What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a general term for a series of cosmetic procedures aimed to help women reverse the apparent results of childbearing and aging on the breasts, face and body, and make them as attractive as they were before pregnancy. Mommy makeovers may include both cosmetic surgeries and non-surgical procedures.
Who needs a mommy makeover?
The effects of pregnancy on a woman’s appearance can be permanent and mostly undesirable, such as stretch marks, sagging breasts, stretched abdominal muscles and loose, excess skin. Many women are displeased with their appearance when their body and breasts do not look like they used to pre-pregnancy, even with exercise and proper diet. A mommy makeover will help correct the undesirable changes caused by pregnancy and give mothers the appearance they desire. The procedure can make them more confident and improve comfort and self-esteem.
Every patient has their personal aims for a mommy makeover, which usually include:
- To enhance breast symmetry
- To reverse sagging
- To remove surplus or sagging skin from the tummy
- To fit better into clothes
- To correct stretched or large nipples
Recommendations for a mommy makeover
The patient needs to discuss with the cosmetic surgeon to know when the time is right for a mommy makeover. Factors to consider include full recovery from childbirth and breastfeeding. Usually, it is advisable to wait until after childbearing before undergoing procedures such as tummy tuck or breast lift. Non-surgical treatments are better, cost-effective options for short-term procedures.
After undergoing a surgical mommy makeover, patients will not be fit to lift heavy items within the first few weeks after surgery. It is better to get help with childcare during this period, especially if the child is young.
What to expect from a mommy makeover procedure?
Since pregnancy and childbirth have remarkable effects on breasts and the body overall, mommy makeover often includes body contouring and breast augmentation. However, the surgeon will create a personalized plan based on the patient’s concerns. Below are standard procedures which are usually included in the mommy makeover.
Most mommy makeover plans include one or more surgeries. In most situations, the surgeon may perform multiple operations during a single surgery, giving the patient a chance to improve the appearance of several areas in one operation and reduce the recovery period. They include breast lifts or augmentations, liposuction, a tummy tuck and vaginal rejuvenation.
More and more women are including non-surgical procedures in their mommy makeover plans. These treatments are suitable for those who plan to have more children or those whose work routine does not allow for extended recovery periods. Non-surgical procedures are less invasive and cause less drastic changes but can still produce a good result. They include:
- Skin tightening treatments
- Cellulite reduction
- Non-surgical fat reduction
- Injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers
- Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation
- Non-surgical fat reduction
The surgeon will create a personalized mommy makeover plan to meet the patient’s treatment needs and goals. The recovery period and revealing of results usually vary, depending on the type and number of procedures performed. Typically, the patient should see full results within three months after the operation.
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