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Overview of Mommy Makeover Surgery in Washington DC

As many mothers know, pregnancy takes a toll, causing physical changes such as stretched abdominal skin and muscle, deflation and droop of the breasts and poor body proportions. Dr. Rad sees hundreds of patients each years seeking mommy makeover in DC, Virginia and out of state. It’s one of the most popular procedures designed to restore, and enhance, a woman’s body back to its pre-pregnancy appearance, and Dr. Rad often is able to give his patients results that are even better than before. What is a “mommy makeover”? Mommy makeover refers to a combination of procedures, all performed safely in one procedure, that can include tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to tighten muscle and sculpt the abdomen, liposuction to restore the hourglass waistline, combined with breast surgery, either breast lift to restore beautiful shape and bring nipples back up, or breast augmentation to restore fullness, or both. Buttock enhancement with fat injection (“Brazilian butt lift”) and vaginal rejuvenation and tightening can also be combined safely.

For the breast surgery part of a mommy makeover, proportion is key and Dr. Rad’s aesthetic vision ensures patients achieve optimal results while respecting their personal preferences: for example, while Gummy Bear implants are most often used for breast augmentation, patients who want to avoid silicone implants may opt for Dr. Rad’s specialty procedure called “tissue breast aug”, aka “natural breast enhancements” This is the most natural approach because Dr. Rad repurposes a woman’s abdominal skin and fat (which is usually discarded during the tummy tuck) for her breast augmentation. By carefully transplanting the abdominal fat to a woman’s breasts, she can enjoy a beautiful breast augmentation result that is 100% her own body with no foreign substances. The “natural mommy makeover” is a highly sophisticated microsurgery procedure and Dr. Rad is proudly performing this surgery for the Washington DC community.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Mommy Makeover Surgery?

A woman who is an excellent candidate is in good overall health, has excess abdominal skin, stretched and separated abdominal muscles, excess fatty deposits in the flanks or thighs, has deflated, asymmetric and/or droopy breasts and nipples, and desires restoration of her breasts and body to beautiful proportions while accepting the presence of scars to do so. Patients should not have severe connective tissue disorders (Ehlers Danlos, Cutis laxa, etc.), should have normal blood counts (we check CBC and blood chemistry as part of our work-up), and those who smoke or take nicotine products should be free of nicotine exposure for 4 weeks before and after surgery (nicotine impairs wound healing).

HOW IT’S DONE

For the abdominoplasty portion, Dr. Rad utilizes a gently curving scar from hip to hip, the skin/fat layer is separated from the core muscle layer which may be tightened with sutures to correct diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles as is common after pregnancy) and excess skin is removed. For the breast surgery portion, depending on the combination of procedures desired, Dr. Rad often uses a lollipop +/- anchor shaped incision to lift breast and nipples to perfectly centered positions, and if breast augmentation is planned then placement of implants beneath the chest muscle, or transplant of abdominal skin/fat through the DIEP “tissue aug” procedure to the space beneath breast tissue. For optimal safety of the DIEP augmentation, sometimes procedures must be done in separate stages a few months apart. Laser Scar Therapy also helps to fade scars quickly and prevent thickening.

SAFETY

Your safety is Dr. Rad’s top priority and, for healthy women, combining procedures is very safe with minimal risk in Dr. Rad’s hands. By comparison, driving a car daily entails much greater risk than undergoing anesthesia and surgery. Mommy makeover is an outpatient surgery, meaning that you can go home the same day. For optimal safety, Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologists and performs surgery a hospital-based ambulatory surgery center (ASC) facility. Many plastic surgeons perform surgery in their office, but Dr. Rad considers that hospital-based surgery is the safest environment for all patients. In addition to being certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rad has operating privileges at 6 major hospitals in the DC, northern Virginia area, giving patients peace of mind for the safest possible process.

