Mark Sisco, M.D.
501 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 504-2333
Monday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mommy makeover at our Northbrook practice is a very popular option for moms who want to reduce many of the negative physical effects left behind by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Typically, these include a protruding, lax belly, often with stretch marks, and sagging, deflated breasts. Your mommy makeover is completely custom-tailored to you, and your results can be as dramatic or as subtle as you want.
You Have Options
The term “mommy makeover” doesn’t refer to a single specific surgery or technique. Instead, it’s a general term that represents any combination of procedures that are performed to restore a woman’s body after pregnancy. Although each mommy makeover is unique, they often include breast augmentation and tummy tuck performed in a single surgery. By combining procedures, patients can achieve a significant transformation with only a single recuperation period.
Breast augmentation is often, but not always, an important component of a mommy makeover. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Sisco specializes in breast augmentation and is one of the most trusted surgeons in the area when it comes to breast enhancement.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the breasts in various ways. The size of the breasts usually increases during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the areolas can become larger, too. However, once a woman stops breastfeeding, the size of the breasts can reduce significantly, leaving behind a “deflated” look. Breast augmentation replenishes breast volume, often beyond pre-pregnancy levels.
Choosing your breast implants is often one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your mommy makeover. Dr. Sisco offers today’s most popular, FDA-approved options. During your initial consultation and subsequent pre-op visits, you work with Dr. Sisco to choose just the right pair—whether saline or silicone, round or shaped.
Dr. Sisco also offers VECTRA® 3-D imaging to help you plan your breast enhancement. VECTRA creates a life-like 3-D image of your body, and using the program’s software, you can manipulate the image to virtually “try on” various surgical options. VECTRA can help ensure both you and Dr. Sisco are visualizing the same goal.
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, is a cornerstone of a mommy makeover. After pregnancy, a woman’s abdomen is often left with stretch marks and loose skin that’s simply impossible to remedy with dieting and exercise. Additionally, a condition called diastasis recti, which typically occurs after multiple pregnancies, can cause the waist to expand and the belly to bulge. Many women with diastasis recti say the condition makes them appear as if they’re still pregnant, even years after childbirth.
Surgical tummy tuck can remedy each of these concerns through a low, horizontal incision made just above the pubic area.
During surgery, Dr. Sisco tightens stretched or separated abdominal muscles using internal sutures. He also removes excess skin and fat to create a flat, smooth abdominal contour.
Dr. Sisco also offers abbreviated and extended variations on the traditional tummy tuck, to better suit the diverse needs of his patients.
At our Northbrook office, mommy makeover doesn’t have to begin and end with breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Many patients choose to incorporate different procedures into their surgeries. While there are limits, the surgery can be adjusted based on your preferences. For example, some women who don’t want additional breast volume may choose to undergo breast reduction or breast lift.
Liposuction can improve contours and reduce stubborn fat deposits in areas like the flanks, thighs, and abdomen, further enhancing results.Face procedures can be added for those who want to take years off their appearance. It’s OK if you’re not sure where to begin. Dr. Sisco can help guide you through what’s possible during your initial consultation.
Surgery Day & Long-Term Results
Because of its extensive nature, mommy makeover is performed while you are completely asleep under general anesthesia. The duration of your surgery depends largely on which procedures you’ve decided to incorporate. To ensure safety, mommy makeover surgery does not exceed 6 hours in total. After your procedure, you’ll need someone you trust to drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
Recuperation depends on the specific procedures you undergo. Typically, mommy makeover patients can expect to take about 2-3 weeks off from work. During this time, it’s important to stay close to home and give your body the time it needs to rest and heal. Do not attempt to drive until you’re no longer taking prescription pain medicine.
In the long term, the results of your mommy makeover can last indefinitely, especially if you do your best to maintain a steady weight and practice healthy habits, like abstaining from smoking. Dr. Sisco provides you with plenty of information to prepare yourself for your recuperation as well as how to best maintain your results.
Mark Sisco, M.D.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Sisco has trained at some of the most esteemed institutions in the country, and he brings the skills he attained there to his practice in Northbrook. From extensive reconstructive procedures to delicate, targeted liposuction, Dr. Sisco serves your needs from head to toe.Meet Dr. Sisco
Tummy tuck or liposuction: Which is best for me?
It depends whether your primary concern is related to skin or fat. Unwanted fat is best treated by liposuction. However, this approach won’t do anything to reduce excess loose skin, and can actually make this concern worse. Only a tummy tuck can reduce skin and create a tighter contour.
I like the size of my breasts, but not the way they look. What can be done?
If you’re satisfied with the size of your breasts but are unhappy with their elongated shape and nipples that point downward, a breast lift might be a good option. This approach doesn’t significantly alter the size of the breasts, but it does lift them and make them “perky” again, restoring a youthful look.
Is a “mommy makeover” only for mothers?
Not necessarily. “Mommy makeover” is just a term that denotes a combined aesthetic procedure that improves areas of the body commonly affected by pregnancy. You don’t have to have had children to be interested in undergoing 2 or more procedures at the same time—you don’t even have to be a woman. This is a great option for anyone who wants to improve several areas of their face or body without undergoing multiple surgeries.