Having a baby is an exciting time. A new baby brings new potential for the future and the opportunity to guide someone from their very beginnings to early adulthood.
However, despite all of the positive aspects of motherhood and parenting, it is a lot of work. A new mother can expect life to be turned upside down initially as she copes with late nights, feeding times, and keeping her baby healthy.
Babies are also hard on the body. Nurturing babies during pregnancy and going through childbirth can wreak havoc on a woman’s figure. However, a mommy makeover can help women recover their pre-baby figure through various specialized procedures.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover surgery consists of several customized plastic surgery procedures designed to restore a woman’s figure after the impact of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Once a baby is born, women often find that they have drooping breasts, stretched abdominal skin, and separated abdominal muscles. They may find that their breast size has increased significantly, and there may be pockets of fat in areas there weren’t before.
While exercise can help resolve some issues, it cannot fix droopy breasts or separated muscles. There is also no way to spot-reduce fat, so women who adopt a healthy diet and exercise regularly may still need surgical assistance to fully reclaim the body they had before pregnancy.
Surgical procedures commonly included in a mommy makeover include:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Breast reduction
You may not need all of the procedures. Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will work with you to understand your aesthetic goals and determine an appropriate treatment program.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Women who have given birth and want to restore their pre-baby figure are good candidates for a mommy makeover. Those who have recently lost weight and are faced with excess skin may also benefit from the procedure. It’s recommended to follow a rigorous diet and exercise routine before the surgery to obtain the best results.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
As a specially designed cosmetic plastic surgery, mommy makeovers address women’s most common complaints following childbirth. A few of the benefits of mommy makeover surgery include:
Enhances the Appearance of the Body
A mommy makeover helps women obtain the figure they had before becoming pregnant. Since it is a combination procedure, various areas can be treated in one surgical session. The mommy makeover can repair the abdominal muscles and lift the breasts, which can’t be done through exercise alone.
Better Fitting Clothing
Following pregnancy and childbirth, it can be challenging to find clothing that has the fit that you are accustomed to. You may find that the waistline of your jeans is too tight or that tank tops don’t have the same look they did before having a child. Undergoing a mommy makeover can help you fit better into your clothing.
Reduced Surgery Costs
In many cases, clients who undergo a mommy makeover find that the procedure costs them less than undergoing separate procedures at different times. This is because there is no need for multiple sedation or surgical rooms. Instead, the required procedures are performed in one sitting.
There will be downtime following a mommy makeover, but it will be less than if you had multiple procedures. By taking care of all of the issues at once, you’ll undergo a recovery period one time. This can be very helpful for patients with obligations that require them to be healthy, such as caring for a baby.
What Can I Expect During a Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Before undergoing a mommy makeover surgery, you’ll schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to determine your treatment goals. We will also ask you for your medical history and a list of medications you take. This helps us to ensure you are medically fit for the surgery.
You’ll be given general anesthesia to ensure you’re fully asleep on the day of your surgery. Once you are fully sedated, the surgery will begin. The process followed will depend upon your treatment plan. Not everyone experiences the same issues following a pregnancy, so some procedures may not be necessary for you.
Those undergoing a breast lift will have their breast tissue lifted and reshaped. Depending on the amount of skin removed during the surgery, the nipple may need to be repositioned. Realignment of the nipple allows for more natural-looking results.
Those seeking to enhance their breast size or provide more volume will undergo breast augmentation. During a breast augmentation, implants will be placed over the breast muscle. A breast lift and augmentation are sometimes combined to achieve optimal results.
During a tummy tuck procedure, an incision is made just above the hip area. The skin is pulled back so that the surgeon may address any muscle separation issues before being sewn back together. A tummy tuck will result in a sleeker and smoother appearance of the abdomen area.
Liposuction can be used on many different areas of the body. Women undergoing a mommy makeover commonly use it to reduce pockets of fat in the abdominal area, buttocks, and thighs. A thin cannula will be inserted into the targeted areas to remove excess fat.
Women who have seen the size of their breasts increase due to childbirth may choose to have a breast reduction. When undergoing a breast reduction, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat to reduce the size of the breasts. While breast reduction has aesthetic benefits, it can also help reduce back pain for those with particularly heavy breasts.
Ready for a Mommy Makeover?
If you have recently given birth and are having difficulty recovering your pre-baby body, mommy makeover surgery can help. Contact Legacy Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Exton, Pennsylvania, to schedule a consultation. We’re ready to assist you in meeting your aesthetic goals.