Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can have irreversible effects on a woman’s body, causing a variable number of changes that are almost impossible to reverse with diet and exercise. Pregnancy itself can cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and separate, so that even once the pregnancy has ended, a woman can be left with a loose, protruding stomach. The stretched belly and inelastic skin due to aging can also cause excess skin and fat to linger in the midsection.
Pregnancy and breast feeding can cause a woman’s breast tissue to swell in preparation to lactation, but once lactation is over, the breast tissue will shrink, leaving behind flattened, sagging breasts. In addition, hormonal changes after pregnancy can leave stubborn deposits of fat on all kinds of places on the body, causing unsightly bumps and sagging.
The mommy makeover is a series of cosmetic procedures that can reverse the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding on a woman. The mommy makeover can use procedures for the breast, body, and even face. The customized series of procedures selected for a mommy makeover can also be completed in different stages or done all at once.
Dr. Schaefer will listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals to determine the combination of procedures for your mommy makeover. With Dr. Schaefer, the mommy makeover isn’t just a way to regain what you’ve lost, it’s a way to help achieve the best shape you’ve ever been in.
If you’re seeking a mommy makeover in Minneapolis, you can turn to Dr. Schaefer to help you turn back time. While Dr. Schaefer has extensive experience with individual body contouring procedures, he can meticulously plan your mommy makeover to make the overall results as balanced and proportional as possible.
Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
In your consultation at our Minneapolis office, Dr. Schaefer will listen to your expectations and concerns for the mommy makeover. He will perform a thorough physical examination to help you determine what set of mommy makeover procedures you might want to include.
He will make sure to listen to all your questions, and give you ample time to ask them.
Here you will get a better idea of what can and cannot be done in your particular, individual case. In essence, Dr. Schaefer will give you a reasonable expectation of your mommy makeover outcome.
Plus, he will discuss the process of the mommy makeover, your unique body type, and what you can expect leading up to, and during your mommy makeover. He will explain the recovery process for the mommy makeover and what to expect there.
It is important that both you and Dr. Schaefer agree as to the aesthetics and process of your surgery so you can reach attainable goals and appearance.
What is a Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover is a combination of two or more surgeries that are performed in concert to provide solutions to aesthetic issues that often follow child bearing and breastfeeding.
Because you are unique, your procedure will be unique as well. Minneapolis based Dr. Schaefer will devise a strategy that will customize the process to include the surgeries that you need and desire. The most common mommy makeovers combine both a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. However, sometimes the breast can undergo a breast lift (mastopexy) or mastopexy augmentation (breast lift with implants).
Why Mommy Makeover Usually Includes Breast Surgery
Breast feeding often leaves you with sagging breasts and nipples that point down. Nursing may also give a deflated appearance to your breasts and can reduce their size as well.
To address these issues, Dr. Schaefer can include a breast lift or breast augmentation to your mommy makeover. With a breast lift, he will raise your breasts to pre-pregnancy positions, giving you the look and feel of your younger self. He can also adjust the position of your nipples, centering them to your breasts. Removing excess skin around the areola will reduce their inflated size caused by sagging.
If your breasts became smaller and need more volume, then Dr. Schaefer will recommend a breast augmentation using breast implants for your mommy makeover.
For women who are experiencing a substantial loss of volume and sagging, Dr. Schaefer offers mastopexy-augmentation, a combination of the breast lift and breast augmentation.
Why Mommy Makeover Usually Includes Tummy Tuck
The breast is not the only part of your anatomy that can suffer from pregnancy and childbirth. Excess fat deposits and skin can accumulate around the mid-section. Your tummy, sides, and back can be a reservoir of stubborn fat and excess skin. The abdominal muscles become stretched and weakened, causing them to separate. Let’s not forget stretch marks. Some women end up with stretch marks over the midsection. A mommy makeover can eliminate some or all of the stretch-mark affected skin, restore tone to the abdominal wall, and provide a firmer and flatter abdomen.
Dr. Schaefer has a mommy makeover process unique to his Minneapolis practice. By using innovative and cutting edge procedures like the Tummy Tuck 360™ and SAFELipo®, he provides the most modern and proven mommy makeover procedure in Minneapolis.
