Mommy Makeover FAQ
Here in Walnut Creek, Mommy Makeover surgery is seeing a steady rise in popularity. Women of all ages are taking note of its transformative effects and seemingly endless options. But with so many choices for improving yourself, you may discover that you have a lot of questions. Here, read the answers to some of the most common questions asked by Dr. Eric Mariotti's patients to help you better understand the details of this exciting surgery.
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I've never had children. Can I still have a Mommy Makeover?
Absolutely. "Mommy Makeover" is simply a name used to describe a collection of procedures that are popular with women who have had children. But there's no medical reason to restrict this surgery to exclusively mothers. The surgery typically includes liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift or breast augmentation, so it is also popular with Walnut Creek patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or who simply want a comprehensive improvement to counteract the aging process. During your consultation with Dr. Mariotti, he performs a thorough physical evaluation to help you understand whether you're a candidate for a Mommy Makeover.
Is it safe to combine procedures?
It's very safe. Patient comfort and safety are Dr. Mariotti's top priorities, and he completely customizes each Mommy Makeover to ensure it's as safe as possible for patients. Having more than one procedure in a single surgery has been proven to be quite safe, especially with Dr. Mariotti's approach. His efficient surgical techniques allow for less time spent in the operating room and fewer risks during recovery.
What are the benefits of combining procedures?
There are several great reasons to have different procedures at once, including:
- Convenience: Undergoing several procedures simultaneously means you have only one recovery period.
- Cost: Patients who combine treatments save money on certain fees, such as anesthesia and operating room expenses.
- A complete transformation: The emotional impact of a procedure that transforms multiple "problem areas" can be very powerful. Patients often tell Dr. Mariotti that they finally feel like themselves again, unhampered by insecurities about certain parts of their bodies.
Can I add volume and lift my breasts at the same time?
Absolutely. It's quite common to combine breast augmentation with breast lift surgery. The 2 can be easily performed at the same time for a comprehensive improvement in both the size and position of your breasts. During your consultation, Dr. Mariotti will discuss your possibilities with you to help you understand the steps of your surgery as well as what type of results are possible.
Breast Augmentation & Lift Before & After
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Can I have a Mommy Makeover even if I may have more children in the future?
Although it is perfectly safe for you to become pregnant after your Mommy Makeover, Dr. Mariotti typically recommends patients wait until they're done having children before undergoing the procedure. This is because the changes the body undergoes during pregnancy can significantly alter your surgical results, potentially necessitating a revisionary procedure in the future. During your consultation, Dr. Mariotti asks you about your lifestyle and future plans. If you're not sure if you may continue to have children later, he may recommend an alternative procedure to give you attractive results that are compatible with future pregnancy.
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How long should I wait after having kids to get the surgery?
Dr. Mariotti usually requires his patients to wait at least 6 to 9 months after childbirth before getting a Mommy Makeover, or a few months after finishing breastfeeding. Patients should be hormonally stable and at a stable weight, which typically takes a bit of time after childbirth. On the other end of the spectrum, many Mommy Makeover patients have grown children and decide to get the procedure to rejuvenate themselves after many years.
Do I have to have a breast augmentation as part of my Mommy Makeover?
Not at all! One of the most attractive elements of Mommy Makeover is that it can be completely customized to suit your specific needs. Not all women want breast augmentation as part of their Mommy Makeovers. Instead, they may choose breast lift or even breast reduction. Still others may not choose any sort of breast enhancement at all. Dr. Mariotti helps you build your Mommy Makeover completely around your unique needs.
What can I expect during my recuperation?
The details of your recuperation depend on the specifics of your procedure. But in general, most Mommy Makeover patients are able to return to work after about 2 to 3 weeks. In the meantime, discomfort is typically quite manageable with prescribed medicine. Due to the comprehensive nature of Mommy Makeover surgery, patients typically need some help around the house, especially with childcare and activities that require bending, stooping, or stretching. It's also important to avoid more strenuous activity, such as working out, until Dr. Mariotti gives you the go-ahead. During your follow-up appointments, he gradually clears you to resume your regular activities.
How long will my results last?
The results of your Mommy Makeover can last for many years, especially if you effectively maintain your weight. Eventually the aging process resumes, of course, but by eating healthy, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and staying out of the sun, you can enjoy your beautiful new body for likely longer than you expect.