Carrying a child during pregnancy is rough for so many reasons. You’re often tired and nauseous. Your feet and hands swell. More significantly, your body is constantly changing to make room for your new infant and to prepare you for delivery. Sometimes, the body simply cannot bounce back on its own after the pregnancy is over. This is where a mommy makeover helps.
The Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift
During pregnancy, the uterus and lower abdominal wall expand. That lower abdominal wall then stretches to make room for the baby, and this weakens those abdominal muscles. Even with diet and exercise after the birth of your baby, this may not return to what it once was. Because this wall is weakened, it’s also possible to accumulate a significant amount of fat in this area.
Another common concern among new moms is that breasts often become larger to prepare for breastfeeding. After breastfeeding is complete and the breasts are no longer filled with milk there is occasionally some reduction in the elasticity of the breasts, called “breast ptosis.”
Women often seek to treat these two concerns together through an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, for their abdominal problem and either a breast lift or breast augmentation for their breast ptosis. These procedures make up a mommy makeover.
When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough
The goal of an abdominoplasty is to remove excess fat and skin, with the added possibility of restoring weakened muscles. Typically, the result of this procedure is a strengthened abdominal wall and a smoother abdomen. This procedure is not a substitute for diet and exercise, nor will it eradicate stretch marks.
The breast lift procedure both lifts and firms the breasts by removing extra skin and tightening surrounding tissue. Breast augmentation can increase fullness, restore volume and improve symmetry. This is accomplished surgically by the addition of breast implants. If a patient’s breasts are suffering significant breast ptosis, breast augmentation will likely not correct the problem as successfully as a breast lift.
Five Tips When Considering a Mommy Makeover
- It’s best to wait until you are done having children. There is no need to undergo a procedure if you would like to have additional children that may cause you to have to go through the procedures again afterward.
- Get to an overall weight you are comfortable with and that is manageable. If you have surgery and then lose significant weight afterwards, the results of your surgery will be different.
- The major concern in plastic surgery is that the procedures are safe and effective. Because of this, I recommend that women wait at least six months after giving birth to have the mommy makeover procedures done.
- Get some help. Remember that these procedures will typically require at least two weeks recovery time where the amount of moving around you do and weight you can lift will be extremely limited.
- Go in for a consultation. This is the best way to discuss reasonable outcomes and determine if you are in an ideal place to have the mommy makeover procedures done. Remember to ask as many questions as you need during this consultation.
Do you have questions about mommy makeovers? Have you had a mommy makeover and want to share your story with others who might want some guidance? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation.Dr. Jamal Bullocks is a board-certified Plastic Surgery specialist whose clinical interests include reconstructive breast surgery, cosmetic surgery for men and women and body contouring after weight loss.