*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Many women in Wisconsin are dissatisfied with their “post-baby” bodies and want to gain back their confidence after having children with the help of a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover with Dr. Joseph Rucker in his Eau Claire office is a great way for moms to do something for themselves and to repair issues like sagging skin and pockets of stubborn fat. If you’ve been feeling like you’ll never be happy with how your stomach and breasts look after multiple pregnancies, then a mommy makeover might be just the solution for you.
Mommy Makeover Before-and-After Results Photos
A mommy makeover at our Wisconsin plastic surgery center can produce dramatic results. Take a look at Dr. Rucker’s before-and-after photos to see the typical mommy makeover results so you can decide if the procedure is right for you. Everyone’s results will be slightly different, but it’s a good idea to look at the results of previous patients so you can set realistic expectations before you schedule your consultation in Eau Claire.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a customizable surgery that combines several different plastic surgery procedures to restore and reshape a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. Every woman has different body contouring needs, and the makeover is designed to address those specific goals. Typically, the procedures are performed to address problems like excess skin, sagging breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, and/or areas of stubborn fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Mommy makeover plastic surgery plans might include breast surgery, liposuction, and/or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Most mommy makeovers involve multiple procedures. The most common procedures include breast lifts, tummy tucks, and breast augmentation. Other cosmetic procedures (like liposuction or a breast reduction) may be added on as requested by the patient.
After a mommy makeover procedure, moms usually enjoy enhanced confidence and self-esteem. While they might not get their pre-baby body back altogether, the surgery can correct many of the changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Most women are thrilled with their results, which they can enjoy for many years.
Ideal Candidates for Mommy Makeover
Women who are interested in getting a mommy makeover should have post-pregnancy aesthetic body concerns such as loose skin and sagging in the breasts or stomach that can be corrected with plastic surgery. Candidates should also be non-smokers and must have realistic expectations for their results.
Dr. Rucker’s top priority at his Wisconsin office is safety. For this reason, all mommy makeover candidates must be in good health. Cosmetic procedures are entirely elective, and it’s always best to wait on plastic surgery until any medical problems are under control, just in case.
Women in the “new mommy” category aren’t usually the best candidates for surgical body contouring. It takes the body at least 6 months to bounce back from pregnancy, and it’s important to give yourself enough time to allow the skin to retract as much as possible and to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy. That way, your results will be more successful and stable.
It’s also best to wait until you’re done having children before you move forward with plans for mommy makeover surgery. Although you can safely carry a baby after having surgical procedures on your abdomen or breasts, your results are likely to be undone as your belly expands and your hormones cause other changes. Waiting until you have completed your family helps to ensure long-lasting results.
Your Mommy Makeover Consultation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
If you think you might be a good candidate for a mommy makeover, then your next step should be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rucker at his Wisconsin practice, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire. During this meeting, you will have a chance to learn more about the procedure and find out if it might be right for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to get comfortable with Dr. Rucker, which is extremely important for doctor-patient communication and trust.
First, Dr. Rucker will ask you about your goals and lifestyle. He’ll talk to you about your cosmetic concerns and ask you about your expectations for the procedure. This discussion will help him evaluate your candidacy and allow him to begin creating a surgical plan.
The doctor will also go over your health history and ask questions about any medications or chronic conditions. He might ask questions about your exercise and diet regimen and discuss the risks of smoking before and after surgery. All of these questions are for safety purposes, and to ensure that you are able to get the best results possible.
Once he has determined your candidacy, Dr. Rucker will go over the different mommy makeover procedures that are available and suggest some different combinations to help you reach your goals. He will explain each procedure and give you a chance to ask as many questions as you’d like. You should leave the consultation with everything you need to make a decision about whether or not to move forward with the procedure.
How to Prepare for your Mommy Makeover
Before your surgery, Dr. Rucker might request some tests from your primary care physician to ensure that it is safe for you to undergo plastic surgery. If you smoke, you will need to quit at least several weeks before your procedure.
Two weeks before the surgery, you should stop taking certain over-the-counter painkillers, as well as some supplements and natural remedies. You might also need to pause or adjust some prescriptions. Dr. Rucker will give you a full list of what to avoid.
It’s important to clear your calendar for several weeks after your surgery. You will need to allow ample time for healing and resting. If you need to take time off from work and arrange for childcare/pet care, be sure to do so well in advance. Make sure to fill your prescriptions, stock your fridge, and set up a recovery area for yourself.
Finally, you will need to arrange to have someone take you to and from the office and stay with you at least overnight. You will be recovering from anesthesia and will not be able to drive. You will also likely need some help with everyday tasks.
Dr. Rucker will explain the custom surgical plan in great detail before the day of the surgery. Each mommy makeover is different since every woman has different goals. However, almost all procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and under general anesthesia.
Once the patient is asleep, Dr. Rucker will begin the procedure, which may include:
Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
A breast lift is performed to lift sagging breasts into a higher, more youthful position. Depending on the amount of sagging, Dr. Rucker may make a small incision around each nipple or extend the cut down the front of each breast.
Once the incisions have been made, loose skin is removed and the tissues are lifted and tightened. This helps to create fuller-looking breasts and resolve the deflated look that often occurs following pregnancy and breastfeeding. The surgery does not reduce the size of the breasts but does change their shape and appearance.
Many women choose breast augmentation as part of their makeover. During this procedure, saline or silicone-filled implants are placed within the breasts to make them larger. Dr. Rucker makes discreet incisions and places the implants either over or underneath the muscle, often simultaneously with the breast lift procedure.
For some women, a mommy makeover is an opportunity to reduce overly large breasts and live a more comfortable life. Many women with large breasts experience chronic back and neck pain or struggle with exercising comfortably.
During a breast reduction, which can be performed with or without a lift during a mommy makeover, skin, fat, and breast tissue are removed and the breasts are reshaped to make them smaller and lighter. The nipples may also be reshaped during this procedure. Similar incisions are used for both breast reductions and breast lifts.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A tummy tuck can help tighten the abdominal area, remove sagging or stretch-marked skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles, which are often stretched during pregnancy.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Rucker makes an incision above the pubic bone, from hip to hip. Then, he tightens the stomach muscles and contours the area, trimming excess skin as needed. In some cases, a C-section scar can be folded into the new surgical scar, making it easier to hide.
Areas of excess, stubborn fat can be a challenge for women after giving birth. Liposuction is a popular procedure that can contour these areas and create a slimmer physique. Small incisions are made in the areas of concern, and unwanted fat is suctioned out. This technique is very common during a mommy makeover.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Process
Once Dr. Rucker has completed the patient’s custom surgical plan, they will be observed as they wake up from surgery. The staff from our Wisconsin surgery center monitor patients carefully until they are released into the care of the person who will be taking them home.
At home, patients should take it very easy for the first few days. To reduce swelling, the head should be elevated above the heart as much as possible, even when sleeping. Pain medication should be taken as directed to reduce discomfort as much as possible.
You may have temporary drains placed to reduce fluid buildup. Dr. Rucker and his staff will give you instructions on caring for them and for general comfort management, hygiene, etc. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about the recovery process.
For several weeks, you will need to avoid lifting anything or bending over. You will also need to postpone moderate to vigorous activity for at least 4-6 weeks. Abdominoplasty, in particular, requires a lengthy healing period.
Be prepared to take it easy for a while and plan to take at least a few weeks off from work to recover, more if you work in an active job. Childcare and household tasks will need to be delegated during your initial recovery period.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Mommy Makeover Cost
Because it is a combination of several different procedures, a mommy makeover in Wisconsin isn’t inexpensive. Each procedure costs several thousand dollars on its own and combining them can make the total cost of the surgery quite high.
With that said, a mommy makeover can actually be more cost-effective than you might think. By combining procedures, you’ll save on anesthesia and facility fees, as these are applied to the surgery as a whole. If you think you’ll want more than one procedure, then a mommy makeover is definitely the most cost-effective method.
Frequently Asked Questions about Mommy Makeovers
As a highly custom procedure, it’s impossible to get an accurate cost estimate without consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. While mommy makeover costs vary depending on the doctor, the region, and the combination of procedures, you can expect to spend at least $9,000 or more on average. Financing is available, however, and most women feel that the high cost of the procedure is well worth the results and their enhanced self-confidence. Check our payment options page for more information.
Usually, you’ll need to take two to three weeks off from work after a mommy makeover, assuming you work a desk job. If your work demands more from you physically, then you’ll need to plan for even more time off.
When it comes to exercise, you’ll want to limit your activity to light walking at the beginning. After several weeks, you might be able to resume some more moderate activity. Vigorous or strenuous activity, including intense exercise, must be postponed for at least 4-6 weeks, typically.
Body makeovers are major surgical procedures. Your body needs to have enough time to rest and recover!
The recovery time varies after a mommy makeover. Your normal activities, your personal rate of healing, and the procedures you choose will all have an impact on how quickly you’ll recover. Eating a healthy diet, following all of Dr. Rucker’s instructions, and giving yourself plenty of time to rest are all essential for a quick recovery.
A mommy makeover can be whatever you like! The goal of the procedure is to help you to feel good about your post-pregnancy body. You get to customize the procedure according to your goals, and Dr. Rucker will help you to choose the best surgical plan for your needs.
Generally, most women want to address their breasts and abdominal area, since these parts of the body tend to be most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift and a tummy tuck are often included in a mommy makeover. Patients often choose to add a breast reduction or augmentation and liposuction to their procedures for enhanced results.
Schedule your Mommy Makeover in Wisconsin Today
Ready to explore your options for body contouring? Dr. Joseph Rucker, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Eau Claire, WI, will be happy to walk you through the process. To learn more about your mommy makeover options and to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire at 800.456.8222 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rucker today.