A mommy makeover has become a popular cosmetic surgery option in recent years, due mostly to its ability to achieve dramatic results with a single procedure and recovery period. As the name suggests, this combination of procedures is primarily designed for women who wish to offset some of the changes in the body after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. While the mommy makeover offers a myriad of benefits for some women, it isn’t right for everyone. This checklist will help you determine if it is the right choice for you.
Has pregnancy brought unwanted changes to your body?
Some of the concerns a mommy makeover typically addresses include:
• Sagging breasts that have lost volume and fullness
• Isolated pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise
• Excess skin in the midsection that interferes with the overall body contour
Are you finished having children?
It is important to wait on your mommy makeover until you are relatively certain you are finished having children, since subsequent pregnancies can affect the results of your procedure. General recommendations are to wait at least six months after your last pregnancy. If you are nursing, it is also a good idea to wait until the breastfeeding phase is over, especially if you are considering a breast procedure as part of your makeover.
Are you currently at a stable, healthy weight?
A mommy makeover is not a weight loss procedure. Ideally, patients’ weight should be as close to ideal as possible in order to achieve the best possible results from the procedures. However, isolated fat deposits that have not responded to your diet and exercise efforts can be effectively removed during a mommy makeover.
Are you in good health?
A mommy makeover typically includes major surgical procedures like breast augmentation and tummy tuck, so it is important to go into your procedure in the best health possible. These surgeries can be particularly risky for women who smoke regularly, so you will likely be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure and for two weeks after. Underlying medical conditions must be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if they might affect the safety or outcome of the procedure.
Can you allow your body sufficient time to recover?
There is a recovery period after a mommy makeover, which varies somewhat based on the specific procedures performed. Most women will be able to return to day to day activities within two weeks. Some activites may require up to six weeks. During the recovery period, you are encouraged not to remain in bed. Nonetheless, you should have allow ample time for your body to rest and heal.
A mommy makeover can be an excellent way to address certain changes in the body after having children. To learn more about this procedure or find out if a mommy makeover is right for you, contact us at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery: 855-338-3511.