What can be corrected with mommy makeover in San Diego?
San Diego plastic surgery practice, Restore SD Plastic Surgery, offers mommy makeover.
Your breasts can increase in size and fullness throughout your pregnancy and the nursing process. However, you can lose this volume over time, which causes your breasts to appear empty or deflated. Many women develop sagging of the breasts, which contributes to an aged breast aesthetic. Breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, or a combination of the two may be the option for restoring the attractive fullness of your pre-baby breasts.
The rapid stretching of your belly from your pregnancy can leave you with both skin and muscle laxity. The loss of elasticity can create a flabby abdomen that lacks definition. For some, a weakened abdomen leads to a stomach pooch, which can affect how nicely your clothing fits. The surgeons at Restore SD will help you determine if a standard, extended, or mini tummy tuck will provide you with the abdominal contour you desire.
It is common for women to accumulate fat throughout their body during pregnancy, but it can be difficult to shed these additional pounds postpartum. Unwanted fat can prevent you from having the body shape or definition you desire. Liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure to treat a specific problem area, or it can be combined with a tummy tuck to define and contour the abdomen, enhancing your results.
What procedures do mommy makeovers include?
Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts. You will work closely with your Restore SD surgeon to design a plan that provides you with the breasts and silhouette you want. We offer a wide variety of implant options to help you achieve a look that nicely complements your frame
Breast lift surgery treats multiple degrees of sagging, which cannot be improved with implants. The breast tissue is lifted and repositioned as your Restore SD surgeon carefully crafts a more youthful and perky breast appearance. Breast lift is commonly performed in conjunction with augmentations for patients who wish to increase their bust size in addition to ridding their breasts of a noticeable droop.
Tummy tuck surgery implements tissue removal and muscle tightening to help restore a firmer abdominal contour. One of the most common combinations for a mommy makeover is a tummy tuck plus breast surgery. There are three types of tummy tucks:
Standard tummy tuck
A standard tummy tuck addresses excess skin accumulation from the navel to the pubic mound and provides muscle tightening.
Mini tummy tuck
Other women may benefit from a mini tummy tuck that focuses on the muscles and improves minor skin laxity.
Extended tummy tuck
Still, others may want a more dramatic result and opt for an extended procedure that maximizes skin removal, tightens the muscles, and uses liposuction to smooth the flanks and hips.
Liposuction uses gentle vacuum suction to eliminate excess fat from multiple areas of the body. While it can improve the contour of your arms, back, thighs, bra line, and neck, liposuction is often used along the stomach and flanks to improve the abdominal contour. It can enhance the definition of your hips and rejuvenate the overall shape of your physique.
Dr. Katerina Gallus
Dr. Gallus has over 20 years of experience and is a fully credentialed, board certified plastic surgeon. She will partner with you to develop a tailored surgical plan that prioritizes your safety and results.
What can I expect during a mommy makeover San Diego consultation?
When you arrive at Restore SD Plastic Surgery to discuss your Mommy Makeover, Dr. Gallus will perform a detailed examination as well as review your medical history and any medications you are taking.
During your mommy makeover consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Prior surgeries
If you are undergoing breast augmentation and are over 40 years of age or have a strong family history of breast cancer, a recent mammogram will be requested. Breast procedure patients will have photos taken with our VECTRA® 3D imaging system, and treatment areas and options will be discussed while viewing your photos series. With our state-of-the-art Canfield software, potential surgical results can be viewed and adjustments can be made, helping you to visualize possible outcomes.
“Dr. Gallus did an amazing job with a 360 look. I never expected the results that I have received. If you are deciding to change your look for the better, then don’t hesitate. She is an amazing surgeon, and I recommend her services to everyone. She delivered above and beyond!”
——M. R., actual patient of Dr. Gallus
Mommy makeover recovery
The extent of your mommy makeover recovery will vary depending on the type and number of procedures you undergo. Most patients will experience bruising and swelling along their treatment area. After two weeks, most patients are able to return to regular activities, like work. However, you will need to limit your physical activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, for four to six weeks. Dr. Gallus will advise when it is safe to resume all activities. Major swelling should subside within six to eight weeks.
Mommy makeover scars
Breast and abdominal procedures use thin, well-placed incisions designed to limit visible scarring. However, scar development varies based on the patient’s natural healing abilities. Scars take nine to 12 months to fully mature, and scar care with the Restore SD team will be an important part of recovery.
How much does a mommy makeover in San Diego cost?
The price of mommy makeover varies between patients depending on the type and number of procedures performed. Factors such as surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees can all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. A detailed quote will be provided during your free consultation.
