Mommy Makeover St. Louis - Post-Pregnancy Surgery Missouri
One of the most transformative surgeries Dr. Cabbabe performs is a mommy makeover. As the name implies, mothers often experience profound changes in their bodies after childbirth. During pregnancy, women gain weight, the breasts enlarge and the abdomen stretches to accommodate an infant. After the infant is born, the abdominal “six-pack” (rectus) muscles tighten back as much as possible. The breasts lose volume and may deflate. The abdominal and breast skin is stretched and may loose elasticity, occasionally resulting in stretch marks. Multiple pregnancies leads to repetitive weight gain and loss and takes its toll on your body. Fortunately, a mommy-makeover can help restore your body to its previous form.
A mommy-makeover surgery involves a TUMMY TUCK AND BREAST AUGMENTATION. A BREAST LIFT may also be recommended depending on the shape of the breast and nipple position. LIPOSUCTION may be incorporated as needed to sculpt the torso and chest.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, plavix, ibuprofen, Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner. He may also recommend that you stop any hormones or oral contraceptives to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs around the time of surgery
Prior to surgery, Dr. Cabbabe will place markings on the abdomen and any planned areas of liposuction. The breasts will be marked, including around the areola if a BREAST LIFT is being done. Nerve blocks may be done by the anesthesiologist to minimize pain after surgery. Numbing solution is used to minimize blood loss and assist with pain control.
The breasts are augmented with either implants or fat. Silicone implants are the most commonly recommended, but either ROUND IMPLANTS or SHAPED IMPLANTS may be used. Skin is removed and the nipple relocated if a BREAST LIFT is done.
Skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen while keeping the scar as low as possible, concealed within the under-garments. The rectus (“six-pack”) muscles are tightened together with sutures in order to flatten, sculpt and restore the abdomen to a more youthful appearance. The belly button is preserved and relocated to a new position after the remaining skin and fat of the abdomen are pulled down. Liposuction sculpting is done in the center and along the sides as needed to enhance the final result.
Sutures are used internally to minimize the need for drains. In select patients, no drains are needed. In other patients, 2 drains are placed inside the abdomen and removed within 1-2 weeks.
Most patients are able to go home the same day, but some choose to stay overnight. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed. There may be some numbness on the abdomen and breast which slowly improves with time. Most patients are able to shower within 24 hours. If drains are placed, they are generally removed within 1-2 weeks of surgery. Recovery time is 2 to 4 weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask you to wear compression garments for 2 weeks after surgery to help minimize swelling and maximize your result.
Heavier patients (BMI >30) experience more complications. If your BMI is greater than 35, Dr. Cabbabe may not recommend surgery. Complications include bleeding after surgery, fluid collections which may result in infection, thickened scars, skin necrosis, asymmetries and blood clots. These may require additional procedures to correct.
Dr. Cabbabe takes measures to prevent complications including appropriate use of antibiotics and drains to prevent infections, leg sequential devices to prevent blood clots in the legs and careful tissue handling to prevent skin necrosis. Board – certified anesthesiologists are used for all of his surgeries.