Dr. Olatz Alcelay, specialized in the complex technique of Mommy Makeover, answers the most frequently asked questions of patients before the realization of this technique. The first thing to clarify is that this technique is used to reverse the effects of motherhood on women’s bodies, especially in the breast and abdominal area. Women can undergo this technique must be in good health and must have completed the stage of motherhood.
What parts are treated in the Mommy Makeover?
This procedure can consist of a combination of different parts, for example: breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift, complete abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty, liposuction, genital surgery.
Can it be performed in the same operation?
Depending on the patient’s state of health and the duration of the intervention, all the procedures could be performed in the same intervention. However, different alternatives can also be considered to be performed at different times. The operation is performed in about 4 hours, depending on the procedures.
What does the Mommy Makeover operation consist of?
During the operation, the breasts are lifted to their normal position, and if there is loss of volume, breast implants can be used. Alternatively, if the breast is too large and causes problems, it can be reduced in size. In abdominoplasty, the muscles are tightened, narrowing the waist. Excess skin and fat is removed including all or parts of the stretch marks.
Can I have children again?
This procedure does not prevent you from having more children, but if you wish to have more children it would be advisable to wait, as the results may be compromised.
Can a cesarean scar affect the results of a Mommy Makeover?
The abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty scar sits on top of the old C-section scar, so it may even enhance it.
When is the best time to perform a Mommy Makeover?
The best time to perform the procedure is when the childbearing period is over, one year after the birth of the last child or after the end of breastfeeding if a breast procedure is to be performed. It is also necessary to have reached a stable weight, since significant increases or decreases in weight can compromise the subsequent result.
Are there any risks?
The risks are the usual ones in any major surgery and may include scarring problems, bleeding, infection and seroma. The surgeon will talk to you about all of them so that you can discuss them.
Will I have scars?
Scars will be there but they will be as fine and limited as possible following the best techniques and teaching the patient how to take care of them. It is not possible to perform these procedures without scarring.
What can I expect after surgery?
It depends on the type and number of procedures performed, breast, abdomen or both. You can go home the same day or you may be advised to stay one or two days. The recovery period is usually between one and four weeks. Results are obvious within the first few days.
When can I return to my normal activities?
During the first week, the patient will need extra help with childcare. The recovery period is about four weeks, depending on the interventions that have been performed.
As for the work routine, depending on the work and the interventions performed, it will be possible to return to work after 4 weeks, although it is advisable not to make physical efforts.