What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy Makeover?

Having options is great because in my opinion, it reduces the sense of restrictedness when having to pick among several things that we may truly want. Once women reach the point in their life when they’re finished with pregnancy/childbirth, or after years of waiting to finally decide to reclaim their youthful body from top to bottom, this is the ideal time to consider more comprehensive procedures. Two of the top most popular procedures among the 30 and over crowd (but keep in mind it’s not exclusive to this group by any means) has become the Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover procedures. Most notably known for combining multiple procedures into one procedure, these two offer great benefits for helping patients attain a younger-looking appearance, but what’s the difference between a Mommy Makeover and Grammy Makeover?

What’s the Difference between a Mommy Makeover & Grammy MakeoverMommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover got its name because it focuses on common areas of the body that physically change from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain/loss. This procedure combines breast and body contouring procedures and patients can choose from:

  • Breast Augmentation – to increase the overall size of the breasts using breast implants
  • Breast Lift – to reduce excess skin and fat from drooping breasts and raising them to a higher, more proportionate, position on the chest (can also be combined with a breast augmentation)
  • Liposuction – to permanently remove accumulated fat cells and refine the shape of the midsection, thighs, chin, arms, and buttocks
  • Tummy Tuck – to remove excess skin and fat of the abdominal region, and also re-tighten muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy

Grammy Makeover

With maturity comes more noticeably greater effects of natural aging and gravity that contribute to deeper wrinkles, perpetually tired-looking appearances, under-eye bags, sagging skin, and more. For this reason, a Grammy Makeover extends beyond the four procedures mentioned above for the Mommy Makeover – this time, combining nonsurgical and surgical options for the face, breasts, and body. In addition to breast augmentation/lift, liposuction and tummy tucks, a Grammy Makeover can include:

  • Hand Rejuvenation w/ Radiesse® – temporarily plumps up skeletal thin skin on the back of the hand instantly with the cosmetic injectable Radiesse® (results can generally last 1-2 years)
  • Browlift – smoothes the skin above/around the eyes & on the forehead by repositioning sagging eyebrows and raising upper lids
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – removes excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes to give a more rested appearance
  • Facelift – tightens sagging skin and smoothes wrinkles on the face (mainly around the cheeks, neck, and jowls) and/or repositions facial tissue
  • Neck Lift – removes excess fat from the chin and neck, eliminates hanging, and tightens what’s remaining for a smoother finish
  • Arm Lift – removes extra skin and fat (targeting the dreaded bat wings) before tightening remaining skin for a toned appearance
  • Fat Transfer – uses liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (typically the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks) that is purified and re-injected into areas of the body that have lost volume, such as the face and buttocks

There are options for how you’d like your groceries bagged, which gas station you’ll fuel up at, what hair color you’d like to choose, and so much more – so why shouldn’t the same inclusion apply to plastic surgery? Not every cosmetic plastic surgery procedure allows the same type of customizing freedom like a Mommy Makeover or Grammy Makeover, but the appeal of being able to hand select the procedures that will go into your final plastic surgery results are something many patients really appreciate knowing they have the ability to do. If you’re interested in learning more about Mommy Makeover, Grammy Makeover, or any of the other facial, breast, and body procedures performed by me, Dr. David Whiteman, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery today.

Laser Treatments to Enhance Facial Plastic Surgery Results

Here’s a truth: cosmetic plastic surgery is long lasting, but it won’t last forever on its own. We all continue to age every day and even after facial plastic surgery, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures, changes are still going to occur to the body as the skin naturally reacts to the same type of environmental factors that affected them from the start (think sagging skin, wrinkles, weight gain/loss, sun damage, etc.). The good news is there are nonsurgical ways to help slow down these inherent signs of aging and improve your results before, during, and after undergoing a specific surgical treatment. With advancements in technology and a higher demand for nonsurgical options among skincare and plastic surgery patients, laser treatments continue to surge in popularity, especially for those who wish to enhance their facial plastic surgery results.

laser-resurfacing-plastic-surgeon-atlanta-gaIn addition to this month’s featured Mommy Makeover Special (combine tummy tuck + any cosmetic breast procedure and receive $500 OFF), we’re featuring fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing specials at our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center for both our skincare and plastic surgery patients. As a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), we are committed to providing safe and effective laser treatments to patients of varying ages, skin tones, and type. When performed by a provider with extensive training (the same diligence spent choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon should be applied to choosing your laser specialist – safety first, right?) CO2 treatments have many great benefits:

  • Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, skin laxity, melasma (dark spots on the skin), sun damage, acne scarring, and more.
  • Safe to use on several areas of the face, including the neck, chest, and hands.
  • Emits beams of laser light into the deeper layers of the tissue to stimulate collagen production and encourage the sloughing of damaged skin.
  • Unlike previous CO2 technology, our lasers don’t remove entire layers of skin, but instead the smallest fraction of the top layer of skin (meaning it leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed).
  • Allows skin to recover much faster.

Whether you opt for a facial procedure like rhinoplasty, eyelid lift, or a facelift, laser resurfacing treatments have the ability to refresh the skin, giving it a natural and more youthful look. By choosing to pair nonsurgical laser treatments with your facial plastic surgery results, you’re able to slow down progressive signs of aging and prolong the youthfulness your plastic surgery results have produced for many years to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing treatments, our monthly plastic surgery specials, or would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation for any of the Southern Plastic Surgery procedures we perform, give us a call at 770-622-9100! Be sure to also follow me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery specials, news, and updates.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Mommy Makeover?

Our time is valuable and for many of my hard-working patients, extended recovery time is not ideal. One of the most popular topics I generally cover during consultations is how long it will take to recover once the surgery has been successfully performed. While you have to keep in mind that every person’s body will heal differently, I’ve come up with an average timeline for recovery for my patients whether they choose facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring procedures. Since this month’s featured procedure is the ever-popular Mommy Makeover – if you had to answer how long does it take to recover from Mommy Makeover, what would you guess?

In case you’re not familiar, let’s start with the benefits of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Can help restore a pre-baby physique for mothers who’ve experienced changes to their body during/after carrying their child.
  • Even if you’re not a mother, Mommy Makeovers can benefit patients who have experienced physical changes to their body from aging and/or significant weight gain/loss.
  • A combination procedure that typically includes body contouring (tummy tuck and liposuction) and breast enhancement (breast augmentation or breast lift).
    • Since the procedures are performed simultaneously during the Mommy Makeover, you only have to go through one comprehensive recovery process versus first procedure then heal, second procedure then heal, etc.
  • This is an outpatient procedure meaning, you’re in and out the same day as your procedure (since you don’t have to stay in the hospital AND you’re combining procedures it means you’re not paying double the required hospital fees – such as anesthesia, surgical fees, and medication).
  • Natural-looking Mommy Makeover results will reveal a slimmer, more-contoured waistline and breasts that are not only proportionate to your frame, but also perky and youthful.

What should your expectations be regarding Mommy Makeover recovery?

The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow the pre and post-operative instructions I send you home with. I’ve heard time and time again from patients that the overall experience was a lot less strenuous than they may have assumed. In my over 22 years of experience as a double-board certified plastic surgeon, I firmly believe in giving my patient’s all the tools they need to increase their overall happiness with their results. Using highly-specialized surgical techniques (like the Scarpa Fascia Advancement technique for tummy tucks that I use to specifically reduce recovery time for my patients), combined with diligent effort from the patient to follow the recovery recommendations I provide, you’re more likely to increase your overall success with your procedure.