After you’ve been through pregnancy and childbirth, it can feel like your body just isn’t the same. The skin and muscles of the belly have been stretched, and most women expect that. But beyond that, you may have sagging, smaller breasts, and excess fat in places that weren’t a problem before, such as the belly, hips, and thighs.
Many new moms work hard to eat right and exercise, hoping their bodies start to resemble the pre-pregnancy shape again. But despite all that effort, these problems often can’t be fixed with lifestyle changes alone. This is why the mommy makeover has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today.
What is a mommy makeover?
The mommy makeover is actually a combination of cosmetic procedures that is customized for each individual. Because the areas each mom wishes to improve can vary from woman to woman, your mommy makeover is a specialized group of procedures designed to give you the best possible results. This may include a breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and/or liposuction.
The beauty of the mommy makeover is that you and your cosmetic surgeon can discuss which procedures will benefit you and decide what you want or don’t want. The ultimate goal is to get you looking — and feeling — like your pre-pregnancy self again.
When can I have it done?
Many moms are excited to get their pre-pregnancy figure back as soon as possible. Naturally, the first question is often, “When can I get my mommy makeover done?” The answer to this question varies for each woman, but here are some guidelines to help you plan:
- If you are planning to have breast augmentation or a breast lift, you need to be done with breastfeeding and lactation before surgery. The breasts change in the weeks following the completion of breastfeeding, so waiting about three months after you’ve finished nursing is ideal. This gives your surgeon the clearest picture of how to help you get your pre-pregnancy bust line back.
- Most surgeons recommend that patients be done having children before having a tummy tuck done. Otherwise, some of your beautiful results may be undone with a future pregnancy.
- If you’re still in the process of losing a lot of weight, it’s best to wait until your weight has stabilized before having a mommy makeover. Losing significant weight after your surgery can result in less than optimal results.
Remember that you don’t have to get all the procedures done at once. For instance, you may be ready for breast augmentation and/or breast lift, but aren’t sure about the tummy tuck yet. These can always be done separately or during a time when it’s easier for your schedule. The procedures included in a mommy makeover often mean you need at least a week of recovery time, so enlisting extra help is important.
Imagine putting on some of your pre-pregnancy clothes and feeling like you did before you had kids. It’s possible with the help of an experienced cosmetic surgeon.
If you would like to get your pre-pregnancy body back, the staff at GLOW Surgical Arts would be happy to meet with you to talk about your options and starting the process toward a mommy makeover. Consultations are always free and are focused on your individual wants and needs.