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- Mommy Makeover Procedure
- Mommy Makeover Recovery
- Potential Complications
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Pregnancy, especially more than one, can have dramatic effects on a woman’s body, especially the breasts and the abdomen, producing stretch marks, droopy and deflated breasts, loose abdominal skin, and perhaps an abdominal hernia. These problems can only partially be improved with diet and exercise. Therefore, plastic surgical procedures may be necessary to return a woman’s body to the state it was in — or in some cases, an even better state — before pregnancy. Pittsburgh plastic surgery provider Lori L. Cherup, M.D., of Radiance Plastic Surgery, helps women who are mommies look and feel rejuvenated after giving birth to multiple children.
The Mommy Makeover Consultation
Dr. Cherup will examine you and measure dimensions of your breasts, abdomen, and thighs. She probably will employ our VECTRA 3D imaging system to visualize your breasts and simulate an augmentation if that is intended. Your Mommy Makeover Plan may include some of the following procedures:
- Breast augmentation: Adds volume to breasts that looked deflated after breast feeding.
- Breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift): Adds volume and perkiness to breasts that sag by fitting the skin envelope to the new breast volume.
- Breast reduction: Reduces the size of overly large and heavy breasts to a more compact breast package that fits your body proportions.
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): Removes excess skin and fat in the midsection, and tightens the underlying muscles.
- Mini tummy tuck: Slightly less invasive and extensive than a full abdominoplasty. Often does not give as good a result, but is indicated for patients with one pregnancy or less.
- Liposuction: Eliminates unusual fatty deposits that have settled around the midsection, thighs, or flanks; improves the contours of the body, so that it is smooth without bumps.
- Lower body lift: Eliminates excess skin from the abdomen, upper lateral thighs, and the buttocks; usually only needed in patients with extreme weight loss, or very poor skin elasticity.
Breast and body procedures can also be complemented with a facial procedure. Dr. Cherup offers complete facial rejuvenation, ranging from facelift surgery to simple injectable treatments with Botox or dermal fillers. Photofacials and laser skin resurfacing often complete the rejuvenation.
Dr. Cherup is exceptionally skilled and extensively trained to provide remarkable results with minimal risks and complications. Although no surgery is risk free, Dr. Cherup is a board certified plastic surgeon with 20 years of experience and a history of many satisfied patients.
Mommy Makeover Procedure Plan
Dr. Cherup has definite opinions about combining procedures together. In general, the more procedures combined together, the higher the risk of complications. Patients with medical problems, clotting disorders, only average pain tolerance, and many responsibilities with a minimum of “off-time” available should have procedures performed separately. For example, a breast procedure rarely requires more than a few days off work. While the patient heals, she can drop a few more pounds and get healthier. Then, a few weeks to months later, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be performed.
Breast and body contouring procedures can be combined together for a longer surgery safely for those patients who have a low BMI, are young (under 40), who have a few weeks after to recuperate, and who have a high pain tolerance.
Rest assured, Dr. Cherup will recommend a plan for you that is safe and surgically sound, and that will fulfill your needs and get you through the surgery with an excellent result.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Please go to Dr. Cherup’s blog on this website and read the articles titled “exercise and driving after breast augmentation” and “swelling after a tummy tuck abdominoplasty.” If you have combined procedures you will need someone to take care of you for a week; you will be driving in two weeks; and probably you will be back to work at three weeks. Most patients underestimate the length of time they will take to feel normal. Remember, your body did not change into its “not happy state” overnight. The repair will take a month to heal, and then you will feel full of energy and delight at your new image.
Infection can occur uncommonly in breasts, slightly more commonly in abdominoplasties, and almost never in liposuctions. Your diligence in correct wound care is important. Dr. Cherup will diagnose any infection, and treat it thoroughly.
Request for explantation of implants: Dr. Cherup has had only two patients in the past 20 years request explantation of implants after an augmentation that she performs. Both patients cited pain with exercise and discomfort with the size of their breasts. Dr. Cherup is absolutely NOT an OVER-AUGMENTER, as many plastic surgeons are. Dr. Cherup will wisely lead you to a size and shape implant that will give you beautiful results.
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are very rare complications. Symptoms of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), shortness of breath, and pain in a calf need to be reported to Dr. Cherup immediately. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism must be treated quickly and thoroughly in a hospital setting. Dr. Cherup has had three or four patients in the past 20 years develop these problems, which usually occur with longer surgeries. We take all precautions to prevent these problems during the surgery, such as adequate hydration, sequential compression boots on your legs, elevating the legs during the surgery, and getting the patient up to ambulate within hours after recovery. However, in some patients who have a tendency to clot quickly, this complication can occur. Dr. Cherup has never had a fatality due to these complications, because she has always diagnosed these problems quickly when they have occurred. Rest assured, Dr. Cherup will thoroughly evaluate your medical status before she recommends any surgical plan to correct your body contours.
Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about mommy makeover surgery, please call Dr. Cherup at (412) 220-8181 or (877) 441-0639.