A woman’s body goes through changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. There are many factors involved in determining how well the body will recover naturally. A lot depends on age, the number of pregnancies, and genetic tendencies. Some women return to their pre-pregnancy bodies, but most women find that a few irreversible changes have occurred through motherhood. Unfortunately, for many women, this includes deflated or a sagging appearance of the breasts, visible stretch marks, and excess skin and fat on the abdomen. The Mommy Makeover procedure can vastly improve the appearance of a woman’s body and can significantly improve self-confidence.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a personalized treatment plan that may involve multiple surgical techniques to address pregnancy and breastfeeding related changes successfully. These techniques are often combined in a single surgical day to achieve the desired outcome in the shortest period. However, depending on the findings of our initial consultation, we may suggest that procedures be conducted separately.
What Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Common procedures involved in a Mommy Makeover include:
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Healthy women whose weight and hormones have stabilized after pregnancy are excellent candidates for the procedures involved in a Mommy Makeover. If you would like to restore fullness and height to deflated breasts, tightness to your abdominal muscle and skin, and a thinner shape to your body frame, a Mommy Makeover may be the perfect path for you. Because abdominoplasty removes the skin from the lower abdomen, many Mommy Makeover patients also achieve a decrease in stretch marks.
Mommy Makeover Before and After
Before Mommy Makeover After Mommy Makeover
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
The primary benefit of a Mommy Makeover is that you feel better about your body. Even in our more body-accepting era, women want to feel their best, and, for many of them, that means maintaining the body they envision themselves as having. A Mommy Makeover can restore the contours that existed before pregnancy or enhance them beyond that starting point. The results you wish to achieve are up to you.
Recovery After a Mommy Makeover
Each procedure in the Mommy Makeover typically has its own general recovery time. Conducting multiple procedures at once decreases the overall time a woman spends recuperating from surgery, though it might intensify the process somewhat. Usually, the bulk of healing occurs within the first 10 to 14 days after Mommy Makeover procedures. During this time, comfort is maintained with lots of rest and prescribed use of pain medication. Our office staff is also available to answer questions and provide support as needed. We encourage patients to arrange reliable childcare assistance well before their surgery so their initial recovery can occur smoothly and without stress.
Can I Have a Mommy Makeover If I Am Still Breastfeeding?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that women wait at least six months after breastfeeding has ended to have their Mommy Makeover. There are a few advantages to this. First, breastfeeding naturally augments the size and shape of the breasts. To understand the extent of lifting or size of breast implants that may be needed during the Mommy Makeover, we need to observe the full extent of changes that have occurred from pregnancy and breastfeeding. Also, when breastfeeding, a woman’s hormones may still be dysregulated, which can directly affect the tissues of the body.
Should I Have a Mommy Makeover If I Want More Children?
It is possible to have at least some of the surgeries performed even if you plan future pregnancies. However, we don’t commonly recommend this because the body will change yet again during pregnancy and breastfeeding after a Mommy Makeover. Waiting until all desired pregnancies have been achieved means longer lasting results from surgical body contouring.
Risks Involved With Mommy Makeover Surgery
Mommy Makeover procedures are conducted under general anesthesia, which carries a risk of adverse reaction. Other surgical risks include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Blood clots
- Lingering numbness or tingling
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Hematoma or other fluid accumulation
- Need for revision surgery
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