What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that can help you get back the body you had before pregnancy and raising children. Basically, the goal is to perform a number of procedures to rejuvenate and restore the body to a more youthful look. A mommy makeover often includes a breast augmentation or breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift, and other body contouring procedures. Sometimes, you may also desire facial rejuvenation procedures as well, which may be performed at the same time or during a different procedure depending on what you desire.
What is an Extreme Makeover?
Over the last several years and increasing popularity of reality shows on television, the term Extreme Makeover has been used to describe various cosmetic surgical techniques performed on different areas of the body in a single surgical session. Common combinations include breast surgery, tummy tuck and liposuction. Other examples are multiple facial procedures such as facelift, brow lift and eyelid surgery. With the advent of bariatric surgery and extreme weight loss, patients present with multiple areas of skin excess. Removal of skin from the entire trunk with a body lift and breast lift surgery may be performed in one operative session. The combinations are limitless and the results that can be obtained can be marvelous.
Considering a Mommy Makeover or Extreme Makeover?
The first question to consider is not whether the surgery can be done but whether it can be performed SAFELY while minimizing risks and complications. In considering a patient for an extreme makeover, the surgeon must determine if the patient has realistic expectations and can he achieve them. Most importantly what is the patient’s overall health and are there additional risk factors such as smoking, diabetes or heart disease. The patient’s age, weight and history of previous surgical problems must be considered. Has your surgeon had significant experience in performing extreme makeovers? Having performed multiple extreme makeovers in my 30 years of practice, I generally will limit the length of anesthesia to six hours as it has been shown that complications do increase as the length of an operation exceeds this time period.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Mommy Makeovers and Extreme Makeovers?
Combining surgeries in a single operative session allows multiple areas of treatment and a single recovery but the recovery may be slightly longer. Overall surgical, anesthesia and facility fees are less. Risks may be slightly higher but in properly selected patients, it is my opinion it is worthwhile to combine surgical procedures. If you are considering an Extreme Makeover, contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard Linderman for your initial consultation.
This 30 year old extreme makeover patient pictured below has lost over 50 pounds and requested correction of breast ptosis and redundant skin of the trunk and thighs. She achieved an excellent improvement with Brazilian Mastopexy, Outer and Inner Thigh Lift and Tummy Tuck performed in 3 separate sessions. Her result is shown just six weeks after her final outer thigh lift.
37 year old white female pre and post of bilateral breast augmentation 360cc, abdominoplasty, liposuction hips and thighs