Pregnancy and childbirth can really take a toll on your body. Along with the challenges of growing a child for nine months, there are also the issues of weight gain, stretched out skin and weakened muscles that often occur during pregnancy and delivery. While many women accept that their bodies will be forever changed by the pregnancy experience, it’s not uncommon to wish to get at least some semblance of your “pre-baby” body back.
That’s one reason a mommy makeover is such a popular procedure–it helps to reverse some of the changes that occur as a result of pregnancy. If you’re considering the procedure, which usually involves a combination of surgeries, there are a few important facts to understand about it first.
It’s Meant for After You’re Finished Having Kids
One of the most important things to understand about a mommy makeover is that it’s a major procedure. Usually, the suite of surgeries includes a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, and liposuction. Since the results from the makeover are meant to be permanent, it’s important to avoid anything that could drastically change the body again.
That includes getting pregnant again. Although it’s impossible to predict the future, it’s in your best interests to wait to have a mommy makeover until after you know for sure that your family is complete. Getting pregnant again after the makeover can undo some of the results.
One of the great things about a mommy makeover is that it’s really all about you. While tummy tucks, breast surgeries and liposuction are all common procedures included as part of the makeover, you have the option of adding or subtracting surgeries as you wish. Perhaps you want a breast lift and tummy tuck, but don’t want liposuction. Or, you might want a thigh lift along with your tummy tuck.
It’s also possible to combine non-surgical procedures with the surgeries associated with a mommy makeover. Maybe you don’t want liposuction, but would prefer non-surgical fat removal, such as Coolsculpting. Perhaps you developed stretch marks during your pregnancy. A laser treatment can help to reduce or eliminate their appearance.
It Does Require Some Preparation and Downtime
Some women believe that they can schedule a mommy makeover almost immediately after giving birth to their last baby. While that would be awfully convenient, it’s not a good idea, for a few reasons. One is that your body needs time to bounce back after delivery. You’ll want to lose as much of the pregnancy weight as possible. You’ll also need time to heal from the stress of pregnancy and labor.
Another reason to wait a bit and prepare for a mommy makeover is that it does have an extended downtime and recovery period, usually at least two weeks, if not longer. It can be incredibly difficult to take care of a newborn when you’re at your best. Imagine trying to see to the needs of a newborn baby while you’re recovering from multiple surgeries.
Your surgeon can provide more guidance and instruction when it comes to scheduling and preparing for your mommy makeover.
It Can Be Expensive
Mommy makeovers aren’t cheap. Since they usually involve at least two, if not three surgeries, they are considerably more expensive than a stand alone tummy tuck or breast augmentation.
That said, it’s usually less expensive to bundle the surgeries together into a mommy makeover than it is to schedule them individually or to spread them out over the course of several years.
It Will Leave a Scar
A mommy makeover, like any type of surgery, will leave scars on your body. Depending on the surgeries you have and the technique used by the surgeon, the scars are likely to be in discreet areas. For example, the scar from the tummy tuck is likely to stretch across the abdomen in the area that would covered up by a bikini bottom. You’ll know it’s there, but other people will not be able to see it.
About Dr. Ran Rubinstein
An experienced plastic surgeon can help you decide if cosmetic surgery is right for you. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a board-certified plastic surgeon, regularly offers mommy makeovers to patients at his practice in New York. He can guide you through the process of choosing the procedures to create a natural result. Along with mommy makeovers, Dr. Rubinstein offers patients a variety of procedures, from facelift to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.