There’s no denying the fact that childbirth and motherhood are beautiful experiences, but they can bring about some unwanted changes to a woman’s body. Fortunately, a mommy makeover can transform your body, so you can feel confident once again. What does a mommy makeover involve?
Mommy Makeover Surgery
A mommy makeover is not a single procedure, but multiple surgeries combined that contour the body. Mommy makeover procedures typically focus on two areas, the breasts and tummy.
During your consultation your surgeon will discuss your areas of concern, and determine which procedures would be most beneficial for you.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Involve?
After pregnancy, many women find that they need help in the stomach region because of stubborn pockets of fat, and separated abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise and diet can fix these problems. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can help tighten the tummy, and firm the ab muscles.
During a abdominoplasty the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, and also tighten the underlying muscles. A tummy tuck will also help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly alter the appearance of the breasts. Breasts often increase in size during pregnancy, and then deflate quickly after breastfeeding. This fluctuation can cause the breasts to become droopy and lose volume. Breast rejuvenation may require a breast augmentation, breast lift, or both.
Breast augmentation or breast enlargement will increase the fullness of the breasts, and remedy the problem of volume loss. This typically involves the use of silicone gel or saline implants.
Breast lift surgery will raise sagging breasts, and improve symmetry. This is achieved by removing excess skin and repositioning the areola, to give the breasts a more youthful shape. Some women may require a breast lift with implants for optimal breast rejuvenation.
Liposuction is a procedure that is performed to get rid of excess fat especially on the flanks and hips. This procedure is particularly important because it eliminates all those troublesome bulges in order to create a more sculpted appearance. When included in a mommy makeover, liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck, in order to properly sculpt the abdominal region.
The Procedures a mommy makeover involves may be done at once, or separately, it all depends on the number of areas that need to be treated.
What to Expect During Recovery
The duration of the recovery after a mommy makeover will depend on the extent of the procedures done and can range from 1-4 weeks. However, it is likely that you will not be able to move around as usual for the first few days, so be sure to get some help from friends and family, especially if you have small kids.
You can expect to experience some amount of discomfort, as there will be some soreness, swelling, and bruising. Women that are in good shape and have minimal skin laxity generally get very good results from a mommy makeover.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you are unhappy with your body following pregnancy and breast feeding, and you have completed childbearing, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. You should also be in good health, and be at a stable weight.
A mommy makeover is not recommended for women planning to have additional children or women that have a lot of weight to lose. These factors can adversely impact the results of the procedure.
Mommy Makeover in the Greater Houston Metro Area
If you are in the greater Houston area, contact Correa Plastic Surgery, The Woodlands, TX, to find out more about mommy makeover surgery.
Dr. Bryan Correa is a board certified plastic surgeon, and a mommy makeover specialist, so you can depend on him to help you get the body you desire.