5 Facts about Mommy Makeover

One of our patients shared her thoughts about her recent mommy makeover: “The experience of other mothers in the world proves that you can look beautiful after pregnancy and childbirth. ” I am very glad that I was able to overcome my doubts because my former body was practically returned to me. I love my children, but I also want to be attractive and happy when I see my reflection in the mirror. Now that’s exactly how it will be.”

Procedures that help to safely and effectively restore problem areas at the same time are especially valuable for new mothers. After all, time is our most important resource. However, not all plastic surgeries for young mothers are the same, and it is not always advisable to combine them for each patient. Therefore, we have prepared 5 facts that will be useful for you to know if you are planning to do a mommy makeover.

There is no standard set of mommy makeover procedures

Mommy makeover is not a universal procedure. On the contrary, it is a complex plastic surgery that must be adapted to your individual needs, lifestyle and anatomy. Your body contour can be affected by:

  • pregnancy;
  • breastfeeding;
  • weight gain or loss;
  • age;
  • menopause

The skin on the abdomen can be stretched beyond its ability to “return to normal”, leaving sagging, flabby folds and an uneven body contour. Many women also lose breast volume and develop fat deposits in the abdomen, thighs, and sides that can be resistant to diet and exercise. The key to the desired mommy makeover result is choosing the right time and combination of procedures that will allow you to change your problem areas in the best way.

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A Mommy Makeover usually includes a tummy and breasts

Typically, a mommy makeover includes breast surgery and a tummy tuck. As the name suggests, the set of procedures was created for women as a means of rejuvenating the areas of the body most affected by motherhood. However, over time, the approach to mommy makeovers has changed. Now, this complex can include any combination of procedures, for example:

  • breast enlargement;
  • breast lift;
  • breast reduction;
  • tummy tuck;
  • increase in buttocks;
  • liposuction;
  • arm lift;
  • thigh lift.

The goal of a mommy makeover is to give your body contours a more toned and youthful appearance. It may be necessary to remove excess skin, and unwanted fat deposits, increase breast volume with a breast implant, and/or solve the problem of volume loss with fat grafting.

Breast augmentation vs breast lift

Breast surgery is often a major component of a mommy makeover, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to breast reduction. In this case, the implant is a safe method of restoring the lost volume. However, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and age can also cause the skin and breast tissue to stretch. This is why simply increasing is not always the solution. Attempting to use a larger implant to compensate for sagging skin usually leads to complications down the road. Loose, sagging skin is a sign of weak tissue that will not be able to hold the implant in place over time. A breast lift also creates a more youthful appearance because the nipple is moved back to the center of the breast.

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Most new mothers need a full tummy tuck

The abdomen is a problem area for many patients. Although liposuction is the gold standard for removing excess fat, it cannot solve the problem of loose skin or loose muscles, which is common in patients who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth or who have gained/lost a significant amount of weight. However, a tummy tuck will help solve all 3 problems.

There are 2 options for a tummy tuck: a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck. Although most patients want the second, most of the time they need the first. A mini-lift can only deal with sagging skin below the navel, which excludes women who have given birth, gained weight, or gone through menopause. Patients like the idea of ​​any procedure with the word “mini” because it involves a shorter incision. However, it is important to remember that a mini tummy tuck is still an operation that requires recovery. No woman wants to go through all this and not get the desired result – a flat, attractive stomach. You can try to assess yourself what type of tummy tuck you need: if you look at your entire abdomen, do you have excess fat deposits and/or loose skin above the navel? If so, you will need a full tummy tuck.

Plan the rehabilitation period after the mommy makeover

Plastic surgery for new mothers can radically change the appearance of your body, giving you more energy, vitality, and self-esteem. However, this is still a surgical procedure that requires time for recovery, so it is necessary to think in advance and carefully plan the details. In general, abdominoplasty requires the longest rehabilitation time — about 2 weeks. And for about 3-4 weeks, you will not be able to bend down and lift your legs. Therefore, if you have small children, plan to supervise them. The best way to achieve excellent results is to give your body the time and energy it needs to heal.