Having children can cause some undesirable changes to a woman’s body. Droopy breasts, sagging skin and weight gain are just some of the changes that occur. A mommy makeover gives women a chance to rewind the clock on the changes. The question we answer below is, how do I know if I am a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
What is involved?
A mommy makeover is a series of procedures done to counteract some of the changes to the body that result from pregnancy and childbirth. Surgery typically focuses on the breasts, abdomen, hips and thighs, which are the areas most affected by pregnancy.
Mommy makeover surgery is customized to satisfy the specific goals of each patient, so as to target the areas they need. However, the most common procedures include a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction.
Breasts often lose volume and become droopy after pregnancy and breastfeeding, but this can be corrected with a breast lift and/or breast augmentation. Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and reshape the breasts, while breast augmentation concentrates on restoring the size and shape of the breasts.
It’s also common for women to experience loose abdominal skin and muscle after pregnancy, and unfortunately it doesn’t go away with exercise. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty gets rid of the excess skin, and also repairs separated abdominal muscles.
The tummy, thighs and back are just a few of the areas that tend to have unwanted fat after pregnancy. Liposuction removes isolated pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Patients with good skin elasticity generally get better results with liposuction. (Article detailing how Liposuction works here)
Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?
If everything on the list below checks out for you, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover.
You’re in good overall health
Women undergoing mommy makeover surgery should be in good health, and have fully recovered from childbirth. This is important, because surgery takes a toll on the body’s immune system, so recovery will be quicker if you are healthy at the outset. Any existing health conditions should therefore be fully resolved before considering a mommy makeover.
You are near your desired weight
It’s advisable to be near or at your goal weight before undergoing a mommy makeover, because gaining or losing weight after the operation will alter the results. Patients should be within 10-15 pounds of their desired weight, and ought to maintain this weight for a few months before proceeding with surgery. Women at a healthy weight usually achieve optimal results with a mommy makeover.
You have finished breastfeeding
The shape and size of the breasts change constantly during breastfeeding, and they usually don’t stabilize until about 6 months after breastfeeding is over. By this time they should have settled on a stable shape and size. The plastic surgeon can then do an evaluation to determine the most appropriate breast rejuvenation procedure.
You will have some support at home post-surgery
A mommy makeover is an extensive procedure, so you will need time to recover properly. Women with young children should enlist the support they need, especially during the initial stage of recovery. Recovery time varies from 6-8 weeks, depending on the procedures done. Having support at home is vital if you have small children. Remember that you won’t be able to do a lot the first few days after surgery, so you’ll definitely need someone there to help you out.
You are done having children
While this is not absolutely necessary, you should consider that having children after a mommy makeover may undo much of the benefits of surgery. Therefore if you plan to have more kids, you may want to put off a mommy makeover for now.
While there is no optimal time to have a mommy makeover, patients should ensure they speak with a registered plastic surgeon before planning their surgery.