Cosmetic Surgery For Moms
What are your treatment options for your Mommy Makeover
Your cosmetic options for improving the appearance of the skin and body depends on factors that include the the amount of fat, the amount of skin laxity, the existence of lines, wrinkles and sun damage.
Coolsculpting Mini is brought to you by Allergan, the same company who brought you Coolsculpting, the revolutionary nonsurgical device for removing unwanted fat.
The device was made specifically for the contours of the neck. Aesthetica is proud to have purchased the first device in Northern Virginia for your benefit.
Depending on the amount of fat, you may need either one or 2 treatments. There is minimal to no pain. And there is no recovery. Most patients will return to work immediately. Results can be seen after 6 to 8 weeks.
SkinTyte is an advanced nonsurgical skin tightening device by Sciton. The device delivers broad band light which precisely heats and denatures skin collagen. The collagen remolds and tightens the skin in the healing process.
SkinTye is purchased as a package of 4 or 6 treatments one month apart. There is minimal pain. And there is no recovery. Most patients will return to work immediately. Results can be seen after 6 to 8 weeks.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that directly sucks out and removes fat. Most areas of unwanted fat can be removed. The most common areas, however, include the neck, abdomen, flanks, arms, and thighs. Small areas such as in the neck or arms can often be treated with regional anesthesia in the office instead of general asleep anesthesia in the surgery center or hospital. The most significant limitation is in patients with either a lot of fat or if there exists a lot of extra skin. Surgical tightening is required in these situations.
Because liposuction is more of a surgical procedure, most patients will take 3-5 days off of work and be required to wear a surgical compression garment for about 4 weeks.
Breast reduction is both a functional as well a cosmetic surgery procedure that can often be covered by your health insurance. Breast reduction has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any procedure in plastic surgery. The goals of breast reduction are obviously to reduce the size of the breast to a size and shape that is aesthetically pleasing and proportionate to the rest of your body. Large breasts frequently develop during puberty and with pregnancies. They can be a source of source of physical discomfort as well as a cause for self-consciousness and poor self esteem. Frequent reasons women give for wanting a breast reduction include:
- Back and shoulder pain from the weight of large breasts
- Bra strap grooving
- Rashes under the breast from chafing and sweat
- Inability to exercise due to the weight of the breasts
- Inability to exercise due to embarrassment and inappropriate stares
- Inability to find clothes that fit
- Embarrassment and poor self esteem
How Has Aging Affected You?
What to Expect from Your Mommy Makeover Consultation and Treatment
EXAMINATION OF WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
As reviewed in previous pages, your treatment options for your mommy makeover will depend largely on how your body has changed after having babies and what are your primary concerns.
The mommy makeover procedure is a cosmetic procedure tailored specifically to your needs and wishes determined at your consultation.
Most women will choose to have a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift, an abdominoplasty with or without liposuction, and and a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. Some patients will even have minor facial rejuvenation procedures such as botox and fillers.
The cost of your procedure will vary greatly depending on the procedure combination that you need. You will receive a price quote at the end of your consultation. Prices will include Dr. Chang’s surgical fee, surgery center fees, anesthesia fees, and material costs such as bras, compression garments, and breast implants.
We are very sensitive to pricing as we are the first to say that prices can add up. For this reason, discounts are given for multiple procedures performed on the same date.
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES and PREPARATION
Prior to your procedure, your pictures will be taken for documentation purposes. Face procedure are never published without your specific written consent. These images are used to follow your progress over the 3-12 month recovery period.
Most patients will meet with the Karen, the surgical coordinator, after your consultation. She is there to help you with all your administrative and procedural questions.
She will start by giving you a written quote for the procedures that you discussed with Dr. Chang during your consultation. These can always change, of course.
She is also responsible for scheduling your preoperative visit, surgery, and initial postoperative appointment. Feel free to call with any questions during this entire process.
HOSPITAL AND SURGERY CENTER
The vast majority of surgeries are performed either INOVA Loudon Hospital or the Loudoun Ambulatory Surgery Center. Both facilities are accredited premier INOVA facilities with board certified Anesthesia.
Patients will be called by the surgical center prior to their procedures to give them more specific questions. In general, however, they will want you to be at the facility 1 hour prior to your procedure; and tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.
Patients should also optimize their recovery by eating well and taking vitamins ( except for vitamin E and fish oils ) prior to their procedures.
Patients should also avoid aspirin and aspirin products including advil and motrin 10 days prior to surgery.
While some patients will see results after only a month, most patients will need about 2-3 months. We will set up a follow-up appointment for 12 weeks later. We will ALWAYS be happy to see or talk to you prior to our standard appointment schedule.
At your follow-up, we will take your after-photos and weigh you. These are taken to show you your amazing transformation. 80% of patients are so thrilled, they will go on to have a DIFFERENT area treated.
The area will be swollen for a few days to a week.
The frozen fat cells will slowly begin to be broken down by the body and metabolized through your liver little by liver over time,
Bruising is NORMAL for a few days.
The area will feel numb and tingle for a few weeks after the treatment. Let the tingling remind you of how much better it was going to look in a few short weeks!