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A “Mommy Makeover” is a cutesy name someone came up with for the operations we typically perform on women who have had kids. I am preaching to the choir, but pregnancy obviously takes a pretty big hit on your breasts and tummy. A Mommy Makeover represents some combination of breast and tummy procedure.

For the breasts, a lot of women have just lost the upper breast fullness and only will need an implant. Others have maintained size but now the breast droops (see my previous blog on droop) and they need a lift. Many women opt for an implant with  lift combination to reverse the changes we see from pregnancy, aging, and breastfeeding.

On the torso, one of the biggest complaints I hear are a changed distribution of fat. You weigh the same as before your kids but your shape has changed. Most commonly I see fat in the waist & hip areas that need liposuction. Skin and muscular laxity are also common complaints. If your skin and muscles took a big hit we can address this with a tummy tuck. If your skin is good but you can’t get rid of that last little fatty pooch, we can also treat that with lipo.

So, a Mommy Makeover isn’t anything new, just a good marketing idea to catch your eye.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville mommy makeover surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett.

Here comes a smoking lecture that is a little different than any you’ve endured before. There will be no mention of lung disease. The culprits are vasospasm and carbon monoxide.

I realize you probably don’t know what Vasospasm is, so I will explain what it is and why it affects plastic surgery procedures. When you smoke a cigarette the nicotine absorbs into your bloodstream. When it hits the very small vessels just under your skin, it makes them spasm closed. Well,  the problem is, for a lot of our operations, like facelifts and tummy tucks, we depend on those vessels for you to heal and for your skin not to die. So if you are smoking, you run the risk of segments of your skin dying. I don’t mean being numb, I mean dying and falling off! Trust me, this is not a good thing. Especially if it is on your face or breasts!

Carbon monoxide plays into things because when this gets into your lungs it gets distributed to your tissues instead of oxygen. The problem is, your tissues don’t need carbon monoxide to heal, they need oxygen. So when you smoke you are effectively starving your tissues and this can lead to your wound falling apart. Smoking is horrible for wound healing. Period. That is why Plastic Surgeons are so adamant you quit. I don’t want your result to be ruined and I know you don’t either.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville Plastic Surgery physician, Dr. Lee Corbett.

Loss of nipple sensation is a risk of any breast surgery be it an augmentation, lift or reduction.

For breast augmentation, the stated risk for loss of nipple sensation can be as high as 10%. So yes, it is definitely a known, accepted complication and you need to consider this before you have surgery. Let me explain why.

First, permanent nipple sensory loss is NOT related to incision site. More often than not, implants are placed through an incision in the crease under the breast or one on the edge of the areola.  You will have some transient numbness wherever I make the incision, but this will go away and is not what gives permanent numbness.

From the incision, we work straight down to the interface of the breast/muscle or under the muscle and make a space for the implant to live. The nerve that gives the central segment of your breast its’ feeling, including your nipple area, runs along your rib cage and comes into the side of your breast from under your arm. So, it is when we are developing the pocket to place your implant that the nerve is at risk. We take specific measures to protect the nerve but understand that most of the time we never see the nerve. It is within the breast tissue and can be stretched, pulled, cauterized, or cut as part of the process. Nerves are very sensitive and will short circuit with even the smallest amount of trauma. And, since we can’t see the nerve, it’s not really feasible to go back and repair the nerve.

Now, if you have surgery and in the first few weeks or months afterwards, your feeling is there but not normal, this will get better! If you are completely numb, we need to wait and see. Chances are it will improve. If you get to 1 year from surgery and you still have no feeling, you are probably one of the 10% statistic.

So think about his before you have surgery. For a lot of women nipple sensation is not a big issue, but if it is for you, it merits consideration before we decide to proceed with surgery.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville cosmetic breast surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett.

This is a good question and it applies to you whether you are contemplating an augmentation, lift, or reduction. The problem is that there is no hard and fast rules to answer this issue.

One obvious issue is if you are breast feeding. If you are breast feeding you cannot have surgery, period. So that is easy.

Now, once you stop feeding, or if you have decided to use formula, it gets a little trickier. Basically we need to wait until you think your breasts have plateaued. As you know, when the hormones of pregnancy kick in, your breast enlarge. After, when things settle down, most women find that their breasts are about the same size, but they have lost some of their upper fullness. Some women loose a fair amount of volume, especially if they breastfed, and some stay larger but this seems to be the minority of women. You need to wait until your breasts have stopped changing and that is the point where surgery becomes reasonable. For some women that time is as short as a month for smaller breasted women and as long as 6 months for others. In general though, if I had to give a number, I would recommend you wait about 3 months before you proceed.

Lee Corbett, MD

All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville breast implant surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett.