You’re a mom, a wife, a friend. You’re busy, tired, and not constantly feeling your best. Some women might feel like they have to give up the cosmetics and beauty routines from their younger years to focus on taking care of others. However, cosmetic plastic surgery can help women of all ages look and feel their best without sacrificing time for work or family.
Cosmetic surgery is the best way to address common issues after childbirth. Patients who want to get their pre-baby figure back can benefit from this treatment. The procedure is designed to take care of all of the problem areas at once, so it saves valuable time for women who are always on the go.
Patients can pick from various procedures. Below’s what you need to know about what a mommy makeover entails and how you can benefit from it!
What is it?
A mommy makeover is a cosmetic procedure that specifically addresses the changes to the body, particularly the breasts and abdomen, that occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. This cosmetic procedure may include a breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction or tummy tuck surgery, or a combination of these procedures.
You can achieve the best results from a mommy makeover when there is no more childbearing in the future. If you plan to bear children, you will want to wait until after completing your family before undergoing this procedure.
Some women have gone ahead and become pregnant after undergoing this procedure. While this is not uncommon, you should note that having children after your mommy makeover may undo the results of the process.
A mommy makeover is not one specific procedure; it combines techniques custom-tailored for each patient. The operation will vary based on each patient’s unique needs and desires.
What Is Involved In A Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to restore a woman’s body after childbearing.
The procedures can include:
Tummy Tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, this is an operation that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. It also works by tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. Recovery time is about two weeks.
Breast Augmentation: Breast implants can restore breast size and shape lost due to pregnancy. These implants can also be used to correct breasts of different sizes or shapes. Recovery time is approximately one week.
Breast Lift: Breasts change shape and sag after pregnancy and nursing, but a breast lift can return them to their pre-pregnancy state. This procedure is also called mastopexy and takes about two weeks to recover from.
Liposuction: This procedure removes unwanted fat deposits from the hips, waist, buttocks, thighs, or arms with small incisions made at strategic locations on the body. Liposuction recovery time ranges between one to two weeks.
Who is suited for a mommy makeover?
In general, women who undergo this procedure are around 30 years old and have had at least one child. There’s no particular timeframe for getting a mommy makeover. You can have it done anytime after your pregnancy and breastfeeding are complete.
Note that smoking interferes with proper blood circulation, making it difficult for the sutures to heal properly after surgery, it may not work if you are a smoker.
A mommy makeover might be ideal for you if:
- You feel self-conscious about your body after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- It has been at least six months since your last delivery, and you don’t plan to become pregnant again
- You have excess skin around your abdomen that doesn’t go away with diet or exercise
- Your breasts sag or look deflated because of nursing.
Is a Mommy Makeover Safe?
Yes! The doctor will design an individualized treatment plan to minimize your risks and take your personal medical history into account. Board-certified anesthesiologists perform the surgery under general anesthesia in our fully accredited surgical facilities.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The amount of time each procedure takes varies from patient to patient, but the entire process can take between three to five hours. It can take longer if you have several techniques done at once. If you have breast augmentation with a lift, you will have drains in place for a few days afterward.
Most people would have a one-day surgery and then recover at home for about ten days or two weeks, with another month of restricted activity before returning to normal. Some doctors recommend that you wait six weeks before lifting or carrying anything heavier than 15 pounds.
Experts recommend having your surgery one year after you’ve stopped nursing. After this surgery, many women find it difficult to breastfeed their babies because of the scarring from incisions. Still, if you want to nurse again in the future, they recommend having your surgery one year after you’ve stopped nursing.
You will want to make arrangements to have someone drive you home after surgery and possibly spend the night helping out with the kids and chores. You’ll also need someone to help you for at least the first week of your recovery.
What is the cost of a mommy makeover?
You must know that a mommy makeover is not cheap. But really, there’s a reason that it’s not cheap: such operations take time and effort. And money. What’s more, insurance companies won’t even cover these procedures. They are cosmetic surgeries, so you will probably have to pay for them out of your pocket.
How much money you will spend on this surgery will vary depending on your procedures. A consultation with one of our surgeons will help determine how many operations you need for your desired results. You can get an idea of the cost by looking at their plastic surgery costs page.
The cost of a cosmetic procedure will depend on your specific situation but typically ranges from $7,000 to $14,000
If you are planning a mommy makeover, you can rest assured that if this is the procedure you want, then it most likely is a safe procedure and something that will provide you with the body you wish to for a long time to come. However, as with any other process, this surgery has risks and complications. You should do your research on your surgeon’s background and credentials before choosing the one that will perform your mommy makeover to be confident you will be a well-respected plastic surgeon.
It is also imperative that you stay in good communication with your surgical team in order to make an informed decision about any questions or concerns during or after the surgery that may arise.
For more information please contact Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery today!