It can be really hard to get your sexy body back after having a baby. Learn what’s involved in a Mommy Makeover and whether it’s the right choice for you.
91% of women report that they are unhappy with their bodies with nearly half of those women (40%) stating they would consider plastic surgery in the future. A large portion of these women that have grown increasingly unhappy with their figure as mothers.
Naturally, a woman’s body will undergo a number of changes during and after pregnancy. While many of these changes can be reversed through diet and exercise, thanks to factors like hormones and genetics, some of these changes may be permanent.
In this case, it’s vital that a mother feels good in her appearance so she can arrive at her best self each day. Studies have found that mothers who are pleased with their physical appearance are also more likely to raise children with healthy self-esteem and self-image.
For women struggling with confidence, body image, and overall aches and discomfort, a “mommy makeover” may be the way to go.
Here we will further discuss what a mommy makeover is, who is the best candidates for it and how it can help.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is typically characterized as 2-3 plastic surgery procedures that target problem areas that are common with mothers. These procedures usually include a breast lift, breast implants, liposuction, and/or a tummy tuck.
Some mothers may choose to have all the procedures done within a short period of time to help reduce recovery time. A number of mothers also choose to have procedures (such as tummy tucks and liposuction) completed at the same time as their cesarean section to avoid additional surgeries.
The important thing is to narrow down your most problematic areas to identify which procedures should be a part of your mommy makeover.
A breast lift is one of the most common forms of breast augmentation surgery. Rather than having silicone or other types of implants added to the breast tissue, a breast lift involves having extra skin and breast tissue removed to create a “lifted” effect.
Usually, this procedure is done through the nipple to avoid excess scarring and for an easier recovery period. If you will be receiving breast implants the surgeon will typically add them at this time.
Breast lifts can be done at any age, before or after pregnancy, and does not interfere with breastfeeding making them an ideal option for the mommy makeover.
In addition to a breast lift, some mothers may opt to have breast implants placed as well. Breast implants involve having silicone, saline, or alternative composite implants.
Breast implants can be placed under the chest muscle or under the chest but of course, this depends directly on the patient and their current physical state. This will also depend on the preference of the surgeon and the technique they believe will create the most natural appearance.
There are a number of methods and techniques your surgeon may choose to take when performing a breast augmentation surgery. This will likely be determined by your current physical state and the size of the implants you choose.
There is still limited information on how breast implants affect breastfeeding, milk supply and the quality of the milk. For this reason, it is typically suggested for women to wait until they are sure they will no longer be breastfeeding before receiving breast implants.
There is no arguing that being a mother is an exhausting job. Taking on countless responsibilities each day for your little ones can dramatically speed up signs of aging, especially on the face.
Fortunately, procedures like facelifts and eyelid lifts can help smooth out wrinkles and lines. Typically facelifts are done through an incision around the frame of the face that is then used to firmly pull the skin into place.
The final result can take years off of your appearance as well as slow the overall aging process.
Also referred to as a lipoplasty, liposuction is a cosmetic surgery in which fat is “sucked” out of problem areas such as the thighs, stomach, neck, buttocks, arms, and back.
The effects of liposuction are subtle and are not intended to replace natural weight loss. During the procedure, fat is removed through an instrument called a cannula that is inserted directly beneath the skin.
Liposuction is commonly used by mothers with a hormonal imbalance that may cause unavoidable fat pockets around the midsection due to an increase in estrogen.
Cellulaze Cellulite Reduction
One of the most common occurrences for mothers is the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks on the skin. Unfortunately, this occurrence can also be blamed on genetics and is really unavoidable, especially if you have multiple children.
The good news is that while there may be no home remedy or work out to remove the appearance of cellulite or stretch marks, procedures such as cellulaze cellulite reduction and pearl fusion lasering can help.
These procedures use various laser techniques that help smooth the skin by removing layers of damaged skin. Some techniques also burn the broken up fat compounds trapped directly beneath the skin.
A tummy tuck differs from liposuction as it involves removing excess skin rather than having excess fat sucked off.
Often after losing the excess pound accumulated during pregnancy, mothers may still be stuck with unwanted sagging skin, especially in the midsection. This is particularly true after losing a dramatic amount of weight in a short period of time.
After pregnancy, the skin tends to lose some of its original elasticity, which is where a tummy tuck can be beneficial to women who are looking to return to their pre-mommy body.
Signs You May Need a Mommy Makeover
Cosmetic surgery may not be for everyone, but there are certain signs to help you determine whether or not the mommy makeover is for you:
- You are positive you will not be having any more children
- You have completed breastfeeding your children
- You have already tried a diet and workout regimen, but still, have trouble reaching your goal
- You consistently look tired
- You experience strong back pain on a day to day basis
- You are not a smoker or plan on quitting
- Despite hitting your goal weight, you still struggle with excess loose skin
If you find you relate to two or more of the signs above, it may be time to discuss a mommy makeover with a registered surgeon.
Conditions That Can Benefit from a Mommy Makeover
While being a mother is a beautiful and loving time, many mothers are unaware of conditions that can come as a result of having children. These conditions are often a direct result of hormones or genetics and may make it difficult for women to feel comfortable in their body after having children.
Diastasis Recti is a common occurrence that affects up to 60% of mothers. The condition occurs when the abdominal muscles are stretched out of place during pregnancy. After pregnancy, the abdomens return to their original spot but not fully.
Diastasis Recti can be spotted by lying flat on your back and placing two fingers right below your belly button. Then, slightly sit up (as if you were performing a crunch) and feel your abdomens come together. If you have diastasis recti they will not come completely together.
One of the biggest problems for those suffering from diastasis recti is that no matter how hard they work out there is always extra loose skin around the abdominal region, this is where a tummy tuck may be of use.
Another common conditions mothers suffer is the stretching of the Coopers Ligament. The cooper’s ligament is found in the breast and will typically be stretched out by pregnancy and extended breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, once stretched, this ligament typically does not “snap back” and will cause the unwanted appearance of sagging and stretched out breasts. This is why many women may opt for a breast lift to fix the problem.
Moms are busy and don’t have a lot of time to spare on recovery! Fortunately, with the right care, the recovery times on the procedures listed above are not overly intensive.
While moms that choose the mommy makeover may have to avoid things like heavy lifting or intense workouts, they can typically return to their normal routine within 1-2 months.
Recovery times, of course, depend on which procedures in the mommy makeover you opt for and how extensive the procedure is.
Steps to Take Next
If you find that you can relate to the struggles and conditions listed above, then we recommend taking the time to speak with a surgeon.
Once you have scheduled a consultation, a surgeon will be able to walk you through each process involved in the mommy makeover and can review your medical history to determine the best route for you.
The mommy makeover can be a wonderful way to boost your self-confidence, increase your energy, and relieve pain. To learn more about whether or not these procedures are the right choice for you or to learn about how to get started, contact us today.