A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures designed to restore your body after childbirth. There are many changes that happen to a woman's body after pregnancy that can't be improved with diet and exercise alone. This can make it difficult to find clothes that fit the way they used to and for you to feel as good about your body as you once did. A mommy makeover in Albany, NY with Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore can improve these areas to give you your body back and help you feel like yourself again.
Dr. Rockmore approaches each procedure with precision and artistic vision to reveal each patient's unique beauty. To get started, request a free consultation using his online form or call his office at (518) 328-3330.
Dr. Rockmore's Approach
The procedures Dr. Rockmore typically combines for his Albany mommy makeover patients include:
Breast enhancement, with some combination of a lift, reduction, or augmentation with implants
All of these procedures can be done at the same time, as an outpatient operation in most cases. The advantages of combining the procedures are that the recovery times are combined, the cost is less, and the entire area of the body affected by your pregnancy is improved at once.
The breasts change dramatically during a pregnancy, and they often continue to change their shape for some time afterward. For many women, there is often loss of volume, which can accentuate sagging, or ptosis, of the breasts. Dr. Rockmore can place breast implants as part of a mommy makeover, or on their own, to restore the volume of the breasts and to enhance their shape. This can bring back the superior volume, or fullness above the bra line, that you used to have. No longer will you have the space between the top of the bra and your skin.
A lift can then be added, if necessary, to treat any sagging that you have. This repositions the nipple on the center of the breast and lifts the breasts to where they once were. Although the tradeoff is some scars, they usually fade over time and allow a youthful, natural look.
Your abdomen also goes through tremendous changes with pregnancy. Both the skin and the muscles stretch to accommodate your growing child. Unfortunately, they often do not have enough elasticity afterward to shrink back to their old form. This leaves loose skin with stretch marks often hanging over your waistline. The laxity of your muscles leaves the lower belly "pooch," which tends not to respond to exercise.
These changes require a tummy tuck to bring back your flat belly. A tummy tuck tightens the underlying muscles to create a flat foundation, then tightens the overlying skin to remove the lower stretch marks and laxity. There are several kinds of tummy tucks, including mini-tummy tucks, full tummy tucks, and extended tummy tucks. The choice depends on the amount of loose skin and degree of muscle laxity. This allows Dr. Rockmore to tailor the procedure to fit your individual needs.
Liposuction is often added to the procedure to remove any areas of unwanted fat. It is quite common to have some areas of fat after pregnancy that don't respond to your weight loss attempts. Your metabolism changes after pregnancy and as you mature, often as the result of shifts in your hormones. You can be left with areas of fat that change your shape and contour. Liposuction can be used to permanently treat the areas and sculpt them so that your curves are restored. Areas commonly treated with liposuction in a mommy makeover include the thighs, hips, flanks, back, and belly.
Dr. Rockmore can also add facial surgery or skin procedures to your customized mommy makeover for an overall transformation.
I have had an extremely positive experience with Dr. Rockmore. From Day 1, I felt comfortable and confident with him. I met with other surgeons, but after careful research, chose Dr. Rockmore, and I am so glad that I did. I am very happy with the results from my Mommy Makeover. Dr. Rockmore answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease. His staff is excellent also. I will recommend him to my family and friends.
A mommy makeover is done as an outpatient procedure at the surgery center near our Albany, NY office. The amount of time for the procedure depends on the extent of the surgical options, ranging from 2 to 4 hours. It is done using general anesthesia provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Even though it is an outpatient procedure, there is some recovery time, which can range from 10 to 14 days before you are back at work .
The most comfortable way to recover from a mommy makeover is in a recliner. Sleeping in a recliner will keep the tension off your stomach, and it is easier to get out of a recliner than a bed. If you do not have one, a chair with an ottoman or several pillows can be substituted. You will be placed in a bra and an elastic binder for your stomach.
You can shower the next day and need to take short walks around the house. There are usually 1 to 2 drains that are in place for a week and are easily cared for. Most women can drive within 10 days, and depending on their types of work, can be back at their jobs in 10 to 14 days. Heavy lifting needs to be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks to allow the stomach muscles to heal.
Over time, your scars will fade and your new shape will become apparent. A mommy makeover will allow you to fit in the clothes that you used to and feel comfortable with your body again.
Why Choose Dr. Rockmore for Mommy Makeover Surgery
Experience with thousands of breast and body contouring procedures
Artistic vision to see the possibilities of what your body was and could be
Expertise to perform your surgery safely and provide the results you were dreaming of