The "mommy makeover" - a series of cosmetic surgery procedures designed to help women regain their pre-childbirth bodies - is becoming increasingly popular among women all over the country. Recently, Dr. Richard Chaffoo has noted that many of the women who come to his practice for plastic surgery in San Diego are combining breast enlargement and breast lift procedures in order to achieve a more complete mommy makeover.
San Diego, California (January 2009) - Despite the joy that comes from childbirth and motherhood, pregnancy takes a heavy toll on women's bodies, and many women struggle with stretched-out breasts, a bulging stomach area, and weight gain after childbirth. The "mommy makeover" is a fairly new plastic surgery concept that combines breast enhancement with body contouring in a series of procedures designed specifically to help women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. As the mommy makeover becomes more and more popular, Dr. Richard Chaffoo is seeing an increasing number of women combine San Diego breast augmentation and breast lift in order to achieve a more complete mommy makeover.
"Many women consider a mommy makeover to improve the appearance of breasts that have begun to sag," says Dr. Chaffoo. "Recently, however, I've seen more women who want to improve shape and increase volume, so combining breast augmentation and a breast lift makes a lot of sense. I find that my San Diego plastic surgery patients are extremely pleased with the results of a combined breast enhancement procedure."
One physical change that many women notice after they've been pregnant and nursed their children is that their breasts have begun to droop and sag. A breast lift can help correct this by firming the breasts and restoring them to a more youthful position. Depending on the amount of lift each patient needs, the nipple and areola also can be repositioned as part of the overall lift procedure.
In addition to sagging, many moms also experience a loss of breast fullness, which is why a number of Dr. Chaffoo's San Diego patients opt for breast augmentation in addition to their breast lift procedure. A breast augmentation can restore lost breast fullness and shape while bringing a woman's breasts into proportion with her body. Combining a lift with an augmentation procedure delivers a more complete makeover and patients at Dr. Chaffoo's practice have been thrilled with the results.
"The idea behind the mommy makeover is to choose a combination of procedures that will help each patient improve the appearance of her breasts and stomach area, so this new trend of combining augmentation and lift makes perfect sense," adds Dr. Chaffoo, who is a triple board certified plastic surgeon. "Some of my mommy makeover patients from San Diego tell me that a breast enlargement is something they've always wanted, while others consider the procedure because they want to regain the fullness they lost during their pregnancy. In either case, having an augmentation performed at the same time as a lift is a good option because it's less physically taxing and less expensive than it would be to have two separate procedures."
Along with breast enhancement, the mommy makeover uses body contouring to slim and shape a woman's body. The San Diego plastic surgery procedures most patients choose are liposuction and/or tummy tuck. Liposuction is a great option to help patients eliminate the excess fat that tends to stick around the stomach and thigh areas after pregnancy. Once excess fat has been removed, a tummy tuck flattens and tones the abdominal area, restoring the tight, flat stomach the patient enjoyed prior to becoming a mom. Dr. Chaffoo works with each of his mommy makeover patients in San Diego considering breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck to create a surgical plan that will best suit their anatomy and their plastic surgery goals.