Additionally, milk production leads the breasts to gain and lose volume, stretch, and change shape. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, women may seek surgery to target their cosmetic concerns about changes in their bodies due to pregnancy.
Post-partum surgery generally involves abdominoplasty and breast augmentation mammoplasty or lift mastopexy. This combines abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast procedures to help women address concerns in their desired areas. Generally, the surgery is only advised for mothers who have finished having children and waited at least 12 months after ceasing nursing. Dr Jeremy Richardson will take your goals into account to develop a treatment plan that best suits you.
Postpartum surgery is a blend of surgical procedures. It often includes a breast lift (mastopexy), implants (augmentation mammoplasty), or both, as well as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). By undergoing both breast and abdominal procedures at the same time, women can address loose skin in multiple areas with a single recovery period.
There are many reasons why a person may seek this procedure. After pregnancy, the body may undergo many changes. The breasts may sit lower on the chest than before, and the skin around the torso may appear loose or stretched, with fat deposits that do not reduce with merely diet and exercise. Although the goals and needs of each woman undergoing surgery will vary, commonly, women may pursue surgery who wish to:
Prior to postpartum (abdominoplasty and breast augmentation mammoplasty or lift mastopexy) surgery, you will need to consult with Dr Richardson to outline the best treatment plan for your body. During this meeting, you will need to discuss your health, including medical history and current health. These details will help us determine whether you are a suitable patient for surgery. Ideal patients are typically non-smokers, as smoking can increase healing risks. They are also in good overall health and have not been pregnant or nursing for at least 12 months. If you are unsure whether you are a good candidate, this meeting will help clarify your options.
Dr Richardson will examine your body in order to assess the exact areas of excess fat and skin to be removed. We will then be able to plan your surgery to produce results tailored to your particular needs. Be sure to ask any questions about the surgery so that you are fully informed and can make a confident decision about your body.
This procedure will be performed with general anaesthesia, which means patients are asleep for the entire duration of surgery. It can take anywhere from two to six hours. Postpartum surgery usually involves both abdominoplasty surgery and breast surgery, depending on the patient’s needs and preferences. The types of procedures available include:
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed in order to remove the excess skin and fat around the mid to lower torso. Dr Richardson will make incisions across the lower abdomen, at the bikini line. He will then tighten the muscles, as well as remove excess fat and loose skin.
Given that every patient has different needs, fees can vary widely. The cost of your postpartum surgery will depend on the exact procedures and techniques, as well as the extent of the surgery. The overall fee also involves the anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and other aftercare costs such as medication. Patients who are having breast implant (augmentation mammoplasty) surgery will have the implants included in their surgical fee.
Since most postpartum surgeries are performed for aesthetic reasons, most patients will have to pay the total fee for their surgery. We can address further questions about fees during a private meeting with you.
Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing a positive patient experience.
After your postpartum (abdominoplasty and breast augmentation mammoplasty or lift mastopexy) surgery, you will have some pain and swelling. However, we will monitor your condition and help you manage any discomfort with pain relief. Patients will have bandages on their incision sites and may have drainage tubes under the skin to clear any excess fluid. You can expect to stay in the hospital for a couple of days.
Recovery times are different for everyone, depending on the patient’s health and the extent of their postpartum surgery. You should follow the advice given by Dr Richardson to help your body recover and avoid healing issues, such as wearing support garments and staying hydrated. Other home-care advice may include sleeping on your back, reducing your movement, and refraining from smoking and alcohol. Additionally, you will need to have someone help you with cooking, driving, caring for children, and other daily tasks. As your body heals, you will be able to resume your daily tasks. Patients typically can:
There are always risks that come along with any surgery. If you are thinking about having a postpartum procedure, you will have to weigh the risks and benefits in order to decide if it is right for you. Before your procedure, we will go over the risks to ensure you are aware. These can include:
If your surgery involves the insertion of implants, additional risks can include: