Why Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover procedures continue to be a popular option for women who want to tone, tighten and reshape their bodies after pregnancy. There is no doubt that by combining procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction and even certain facial procedures, a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you achieve a remarkably refreshed look.
One of the more common questions I get during mommy makeover consultations is where incisions will be placed and how noticeable scarring will be after surgery. I welcome this discussion because I believe it is an important part of each patient understanding what her body can look like after surgery.
Any time the surface of the skin is cut, the body triggers its natural wound healing and repair response. For most people, minor cuts, nicks and scratches often heal quickly with almost no visual trace. Larger cuts, surgical incisions or serious trauma will tend to leave more noticeable scarring as the body repairs itself.
We have not yet achieved a method to perform surgery in a way that leaves no scarring after surgical incisions heal. With that said, modern incision treatment and scar therapy can dramatically improve the appearance of scarring, and these are an important part of postsurgical care for all plastic surgery patients.
All board-certified plastic surgeons are trained in techniques to minimize the size of surgical incisions, and to place them in inconspicuous areas so that resultant scarring is minimized. Because a mommy makeover is a customized procedure, incision locations will vary from patient to patient. Broadly speaking, here is more detail on incision placement for the most common procedures included in a mommy makeover:
This is of course a very broad overview of incision placement and possible scarring for a few of the most common mommy makeover procedures. Your plastic surgeon can give you a better sense of what to expect based on your specific anatomy and goals. It is reasonable to expect that your scars will fade over time, and they should be completely unnoticeable in a swimsuit or lingerie. The tradeoff for having an improved body contour and increased confidence is well worth it for practically all mommy makeover patients.
In addition to the plastic surgeon's approach, there are things a patient can do after surgery to reduce the appearance of scars. Depending on the surgery, the patient and the surgeon's experience with different incision treatment methods, a patient may be directed to use one or more of these techniques after surgery:
The good news is that with proper planning and care, scars can be minimized so that mommy makeover patients can focus on the many benefits of their surgery, including a restored appearance and increased self-confidence.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.