SAFELipo® is a kind of advanced liposuction. Using a special cannula, SAFELipo® involves separating fat cells from the body in a way that better preserves the blood supply than traditional liposuction. A different cannula can then gently aspirate the fat. The remaining fat will be used to sculpt the area smooth using a process called Fat Equalization.
A Tummy Tuck 360™ is a tummy tuck that adds SAFELipo® for fat extraction around the entire torso. A tummy tuck can remove excess, loose skin, tighten the abdominal wall, and narrow the waist. By adding SAFELipo® to remove fat around the upper body, the Tummy Tuck 360™ reduces complications and allows greater control for the surgeon. Tummy Tuck 360™’s SAFELipo® can work on areas like back fat, bra rolls, and muffin tops if needed.
What to Expect During the Procedure
A mommy makeover is typically an outpatient procedure, but it may include an overnight stay in the hospital. You will be given general anesthesia and the procedure will last up to 5 hours depending on what procedures are involved in your individual case.
A tummy tuck or Tummy Tuck 360™ is usually the first step performed to tighten up and shape the abdomen and entire trunk if needed. Breast surgery can then be done and may include a breast lift, breast augmentation with implants, or both.
SAFELipo® may be implemented where necessary to ensure a youthful appearance and profile.
The treated areas are then closed and dressed in surgical bandages, including compression garments to help reduce swelling and increase support during recovery and healing.
If you undergo a mommy makeover in Minneapolis, you should expect a long recovery, but not an unbearable one. With the advent of Exparel®, pain management has taken another step. This non-narcotic pain block is a slow-release-local anesthetic that can be delivered during your procedure. One single injection provides pain reduction for up to 5 days.
The first 3 days after your surgery are the most uncomfortable. Exparel® lasts long enough to allow you to “turn the corner” and start feeling better before the medication wears off.
You should get plenty of rest and sleep, as these aid the healing process. You should avoid strenuous activities or lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first few days after surgery. You should arrange for child care or get some help during your recovery. Walking around the house and mild stretching is recommended to prevent clotting.
The treated areas will be sore, so Dr. Schaefer will prescribe pain medication to help make you comfortable. Bruising and swelling is expected, but should improve gradually.
You will see aesthetic improvement in some areas immediately, but other areas will require time for the swelling and the incisions to heal. This may take several weeks to several months for your results to fully appear.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
Choosing a qualified surgeon for your surgery is of paramount importance. Sadly, any doctor with a license can legally perform tummy tuck surgery, despite having no specialized training.
It is vital for your plastic surgeon to have the right qualifications and credentials. These include a board certification and a good standing with the various medical boards. It also includes education, experience, and satisfied patients.
Make sure a practice’s support staff will be professional, friendly and caring during your mommy makeover. This will be the people to lean on during your mommy makeover recovery. Make sure you are comfortable with the entire team.
It is important to do your research and visit with the doctor personally. It is important to visit the facility where the surgery will take place. Don’t rush! You should make the time to get well informed.
Why Dr. Schaefer?
Dr. Timothy Schaefer completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery training at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta. He has since focused his career on cosmetic procedures like the mommy makeover.
With careful planning and a problem-solving approach, Dr. Schaefer customizes a strategy for your mommy makeover.
Dr. Schaefer utilizes the latest and most advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment for the mommy makeover, because he wants patients like you to know that they are receiving the latest, most predictable, and safest outcomes.
Based in Minneapolis, and a board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schaefer has been honored as a BEST DOCTOR and BEST DOCTOR FOR WOMEN by the Minnesota Monthly Magazine. He was named a TOP DOCTOR FOR PLASTIC SURGERY by the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine.
Schedule Your Consultation Appointment Today
If you’re seeking a mommy makeover in Minneapolis from Dr. Schaefer, you have a chance to dramatically improve your self-confidence. Dr. Schaefer is passionate about helping patients like you improve your outward appearance and quality of life by helping you get your body back to its prime. To learn how Dr. Schaefer can improve your appearance and self-esteem with the mommy makeover, please contact us today.
To schedule your consultation at our Minneapolis office, please call 952-920-2600 or go to the Contact page and fill out the necessary information to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.