Dr. Dennis Bucko is the plastic surgeon of choice for mothers that want to restore their pre-pregnancy physique (and possibly improve upon it). He offers the “Mommy Makeover,” which is a combination of cosmetic procedures for women that are unhappy with their body image after pregnancy and nursing. A thoughtfully planned, carefully performed Mommy Makeover gives a woman a boost of confidence and a new lease on life.
With 35 years of surgical experience, Dr. Bucko is a trusted Mommy Makeover provider. He understands the toll that pregnancy, nursing and mommy-related stress have on a mother’s body. He is sympathetic to the frustrations of trying to lose weight through diet and fitness but not achieving the desired results. Dr. Bucko believes the Mommy Makeover is the most effective way to treat flat, saggy breasts, a flabby, protruding abdomen and other post-pregnancy cosmetic concerns, in one operation.
Mommy Makeover is customized to the needs of the individual patient. The procedures included in a Mommy Makeover are selected based on the specific problem areas. A mommy makeover could include any of the following treatment options:
Dr. Bucko usually combines these procedures into one operation so that there is only one recovery; on the other hand, staging out the procedures requires multiple recovery periods, which can be difficult with small children. Undergoing Mommy Makeover allows women to achieve (and show off) their overall desired look sooner. As an added benefit, undergoing a Mommy Makeover means patients only have to pay for certain fees (e.g., operating room fees and anesthesiologist fees) only once.
Timing is another important consideration. While many women are anxious to undergo a Mommy Makeover soon after giving birth, it is critical that their body has completely recovered from delivery. Women that desire breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift must stop breastfeeding before having surgery.
For the best results, a Mommy Makeover candidate should be at a healthy weight close to their target weight, follow healthy lifestyle habits and not plan to have any more biological children. Future pregnancies could reverse the effects of Mommy Makeover. Dr. Bucko can explain more in person during a consultation.
Most Mommy Makeovers consist of breast lift (with or without the placement of implants) and abdominoplasty. After healing from the operation, the breasts look perkier and more youthful (and possibly bigger, if implants were placed) and the abdomen looks flatter and feels firmer. Loose skin is gone and the remaining skin looks tighter. Sometimes, tummy tuck removes stretch marks on the lower abdomen, but this is not guaranteed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used During Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover is typically performed under general anesthesia. This ensures that patients do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
What Are the Risks Involved with Mommy Makeover?
When performed by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Bucko, Mommy Makeover is safe. However, there are potential risks involved. Rare risks include infection, excessive bleeding and scarring. Dr. Bucko can discuss all potential risks and complications of Mommy Makeover during your initial consultation.
Does Mommy Makeover Leave Scars?
Like all surgical procedures, scarring is inevitable with Mommy Makeover. Dr. Bucko is known for his superior incision techniques; he strategically places tummy tuck incisions low enough where they are easily concealed by the underwear line or natural creases. For breast augmentation and breast lift, Dr. Bucko uses incision patterns that leave minimal scarring. Over time and with good care, the subsequent scars should fade dramatically. Dr. Bucko provides patients detailed instructions on how to care for their incisions and scars so they heal quickly and properly.
What Should I Expect During Recovery?
The initial recovery period for Mommy Makeover typically takes two weeks. During this time, patients will need to take time off from work and other normal activities including bending and lifting heavy objects. It is recommended that patients enlist a loved one to help with childcare, household chores and errands. Although vigorous exercise is off limits during the first weeks of recovery, Dr. Bucko recommends that patients take short walks to promote good circulation. Other than this, patients need to get as much bed rest as possible.
Follow-up appointments with Dr. Bucko are important to ensure that the patient is healing safely. Depending on the healing progress, Dr. Bucko may make modifications to the recovery or provide recommendations on when the patient can return to work or resume other normal activities.
When Will I See Results?
Although patients will notice some changes to their body immediately after surgery, it may take several months or even a year for the final results to become visible. This is because it takes time for any residual swelling to go down, scars to fade and, if the patient undergoes breast enhancement, for the breasts to settle into their final position. The best thing patients can do to ensure beautiful results is to be patient and not rush their recovery process.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results from Mommy Makeover can be long-lasting. In order to maintain their slimmer and more attractive physique, Mommy Makeover patients should practice a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a stable weight, eating healthily and exercising regularly. Future weight gain can sabotage results from Mommy Makeover.
To discuss your personal pregnancy and nursing-related concerns with Dr. Bucko, please schedule a consultation at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center. He can explain how mommy makeover can give you greater confidence and a more attractive physique.
Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center
3655 Nobel Drive, #100 San Diego, CA92122 (858) 453-8484