University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue 4th Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-1234
Location Hours: Monday–Friday | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mommy Makeover: 1 Surgery, 1 Dramatic Change

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Many people are familiar with the term “mommy makeover”—a phrase that refers to combining multiple plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck in Charlottesville, VA.  And while most of my clients understand the aesthetic benefits of having 2 or more procedures performed at the same time, they still have lingering questions, concerns, or misconceptions about combining surgeries.

The Myths of Multiple Procedures

Some of the most common hesitations my clients have are about downtime and money. Many people mistakenly believe that combining plastic surgery treatments will be more expensive and require more downtime. However, the opposite is actually true. Combining plastic surgery procedures reduces your overall downtime by condensing 2 or more recovery periods into one. It also saves you money because you avoid paying for surgical costs more than once (such as facility and anesthesia fees). So, although you will pay more upfront for a mommy makeover, you will save money in the long run.

More Complete Results

In addition to saving you money, combination procedures like a mommy makeover give you more complete results. I often use the analogy of a kitchen remodel when trying to explain the benefits of a mommy makeover to my clients. For example, if you were remodeling your kitchen, would you feel satisfied if you got all new cabinets and counter tops, but they were alongside old appliances? Probably not.

Plastic surgery is similar. Many people feel a sense of incompleteness if they choose to have only one procedure, especially if they have multiple cosmetic concerns. Focusing on one issue without addressing the bigger picture can leave you feeling disappointed about your results.

As a surgeon, it’s my job to make sure you’re happy with your surgical outcome. That means thoroughly explaining your options and what procedure(s) will yield you the results you are looking for. Oftentimes, the answer is more than one surgery.

Common Mommy Makeover Options

A mommy makeover is one of the best ways to target several areas of the body at once. And while anyone can have a mommy makeover (including non-moms), the procedure is often chosen by moms who want improve the areas of their body most affected by pregnancy and childbirth: the breasts and tummy.

Body contouring procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast implants are popular options in Charlottesville, VA, for a mommy makeover. In fact, all 4 of these procedures can be performed at the same time. Or, they can be mixed and matched depending on your individual needs. These procedures are also beneficial for anyone who has noticed age or weight-related changes to their breasts and body, such as excess fat, sagging skin, or drooping breasts.

How the Procedures Work Together

Many of the procedures included in a mommy makeover complement each other. That is to say that breast procedures enhance the results of body procedures and vice versa. For example, the slimmer waistline that can be achieved with a tummy tuck is emphasized by enhanced breasts. Likewise, perkier breasts give the illusion of a longer waistline and more feminine body contour.

Regardless of your cosmetic goals, it’s important that you discuss your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can safely and effectively perform your procedure. If you are ready to learn about the best approach to restore your pre-pregnancy body, request a consultation by calling (434) 205-9555 (Charlottesville) or (540) 932-5771 (Fishersville) to schedule an appointment.

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