Mommy makeover, which addresses pregnancy-related changes in a woman’s body, is one of the most popular combination plastic surgery techniques today. It refers to a specialized combination of body reshaping procedures to improve the physical changes. The breasts and the tummy as pregnancy and breastfeeding-related changes are the biggest complaints after giving births. You may not want to see yourself with a sagging skin all over your body, loss of breast volume or shape, drooping breasts, loose abdomen and stretch marks. Mommy makeover surgeries are for women who don’t want to live with this appearance. With additional procedures if needed, each procedure in a mommy makeover is custom-tailored due to patient’s unique needs.
WHAT PROCEDURES ARE INCLUDED IN A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding affects every woman’s body differently. That is why a mommy makeover doesn’t always consist of that same procedure. Due to the patient’s need, different combined surgeries are operated, generally.
A classic mommy makeover includes:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Breast reduction
- Tummy tuck
A breast lift procedure can make the breasts to a more elevated position. If the size of your breasts are fine with you, then you can consider it alone to address drooping breasts, low nipple position or enlarged areolas.
A breast augmentation (referred to as a“boob job”) can be considered alone or a breast lift procedure. It helps your breasts gain volume again that you lost during the pregnancy and the breastfeeding.
Pregnancy may cause the breasts to increase in volume. A breast reduction can help you regain a more manageable cup size and also get rid of physical discomfort.
Liposuction is a body reshaping procedure and a way of removing excess fat from your body especially from your tummy, waist, back and sometimes arms and tighs. If you don’t benefit from exercise and diet programmes, you may consider to have liposuction to remove stubborn fat.
A tummy tuck procedure allows your surgeon to remove the excess skin and fat from your abdominal region and tighten the abdominal muscles. Another pregnancy after having tummy tuck may cause the muscles to stretch again. So it is much better to consider a tummy tuck surgery for a woman who is done having children.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GET A MOMMY MAKEOVER?
You may not get your pre-pregnancy body back with the combination of diets and exercises. It may be a must for you to consider a group of plastic surgeries, the mommy makeover procedure. A mommy makeover procedure can be performed at least 6 months or maybe one year after giving birth. The patient should have stopped breastfeeding and no plans for a future pregnancy. You should also wait till you reach your pre-pregnancy weight.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING A MOMMY MAKEOVER
Be Sure You Have Finished Having Children
The best candidates for a mommy makeover procedure are women who don’t plan to have any more children and keep going on exercise and healthy diets. A future pregnancy after having a mommy makeover may have negative effects on the procedure. You should wait about one year after giving birth to consider these group of surgeries.
If You Have Diabetes, It Must Be Under Control
Whatever you need a surgery including a mommy makeover, being healthy is essential. If you have diabetes, your doctor should help you get it under control. When blood sugar is not controlled, tiny blood vessels may become damaged and your skin cannot be fed. This makes the healing difficult and increases the risk of infection. The stress caused by surgery may also increase the blood sugar and raising the risk of infection.
Stop Smoking Before Your Surgery
You need to stop smoking before having your mommy makeover procedure. Because smoking causes your blood vessels narrow and as a result, the oxygen amount delivered to your cells is reduced. Lack of oxygen in the cells makes your recovery time longer as the healing of scars takes long.
You Need Time To Recover
As mommy makeover is a combined procedure, you will need time for getting back to your normal activities. After having a group of surgery under the name of mommy makeover, you will need a recovery time up to 8 weeks. You will need lots of rest in the first weeks after the surgery. It may be a better idea to leave kids to a friend or a family member and have someone to look after you. The more you create time to relax, the quicker and comfortable your healing will be.
You will have some scarring after mommy makeover. Skilled surgeons can minimize and hide them under your swimwear. Scars tend to fade as the time goes by but it quite depends on how you care for them.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLASTIC SURGEON
A patient who considers to have a mommy makeover should be aware that it is a complex surgery to perform as it is a combined surgery. That is why it is important to find a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Your surgeon should be the one who can fully understand your concerns and you should feel comfortable accompanying with him.