Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Mothers dedicate a great deal of themselves to their families. It starts with the pregnancy, where the mother's body changes dramatically. Finally, there comes a time when mothers feel they're able to address their own needs. After multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding, many women find it impossible for diet and exercise alone to restore their figures. Fortunately, mothers with permanently altered figures find that a Mommy Makeover in Los Angeles is an excellent solution. The Mommy Makeover is a term for the group of cosmetic procedures that many mothers seek following pregnancy.
For many women, the Mommy Makeover may include the following:
There are multiple variations of the Mommy Makeover, of course, and I individualize the plan for each patient depending on their needs. Many women will not need or desire all of these procedures. Each patient determines what her personal Mommy Makeover will involve after we discuss her concerns and options in a thorough consultation.
A Mommy Makeover may be performed in one or more stages. Age, health, needs and desires are all considered carefully when I formulate a plan for each patient. The majority of my patients choose to do more than one procedure at a time. I've had a great deal of experience performing these combined surgeries over the past decade. I've also done extensive clinical research on combined surgery, and have shared my findings with my colleagues through journal articles, presentations, and courses at plastic surgery meetings.
The abdomen tends to experience the greatest change following pregnancy with stretch marks, loose skin and lower abdominal fat being the most common complaints. The abdominal muscles may also be stretched to the point that they remain separated in the midline, accentuating the patient's lower abdominal bulge. To treat these problems, I perform a tummy tuck where I remove the excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles.
After having children, fat tends to redistribute to new areas on the body where it may be unwanted. This is frequently true even if women are successful at losing their baby weight. Most often, bulges of fat accumulate around the waist and on the thighs. On these areas, I frequently perform liposuction as part of a Mommy Makeover. My preferred technique is power-assisted liposuction, the safest and most effective way to remove fat from these areas.
The breasts go through dramatic changes with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Patient concerns about their breasts vary greatly, but the most common breast procedures I perform as part of a Mommy Makeover include:
Childbirth can change the look and feel of the female genitalia, affecting how a woman perceives herself and her sexuality. Labiaplasty is a procedure that improves the labia minora or clitoral hood, removing excess tissue while preserving — and potentially enhancing — sensation. I use meticulous techniques to ensure a completely natural-looking result that helps you improve your confidence and sexual satisfaction.
While the precise timeline of your own recuperation will vary depending on the procedures you choose, the following are good guidelines to help you plan your Los Angeles Mommy Makeover.
The day of surgery: After your Mommy Makeover, you'll likely feel quite tired and sore for the remainder of the day. Be sure you have your prescriptions filled ahead of time, so you can head home immediately after your surgery and begin the healing process. Remember to rest on your back to allow your incisions to heal undisturbed. You may use cold compresses on your incisions, but do not apply ice directly to your skin. If you have surgical drains in place, a member of my staff will instruct you on how to care for them before you leave the clinic.
1 week after surgery: In most cases, I am able to remove the drains (if necessary) within a few days, and the sutures by the one week mark. By this time, you will be much more mobile and may even be able to discontinue your opioid pain medications. Depending on your occupation, you may be ready to go back to work. During your 1-week follow-up appointment, I evaluate your healing process, and we discuss whether you feel ready to get back to the office. Even though you can resume many of your usual activities by the 1-week mark, it's still important to avoid vigorous activities.
2 weeks after surgery: Nearly all my Mommy Makeover patients are back to work by the 2-week point. It's also safe to begin light activity, like an easy walk around the neighborhood. Once you've completely stopped using prescription pain medicine, you can begin driving, too. Depending on what procedures you had, you may need to wear a compression garment. This snug garment is concealed beneath your regular clothes and supports your body while it heals.
6 weeks after surgery: Back to the gym! With few exceptions, this is the point when most Mommy Makeover patients can completely resume their original activities. This includes vigorous, high-impact exercise and swimming. By now, swelling should be nearly—if not completely—resolved, and you'll be able to fully appreciate the results of your Mommy Makeover. If you had breast enhancement as part of your surgery, you can also begin wearing underwire bras at 6 weeks. We may schedule a follow-up with you at this point to gauge your satisfaction with your surgery and discuss any lingering concerns.