It is important to understand that a Mommy Makeover is not for weight reduction and is best suited for women that are in relatively good shape. A Mommy Makeover is not recommended for you if you have many pounds to lose or if you plan on becoming pregnant again.
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“Any woman who has been through it knows that changes take place as a result of pregnancies. And, it’s no secret that the breasts and abdomen are affected more than any other areas. Sometimes these changes are minimal, but for some of the women I see from the Knoxville area as well as Johnson City, Cookeville, and Cleveland, these changes can be profound. Take for instance, a small-framed woman who has had twins, or someone who had a large amount of weight gain because of pregnancy-induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia). Their shape will be totally changed by the pregnancy. Since most of these women are still quite young, it’s understandable that they will feel strongly about getting their figure back.”
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You Don’t Bounce Back Entirely
“What about diet and exercise, you say? There is no question that these can help. And, getting back to your desired weight is the first step. But, this won’t take care of many of the changes. Take the tummy for example, as fat diminishes the skin becomes more loose and can even look worse! Hardly fair, and quite discouraging. If you have loose or excess skin, the only solution is to have this skin removed, as in surgically removed (think tummy tuck). Likewise, the muscles of the abdomen become separated over the course of the pregnancy. While you can strengthen these muscles, you can not bring them back together in the midline without surgery. I have seen some women with rock hard abs after children and a six pack that makes me jealous, but there is still a significant separation between the muscles that they have not been able to exercise away.
As noted above, there can be significant changes in the breasts as well. Some women have little or none. Others can end up with breasts that are saggier than they want, smaller than they want, or even larger than they want. (This is one of the things that makes it hard for me to tell women how pregnancies will affect their breasts.) Changes can be more profound with multiple pregnancies, prolonged breast feeding, or large changes in breast size as a result of the pregnancies.
How about taking care of the breasts and the abdomen at the same time? Seems like a good idea right? Right, thus “Mommy Makeover” (there, I said it again). This can be a great way of taking care of both areas. But, the operations can be done in stages as well. I have many patients who have done it both ways, and some that have chose only to deal with one area. The bottom line, here, is that as long as it is medically safe and reasonable, do what works best for you.”
Recovery Time: The Major Advantage
“The advantage of doing this all together is primarily that you will have only one operation, and more importantly one recovery. Now the recovery can be a little longer if both the breasts and abdomen are re-contoured. Abdominal work requires a longer recovery time than breast work because the core muscles that you use for sitting and standing are the ones repaired during an abdominoplasty.
While there may be some cost savings, that is not the main thing. It’s all about the time off. And this will usually be a little less when the operations are done together. When combining the operations, they are sometimes done as an outpatient, and sometimes with a night in the hospital. Again, this is affected by how much is being done, and the overall health of the patient. We will always look for the safest way to do these.”
“Other women want to take it one step at a time. No problem here. Some want to take care of the breasts first, and others the tummy. One advantage of doing it in this way, is that you know that you are going to be going to the operating room twice. And if there is a minor revision of the scar from the first operation ( or something else like that), this can be addressed at the second operation. Also, you are looking at two somewhat shorter operations rather than one longer one. Doing them separately will almost always allow them to be done as outpatient operations.
So this process can lead to great and gratifying results. But a couple of things to point out again.
So, if you are done having children, and you are not happy with how the process has changed your body, let’s talk. Because there is a lot that we can achieve together.”
You should have a BMI of 30 or less to be a good candidate for these procedures. Here’s a handy BMI calculator so you can see if you are in the safe range to consider plastic surgery.
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Figuring out the cost of a Mommy Makeover before your consultation can be a bit tricky because there are different combinations of procedures for everyone. Below we will list the information for the most popular procedures separately so you can get a general idea of what to expect. There will be a slight price break on the surgery and anesthesia fees when you combine two procedures together. On the other hand, the price break could be offset by a possible overnight stay in the hospital.
During your consultation, you will be given a surgical quote that will detail these costs based on your particular needs. It will include surgery fees, anesthesia, any overnights, all follow-up visits, implants if you want them, and our exclusive recovery kit.
Cash Discount: Great news! We offer a 5% discount for patients who would like to pay with a wire transfer or check rather than using a credit card or financing.
The cost of a breast procedure with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, post-surgical bra, implants if you want them, our exclusive recovery kit, and all follow-up visits.
Note: The pricing below is for silicone implants because they are by far our patient’s choice. If you want saline implants, just subtract $1,000 from the silicone implant price. If you want form-stable silicone implants (aka gummy bear implants) you’ll add $1,000 to the silicone implant price.
|Breast Procedure||Cost||Discount Price|
|Breast Augmentation Silicone Implants||$5,865||$5,572|
|Breast Lift No Implants||$6,383||$6,064|
|Breast Lift Silicone Implants||$8,636||$8,204|
The cost of a tummy tuck with Dr. Reath or Dr. Walker includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit with silicone scar prevention shapes, post-surgical garments and all follow-up visits.
When reviewing tummy tuck pricing please keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of women we see are candidates for a full abdominoplasty. Some very lucky patients only need the area below their belly buttons fixed. For them a modified (mini) abdominoplasty is just the ticket. If you have a large amount of excess skin to be removed from major fluctuations in weight, you may need an extended procedure which takes more time in the operating room and could require a hospital stay.
|Tummy Tuck Procedure||Cost||Discount Price|
We have an excellent blog all about body fat explaining what can and cannot be treated and why.
Patients tell us that the recovery kits we include with their surgeries are an area that really sets us apart. Each recovery kit contains items hand-picked to make your recovery faster and more pleasant. People who have had surgery with other doctors are amazed that we include these kits at no charge for all of our surgery patients.
Not our patient? No problem! We have lovingly put together a kit of everything you’ll need during your tummy tuck recovery specifically for patients of other plastic surgeons. You’ll appreciate the extra post-surgical binder because you won’t be feeling like doing much laundry. Even better, the price of the kit is much less than if you bought each item separately.
We have four different Mommy Makeover Recovery Kits available in our online store. Choose the one that corresponds to your breast procedure.
Our staff has written an amazing eBook based on suggestions from some of our mommy makeover and tummy tuck patients. The Plastic Surgery Planner is 40-pages of best practices with everything you need to know about planning for your plastic surgery and recovery. It’s a must-read for anyone planning to have a Mommy Makeover. It’s a free download.