Having children is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body that can’t be remedied by exercising or cutting calories. Mothers unhappy with the appearance of their post-pregnancy bodies can regain their confidence with a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a popular, transformative combination of procedures that address the changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Mommy Makeover Candidates
Mothers of virtually any age may benefit from a mommy makeover. Even women who haven’t had children may want to combine body contouring procedures to reverse age-related changes to their breasts and midsections. Some mommy makeover patients have young children at home, while others may wait until their children are older.
You should wait at least 6 months after having a baby before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Mothers who breastfeed need to wait 6 months after weaning their babies because their breasts will continue changing. We encourage women planning to get pregnant again to postpone getting a mommy makeover until they are finished having children.
Your Mommy Makeover Options
Our plastic surgeons customize mommy makeover procedures to meet each individual’s needs. The surgical plan is based on a physical evaluation and an in-depth discussion of the patient’s concerns and cosmetic goals. Even though a few procedures are typically included in all mommy makeovers, you have multiple options that may or may not be part of the surgery. The most common procedures include:
Tummy Tuck: Excess skin and separated abdominal muscles that cause a belly pooch are among the most common concerns women have after having a child. A tummy tuck removes the skin and repairs the muscles, creating a smoother, contoured midsection.
Liposuction: Often combined with a tummy tuck, liposuction removes pockets of fat and helps create smooth results.
Breast Augmentation: Breasts often lose volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast implants can restore volume but won’t improve sagging.
Breast lift: If your breasts appear deflated and the nipples point down, a breast lift is a solution. A breast lift reshapes and elevates the breasts and can be combined with implants to increase the breasts’ volume.
Breast reduction: Some women’s breasts remain overly large after they have children. This can cause physical symptoms, such as a sore neck, back, and shoulders. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate these issues.
Vaginoplasty/Labiaplasty: Vaginal rejuvenation is an increasingly popular request from women getting mommy makeovers. Surgery can improve the vagina’s appearance and restore sensation.
Mommy Makeover Benefits
Besides the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery, combining procedures in a single operation has other advantages. It can be cost-effective because certain fees, such as those associated with the operating room and anesthesia, are charged only once. You also only need to plan for one recovery, which is especially convenient if you need to take time off work or have young children at home.
The recovery timeline following a mommy makeover is similar to that of a tummy tuck because that is usually the most invasive part of the procedure. Because different areas of the body are affected, the initial few days may involve more discomfort than if you had scheduled separate procedures. Prescription pain medication can help reduce your discomfort.
Most patients need 2 weeks off before returning to work and it will be several more weeks before you can engage in strenuous physical activities such as working out. We encourage patients to contact their surgeon with any concerns or questions during the recovery.