Pregnancy is one of the most important milestones in a Newport Beach woman’s adult life. With this milestone comes change. Week by week pregnancy brings about changes to the expectant mother’s body. Excess fat begins to appear as fat compartments of the abdomen, hips and thighs expand; and changes during pregnancy may weaken the abdominal wall resulting in abdominal musculofascial laxity (a looseness in the fascia and muscle tissue). Breast volume and position is challenged by gravity with breastfeeding often resulting in deflated, saggy breasts; and previously minimal breast asymmetry becomes magnified. Even though today’s mom follows a regular routine of exercise and maintains a healthy diet, it is not uncommon for the effects of pregnancy to linger.
Dr. Lavinia Chong‘s Newport Beach Mommy Makeover is a suite of procedures designed to help you address all of your concerns surrounding your post-pregnancy body. As a female plastic surgeon and mother, Dr. Chong understands that each woman’s needs and concerns are unique. Your plan of care is developed and focused on three key aspects of care: making the correct diagnosis, excellent surgical technique, and careful follow-up.
“The entire staff is warm and welcoming. Doctor Chong is extremely knowledgeable. She is a true artist. She asks what you are wanting and does an amazing job delivering. I have recommended her to several friends and will continue to do so.” – Patient from RealSelf
Breast procedures may include a breast lift (mastopexy) to restore pre-pregnancy perk and improve symmetry, or a breast reduction to reduce excess breast tissue resulting from breastfeeding. Breast augmentation is an option for those moms desiring breasts with a fuller, less deflated appearance. From saline breast implants to silicone breast implants, Dr. Chong and her Newport Beach staff will help you navigate the variety of implant styles to best help you achieve your desired look.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can help you restore your pre-pregnancy body. A tummy tuck with liposuction (lipoabdominoplasty) not only restores the integrity of the abdomen by repairing splayed abdominal muscles it also contours excess fat and redrapes skin excess. Dr. Lavinia Chong appreciates that it can be difficult to talk to someone who is essentially a stranger about these more intimate areas of your body. As an active participant in your transformation, sharing your “problem” areas or current areas of dissatisfaction allows Dr. Chong to explore the procedures available to help you restore your pre-pregnancy body.
“Dr. Chong and staff have provided superb care and follow up during my surgical experience. Aside from being an incredibly skilled surgeon who has the eye of an artist, Dr. Chong & her staff are friendly… skilled & so very compassionate. They listen. They care. They empower patients to be a better version of themselves at this moment in time.” – T.S. (Patient since 2017)
Common procedures requested by Newport Beach moms (many of which can be performed on the same surgical date, or can be staged on different dates):
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Augmentation with Lift
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
- Body Contouring (Liposuction)
The Consultation Process
Restore your pre-pregnancy body with a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Chong and her team of assistants (an all-female staff) are interested in knowing about you as an individual as well as a prospective Mommy Makeover candidate. Our responsibility to you is to produce safe and beautiful results. Medical conditions must be stable before choosing elective surgery and this includes plans for future pregnancies (which would jeopardize many of the improvements made by Mommy Makeover procedures).
When requesting to schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation, please note that we advise consulting with Dr. Chong 3-6 months after delivery and/or after the cessation of lactation. Losing baby “fat” and embracing a healthy lifestyle (diet & exercise programs) prior to your surgery will not only improve surgical results but also ensure the longevity of your results. We are committed to your success and have a network of referral resources ranging from nutrition, exercise consultants as well as after-care recovery services.
Preparing for your consultation with Dr. Lavinia Chong:
You are encouraged to bring photos to your consultation. This would include photos of yourself prior to becoming a mom, as well as breast photos of looks you like and/or don’t like. Do be explicit with your objectives (cleavage, fullness, projection, firmness, etc.). When selecting implants, there are different types of implants used to achieve different looks (saline vs. silicone, or less cohesive silicone vs. highly cohesive Gummy Bear implants). Deciding upon how much cleavage you desire, how much perk and fullness you desire, and the general shape and slope of your ideal breast can help Dr. Chong evaluate which implant would best achieve your goal. Reviewing images of what you deem attractive helps us to understand your aesthetic goals and serves as a point of discussion so that surgical options can be proposed, accepted and realistic expectations nurtured.
Our Newport Beach facility affords you a streamlined experience as consultations, pre-op appointments, post-op appointments, and surgery are scheduled and performed on site. The office based ambulatory surgical suite (ASC) has been accredited since 1996 by the Institute of Medical Quality, a subsidiary of the California Medical Association. The facility is staffed by Board Certified Anesthesiologists, Registered Nurses and Certified Scrub Technologists, who work collaboratively to care for the surgical patient according to the highest standards of safety and excellence.
“Dr. Chong explains all options and answers questions thoroughly. She and her staff made me extremely comfortable. I would recommend her office to anyone nervous about going in to learn about plastic surgery options. – D.B. (Patient since 2013)
Two weeks prior to surgery, you will meet again with Dr. Chong and a member of her surgical team. She will review your goals discussed during your consultation, and finalize your surgical plan. All aspects of pre-op and post-op care will be reviewed at this time. You are encouraged to bring a list of questions you may have, as well as any friends or family who may be taking care of you during your recovery. Your pre-op appointment is also the time at which a nasal culture will be taken and blood drawn (lab located within the same Newport Medical Plaza), you will sign consents for surgery, provide a list of all medications and vitamin supplements, and be given prescriptions for post-op medications.
Preparing for surgery at our Newport Beach surgical facility:
The day before surgery, it is suggested that you go for a run, take a nice relaxing bath, or enjoy any other activities which may be restricted immediately following surgery. The evening before your surgery, you will receive a phone call from Dr. Lavinia Chong and a member of her anesthesia team. The morning of your surgery, please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at our Newport Medical Plaza location. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, preferably a zippered top.
Your friends and family are welcome to wait for you in the reception area during surgery, or we can call them once we are in the process of transferring you to your recovery room following your surgery. One of the many benefits of not having general anesthesia is that MAC sedation (monitored anesthesia care) allows for an easier transition to wake and recovery. Once you are in a waking stage, your friends/family are more than welcome to come back and sit with you in recovery. Prior to discharge, all aspects of post-op care will be reviewed with both you and your friend/family member. Please note, while you are permitted to Uber or take a cab the morning of your appointment, you are required to be picked up by a friend or family member following your surgery.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
At the time of your pre-op appointment, we will review the dates and times of post-op and follow-up appointments for the days immediately following your surgery. Please be sure that you make transportation arrangements prior to your surgery date and notify us as soon as possible of any potential scheduling conflicts. For your safety, we do not advise using Uber or paid ride services while you are taking pain medication immediately following your surgery.
You may feel tired and sore for several days. Post-op medications, bowel programs, activity schedule, use of ice, massage techniques, and scar therapy will be discussed during your post-operative visits. Options for extended warranty of breast implants will be reviewed at your follow-up appointment. All patients are encouraged to contact the office with any questions or concerns at any point during their recovery.
Newport Beach Mommy Makeover FAQs
Do I have to be a Mommy to get a Mommy Makeover (MM)?
Anyone can take advantage of the suite of surgical procedures. It has been suggested that the role of Plastic Surgery is to “restore that which time, age and infirmity have taken away”. The services described within the Newport Beach Mommy Makeover are designed to improve changes which manifest in a woman’s breast and trunk (abdomen, hips), which can also result as part of the aging process.
Is there a benefit to having a female plastic surgeon?
Discussing body image can be embarrassing or uncomfortable for some Newport Beach women, this can be especially true when meeting with your doctor for the first time. When speaking to a woman who has in some way likely experienced similar issues during their lifetime, our female patients are more trusting that we understand their needs. Many of Dr. Chong’s patients have noted that as a woman and a mother, she has been intuitive to their needs, whether in providing an explanation of procedures or in working with them to develop a realistic surgical & recovery plan to fit their lifestyle and schedule.
What is your usual operating time and is it safe to be under for that long?
Dependent upon the exact combination of procedures, 5-6 hours is not uncommon. Patient selection, excellent & attentive anesthesia, plus a meticulous surgical technique contribute to a healthy, beautiful outcome.
How long do you recommend I take off work?
You are advised to plan for a minimum of 2-3 weeks for recovery. Work and home duties involving significant physicality may require additional time away for recovery. Please be advised that activities requiring lifting, bending, and twisting may be restricted the weeks following surgery. Even the simplest activity (cleaning, picking up babies, even closing a car door) may place strain on an area of recent operation and may cause discomfort. Please allow yourself appropriate time to heal, and allow friends and family to assist with daily activities as needed.
At what point will I be released to resume my regular activities?
Your activity restrictions will be based upon the type of procedures performed. You will likely be released for activity in increments, with full resumption of activity typically occurring 6-8 weeks post-operative. During each follow-up appointment activity restrictions will be released based upon based upon what is acceptable at each given point in your recovery process.
Adult activity: We recommend avoidance of vigorous physical activity, and any activity which may raise the heart rate, until 2-4 weeks post-operative. It is important that all incisions be healed prior to resuming such activity so as to reduce risk of infection at the incision site and delay wound healing.
Fitness: As a general guideline, expect activity the first 2-4 weeks to be restricted to low-impact. Examples include: lifting no more than 2-5 pounds, walking, and lower body activities.
Caring for children: We suggest having a strong support system in place following surgery. In order to achieve optimal results, you will be weight restricted for the first 2-4 weeks of your recovery with a maximum weight restriction of lifting/carrying no more than 2-5 pounds. Assuming an uncomplicated recovery, it is advisable to have a helper for lifting, driving, and cleaning for at least 2-3 weeks. Better to plan for too much help than not enough.
How soon after surgery can I go in the pool or sit in the hot tub?
If you have not already been released 100% from activity restrictions, please inquire with the office over the phone or at your follow-up appointments regarding any plans to swim, or be in a hot tub. Allowing incisions the appropriate time to heal is of the utmost importance to avoid the risk of infection. Please advise staff of any planned vacations at the time of consultation, prior to scheduling surgery.
How soon can I get a Mommy Makeover after lactating?
Mommy Makeover breast procedures should be scheduled at least 3 months after stopping lactation. The presence of milk in the breast can complicate breast implants & lifts, resulting in a breakdown of suture lines, increasing chances of infection, and higher grades of capsular contracture. Additionally, the cessation of lactation may allow you to reduce caloric intake and lose “baby weight”, which will further enhance your Mommy Makeover results.
Can you fix my umbilical hernia?
Repair of any incidental belly button hernias, as well as the diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles), is an integral part of the Mommy Makeover.
Can you use my C-section scar?
The location of an abdominoplasty will be identical, however, the length is longer. The influence of fashion is undeniable as the patterns of scars have “dropped” to coincide with “low rider” jeans & micro thongs.
How do I know if I need a lipoabdominoplasty?
During your consultation, body contouring may be discussed as a means of achieving your goal. Liposuction of the waist & midriff may improve the final contour, along with a Newport Beach patient’s diligence in diet and exercise. Requests for liposuction of the pubis are generally addressed by reducing the fullness by direct excision, which both improves the contour, as well as facilitates closure.
Can the implants be inserted through the tummy tuck?
Scar-free breast augmentation sounds appealing; however the consensus opinion does not support this approach for a variety of reasons:
- Malposition of the inframammary fold (the crease where the breast and the chest meet).
- Potential for malposition and/or contamination of the implant.
After surgery, when can I go back to wearing a normal bra?
As soon as the implants have settled, you can resume wearing your bra of choice. Underwire bras are recommended for women who have both implants and lifts because although the breast skin is contoured to fit the implant, the intrinsic stretchiness of the breast skin has not been altered and definitely benefits from external support.
Is it safe to spray tan after a Mommy Makeover?
It is important to be sure that all incision sites are covered prior to such services. When in doubt, call the office.
Can I get pregnant again?
Yes. Post-Mommy Makeover patients have delivered full-term healthy babies. However, due to the natural changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy, surgical results have relapsed. Ideally we suggest our Newport Beach patients complete their families before contemplating a Mommy Makeover.
If you look in the mirror and do not recognize yourself, all hope is not lost. If what stands out most in photos is belly bulge, stubborn fat, loose skin, and saggy breasts it is time to put us in the picture.
Schedule your Newport Beach Mommy Makeover consultation with Dr. Lavinia Chong by calling (949) 644-1400 today!