After only 1 pregnancy, I’ve looked this way for 10 yrs. It’s been devastating. I’m currently 29 years old, and hope I’m a good candidate for a Mommy makeover. I’ve been researching procedures and really like the short scar vertical (lollipop) breast lift with silicone breast implants, but don’t much see it performed on African Americans.

Also with my severe striae, will a tummy tuck help, or only add more scars? I don’t expect plastic surgery to make me perfect. But can I expect good results from a Mommy makeover or in my case make matters worse. Note: I weigh 165lbs-plan to lose 30 before considering surgery.

William Bruno, MD answers: Mommy makeover for African Americans?

A: mommy makeover in African American patient

Most patients with darker skin coloring tend to have slightly darker scars, in general.  However, the scars on the breast usually heal quite well due to the thin skin-even in African American patients.  The abdominal skin which is much thicker, tends to heal slightly darker in almost all patients.  Based on the photos you provided, you appear to be a reasonable candidate for a tummy tuck. Once you lose the weight you plan to lose, you will be an even better candidate and likely have a better result.  As you lose weight your breast size may change which could affect the type of breast lift and/or implant size you need.  Please be sure to have medical clearance from your primary care physician prior to scheduling this “mommy makeover” procedure.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno