Loss of skin elasticity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast –feeding will ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume after pregnancy. In such cases, implants inserted I conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time and the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced. Other patients complain about persistently large and saggy breast after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel
If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Reid. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your Abdominoplasty or breast surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Reid you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from Abdominoplasty and concurrent breast surgery, the combined procedure called “mommy makeover”
MOMMY MAKE-OVER PROCEDURES
Flattening and loss of breast volume with lowering of the nipple areolar unit can be corrected with breast lift surgery or Mastopexy. This procedure allows for the removal of excess skin and elevation of the nipple.
Many debilitating symptoms including neck, back, and shoulder pain can be due to enlargement of the breasts. A clinical evaluation by Dr. Reid can ascertain if your complaints are necessarily due to increase breast size. The goal of the consultation is to determine if you are a possible candidate for reduction mammoplasty breast reduction surgery.
Liposuction or Suction-Assisted Lipectomy involves the use of tubular instruments called cannulas to remove redundant fatty tissue from specific areas of the body including the arms, back, abdomen, and thighs. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure but depending on how many areas are treated in the same setting, it is not necessarily a minor procedure.
Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is any one of several plastic surgical procedures used to improve the contour of the abdomen. It involves removing skin below the umbilicus (belly button), isolating the belly button, then elevating and advancing the skin above the umbilicus to reach the lower abdomen. The belly button is then replaced in the re-draped skin. The muscle layer under the skin most likely may also need to be tightened. This is a much more invasive procedure compared to liposuction of the abdomen, but the results are more dramatic. There is a resultant scar in the lower abdomen with this procedure. Non-urgent medical condition such as umbilical or ventral hernias can be treated at the time and is performed by a general surgeon.