Pregnancy takes an enormous toll on your body. Having a baby is a miracle, but wanting your firmer, “pre-baby” body back is normal. If diet and exercise have not yielded your desired results, you might be a good candidate for a “mommy makeover.” This process combines several body contouring procedures to improve your body after pregnancy.
A mommy makeover is designed to address specific areas of concern, most commonly breasts and abdomen. Part of the popularity of a mommy makeover is that it has no set components. Instead, each part of your mommy makeover is chosen based on your unique needs.
Components of a Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover typically involves a surgical approach that starts with breast and abdomen contouring. Additional procedures can then be included based on the patient’s preferences.
For breast contouring, there are several options available. Breast augmentation with implants can restore lost volume, and a breast lift removes excess skin and raises the nipple position. For breasts that have substantially increased in size after pregnancy, breast reduction surgery can remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts.
Other procedures that can be part of a mommy makeover include a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles, reduce or eliminate stretch marks, and cesarean scars. Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the abdomen, arms, or thighs. Additionally, labiaplasty can be performed to reduce the size of the labia minora.
The procedures involved in a mommy makeover can either be completed at one time or split into multiple surgery dates, depending on the surgeon’s recommendations and the patient’s preferences.
Common Misconceptions About Mommy Makeovers
It’s all or nothing
You do not have to undergo all of the procedures in a mommy makeover. Instead, you can choose any combination of procedures that interest you. For instance, if you only want breast augmentation, there is no need to have any other surgeries. Alternatively, if you prioritize breast surgery now, you can still decide to have liposuction or a tummy tuck at a later time.
It has a painful recovery process
Recovery from any surgical procedure will involve some pain, but there’s no reason to expect recovery from a mommy makeover to be excruciatingly painful or debilitating. Usually, the first two weeks of recovery have the most restrictions. Day by day, swelling and pain improve. It takes around six to twelve weeks to heal before returning to all normal daily activities. Our qualified plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, will explain in detail what to expect during recovery and how to minimize pain and discomfort.
It leaves extensive, visible scarring
Any surgery that involves an incision will leave a scar. The goal of this surgery is for you to look your best without extensive, visible scarring. Precise scar placement and meticulous closure are essential components of making the scars look as good as possible. Dr. MaDan is well-versed in the latest surgical techniques to minimize and conceal scars. Most surgical scars will fade and diminish over time.
It can replace diet and exercise
A mommy makeover surgery is not a weight loss surgery. In fact, the number on the scale is unlikely to change significantly after the procedure. It is ideal to be within 5 – 10% of your goal weight at the time of surgery. While a mommy makeover can transform your body contour, following a healthy diet and regular exercise is always a good idea. You will easily maintain the results of your transformation if you have a balanced diet and normal exercise routine.
It looks unnatural
You may worry that your results will appear obvious and unnatural. Selecting an experienced surgeon who will listen to your concerns and provide recommendations can be an important aspect of achieving natural results. The focus must be on giving your body the subtle, natural contours you enjoyed before you became a mother.
Are You a Candidate for Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A mommy makeover is a personalized procedure that can transform your appearance for years. It is an investment in yourself. You may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover if you have:
- Good medical health
- Finished with childbearing
- Stable, close to ideal body weight
- Realistic expectations and a positive outlook
Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Consultation Today
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your past and current medical history and any ongoing medical conditions. Then, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, will examine your areas of concern. Your preliminary appointment may also include photographs, a discussion of your options and recommended course of treatment, the likely outcomes of your surgery, and any risks or potential complications.
Contact Plastic Surgery Affiliates today to schedule your personalized mommy makeover consultation.