Pregnancy and childbirth can be one of life’s most rewarding and beautiful experiences, but pregnancy can also dramatically change a woman’s body. Common post-pregnancy changes including loose abdominal skin, stretch marks, spider/varicose veins, weight gain, sagging breasts, and loss of breast volume. A mommy makeover is a custom set of procedures designed to address the most common concerns among women who've had kids, helping restore confidence—and that pre-baby body!
The best candidates for a Mommy Makeover are women who:
Are finished having children
Are not currently breastfeeding and have not breastfed for at least 2-4 months
Have no medical or very few well-controlled medical problems
Are at a stable weight for at least 4-6 months
Have a BMI (body mass index) less than 30
What are the common procedures with a mommy makeover?
Liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat pockets. After pregnancy, women often notice that their bodies store fat differently and that these areas are particularly difficult to tone. Liposuction can help slim these problem areas and restore more pleasing contours. Liposuction can be done in combination with a tummy tuck, to help contour a more pleasing silhouette.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) to restore a youthful breast shape and position. A breast lift is one of the main components of a mommy makeover. By removing excess skin and repositioning the breasts and nipple-areolar complex, a youthful breast shape can be restored. Women who would like to restore fullness as well as lift the breasts will likely benefit most from a breast lift with breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation to restore breast fullness. A breast augmentation can be performed in combination with a breast lift to restore volume lost after breastfeeding.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) to smooth and flatten the abdomen. Many mothers are familiar with the “pregnancy pouch,” the area of loose, sagging skin and excess fat on the lower abdomen that seems impossible to tone after childbirth. Tummy tuck surgery helps to repair the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, leaving the midsection smoother, firmer, and flatter. Through artful incisions to reduce visible scarring, we can target the key muscle groups for repair and then remove excess skin when needed.
Restore your body’s confidence and look as good as you feel. A mommy makeover is a fully customizable procedure and is tailed to your goals. By undergoing multiple procedures in the same time period, mommy makeover patients are able to take advantage of many benefits, including decreased recovery time and cost. Depending on your surgical plan and the surgeries selected, the total cost can be reduced by several thousand dollars compared to doing the procedures separately. The cost savings result from reductions in facility costs, surgeon fees, and anesthesia.
Your recovery will depend on the procedures you and your surgeon decide are best for you. In general, you should be feeling back to yourself in two weeks. For the first few days, it is normal to experience discomfort, but this is usually managed easily by prescription pain medication. Swelling, redness or bruising around the incision sites, and tenderness will occur for the first week or so, with recovery typically taking several weeks.
You are encouraged to take frequent walks following your procedure, but you will need to avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks.
Your scars may appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in color. While they'll never disappear completely, abdominal or breast scars will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.
Having children doesn't have to mean giving up your youthful body and confidence. The mommy makeover is a careful and appropriate selection of plastic surgery procedures to turn back the clock to pre-children days. Whether you’re a mother or a grandmother, you’re never too old to look as good as you feel and enjoy your life to the fullest!
Contact us to schedule your consultation and see if a mommy makeover is right for you.