While a woman’s body is built to bear children, that doesn’t mean it comes out of the process unscathed. The abdominal area including the rectus abdomius muscles, or “abs”, as they’re frequently called is stretched to extremes. In addition, the breasts grow as they ready for breast-feeding and the body hangs on to more fat because it needs extra fuel. As a result, flabby sagging skin hangs around the belly, the breasts sag and look deflated and stubborn fat pockets throw off the shapely original contours of the pre-pregnancy body.Whether it is a young mom wanting to reclaim her body that matches her age or an older mom who wants to feel more youthful, mommy makeovers are a growing trend that helps them do this.
The dr. understands that each mom will have different concerns. “Each mommy makeover procedure is relevant to the individual patient’s desires and anatomy,” he says. “Often times, there is one main issue, say sagging breasts, that brings them in. But, during our consultation, I have them show me in a mirror what they don’t like and then we plan together a treatment that they will be happy with.”
For women in New Jersey, lipoabdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast augmentation are the most common procedures included in a mommy makeover. However, this is not a one-size-fits all process. While one mom may want implants and a lift, another may actually need a reduction and a lift. It isn’t always necessary to perform a full tummy tuck where a mini-lipoabdominoplasty will suffice. Thigh and buttocks lifts are sometimes added whereas liposuction of the area may be all that is necessary. And let’s not forget about non-surgical options. Treatments such as CoolSculpting can reduce fat on the hips, thighs or belly to complement a breast augmentation, while laser treatments can help with cellulite or other skin imperfections.
“Each mommy makeover we perform is different simply because of the unique characteristics of each patient,” says Dr. Parker.
However, there is one thing that is the same across the board when a mom goes in for a New Jersey mommy makeover at The Parker Center: patient safety, natural results and a Rapid Recovery from surgery.
“In recent years we’ve been able to combine several procedures into one surgery,” says Dr. Parker. “The reason for this is our commitment to safety and our finely-tuned staff of registered nurses and board certified anesthesiologists.”
While potential patients may cringe at the idea of an 8 hour surgery and the pain that surely follows, Dr. Parker offers his unique Rapid Recovery Program that gets moms back to their “activities of daily living” within several days. His pre and post-operative program works to minimize the risk of post-operative pain and complications. It is the reason New Jersey mommy makeover patients can get a moving the day after surgery.
“For any of our patients who are unsure about the process, we encourage them to talk to others who have been through it,” says Dr. Parker. “In fact, we have many former patients who are gracious enough to share their experiences with anyone who has questions. While we do everything we can to educate and make our patients feel comfortable, sometimes it helps to talk to another mom who has previously walked this same path.”
As a premier New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Parker is dedicated to providing natural results in the safest manner possible. The Parker Center’s on site state-of-the-art Surgiplex, LLC ambulatory surgical facility is accredited and certified by Medicare, JCAHO and AAAASF—the highest level of credentialing possible. Their facility is designed for overnight patient stays following lengthy procedures, such as mommy makeover procedures. The Parker Center’s highly trained team of registered nurse provides one to one patient monitoring following these surgeries. Several days following their surgery, patients are scheduled for the first of three Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage treatments in the Parker Center’s onsite medi-spa, known as the Parker Center Medi-Spa. These treatments contribute to the Rapid Recovery program at the Parker Center, which allows patients to comfortably return to the activities of daily living within several days after their procedure.