Motherhood is an aspect of life that many women absolutely love. It is possible to feel all the honor of being a mother and also feel burdened by the physical badges that motherhood provides. Even when a mother takes good care of herself, eating well and maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, the effects of pregnancy can be difficult to overcome.
However long you’ve been a mother, you can make the decision today that your body is yours and will look the way you want it to. We can help. In our Lewisville plastic surgery practice, Dr. Stuart Lipton customizes Mommy Makeover procedures to reveal each patient’s inner and outer beauty.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a personalized cosmetic treatment plan developed by you and your plastic surgeon. The procedure is performed to correct the physical changes that have resulted from pregnancy and breastfeeding. The series of procedures can focus on just one area, such as the breasts, or multiple areas of the body.
Candidates for Mommy Makeover Surgery
Most women who are interested in refining their shape are good candidates for a Mommy Makeover. Ideally, surgery will be scheduled at least six months after delivery and a few months after breastfeeding has ended. This allows the body to reach its new norm in terms of weight and tissue elasticity.
Patients are encouraged to reach their ideal weight before undergoing a Mommy Makeover, since weight loss after body-contouring procedures could change physical appearance. Women who are generally happy with their body and have realistic expectations of what a Mommy Makeover can achieve tend to be the most satisfied with the outcome of their personalized treatment plan.
Why Choose Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Undergoing a series of procedures at once versus separately minimizes both costs and recovery time. Additionally, the accumulated results of multiple procedures can lead to a better sense of overall satisfaction with body shape.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
Mommy Makeover treatment typically revolves around changes in the midsection and breasts. However, women may also elect to have other concerns treated with specific procedures such as:
- Liposuction. Baby fat belongs on Baby, not on Mommy. Liposuction is one of the most common Mommy Makeover procedures conducted for better contours. The meticulous surgical removal of fatty tissue can be performed on the abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, or other areas as needed to improve shape.
- Abdominoplasty. The tummy is one of the areas most affected by pregnancy. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, reconnects the muscle tissue that has loosened or separated to accommodate Baby. It can also minimize stretch marks and address a C-section scar. The abdominoplasty portion of the makeover is also customizable to refine just the right amount of abdominal surface for a flatter midsection.
- Breast augmentation. Many women choose to improve breast shape and size during their Mommy Makeover. Breast augmentation inserts saline or silicone implants beneath the skin or muscle tissue to restore fullness.
Breast lift. Sometimes, breastfeeding causes volume loss and sagging. While augmentation can correct deflation, it cannot restore breast height when superficial tissue has been excessively stretched. A lift removes extra tissue so natural breast tissue or implants are better supported in the future.
How Long Should I Wait After Giving Birth to Have Surgery?
Ideally, a Mommy Makeover takes place six months or longer after the final pregnancy. This amount of time between delivery and surgery allows the body to return to a stable weight and hormonal state. Also, skin and superficial tissue should have retracted as much as it will by this time.
Should I consider a Mommy Makeover If I’m Still Having Children?
You can consider a Mommy Makeover or any aspect of this beneficial treatment even if you plan on having more children. There are no safety concerns regarding pregnancy after a Mommy Makeover. However, there is a strong chance that the body will change once again during pregnancy and have a negative effect on body contours. For this reason, most surgeons advise patients to wait until they are done having children to undergo their makeover.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Recovery is a week-by-week process after a Mommy Makeover. For the first few days, rest will be the priority. Though patients need to move around every few hours to prevent the formation of blood clots, physical activity is limited. Patients need to arrange reliable help and have a strong support team around them during the first several weeks after surgery.
When can i return to normal activity?
Most patients are ready to go back to work and resume most activities after two to four weeks of healing. Still, at this time, side effects such as soreness, tenderness, swelling and bruising may remain to some extent. Patients are limited to lifting no more than 20 pounds until they have progressed past the six-week mark after surgery.
We provide detailed care instructions and prescription pain medication to assist patients in the most stress-free recovery process. If questions arise, please contact our office for prompt assistance.
Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery
All surgeries carry some degree of risk, such as infection, fluid accumulation, and scarring. A Mommy Makeover also carries cosmetic risks such as asymmetrical results, scarring, prolonged textural changes on the skin, rippling of implants, and capsular contracture around implants. During your consultation, our team discusses the risks of a Mommy Makeover and how we take steps to minimize them.