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New mothers have to deal with many changes to their bodies. A new surgical combination gives them the option to take care of two post-pregnancy problems one medical and oneÂ cosmetic at once.
ABC News in San Francisco reported on an ob-gynÂ and a plastic surgeon who teamed up to perform a pelvic sling procedure to correct bladder issues that arise after pregnancy and aÂ tummy tuck to remove excess skin from the abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
One mother, whom ABC interviewed, said her two pregnancies took an embarrassing toll on her body. “Every day you have to wear these thick pads so that you stay dry. Going down the steps, picking up your child from the car seat, a little bit of exertion you get wet,” she said, explaining her bladder problem.
Rather than having her bladder issue fixed with conventional surgery, she decided on the combination procedure. “I know I’ll never be the same as before I had the children, but I think it will be spirit lifting,” she said.
Plastic surgeon Carolyn Chang, MD, FACS, who has performed tummy tucks after the pelvic sling procedure at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, said, “I like to call this the ultimate mommy makeover.”
The bladder procedure takes about a half hour, after which Dr. Chang performs the abdominoplasty.
Potential Risks vs. Benefits
There are always risks to surgery, and one of the downsides of combining procedures is a longer time in the operating room and a potentially more complicated recovery if there are problems with either surgery.
However, there are some possible benefits to combining the procedures. The costs could be lower, because while the tummy tuck isn’t covered by insurance, some shared expenses such as anesthesia and the recovery room may be. Another possible advantage is that the patient will have a single recovery time for the two procedures.
Psychologically it could make going under the knife easier as well. “You’re doing a surgery that you want with a surgery that you medically need and that makes having surgery in general much more palatable,” said Dr. Chang.
Conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the survey showed that 62 percent of mothers said they would consider a “mommy makeover,” which includes procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and/or breast lift, if money were not an issue.
“In the last decade we’ve seen women’s attitudes about cosmetic surgery change. Today women are not afraid to admit that they love their children, but they wish their bodies looked the way they did before their first pregnancies. And they’re not afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise,” said Dr. Phillip Haeck, ASPS President.
Surgeons have also noticed another trend: patients seeking a mommy makeover are younger than a decade ago.
“In the past we saw a lot of women in their 50s getting these types of procedures. But today we are seeing young mothers in their 30s coming in for procedures such as tummy tucks and breast lifts, said Dr. Haeck. He said they don’t want to wait years to get their bodies back.
Dr. Allen Rosen, a plastic surgeon, agrees and said because women today talk more openly about cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery is more accepted than it was just ten years ago.
For those considering a mommy makeover, ASPS has some general tips:
- Wait at least six months to a year after having your last child before undergoing mommy makeover procedures.
- Be specific about your post-baby body goals so that your plastic surgeon can recommend the best proceduresÂ for you.
- If you are trying to lose weight, do so before undergoing the procedures.