Mommy Makeover Near Chattanooga

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It's common for women to feel overjoyed about being a mother but less enthused about the toll pregnancy took on their body; this is nothing to feel ashamed of. There are ways to correct the areas of the body that are affected by pregnancy — through diet, exercise, surgical intervention or a combination of the three. Since pregnancy affects more than one area of the body, Dalton plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Williams offers a treatment that addresses all areas in what is essentially one surgery; his patients like to call it the "mommy makeover."

Candidates for Mommy Makeover

Suitable candidates for mommy makeover surgery near Chattanooga / Dalton should be in good health and have reasonable expectations of what surgery can and cannot accomplish.

Mommy Makeover Surgery

Mommy makeover treats the areas of the body that change the most during pregnancy which can vary among women. Most women choose to combine breast augmentation or breast lift with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), while others also want to eliminate fat deposits from the back, thighs and buttocks through liposuction. Breast surgery could encompass the placement of implants, a lift or even a reduction, depending on the particular woman's needs.

Tummy tuck is often included in a mommy makeover treatment plan because pregnancy can drastically affect a woman's midsection, stretching out the muscles and skin and leaving a woman with a pregnancy "pooch." Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal wall, removes excess fat and skin and tightens the remaining skin. Sometimes it can completely remove or improve the appearance of stretch marks, too.

Liposuction can slim areas of the body that gained weight with pregnancy: the thighs, lower back and buttocks. Buttock enhancement (i.e., Brazilian butt lift) can transform a behind from flat and saggy to curvy and perky.

Dr. Williams can help patients who are considering mommy makeover identify the areas of the body that they are unhappy with, and suggest the procedures to best target those areas. The results can be transformational, giving you the figure you never thought possible. He usually performs mommy makeovers at his accredited state-licensed surgery center.

Recovering from Mommy Makeover

The recovery from mommy makeover surgery depends on the procedures that were performed. A patient who had breast surgery and a tummy tuck will most likely need to wear special garments (an abdominal binder and a surgical bra) for several weeks following surgery. A woman who combined butt lift into her mommy makeover will need to stay off of her buttocks while the area heals.

Patients recovering from mommy makeover should rest at home for several days before Dr. Williams approves return to work and other normal activities. They should also refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (including lifting children) until Dr. Williams 'okays' those activities. Dr. Williams will provide more specific instructions and guidelines for mommy makeover recovery during pre-operative consultations.

Benefits and Risks of Mommy Makeover

The biggest advantage of combining several procedures into mommy makeover surgery is that it is essentially one surgery, requiring only one round of anesthesia and recovery period. Also, combining several procedures into one can save money on the surgeon's fee, facility fee and anesthesia fee. Spacing multiple surgeries out is more expensive and time-consuming, but in some circumstances is necessary for best results.

Surgery carries inherent risks, and that risk increases when procedures targeting different parts of the body are combined. Mommy makeover risks include bleeding, infection, anesthesia-related complications, cardiac and pulmonary complications, poor wound healing and unfavorable scarring. Dr. Williams will discuss the steps and approaches he takes to mitigate these risks during a surgical consultation.

If you would like more information about mommy makeover surgery, please contact Dr. Joel Williams today.