What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is performed using a unique combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing to restore and enhance your body. Mommy makeovers can include any or all of these body contouring procedures depending on your needs and wishes.
In general, a mommy makeover may include:
For example, some women may want a breast augmentation to correct severely deflated “pancake” breasts, while others may need breast implants in combination with a breast lift. Still, some women may actually desire a breast reduction with a lift.
In the abdominal area, many women need a full tummy tuck with tightening of the muscle layer as well as removal of the excess skin and fat, while some may only need a mini-tummy tuck. Many women may also benefit from liposuction to sculpt the back, hips and thighs, and to smooth out their contours. Finally, an increasing number of women have also been requesting a buttock lift.
It is important to ask yourself certain questions before deciding to have a mommy makeover. These include:
Are you done having children?
If you plan to have more children, wait. The vertical muscles in the abdomen (which are tightened during a tummy tuck) will stretch with another pregnancy.
Are you at a stable weight?
Being at a stable weight before surgery can help maximize the results. Lose all your baby weight with diet and exercise before having plastic surgery.
Have you finished breastfeeding?
You should wait until at least 6 months after you are finished breastfeeding before having breast surgery. The enlarged ducts and increased blood vessel activity of the breast during nursing increases the risk of bleeding and infection.
What body parts have changed since you had children?
Your plastic surgeon can help you devise a personalized mommy makeover that targets these trouble areas in one or more surgeries.
The next step in preparing for your mommy makeover is discussing your options with your surgeon to determine if your expectations are reasonable and develop a plan for your mommy makeover. Most surgeons recommend that you wait six months or more after having a baby before considering cosmetic surgery. This allows for ample time to give your body and your life a chance to normalize.
Once you set a date for your surgery or surgeries, you will be given a list of preoperative instructions. These may vary based on your doctor’s preferences and the type of procedure(s) you are undergoing.
Your doctor will tell you to stop smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can impede healing. It is also a good idea to avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which are known to increase the risk of bleeding. Certain herbal supplements can also increase bleeding risk, which is why it is paramount to tell your doctor about everything (prescriptions meds, over the counter meds and herbal supplements) that you are taking.