Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover

Becoming a mother is one of the most beautiful experiences in life, but it can take a toll on your body.  Throughout the pregnancy, your body will gain stretch marks and will change permanently.  Once the baby is born, breast-feeding will add to the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body.  Even when you take care of yourself throughout the pregnancy, it can be impossible to get your body back to the way it was before you had children.  That’s why Dr. James Knoetgen specializes in a series of treatments known as the Mommy Makeover.

What is a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Knoetgen created this procedure to address the most significant challenges faced by women after having children.  Even with exercise and a healthy lifestyle, your body may not return to its original form alone.

What is included in the Mommy Makeover?

  • Breast Improvement Surgery—Depending on your needs and goals, this could involve a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction.
  • Tummy Tuck—Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, it will help tighten the midsection and contour the body.

Together, these procedures will allow you to feel your best again; even after the toll pregnancy has taken on your body.  Find out how Dr. Knoetgen can help you regain your self-confidence.

Breast Improvement Surgery
Breast improvement surgery is a combination of breast augmentation and/or a breast lift.  Depending on your needs, Dr. Knoetgen will perform the procedure that will work best for you.

  • Breast Augmentation—This procedure will involve using saline or silicone breast implants to enhance the natural size and shape of the breast.  After breast-feeding, many women are left with smaller breast that often sag.  This can be remedied with a breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Knoetgen has performed more than 1000 of these procedures and will spend extra time with you before the surgery. Dr. Knoetgen will help you figure out the size that will work best for your body type so you can achieve your goals with the end result.
  • Breast Lift—A breast lift is performed to reverse the effects of breast-feeding.  If you are left with sagging breasts, a breast lift will allow you to regain your pre-pregnancy body.  Dr. Knoetgen is passionate about making each patient feel better about themselves and will work hard to give you the results you desire.  A breast lift can help to minimize the effects of breast-feeding on your breasts.

Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck will be performed as part of the Mommy Makeover.  During the procedure, Dr. Knoetgen will get rid of the excess or sagging skin that can result from pregnancy and childbirth.  A tummy tuck allows you to regain your pre-pregnancy body and is one of the many procedures Dr. Knoetgen specializes in.

Making small incisions so that scarring will be minimal will perform the procedure.  Excess skin will be removed and the skin will be tightened to give you a flat and defined waist.  The stomach will appear refined and tight after the procedure, which will allow you to achieve your pre-pregnancy look.

There may be other procedures included in the Mommy Makeover, depending on your individual goals.  A tummy tuck sometimes can be done along with liposuction, which will help in contouring the area in some cases.  During your consultation, Dr. Knoetgen will discuss the various options with you to determine the best course of action for your body.  Since the Mommy Makeover was created to help you feel better about yourself, he will discuss all of your options with you to ensure the procedure boosts your self-confidence.  Contact Dr. Knoetgen to find out more.

Recovery After the Mommy Makeover

  • Tummy Tuck—In most cases, recovery for an abdominoplasty will take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.  Since each patient is different, Dr. Knoetgen will discuss your recovery process to give you a better idea of what to expect.  During recovery, you can do many things to promote healing and expedite the recovery process.  Get plenty of rest as your body heals to allow it to recover from the surgery.  It’s also important to eat a healthy diet, as nutrition plays a key role in recovery.
  • Breast Improvement—Like the tummy tuck, each patient will have his or her own recovery experience after breast improvement surgery.  You will be sore following the procedure, but should be able to begin light activities again after about one week. Full recovery will most likely take around 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the procedure you have done.
  • Medications—Dr. Knoetgen will give you certain medications to take following your procedures.  You may need to take a medicine to help relieve the pain and you will most likely be placed on an antibiotic to help prevent infection.  It’s important to follow any instructions you receive at Beautologie so you can move through the recovery process with ease.

When you want to know more about how to get your pre-pregnancy body back, contact Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Knoetgen.