Managing pain after surgery
Anesthesia prevents pain during your surgery, and oral pain medication is used to alleviate discomfort following your mommy makeover surgery. Most discomfort only lasts several days.
Your Safety = Beautiful Mommy Makeover Results
Mommy Makeover San Diego at Restore SD
At Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we maintain the highest level of clinical competence and integrity—this means we always place patient safety first. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and former Navy plastic surgeon, Dr. Katerina Gallus only operates at fully accredited, private outpatient surgical facilities located within minutes of our office. She also holds hospital privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
Mommy makeover FAQs
What concerns can a mommy makeover in San Diego correct?
A mommy makeover can address a number of concerns women may have following pregnancy, including separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti); fat deposits on the abdomen (belly pooch), hips, flanks (love handles), and thighs; and sagging tissues on the abdomen, breasts, and buttocks. It’s common for mommy makeover to include liposuction to remove excess fat.
What are the benefits of mommy makeover surgery?
Mommy makeover surgery has numerous benefits, including:
- Lifts the breasts and restores breast fullness
- Tightens loose skin
- Removes unwanted fat deposits
- Tightens loose core muscles (as part of a tummy tuck)
- Can improve exercise and posture
- Restores a more youthful, shapely appearance
Who is a good mommy makeover San Diego patient?
Good mommy makeover patients are women who want to lift and tighten sagging tissues and remove excess body fat to restore your pre-pregnancy physique, want to repair separated abdominal muscles, have a BMI of 35 or less, are finished giving birth, and are a non-smoker or can refrain from smoking for 2 weeks before and after the procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used during mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety.
How soon after pregnancy can mothers have a mommy makeover?
We suggest you allow your body to properly heal following your pregnancy. You can experience changes for up to one year after the birth of a child. You should attempt to lose weight naturally and shouldn’t plan to have any more children in the future. Most mommy makeover occurs at least six months to a year after pregnancy.
How can I minimize post-operative scarring after my mommy makeover?
Unfortunately, scarless surgery does not exist yet. Your Restore SD surgeons will educate you about post-op scar management. A surgical scar will take nine to 12 months to fully mature. Your scar will go through changes during the healing process, and your Restore SD team will help you manage this part of your recovery. This can consist of sun avoidance (no topless beaches for six to nine months!), scar massage, scar cream, and fractionated laser treatments.
How soon can I travel after having surgery?
Having surgery means a commitment to an appropriate recovery. We recommend scheduling your surgery on a date that allows enough time to recover and gradually return to your normal activities. Flying, driving long distances, or leaving the immediate area are not recommended until you have been cleared by your surgeon. If you have specific travel needs or require advice for emergency travel soon after a procedure, please let us know, and we will be glad to discuss the details with you.
How can I prepare for my mommy makeover procedure?
If you have close friends or relatives who have had breast or body surgery, start there! A personal story of their journey may guide you toward questions to ask your surgeon, and having someone with a shared experience is invaluable. Educate yourself by reading our procedure page and viewing our educational videos. Other sources of information include RealSelf and WebMD. And remember to wear a button-down front opening shirt on the day of surgery so that your post-operative experience does not include wrestling a shirt over your head!
How much is a mommy makeover in San Diego?
Mommy makeover surgery starts at $17,000 for a typical patient receiving a breast augmentation, breast lift, and tummy tuck. The mommy makeover is a very personalized procedure, therefore your exact cost will depend on your aesthetic goals and your body type. Dr. Gallus will give you a more exact price during your personal consultation.
Do breast implants interfere with mammograms?
With a trained and experienced mammographer, breast implants will not interfere with the quality of your mammograms. Also, multiple studies have shown that breast implants don’t increase your risk of developing breast cancer, nor do they prevent early detection. If you are over the age of 40, you should receive routine breast cancer screenings.
Why should I choose a board-certified plastic surgeon?
It is important to ask if your surgeon is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gallus has years of training and expertise in breast and body surgery that cannot be imitated by short courses and alternative certifications. Ensure that your surgeon is proficient in the procedure(s) you want. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of 23 members of the American Board of Medical Specialties. These specialties represent the traditional core of fully trained specialists. Alternative boards have come up over the last several years to lend legitimacy to incompletely trained or poorly trained practitioners. Accept nothing less than a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who preferably is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Aesthetic Society.
Choose RestoreSD Plastic Surgery for your San Diego mommy makeover
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katerina Gallus has over a decade of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, including Mommy Makeover procedures. In addition to operating in a fully credentialed facility, we take the time to listen to your goals and partner with you to develop the best and safest surgical plan that will optimize your results and leave you looking and feeling your best.