Have you been thinking about having a mommy makeover, but you’ve been too busy working and taking care of your kids. Now may be the right time to have surgery done, and you can start by finding out what procedures are typically included in a mommy makeover. When you know what’s available you can decide which would be right for you.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover involves multiple procedures that are performed with the goal of addressing pregnancy related changes in a woman’s body. The procedures are often done as a single surgery, which makes it very appealing as patients only have to deal with one anesthesia and one recovery time.
What procedures are typically included in a mommy makeover?
Pregnancy tends to change the appearance of both the breasts and the abdomen, so these are the areas that a mommy makeover usually focuses on. Consequently breast augmentation and/or breast lift, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction, are the procedures that are typically included in a mommy makeover.
Pregnancy and breast feeding often cause the breasts to lose volume and look deflated, but breast augmentation will make them full and shapely once again.
A breast augmentation involves the use of saline or silicone breast implants to increase breast size. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water, and silicone implants are filled with silicone gel.
Sagging breasts are also a consequence of pregnancy and breastfeeding, but breast lift surgery will restore their perky, youthful position. The breasts often expand and contract when milk is being produced and when they finally shrink after breastfeeding they often sag.
During breast lift surgery the surgeon will remove the extra skin and adjust the position of the nipple/ areolar complex.
After childbirth many women have loose abdominal skin and a protruding tummy that does not respond to diet or exercise. This is often the result of separated abdominal muscles, and the problem can only be fixed with a tummy tuck.
Many moms have to deal with stubborn fat after childbirth, but diet and exercise can’t get rid of fat in certain areas, so that’s where liposuction comes in. Liposuction is designed to remove unwanted fat and contour the body. This is usually done with a small tube known as a cannula that has a vacuum attached to suction out the fat.
Patients should be fully recovered from pregnancy, and finished having children before undergoing a mommy makeover. When women get pregnant after a mommy makeover it’s quite likely that their body will again undergo changes, so a revision procedure may be necessary.
Although this is the typical combination of procedures included in a mommy makeover, women are free to choose other procedures they desire, because the choice will depend on their unique needs. Some women opt to have vaginal rejuvenation to combat vaginal laxity and other discomfort in the vaginal region.
What to expect
Mommy makeover surgery is normally done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Surgery time ranges from 3-4 hours but this depends on the number of procedures being done.
Most patients need at least one week off work after a mommy makeover. Also, since mommy makeover typically involves multiple procedures, patients may not be able to adequately care for their children during recovery. It’s therefore essential to have post-surgical assistance in place ahead of time.
Who should consider mommy makeover surgery?
Women that are unhappy with the changes in their body due to pregnancy and childbirth, and are in good overall health, are usually good candidates for a mommy makeover. Candidates for surgery should be finished having children and have stopped breast feeding. Patients considering a mommy makeover should also be at a stable weight.