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About Mommy Makeover

The goal of a mommy makeover is to restore confidence and help women feel comfortable and attractive in their own bodies. The procedure can address common concerns such as sagging breasts, excess skin and fat in the abdomen, and stubborn pockets of fat in various areas of the body.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

If you’re a woman who would like to restore your slimmer, more proportionate physique after going through pregnancy or other bodily changes, you could be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Despite the name of the procedure, you don’t need to be a mother to undergo a mommy makeover. The treatment can also be an excellent option for women who have seen their figure change due to other factors, such as weight fluctuations, a medical condition, or the natural effects of aging.

To be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover, it is important that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Not be currently pregnant or nursing
  • Have waited at least six months since giving birth
  • Have no plans to have children in the future
  • Be a non-smoker or willing to temporarily quit
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be relatively close to your ideal weight

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What does a Mommy Makeover Entail?

The mommy makeover procedure will target areas most affected by pregnancy, such as the breasts and abdomen, but can also include other areas of concern. This single-stage procedure can consist of a combination of the following procedures:

Our Tampa mommy makeover is completely customizable to fit the needs and desires of the patient.

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What are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover can be a life-changing treatment offering some or all of the following benefits:

  • A slimmer, more toned physique
  • Enhanced breast size, shape, and symmetry
  • A flatter, firmer abdomen
  • Improved bodily proportions
  • Restoration of your previous figure after pregnancy or other bodily changes
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Fully customizable results
  • Elimination of stubborn excess fat
  • Improved mobility and athletic performance
  • Increased self-confidence and self-image

What is the Recovery for a Mommy Makeover?

The time it takes to recover from a mommy makeover in Tampa will depend on your chosen procedures. All patients will have some sort of surgical dressings or an elastic bandage placed on the body immediately following surgery. Some patients will be given compression garments to help reduce swelling. Dr. Buchanan will provide further direction on how often the bandages should be changed and how long to wear the compression garments.

Generally, patients with a significant combined procedure, such as a mommy makeover, will need one to two weeks off work to rest and recover. Minimal activity during this time is critical to allow your body to heal properly. Very light exercise can be resumed after roughly four weeks, and moderate exercise can be resumed after six.

Over the next several weeks, swelling will begin to decrease, and soreness and bruising will subside. The shape of your targeted areas will begin to smooth out and start to fall into their permanent place. Remember to continue following Dr. Buchanan’s care instructions and always attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

Finding the Right Surgeon for Your Mommy Makeover

To ensure that you select a highly qualified plastic surgeon, it's important to prioritize certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). These surgeons undergo rigorous training lasting between 6 and 8 years after their medical education to gain advanced expertise in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. This specialized training equips them with the necessary techniques to perform complex procedures with precision and care, providing you with the confidence that you're in the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable professional.

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Why Choose VIVIFY for Your Mommy Makeover?

Childbirth is a miracle of the human body that brings new life into the world. However, the physical changes during pregnancy and childbirth can make some women self-conscious about their bodies. A mommy makeover is a transformative procedure that can help women regain their pre-pregnancy body shape, restoring confidence and helping them feel comfortable and attractive in their own bodies.

Our boutique practice, VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa, located in Tampa, aims to enhance your natural beauty and boost your self-confidence. Our board-certified medical professionals, Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, create personalized treatment plans for each patient based on their goals and timeline. We prioritize safety and never rush, ensuring our patients feel comfortable and cared for like family.

How much does a mommy makeover cost? Prices starting at $17,000

The cost of a Tampa mommy makeover can vary depending on the complexity of your case and the procedures you choose to include in your package. Health insurance companies typically do not cover this surgery because it is a cosmetic enhancement procedure. Several factors can affect the cost, including the surgeon's experience and overall reputation.

Surgeons with many years of experience or a high reputation may charge more for their services. The surgeon's surgical technique and the case's complexity can also impact the cost. Additionally, the cost may vary based on the location of your surgeon's practice, as larger cities typically have higher operational costs. The total cost of the procedure may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees

Other miscellaneous fees that are not included in the cost may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Other pre-operative testing
  • Medical clearance exams
  • Prescription medications

If you are interested in a mommy makeover in Tampa but have financial concerns, you can discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members. We are committed to working with each patient by offering financing plans to help you achieve your surgical goals.

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Mommy Makeover FAQ

What are the risks?

When can I expect to see results?

Will I need assistance during my recovery?

What happens if I decide I want more children after a mommy makeover?

How long should I wait after pregnancy before considering a mommy makeover?

What are the risks?

As with all surgical procedures, there may be risks associated with the mommy makeover. Ultimately, you must decide whether the benefits outweigh the potential complications. Potential complications of a mommy makeover include, but are not limited to:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Hematoma (bruising)
  • Seromoa (blood accumulation beneath the skin)
  • Hypertrophic or keloid scarring
  • Nerve damage and numbness
  • Capsular contracture
  • Blood clotting
  • Fat necrosis
  • Loss of nipple sensation

Dr. Buchanan is happy to answer any questions regarding your Mommy Makeover in Tampa. We believe it is vital for you to feel at ease with this procedure before moving forward. The specific risks in your case will depend on exactly which procedures you are having.

When can I expect to see results?

Some patients can see changes immediately following their procedure. Generally, we ask that patients allow up to six months to see their final results.

Will I need assistance during my recovery?

This is a complex procedure that will require plenty of downtime and rest. If you have young children in your care, we recommend having a family member or close friend assist you for at least one week post-operation.

What happens if I decide I want more children after a mommy makeover?

Ideally, if you have this surgery, you should not plan to have any more children. This is suggested in order to preserve your results. However, you can have children after this surgery with the understanding that the results from your mommy makeover may be distorted.

How long should I wait after pregnancy before considering a mommy makeover?

Many women go through dramatic changes during pregnancy and after. Giving your body time to adjust and heal after giving birth is critical. Therefore, we suggest women wait a minimum of six months after giving birth before having this procedure. If you are breastfeeding, it is important to wait about 3-6 months after you are done breastfeeding before having any breast procedure.

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