OTHER OPTIONS

Mommy makeover makes sense for a one-and-done transformation: not only is combining procedures safe to perform under Dr. Rad’s care, but patients also benefit from one anesthesia period, one recovery, and also financially because of savings through multi-procedure concessions and hospital fees. However, if a woman chooses single procedure options, then these are they:

  • Mini-Abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) targets the abdominal muscles: by surgically closing the gap (“diastasis”) between them and bringing them back to a normal anatomical position, your muscle function will be restored. Many athletic women appreciate this since no degree of exercise or strength training will close a diastasis. This procedure can be done through an existing C-section scar or a low-positioned incision that is hidden from view even in a two-piece bikini. While traditional tummy tuck (which features removal of loose abdominal skin) often involves correction of diastasis, this procedure can be done for women who have good skin tone.
  • Liposuction is a great adjunct to tummy tuck because Dr. Rad uses it to sculpt a woman’s body all the way around. You can imagine that tightening the front abs can make the flanks look more bulky unless fatty deposits are removed. Dr. Rad uses Microaire power-assisted liposuction to sculpt and shape the flanks for a beautiful 360 degree result.
  • Breast Augmentation is commonly chosen along with tummy tuck since breast deflation is so common after pregnancy and breast feeding. In Dr. Rad’s hands augmentation is safe and effective with either silicone “gummy” implants or with transplantation of the abdominal skin/fat (called “DIEP flap aug”) that is usually discarded during the tummy tuck. Keep in mind the DIEP flap technique is highly sophisticated and Dr. Rad is the only surgeon offering this technique for breast augmentation because of the high degree of skill required. If you are interested in this technique, then you must choose very carefully when seeking a plastic surgeon.
  • Breast Lift is a popular option to perform either with or without breast augmentation. Dr. Rad uses a lollipop/anchor scar and “central mound pedicle” technique for breast lift – you will see from Dr. Rad’s before/afters that long lasting beautiful results are achievable.Ideal candidates for breast lift are women who are pleased with volume but who desire “perky” lifted breasts and nipples.
  • Breast Augmentation + Breast Lift is a very popular combination of lifting low nipples and restoring lost volume. For safety sometimes Dr. Rad recommends these procedures be “staged” into 2 separate surgeries, depending on patients’ goals.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

This is an outpatient surgery taking approximately 3 to 4 hours to perform. Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications. Recovery lasts about 2 to 3 weeks.

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MOMMY MAKEOVER: TUMMY TUCK + BREAST LIFT

A ‘Mommy Makeover’ is a popular term referring to a single operation in which both abdominoplasty (possibly with liposuction) and breast augmentation (possible with a breast lift) are combined to lift, tighten and smooth loose abdominal skin and restore breast fullness and nipple position. Usually implants are used for breast augmentation, but Dr. Rad also offers the “DIEP Flap Aug” or “Natural Mommy Makeover” which uses your own abdominal skin and fat (usually discarded during tummy tuck) for breast augmentation with tissue. This is a highly sophisticated procedure that less than 1% of plastic surgeons are capable of performing.

HOW IS TUMMY TUCK + BREAST LIFT PERFORMED?

For the abdominoplasty portion, Dr. Rad utilizes a gently curving scar from hip to hip, the skin/fat layer is separated from the core muscle layer (which may be tightened with permanent sutures) and excess skin is removed. For the breast surgery portion, please visit the specific pages corresponding to the type of surgery that is needed. Laser Scar Therapy also helps to fade scars quickly and prevent thickening.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY FOR TUMMY TUCK + BREAST LIFT?

This is an outpatient surgery taking approximately 3 to 4 hours to perform. Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications. Recovery lasts about 2 to 3 weeks.

Mommy Makeover Before and After

MOMMY MAKEOVER: TUMMY TUCK + TISSUE BREAST AUG

A mommy makeover (tummy tuck and breast augmentation with or without a lift) is a great option for mothers whose pregnancies have stretched out their abdominal tissues and deflated their breasts.

Although many women want to restore their pre-pregnancy breast size, they are concerned about having silicone implants, either because they don’t want a foreign material in their bodies, or because of concerns of problems associated with implants.

IS TUMMY TUCK + TISSUE BREAST AUG RIGHT FOR ME?

In Dr. Rad’s hands, this technique is very safe and reliable. Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery in a hospital operating facility.

HOW IS TUMMY TUCK + TISSUE BREAST AUG PERFORMED?

