At The Plastic Surgery Center in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, we have the privilege of working with patients of all ages. From injectable fillers to lower body lifts, these treatments help both men and women look their best at any stage of life. The same is true of a mommy makeover – despite its name, it’s a package that’s right for almost anyone.
What Is the Right Age for a Mommy Makeover?
As a society, we tend to think of only young women or new mothers as wanting to rejuvenate their appearances. These limiting beliefs exclude all other females, assuming that at a certain point, they no longer care if their breasts are firm or their tummies are taut. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Women of all ages long to turn heads when they walk into a room. Having said that, there is no “right” age for a mommy makeover. They’re quite common at almost any age, whether your children are still young or now live away from home. But you should also know this package of procedures isn’t only limited to parents – it’s just as perfect for women who have never had kids and simply want to address body issues they aren’t happy with.
Tailored to Your Liking
The beauty of a full-body makeover is that it’s designed to meet your goals and can include almost any combination of procedures. The most common are:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
These procedures can be switched, however, to rejuvenate your face, backside, or even your arms. Think of it as a package that runs from your eyes to thighs, helping to remove wrinkles, get you back into waisted clothing, or help you fill out that little black dress with smooth, feminine curves.
Don’t Let Age Deter You
If you’re worried about age, rest assured it matters far less than you think. From 25 to 55 years old, the procedures incorporated into your makeover address concerns caused by pregnancy, aging, or both.
What matters more than age is overall health. We’ll review your medical history to ensure surgery is right for you. If you are a non-smoker and don’t have a health condition that increases your risks of having surgery or anesthesia, there’s every reason to believe surgery is just as safe now as when you were 10 or 15 years younger.
Ask for Clearance
All patients should consider asking for their doctor’s clearance prior to undergoing surgery. It’s equally important you answer questions about your present and previous health with honesty. Provide us with a list of medications you’re currently taking and, finally, have any tests we recommend for you before the procedure. These might include bloodwork, a mammogram, or an EKG.
Waiting Has Its Benefits
You may not realize it, but waiting to have your makeover comes with its own advantages. For instance, our younger patients often struggle to find someone who can look after their family for several weeks after the procedure. This is crucial because lifting and carrying anything, even youngsters, is off the table for up to six weeks as your body heals.
When you have older children, you don’t need to worry about arranging for a care provider who can carry and then put them to bed. By waiting, you’re also more likely to have the time necessary to prepare for and sufficiently heal after surgery. And with expenses like daycare no longer a concern, you can probably invest in yourself with greater ease.
A Few Considerations
We recommend you wait a year after the birth of your last child to schedule your makeover. Having another child after your makeover may undo all the hard work and effort put into your procedure. You should also be at or near your ideal weight; losing an additional 20 pounds or more can alter your results.
Reasons to Have This Makeover
The effects of time and childbearing can take their toll on the body. Breasts droop, abdominal skin stretches, and muscles grow loose. Over time, even with a healthful diet and exercise, skin continues to lose elasticity, tissues in the face sag, and pockets of fat cling stubbornly to specific spots.
While this sounds bleak, rest assured that former contours can be restored. The key is in understanding your body can’t always rejuvenate itself alone; in other words, you need help. And that’s what a full-body makeover provides: help to invigorate your body rather than alter it. Women who want to once again see their formerly flat abdomens and perky breasts need only select the right procedures. We take care of the rest.
Just One Recovery Period
If you were to choose the procedures of your full-body makeover individually, you would have to endure four or five different recovery periods. This means more time away from work, your family, and all the other activities you love doing.
But because we strategically plan your makeover to complete all the included procedures at once, you have only one recovery. You’ll also save money, as packaged plans are more affordable than individual surgeries. With the extra money kept in your pocket, you can buy new clothes or take a trip to showcase your newly svelte body.
