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Having children can be one of the greatest gifts of life. Unfortunately, too often there is a significant price to pay. The changes your body goes through related to pregnancy and breastfeeding leave you with permanent structural and qualitative changes that can make it difficult, if not impossible, to regain your pre-pregnancy figure no matter how hard you try.
This is why Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub offers the “Mommy Makeover” for our post-pregnancy patients. It can provide you with the means of restoring and obtaining a more attractive and alluring appearance through cosmetic plastic surgery.
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of patient specific plastic surgery procedures that target and correct the changes of your body that occur as a result of having children, notably involving your abdomen and breasts. The goal is to help you to return to a more pre-pregnancy figure and possibly even better in some areas. Pregnancy affects your breasts, abdomen and even the distribution of body fat to varying degrees—so these are the areas that can be addressed. Other cosmetic procedures can also be performed at the same time to help you obtain the appearance that you have always desired.
Contact Dr. Turkeltaub for more information on Mommy Makeover procedures that can help you rejuvenate your body after pregnancy.
When your Mommy Makeover is performed by a highly qualified plastic surgeon, the following issues can be addressed:
One of the most prominent benefits of a Mommy Makeover is its versatility. Dr. Turkeltaub can examine you and discuss your most pressing cosmetic concerns before creating a customized treatment plan.
Once you have made the decision to pursue a Mommy Makeover, there are at least two issues with regard to the timing of it that should be considered. First, if you are planning to have an additional pregnancy in the relatively near future, you should consider delaying the procedure until after you are finished having children. The reason for this is because any additional pregnancies will often cause many of the same adverse effects on your body (possibly to a lesser degree) which consequently can have a negative effect on the results of a Mommy Makeover if one had already been done. If your breasts simply need an enlargement, it may be quite reasonable to pursue that procedure in the interim and fix up your tummy later.
The second issue as regards time is that for women who do not plan to have any more children, waiting at least six months after pregnancy and three to six months following the cessation of breastfeeding is typically considered ideal before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. These respective periods of time are usually long enough for elevated hormone levels to normalize, for stretched out tissue to tighten up as much as it will on its own and most pregnancy-associated weight gain to be lost. This provides for a more accurate assessment of your physical issues, greater precision in treatment and better and more stable long term results.
When a tummy tuck is included as part of a Mommy Makeover (which is virtually always the case), the majority of women will require around one to two weeks away from non-strenuous daily routines like office jobs, school or running errands. Rather than lying in bed or sitting stationary during this time, patients are advised to be up and moving around in order to facilitate recuperation and reduce the risk of developing blood clots in the legs and/or lungs.
True aerobic activities such as riding a stationary bike or using a treadmill should be avoided for approximately four weeks, though other non-physically demanding activities can generally be resumed as tolerated. After about eight weeks, all postoperative restrictions are typically lifted, which includes abdominal exercises, heavy lifting and other activities that may cause strain in the treatment area.
In the uncommon event that liposuction is the only abdominal procedure performed, recovery will often be much faster and easier. Most women feel comfortable enough to return to work, school and other non-strenuous activities within about four to seven days and all restrictions (with a few exceptions) are lifted approximately three weeks after the procedure.
The objective of the Mommy Makeover procedure is to restore the post-baby physique as close to its pre-baby form as possible—or even better, in some areas. However, as any experienced plastic surgeon knows, it is just as important to produce effects that look “natural.” Throughout his more than three-decade-long career, Dr. Turkeltaub has acquired extensive knowledge of and experience with the female anatomy, having helped countless mothers achieve their dream figure. As such, he is able to consistently produce results that enhance the appearance while emphasizing natural beauty.
It is also important to note that the results of certain treatments may take longer to appear than others. This can be due to the amount of post-surgical swelling, the specifics of the procedure or simply the fact that every patient heals according to their own timeline. For instance, seeing the more long-term results of liposuction can take up to six months or longer. With a tummy tuck, though the tightening and sculpting effects are evident immediately, it can also take from six months to a year for the swelling to maximally subside.
The appearance and visibility of scarring after a Mommy Makeover will be greatly influenced by the particular surgical procedures performed. Possible incision locations for the most common Mommy Makeover treatment options are highlighted below.
The exact incision location for each procedure will be determined on an individual basis, but Dr. Turkeltaub’s careful surgical technique and meticulous wound closure methods help to minimize the appearance of the ultimate scars. Furthermore, specific instructions are given for how to properly care for the incisions in order for you to obtain the best possible outcome. In the end, virtually all scars from a typical Mommy Makeover can be concealed by numerous articles of clothing, including many swimsuit and underwear varieties.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a Mommy Makeover in the United States generally ranges between $10,000 and $20,000. This estimate may or may not include the surgeon’s fees, outpatient facility/hospital costs and the anesthesiologist’s fees.
To receive a personalized quote for a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Turkeltaub will need to personally meet with you for a consultation. During this visit, he can review your cosmetic concerns and goals, recommend potential treatment options and formulate an individualized surgical plan based on all applicable information. Once a plan is agreed upon, an itemized breakdown of all costs related to surgery can be provided for your review.
If you are interested in Mommy Makeover financing, a member of our staff can also get you started on the application process for a payment plan of your choice through reputable healthcare lenders like CareCredit®, ALPHAEON® CREDIT and more.
Dr. Turkeltaub’s Mommy Makeover patients enjoy amazing and dramatic benefits from this powerful procedure. View the results achieved at our surgical centers below.
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“I wanted to thank you for your time, concern and help for such a personal decision. You made me feel as comfortable as possible and even kept a sense of humor with my children. This surgery has been contemplated for years with one of the biggest concerns being the doctor. But following my last medically necessary surgical procedure with you, my husband and I finally knew who would do this elective procedure. As a patient who has seen many offices from M.D.’s to Pediatricians to specialists, your office is by far the best from the receptionist to the doctor.
Again, thank you.”
*Individual Results May Vary
Please contact The Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to learn more or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub.