What Is a Mommy Makeover?
The term ‘mommy makeover’ refers to an amalgamation of cosmetic surgeries that may be effective in restoring your pre-pregnancy appearance. The surgery is usually focused on the abdomen and the breasts. A mommy makeover generally includes a breast surgery (augmentation/reduction/lift), an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, and liposuction in areas such as the trunk, arms or legs. While “mommy makeover” is a relatively new term, the procedures executed under it have a long history of success and are absolutely safe.
Why Mommy Makeover
The main objective of any mommy makeover procedure is to help a woman get back to the shape she had enjoyed before pregnancy. It isn’t uncommon for a woman to see some changes in her body after childbirth. The mommy makeover has been designed to address specific problem areas such as the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and genitalia, which get affected by the childbirth.
Some of the common reasons for wanting a mommy makeover includes the following:
- Sagging and asymmetrical breasts, reduced breast volume, stretched areolas and drooping nipples
- Loose skin on the stomach accompanied by stretch marks around the waistline
- A significant increase in breast size after childbirth, causing them to look disproportionate with the remaining body. This may also result in back pain
- Visible accumulation of fat on the sides of the stomach, thighs, and hips
- A C-section surgery that left behind pockets of fat drooping over the surgical scar
Consultation for Mommy Makeover
It is a good idea to have a detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon when considering a mommy makeover. It is likely that they will suggest rest of at least 6 months after childbirth before undergoing surgery. This time period allows the body to heal appropriately and ensures a safe and effective surgery. Women also need to be off breastfeeding because the doctor needs to assess the actual position and size of the breasts for the makeover. The mommy makeover procedure is suitable for those who are not planning to have any more children in the future.
A mommy makeover is usually one-stage procedures and a surgeon may employ different techniques for executing it. Some of the important factors that need to be considered when selecting the techniques for a mommy makeover include:
- The extent of restoration desired
- The implant type to be used
- Incision placements
Results and Recovery
As mentioned earlier, the mommy makeover includes several different procedures and hence recovery is a little longer. Also, the results might take several months to become completely visible.
With proper recovery support, scar lines will start improving and implants will finally settle. While there are some trade-offs that come with the mommy makeover, a majority of the women feel that these are quite insignificant in comparison to the enormous boost to their self-confidence.
After the mommy makeover procedure is complete, the surgeon will apply bandages or gauze to the incisions to facilitate healing. They might even recommend a support bra or elastic bandage to reduce swelling and to offer support to the breasts. Compression garments are usually helpful in controlling the swelling in other areas such as the waist, buttocks, and abdomen.
It is crucial to follow the specific instructions given by your doctor in order to ensure proper and complete healing of the surgically treated areas. He/she may prescribe a care routine and medications that need to be applied or taken orally. All these steps will help in healing while reducing the chances of infection. You will also be required to visit your doctor for follow-up appointments in order to track recovery progress.
Getting Ready for a Mommy Makeover
Your initial consultation with Dr. Feldmar will involve a thorough examination of your complete medical history, a physical health assessment, and a discussion about the procedure in general. During this meeting, it is important to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the mommy makeover procedure.
After your initial consultation, Dr. Feldmar will provide you with a set of detailed preoperative instructions to help you prepare for surgery. You must be committed to following any advice regarding lifestyle changes or weight benchmarks offered by the surgeon. This will help in achieving optimum results and also reduce the risk of any complications. Keep yourself well-hydrated throughout the preoperative time period to ensure a safe and effective recovery.