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Introduction

We are happy you’ve chosen us as a resource to help you learn more about mommy makeovers. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Rapaport has extensive experience with mommy makeovers. We have prepared this page as a resource to answer some common questions from our patients, but encourage you to visit us for a consultation so we can help you decide on an individualized strategy to achieve the results you desire.

A mommy makeover can mean different things to different people, but the key concept is this: pregnancy and breastfeeding cause well-defined changes in your body, and the mommy makeover consists of the procedures that can be performed to reverse these changes.

It is important to meet with your surgeon to understand exactly how your body has changed and to learn about the different options available to correct these changes.

The two areas most dramatically affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding are the abdomen ("tummy") and breasts. We will address each of these areas here, followed by a discussion of what can be done to correct each problem.

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The Abdomen

The abdomen changes because as the uterus stretches to accommodate a developing baby, the muscles and skin of the abdomen need to adjust to make room. The muscles that run up and down the middle of the abdomen, the "six pack" muscles, or rectus abdominus muscles, spread apart. This results in a rectus diastasis, a relative weakness between the two rectus abdominus muscles that can contribute to an abdominal bulge.

The skin of the abdomen stretches to accommodate the enlarged uterus. When the baby is delivered and the uterus returns to its pre-pregnancy size, the skin is unable to shrink back to its original dimensions. This can result in an abdomen with many extra folds, creases or irregularities.

The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the mainstay of operations to correct the changes that occur in the abdomen after pregnancy. Again, the exact kind of abdominoplasty that is best for you will depend on your physical examination. Dr. Rapaport offers arguably the best tummy tuck NYC has to offer.

Briefly, abdominoplasties can be customized to address each part of the abdomen that has undergone a change. If the rectus muscles have separated, the abdominoplasty includes a procedure to repair this separation. If fat has accumulated in undesirable areas, it may be appropriate to include liposuction in the procedure. Nearly all patients will have some amount of excess skin, but the exact manner in which it is removed will depend on how much the pregnancy has stretched the skin.

The belly button (umbilicus) may also have undergone some changes with pregnancy. It may appear irregularly shaped or have a bulge caused by a small hernia. Your abdominoplasty can be designed to address these problems as well. In some cases, insurance may cover hernia repairs performed during abdominoplasty surgery.

Liposuction

Liposuction can play a powerful role in complementing an abdominoplasty. Lipo reduces the excess fat in key areas, such as the hips, thighs, buttocks and belly as well as from the arms and back. The extra fat cells are vacuumed out using a slim tube referred to as a cannula. Lipo is an exceptionally popular and safe procedure that helps to restore gorgeous, streamlined contours to the silhouette.

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The Breasts

The breasts may undergo a number of different changes as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. These changes can include both the size and shape of the breasts. The breasts frequently respond to the hormones of pregnancy by enlarging. Just as the abdominal skin stretches to accommodate the expanding uterus, the skin of the breast can stretch to accommodate the enlarging breast tissue.

After delivery and as breastfeeding commences, the breast tissue frequently decreases in volume. In the same way that the abdominal skin cannot completely contract after it was expanded, the breast skin faces a similar problem. This commonly results in breasts with a sagging, "deflated" appearance. The nipple and areola can also become stretched, enlarged and asymmetrical after pregnancy.

The proper solution depends on the specific changes that your breasts have undergone. If there has been only a change in breast shape, or the development of breast ptosis (sagging), a mastopexy (breast lift) might be appropriate.

If the breasts have also decreased in volume, a breast augmentation (placement of breast implants) may be helpful in addition to or instead of the mastopexy. Several procedures can also be performed to improve the appearance of nipples and areolas that have undergone the changes mentioned earlier.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation

Let’s face it. Pregnancy can take a toll on you, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, and this added stress can circle back and create signs of aging in the face. Dr. Rapaport has mastered the art and science of non-surgical facial renewal, and is pleased to offer this as an addition to any mommy makeover procedure. Wrinkles, fine lines, creases, fold, furrows and crow’s feet can all be reduced and improved through our potent arsenal of FDA-approved dermal fillers and injectables. Be sure to ask Dr. Rapaport about non-surgical facial rejuvenation during your private Manhattan consultation.

Putting it all together

The mommy makeover, then, is the combination of procedures that is designed specifically for you, based on the changes your body has undergone, to help you return to your pre-pregnancy appearance.

In general, mommy makeovers include some form of abdominoplasty and one of the breast procedures we discussed here, as well as liposuction. A mommy makeover may also include additional procedures such as non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

With an expert staff and experienced surgeon, these operations can frequently be performed all at the same time to reduce recovery time and cost. The exact plan for your mommy makeover, including the types of procedures to be performed and whether they are performed all at the same time or individually, is a personal decision that you should make in consultation with your plastic surgeon.

Recovery

As is to be expected, the recuperation period from a mommy makeover will vary significantly from patient to patient based on exactly which procedures were performed, and on individual capacity for healing. Rest assured however, that Dr. Rapaport’s conservative, expert approach facilitates the most rapid recovery possible with minimized scarring.

For those undergoing breast surgery, a supportive garment may be prescribed. Patients undergoing an abdominoplasty may also need the support of a compression garment, as this works to hold the results in place during recovery. Drains may be utilized for 1-2 weeks to draw away excess fluids as you heal.

In every situation, Dr. Rapaport will create a detailed, individualized aftercare plan that goes over instructions for sleeping, bathing, being out in the sun, returning to work and exercise, and a variety of other pertinent topics. Follow-up with the doctor plays a key role in how well your recovery progresses. You are encouraged to contact Dr. Rapaport at any point, however, should concerns arise.

What sets our practice apart?

Not only is Dr. Rapaport a consummate cosmetic surgeon with impeccable skill, but he is also someone that immediately sets clients at ease, imparting knowledge and education about complex procedures with innate poise and simplicity. Clients feel that they are truly being listened to and understood, and this excellent communication translates into superior results that are fine-tuned to each patient’s unique wishes. Dr. Rapaport will explain the full scope of available treatments to restore your pre-pregnancy body with your total wellbeing remaining the highest priority in every situation.

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The consultation

Your confidential consultation in Dr. Rapaport's Manhattan plastic surgery office suite will help introduce you to his methods and give you a clear idea of whether he is the right fit for your needs. The doctor will review your medical and surgical records, provide a physical exam and explore your questions. Your consultation with Dr. Rapaport will result in a personalized treatment plan designed to refresh and restore the areas of your body that changed with pregnancy.

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We are excited to announce that as of June 8th, 2020, our office will be open for ALL appointment types including Surgery, Cosmetic Injectables, Earlobe Repairs, Mole Removals, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, Morpheus8, miraDry, Skincare services, and more!

During this time, we are still encouraging virtual consultations & follows up as an initial step prior to an in-person appointment. We are requesting that established patients virtually consult/review their treatment plans with Dr. Rapaport or a medical aesthetician in advance of their scheduled treatments/procedures. We will be providing you with specific procedure-related instructions prior upon scheduling. If you left a deposit for a treatment and have not yet been contacted by our staff, please call, or e-mail our office so that we may get you scheduled.

Dr. Rapaport & his team have been working diligently to get our office prepared for our re-opening. Our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff. Thank you for following our guidelines and being so patient. See below for our re-opening guidelines:

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We thank you for your continued support & confidence in Dr. Rapaport and our staff the past few months. We look forward to welcoming you back to our office!

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