What Kind of Scars Can I Expect After Mommy Makeover Surgery?
If you've worked hard to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy body and want to see your breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks look like they did before you had children, a mommy makeover might be an excellent option for you. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz performs mommy makeovers at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. of Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX.
Those looking for a slimmer, more lifted look may also be worried about the appearance of scars after their mommy makeover. Below, we'll look at what to expect.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a customized set of plastic surgery procedures. These are designed to restore areas that change after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations. It's up to each patient which areas they want to address. The most popular reshaping procedures in a mommy makeover include:
Liposuction of the flanks and lower back
Breast lift surgery
The procedures are typically performed simultaneously using general anesthesia, and surgery can take between 3 – 7 hours, depending on the patient's choices. You'll likely need a day-long hospital stay to kick-start your recovery, and healing time will depend on the patient. Dr. Hanz will discuss a specific recovery plan while creating your mommy makeover plan.
Will there be scars after a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover techniques often require the type of incisions that can leave scars. Dr. Hanz will try to ensure the incisions are in places that are relatively obscured or hidden by a bikini. However, in cases when a patient has a full tummy tuck or significant lifting of the breasts, there may be visible scars.
Before proceeding with mommy makeover surgery, Dr. Hanz can give patients an idea of where they may have scars and even provide photos from past surgeries to show how they may heal. While every person's body is different, it can be reassuring to know in advance what mommy makeover scars could look like. Some, but not all, can scars fade over time.
What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?
After you leave the hospital, it's crucial to follow Dr. Hanz's instructions to rest and heal. Aftercare plans will be customized to each patient and include a timeline of when you should start trying to move around gently to get your blood flowing again and when you can begin to resume your regular routine. Most patients can expect to spend at least a few weeks in a dedicated recovery phase.
Aftercare instructions will also include the best sleeping positions to ensure there's no shifting of fat after body sculpting and minimal disturbance of your incisions. Proper aftercare can also help reduce the appearance of mommy makeover scars.
Get a mommy makeover in Dallas, TX
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz ensures every patient gets the information they need before proceeding with mommy makeover surgery. By making small, clean incisions in optimal locations, he can help you achieve not only the sculpted body you deserve by the least visible scars possible.
Schedule your consultation at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX.