Mommy Makeover Patient Story

Patient: Christy Carlton

Age: 44
Residence: Diamond Bar, California
Livelihood: Senior Account Consultant and Mom
Doctor: Dr. Grant Stevens, Los Angeles, California:

For Christy Carlton, the time between her decision to proceed with cosmetic surgery and follow through with surgery was many years apart. Her desire to have children first made her desire to proceed with cosmetic changes later to celebrate more time for herself.

Until then, she watched many surgical stories on television and visited the Internet often to help properly decide on the right treatment plan. Three children later — the first being 9 lbs. 11 oz., the second being 8 lbs. 8 oz. and the third 8 lbs. 10 oz. now ranging from 11 to 25 years old — Christy proceeded with her mommy makeover.

She had a tummy tuck to tighten her abdominal wall and breast augmentation to improve appearance after the wear and tear from child-bearing years. She also had liposuction for her stomach, hips thighs, flanks and knees. In fact, she completed her treatment plan with Thermage for her face and neck.

There were several factors in Christy's decision. First, she knew that she was not having any more children. She had been concerned that breast enlargement would affect her ability to breast feed. Equally important, Christy was beginning a new life after her divorce and planning for her 25-year high school reunion. She was not concerned about having multiple procedures performed at the same time and felt confident that the surgeon she chose had the ideal skill set to reduce the risk of complications that can be associated with multiple procedures. In fact, she recommends that anyone considering multiple procedures be prepared for an extensive consultation with both the doctor and the anesthesiologist. Another suggestion that Christy has for people considering plastic surgery is to check out the standards of the facility. This was extremely important for her since her career involves selling disinfectants to hospitals.

"I didn't realize how much people do perceive you differently with an enhanced appearance. I now get the same double takes that I used to get when I was younger! I feel more feminine and my body is now in proportion. In fact, I have got that six pack feminine abdominal appearance. Yet, I did not go over the top or buy new clothes. I did not experience any complications that I was concerned about, including nipple sensitivity. I feel like someone special again!"

Christy is not unlike many other women who have had children. Popular procedures in the Mommy Makeover category often include some or all of the procedures that Christy had. But the treatment plan for a Mommy Makeover is highly customized and unique for everyone.

If you are interested in contacting Christy about her experience, you can contact her by email.