Having children can be the most rewarding experience for a woman, at the same time it puts her body through many changes. For some women-most women-getting that pre-baby body back is only a dream. Firm and perky breasts become a little smaller and droopy; flat tummies become peppered with stretch marks and stubborn fat pockets; and buttocks and thighs become wider and thicker.
When diet and exercise aren't enough to return a woman to her pre-pregnancy shape, a procedure called Mommy Makeover is a great option. The procedure refers to a "collection" of individual procedures that are performed in one or two operative settings.
Mommy makeovers involve any combination of these procedures:
- Breast augmentation, lift, reduction
- Tummy tuck
- Liposuction, liposculpture
- Labiaplasty or vaginoplasty
- Body lift
- Buttocks lift
Who Makes a Good Mommy Makeover Candidate?
A woman who is in overall good health, has lost most of her baby weight and is able to commit to the pre- and post-operative instructions of her mommy makeover surgeon is an ideal candidate. She should be finished breastfeeding and having children, especially if abdominoplasty is on her wish list. Pregnancy after childbirth can reverse or undo some of the tummy tuck procedures. If the woman has lost a lot of weight, her mommy makeover surgeon might want her to have maintained that weight for at least six months before undergoing surgery.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced, trained and licensed cosmetic surgeon. Use our Surgeon Locator to find a mommy makeover practitioner near you. Prepare a head-to-toe inventory wish list of what you want to change. At the consultation, the doctor will take a complete medical history, review the wish list and talk about options for addressing those items. He or she will assess whether you are a good candidate, give you an idea of the cost of the procedures, the time it will take to recover from them, how much pain you will experience and what your recovery will be like.
Women with small children will need to consider that heavy lifting will be severely restricted in the first couple of months after the procedure. Incisions and operative sites can rupture if too much strain-from lifting a child or engaging in active play-is put on the woman's body.
Advantages and Considerations of Mommy Makeovers
The biggest advantage of a mommy makeover procedure is having multiple procedures performed in one or two operative settings. This reduces the amount of anesthesia a woman will have, and the fees for the procedure can be bundled.
The more work a woman has done, the longer her recovery time will be, the more likely she will be to have pain and the more risks she will have for complications from surgery. However, choosing a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon will minimize these risksl.
Mommy Makeover Procedure
Women who undergo a mommy makeover can expect a new, slimmer profile. The time of the procedure depends greatly on the number of procedures that will be performed. The surgeon will give a time estimate during the initial consultation. Because the procedure is actually a combination of individual procedures that will require several incisions or entry points in the body, as well as a longer time in the operating room, the cosmetic surgeon will use general anesthesia. Generally the mommy makeover is an outpatient procedure; however, the surgeon might recommend an overnight to monitor the patient stay if extensive work was performed.
Pain is managed with prescription pain medication, compression garments and rest. It is important for the patient to follow her surgeon's instructions in order to minimize pain and downtime.
The full effects of a mommy makeover are designed to be permanent and will be realized in six months to a year after the procedure. Women who have this procedure report feeling younger and more confident, in addition to clothing fitting their slimmer bodies even better.