A 43-year old woman, whose youngest child had been born 11 years earlier, decided that after a decade of considering getting a Mommy Makeover the time was right. She had been working out, eating right, and taking good care of her body but just wasnt seeing the results she wanted. After spending a lot of time doing research on plastic surgeons and speaking to her friends about their experiences with plastic surgery she came to NOVA Plastic Surgery.
During her consultation, Dr. Nukta explained the surgical options and techniques and determined that the patient would be a great candidate for a breast augmentation, mini abdominoplasty, and liposuction of the flanks and thighs.
This is an in-depth look at the procedures that were performed on the patient and the results that she obtained from her “Mommy Makeover” surgery.
Because the patient did not have any ptosis (drooping of the breasts), she did not require a breast lift with her augmentation. Her breast augmentation options included placing the implants either under the muscle or over the muscle. For the surgeon to place the implant over the muscle, the patient has to have enough soft tissue to cover the implant. Over the muscle placement also requires less recovery time. However, because the patient wanted to increase the size of her breasts from a B cup to a D cup, she and Dr. Nukta decided that placing the implants under the muscle would be the best option.
Abdominoplasty is commonly known as a tummy tuck. Pregnancy takes its toll on the female body, so women who have had children often turn to abdominoplasty to remove excess skin from the abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. A full tummy tuck addresses three components of the abdomen: the muscles, skin, and fatty tissues. During a full tummy tuck, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess skin below the belly button, and remove any excess fat with liposuction.
A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, is less invasive and less dramatic than a full tummy tuck. It involves removing the loosened abdominal tissue in the area between the belly button and the pubic bone. It doesnt change the location of the belly button and has a much smaller incision.
The patient in this case did not have a lot of abdominal laxity, so she was a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove stubborn excess fat deposits in various areas of the body. Although the patient had been exercising and eating right, some of her fat deposits were resistant to the diet and exercise. Therefore, Dr. Nukta performed liposuction on her flanks and thighs.
5 months later, our patient looks fabulous. She says that she is happy to have a better sense of self, to have transformed her body, and is excited to wear a bikini on the beach this summer.
For more information on Mommy Makeovers please visit our pages on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. To schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Nukta, please contact our Northern Virginia office in Ashburn.