One of the biggest rewards in life is being a mom. You experienced your body go through amazing changes to create a unique human being. However, although the blessings of motherhood continue, your post-pregnancy body is likely not one of them. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding take toil on a woman’s body.
It can be both fascinating and devastating at the same time to watch your body transform for nine months. That is why more and more moms are knocking on the door of a plastic surgeon for help after delivering their baby (or babies). Mommy Makeovers are among the latest and most popular trends in plastic surgery. Women are becoming less inhibited when it comes to rewarding themselves for birthing a child and taking advantage of the latest in cosmetic procedures to get their pre-baby body back.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover involves multiple surgical procedures designed to restore, or improve, a mom’s post-pregnancy body. During pregnancy, a woman gains up to 25-35 pounds. Unfortunately, the fatty tissues that are stored during pregnancy are in some of the most unwanted places, including the breasts, the abdomen, the flanks, the hips, the lower back, the buttocks and the thighs. The abdominal muscles also tend to weaken and separate during the months your body is supporting a growing fetus. When you combine this with the fatty tissues in the abdomen, you get an undesirable (and stubborn) bulge in the lower stomach in the aftermath of pregnancy. Furthermore, breasts that were once full often sag and deflate after months of breastfeeding.
A “Mommy Makeover” from a skilled and certified plastic surgeon may include a number of the following procedures:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reduction
- Tummy Tuck
- Liposuction (arms, thighs, legs, hips or lower back)
What Can I Expect in Recovery?
Planning the optimal time to have your Mommy Makeover may be difficult if you are a new mom with many daily physical demands, such as picking up a new baby and cleaning the house. The recovery period for a Mommy Makeover can look different for each patient, depending on what procedures you elect to have done. Typically, for women that undergo breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction, you can expect to have restriction on physical activity for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Many plastic surgeons will recommend not lifting anything over 5 pounds for the first few weeks, a challenging order for a mom of young kids. However, the weeks of downtime for a mom who is struggling to enjoy her body after kids is well worth it. A Mommy Makeover can help you enjoy motherhood to the fullest while still fitting into your old clothes!
Contact Dr. Kenrick Spence at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation. We offer a full menu of surgical and non-surgical procedures to improve your figure.