Dr. Rad makes a gently curving incision in the lower abdominal skin, he elevates the skin and fatty layers, and he carefully isolates the blood vessels to the tissue. Dr. Rad transplants the tissue flaps to the breasts and restores blood flow by reconnecting blood vessels. The belly button is brought through the abdominal skin and sutured in place. Dr. Rad places the transplanted tissue beneath the breast tissue.

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WHAT IS THE RECOVERY AFTER TUMMY TUCK + TISSUE BREAST AUG?

You’ll spend 3 nights in the hospital to ensure success of the surgery. Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications.

MOMMY MAKEOVER: TUMMY TUCK + IMPLANT BREAST AUG

A ‘Mommy Makeover’ is a popular term referring to a single operation in which both abdominoplasty (possibly with liposuction) and breast augmentation (possible with a breast lift) are combined to lift, tighten and smooth loose abdominal skin and restore breast fullness and nipple position. Usually implants are used for breast augmentation, but Dr. Rad also offers the “DIEP Flap Aug” or “Natural Mommy Makeover” which uses your own abdominal skin and fat (usually discarded during tummy tuck) for breast augmentation with tissue. This is a highly sophisticated procedure that less than 1% of plastic surgeons are capable of performing.

HOW IS TUMMY TUCK + IMPLANT BREAST AUG PERFORMED?

For the abdominoplasty portion, Dr. Rad utilizes a gently curving scar from hip to hip, the skin/fat layer is separated from the core muscle layer (which may be tightened with permanent sutures) and excess skin is removed. For the breast surgery portion, please visit the specific pages corresponding to the type of surgery that is needed. Laser Scar Therapy also helps to fade scars quickly and prevent thickening.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY FOR TUMMY TUCK + IMPLANT BREAST AUG?

This is an outpatient surgery taking approximately 3 to 4 hours to perform. Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications. Recovery lasts about 2 to 3 weeks.

Mommy Makeover Before and After

Q+A

WHAT IS MY RECOVERY LIKE?

Recovery varies from 1-3 weeks to return to most independent activities such as driving, light exercise, sex and work. Length of time for full recovery depends on the extent of surgery: extensive liposuction and the DIEP flap transfer technique will require more time than mini-tummy tuck and breast augmentation, for example. Most patients go home the same day and are walking immediately after surgery. For highly athletic patients performing heavy lifting or crossfit, the time to reach full unrestricted activity can be up to 8 weeks. However, most patients feel stronger after muscle tightening and more comfortable after breast lift, so exercise is that much more effective to reach athletic goals.

CAN I DO CHILD CARE?

Absolutely – child care is an essential activity and part of what we term “activities of daily living”. If you live with a partner or spouse, you’ll benefit from extra help with lifting your children since lifting restrictions apply during the first few days to a week (less than ~20 lb). However, since you’ll be up an about immediately after surgery, you’ll be able to do the basic child care activities right away.

CAN I HAVE EXTRA HELP AT HOME?

Absolutely – our patients benefit from expert private duty nurses who have decades of experience. If you live alone or need extra help for self-care, childcare or pet care, then we can help arrange this. Please ask us!

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SURGERY?

Risk depends on many factors and are divided into 3 categories: surgery risk, anesthesia risk, and long term risks. Surgery risks relate to complications related to surgery such as tissue injury, nerve injury, seroma (fluid build up), hematoma (bleeding problem), infection, asymmetry, scar thickening or contraction issue. Suffice to say (in this short paragraph) that risks are very low in the right surgeon’s hands and in the safest environemnt. Dr. Rad prides himself for successful surgery greater than 99.2% and, for those patients in the < 1% group, concerns such as scar or asymmetries can easily be addressed. This is why Dr. Rad enjoys such a wide reputation as one of Washington DC’s top plastic surgeons.

WHAT IS THE RISK OF ANESTHESIA?

With regard to anesthesia, many patients are concerned to be “put under” or have “general anesthesia,” and much clarification is needed. “General” anesthesia refers to placing patients in a sleep state that is safe enough for the surgeon to perform the work. It’s a very general term that can be very different, depending on the surgery: it includes “twilight,” a form of very light general anesthesia, all the way to very deep anesthesia as for heart surgery. If you think of an ocean that is 1 mile deep, anesthesia for open heart surgery is the bottom of the ocean – this is where it can be risky – whereas “twilight” or light general is just
under the surface of the water from which you emerge and recover quickly. This “just under the surface” is what your anesthesia would be like for elective surgery. Keep in mind that the quality and precision of anesthesia is just as important as performing safe surgery. Dr. Rad has found that working with board certified anesthesiologists is unparalleled in terms of safety which is why patients need not fear the process of “going under.”

What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring the very best results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

Consultation with Dr. Rad

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAD?

Our plastic surgery office in Washington DC is centered on your comfort and privacy. You’ll be received by our exquisitely attentive staff, and escorted to your own private cabana wherein you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while consulting discreetly with Dr. Rad. First Dr. Rad will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right surgeon for you. Credentials are crucial and, in addition to being Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Rad is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and he enjoys an impeccable reputation as a top flight aesthetic surgeon. His facial plastic surgery expertise is sought out as one of the best surgeons in Washington DC, northern Virginia and the US.

Your safety is Dr. Rad's primary concern and he will review your medical history. You should inform Dr. Rad of any medical problems or medications that may affect your healing. If you are medically appropriate to undergo surgery then Dr. Rad's focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington DC patients expect natural results with minimal downtime. Dr. Rad will spend time carefully listening to your concerns, asking clarifying questions and then masterfully guiding you, step by step, to understand how your unique anatomy can be improved to convey a rested appearance. Dr. Rad’s goal is to determine the most comprehensive approach for long lasting, natural results while minimizing downtime. Dr. Rad first needs to understand your specific concerns and you should prepare your thoughts prior to your consultation. Think of words that convey how you feel about your appearance. For example, Washington DC patients often say they look fatigued, tired or lackluster because of undereye bags or dark undereye circles, or they look sad, upset or disinterested such as from heavy eyebrows, excess skin above the eyes or downturned corners of the mouth. Patients often relate concerns of looking older than how they feel and this can be caused by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, lines and wrinkles. Try to put into words how your appearance bothers you, and the priority you give to each area. Dr. Rad will then present to you his expert opinion about which procedures would be best to restore your anatomy to create a rested and refreshed appearance. And since surgery is intricate Dr. Rad will guide you through a stepwise approach of aesthetic analysis and he’ll deliver his recommendations in a clear and honest manner. Dr. Rad will present all options available in modern day surgery, both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr. Rad and Board certified dermatologist Dr. Sherber often collaborate to optimize patients’ results and to minimize invasiveness. As such Dr. Rad’s modern approach to surgery harnesses the power of both dermatology and plastic surgery as both specialities address different aesthetic challenges. For example, plastic surgery is effective to lift, tighten and volumize loose, atrophied tissues, whereas dermatologic treatments such as laser, radiofrequency tightening and skincare are best to improve skin texture, pigmentation and tone. Dr. Rad can address any concerns regarding skin quality and how to obtain and maintain optimal results.

Dr. Rad will review with you photos of his patients’ results (many of which you’ll not find online due to privacy concerns) to highlight his aesthetic approaches and skill. He will take your photographs, which remain confidential, to assist with the planning of your surgery. For your safety Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital-based operating room, considered to be the safest environment, rather than in the office. Anesthesia is delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist (MD) and you’ll be under light anesthesia which is important for your safety and comfort.

You will receive a customized quote for the procedures in which you’re interested. Once approved we may then move forward with pre-operative preparations and you will meet with Dr. Rad again at your final in person consultation prior to surgery. Dr. Rad’s reputation as one of the most technically gifted surgeons attracts patients nationally and from around the world. We cater to patients from across the globe by arranging virtual consultations, luxury accommodations at The Jefferson hotel, Washington DC’s most luxurious 5 star boutique hotel, as well as private nursing care. Your privacy, comfort and safely achieving exceptional results are our top priorities.

About your Washington DC mommy makeover surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Dr. Rad is a Johns Hopkins trained board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery there. Dr. Rad has performed thousands of aesthetic facial surgeries and he specializes in minimally invasive, scarless approaches featuring minimal downtime. He is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites and has been an invited expert in international conferences teaching his techniques to surgeons from around the world. Dr. Rad’s patients seek to look refreshed and rested with natural results, minimal scars and the least downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery. Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Through rigorous written and oral examinations, these national societies have vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards in the world.

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