A Reward for Yourself
Whether you’re a mother, aunt, daughter, sister, or friend, women give much of themselves emotionally and physically. They help others and often forget about self-care in the meantime. Now is a chance to give back to yourself by caring for your body and mind. Don’t feel guilty about a little indulgence – when you feel happy with your body and appearance, you’re better equipped to care for your friends and family.
Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough
If you’re like most women we know, you strive to live your best possible life. This includes eating right (most of the time) and getting in at least the occasional workout. Yet you have a few trouble spots that just won’t disappear. Maybe extra padding remains on your thighs or stubborn fat clings to your middle. The point is you can’t lose these pockets, and there’s a reason why: the human body is designed to hold fat.
You may think this is a biological flaw, but in reality, it serves two crucial purposes. First, women need fat to support pregnancies and then feed babies. Second, in the event you cannot find food, that extra fat will help you survive. This is where a mommy makeover provides what the human body cannot give itself: precise fat loss, skin firming, and muscle tightening.
The emotional and physical demands of caring for others – children or not – can leave you feeling older and less attractive than you are. But a makeover restores that feeling of sexiness. Your clothes will fit better, and the reflection in the mirror will boost your confidence.
Don’t worry – you don’t need to pick your procedures alone. We’ll offer professional advice and then craft your treatment plan, ensuring all facets of your body type are considered.
Fix What You Don’t Like
We recommend that prior to your consultation, you take a look in the mirror and identify those parts of your body you’d most like to address. But don’t feel pressured to change everything if certain spots make you happy. If your breasts have dropped a size or two since breastfeeding and are now more comfortable, you don’t have to restore them back to their previous size.
Likewise, if your buttocks are fuller or your hips wider now that you’re a little older, and you like how they look, leave them be. The point of a full-body makeover is to address what you don’t like and leave the rest intact. Never let the opinions of others factor into your decisions – all that matters is how you feel.
The Common Components
Earlier, we listed four procedures that are commonly included in the mommy makeover package. The first, breast augmentation, enhances your breast size so they appear fuller and bigger. Many women opt for this surgery to restore lost volume, such as commonly happens after breastfeeding. We use implants made from silicone or saline in a variety of styles so you can achieve the look you want.
Keep in mind a breast augmentation is different from a breast lift. The latter can give you a younger, perkier appearance by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues. This essentially reshapes the breasts so they no longer appear droopy or saggy; it also elevates the nipples so they project outward rather than downward.
This procedure is a great way to tighten abdominal muscles and, again, remove excess skin to achieve a flatter abdomen. The uterus stretches during pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby, and muscles often separate to create a pouch that remains even after you’ve lost the pregnancy weight. A tummy tuck corrects this to give you smoother and more toned contours.
We’ve already discussed stubborn body fat, but now we’re going to talk about how you can get rid of it. Liposuction allows you to target those areas that seem all but impossible to lose, including the thighs, back, and hips. It even works on the abdomen to eliminate tummy bulges.
Remember, however, a mommy makeover is intended to be completely customizable. This means you can also choose from any number of other therapies, including:
- Brow lift
- Breast reduction
- Arm lift
- Thigh lift
Plan Your Recovery
In the weeks after your makeover, we’ll want to see you in the office for a follow-up. We’ll review your progress and ensure you’re healing properly. The key during this time is to properly rest. This will mean limiting household chores and taking time away from work. You’ll also need to stock up on healthful foods, stay hydrated, and create a resting place for yourself with comfortable pillows and blankets.
Recovery periods vary between patients and depend on the procedures you elect to have. While you won’t be able to resume vigorous exercise for a while, you will be encouraged to walk shortly after your procedure. This will keep muscles limber and promote strong blood flow to tissues that are healing. As we monitor your progress, we’ll let you know when it’s safe to get back to normal activities.
A Makeover for You
Parent or not, if you have concerns you want to address on your face or body, a mommy makeover can swiftly take care of them. We’ll design treatment around you, and if you’re worried about your age, don’t be. The more important factor is your health. Restore your confidence and schedule your consultation today by calling The Plastic Surgery Center in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.