you would like to learn more about mommy makeover surgery and how it can help you enjoy your pre-pregnancy physique, please call Dr. DeMars at 503-253-3458 and schedule a consultation.