Dr. Jeff Scott details important criteria, including timing, qualifications, and limitations, that determine the ideal time period in which to undergo mommy makeover surgery.
Sarasota, FL—Pregnancy and childbirth typically alter the shape of the breasts and body permanently, states Florida Plastic Surgeon Jeff Scott, MD. He says a mommy makeover, which usually combines two or more cosmetic enhancement procedures, is designed to help restore a firmer, more youthful pre-pregnancy figure.
To aid patients considering this popular body-contouring method, Dr. Scott indicates women should not only consider whether this treatment is the right choice for them aesthetically, but also examine when the right time for a mommy makeover might be.
Dr. Scott notes that patients should be finished having children, as additional pregnancies can alter the outcome of the procedure. For similar reasons, he advises that individuals should be close to or at their ideal weight. Losing a significant amount of weight after the surgery, he cautions, could potentially result in the development of skin laxity around the midsection, possibly eliminating the benefits of the tummy tuck portion of the operation. He explains that the extent of the recovery period, which may take up to a month, is often overlooked. He says women will need to find a time when they can take a break from work and other regular duties to heal properly.
Ultimately, Dr. Scott reminds prospective patients that mommy makeover surgery is a major operation, and in addition to developing reasonable expectations for the outcome, individuals also need to schedule the appropriate amount of time off to fully recover. He recommends that women who are considering a mommy makeover should research a board-certified plastic surgeon and discuss their routine daily activities to help determine when the ideal time may be to undergo the procedure.
About Jeff Scott, MD, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scott graduated from the University of Oklahoma before earning his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He then completed five additional years of training in General Surgery and Trauma followed by a two-year Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. An active member of several esteemed medical associations, Dr. Scott is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.
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