A woman’s body is miraculous when you think about its ability to grow, nurture and feed a baby. And the female body makes many changes inside and outside to do this.
Yet, motherhood can take a huge toll on a woman’s body. Sagging breasts from breastfeeding, stretch marks, loose tummy skin, and more can be a challenge to get rid of.
Have you found yourself wondering, “Is a mommy makeover right for me?
If you are like many women who’ve lost their youthful shape due to pregnancy, heredity, or aging, the mommy makeover is a way to help you regain your pre-baby shape.
Body changes are common for women of all ages, which is just one reason that the mommy makeover is one of the quickest growing plastic surgery procedures.
So, if you’ve been thinking about a mommy makeover, we bet you have some questions. We are going to answer some of them here:
What Happens to Your Body During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are usually wonderful times in a woman’s life, but we all know that these take a toll on our bodies.
You might find that you have stretched-out muscles and sagging skin that gives your tummy a larger, less toned appearance.
You might find that your breasts are sagging, less firm, smaller, or larger.
Have you been disappointed to learn that diet and exercise are no longer enough? Have you tried and tried to lose body weight and firm lax skin? Then, it might be time to consider a mommy makeover.
What Is the Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover is a customizable set of procedures, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all set for every woman. Usually, though, a mommy makeover consists of a combination of surgeries designed to help you return to your pre-baby body that includes breast and tummy procedures.
Your plastic surgeon will help you decide on the procedures best suited for you and your needs while giving you the best results.
Commonly, though, the mommy makeover consists of the following:
- Breast surgery can include breast augmentation, breast lift, and or breast reduction. For example, if your breasts are smaller, you might opt for a breast augmentation. If your breasts are sagging, you might choose a breast lift. A breast reduction can help if you want to reduce the size of your breasts.
- Tummy tuck surgery can help by removing excess fat and skin on your abdomen. Sometimes it can restore your weakened and separated muscles. Tummy tucks have also been shown to help with stress urinary incontinence (bladder leakage).
- Abdominal contouring through liposuction. Often a component of a mommy makeover, liposuction helps refine and reshape your curves and get rid of stubborn fat deposits.
Wondering If You’re a Candidate?
Your plastic surgeon will help you decide if you are a candidate for a mommy makeover.
When contemplating any plastic surgery procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations. Make sure you base your surgical decisions on your needs, not someone else’s. Your mommy makeover is for your self-confidence.
The best candidates for mommy makeovers are women who are within their ideal weight range. After surgery, you’ll want to continue to eat healthily and exercise, as losing or gaining a great deal of weight afterward can affect your results.
Lastly, you should wait to have your mommy makeover until you are done having children for the best results.
How Long Do I Need to Recover?
Recovery time is imperative.
Your ability to take it easy, rest, and recover after surgery is important when thinking about mommy makeover surgery.
This isn’t the time to be running kids to soccer practice or cooking a week’s worth of meals. You’ll want someone to help you with your children and daily activities for at least the first couple of weeks.
Take some time for yourself during recovery, and let others carry the load for a while!
If you’re interested in learning more about surgery and how it can help you feel better, request your consultation at the Plastic Surgery Center with one of our board-certified or board-eligible plastic surgeons or call us at 316-688-7500.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you decide if a mommy makeover is right for you.