The effects of childbirth and breastfeeding can be difficult to bounce back from with diet and exercise alone. Many new mothers find that after even one child, their body just isn’t recognizable. At the Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Scott performs the Mommy Makeover, which can restore a woman’s figure to how it looked before her first pregnancy. If you are wondering how this surgical makeover works, keep reading.
Restoring Your Body After Childbirth
The Mommy Makeover is actually a combination of procedures designed to trim and tone the figure while lifting and filling out the breasts (which typically go through a tremendous amount of change during pregnancy and breastfeeding). While this surgical makeover can be completely customized to address whatever problem areas are bothering you, women often request the following procedures:
- Breast augmentation (with or without a breast lift)
- Liposuction (with skin tightening, if required)
- Tummy tuck
When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Enough
The purpose of having this combination of procedures performed is to address those stubborn areas that are not responding to your best efforts at leading a healthy lifestyle. The hormones released during pregnancy and after childbirth can leave a woman with stubborn pockets of fat that often don’t respond to diet and exercise.
A woman might also find herself with excess, sagging skin or deflated, drooping breasts, and these are issues that can only be resolved with surgery. A surgical makeover that is tailored to the patient’s body and aesthetic goals can resolve all these problems at once while requiring only one surgery and recovery period.
What Results to Expect
Patients undergoing a traditional Mommy Makeover usually have both a breast augmentation and a breast lift. Having both procedures at once addresses sagging as well as the tissue loss that can result from the wear and tear of breastfeeding. Some women find that they only need one of these procedures to get the look they want.
This makeover also focuses on removing stubborn fat deposits that have formed around the middle of the body. Women who have given birth typically need liposuction on their stomach, but we can also work on the thighs, hips, and buttocks if needed. If you wish to have a significant amount of fat removed, it may be advisable to have one or more lifting procedures done to tighten up the excess skin that would be left behind.
How Long Do These Results Last?
If a woman is committed to healthy living after her makeover, there is no reason why these positive results should not last for many years. Yo-yo dieting and gaining/losing large amounts of weight can undo even the best surgical procedure, so please avoid this any way you can. Sticking to the basics, such as regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet, can help you to continue looking great well into the future.
When to Schedule a Surgical Makeover
Some women choose to schedule their makeover as soon as they are done breastfeeding, while others want to wait a couple of years to see if they can get back into shape on their own. There is no rule about when to have this makeover performed, as long as you are fully recovered from childbirth and no longer breastfeeding.
Most women typically wish to wait until they are sure they will not be having any more children. This will ensure that you get the maximum value out of your makeover and help you to avoid the need for more procedures down the road. Since childbearing places so much stress on the body, it is possible that some of the effects of your makeover will be undone if you get pregnant again.
How Long to Wait After Childbirth
Your last baby was born recently and you are wondering how soon you can safely schedule your Mommy Makeover. While you are probably anxious to get your figure back and feel like your old self again, we do recommend waiting at least a year after childbirth. At the one-year mark, you are likely done with breastfeeding and have also had enough time to see how well your body can bounce back on its own.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Since you would be having several procedures performed at once, the recovery process should take several weeks, with final results fully visible around the three-month mark. It is very important to have help at home during this time, particularly if you have young children to care for. Patients must get plenty of rest and avoid heavy lifting. With proper self-care, you should begin to feel like yourself again within a couple of weeks.
Who Makes the Best Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Whether you are a new mother or have been thinking about having this makeover for many years, the ideal candidate for this set of procedures will fit the following profile:
- Be in good overall health
- Be a non-smoker or willing to quit
- Have reliable help at home
- Be able to follow all post-operative care instructions
- Be able to take several weeks off work
- Be realistic about what results to expect
Devoting Time to the Recovery Process
The biggest challenge we see with women who schedule this surgery is that they may find it difficult to fully focus on their recovery process, particularly if they have young children at home. Mothers, by their very nature, are so focused on taking care of others that they aren’t used to putting themselves first. If you decide to have a surgical makeover performed, it is so important to get the rest and self-care that will ensure an optimal recovery.
If your partner works long hours, you may wish to bring in extra help for a few weeks so that you don’t overdo it during this critical healing period. After the first week post-op, you should be able to engage in very light activity, but picking up children and doing strenuous housework is out of the question. Setting boundaries with your loved ones and focusing on your healing process as much as possible will ensure the quickest and most seamless recovery.
Having Realistic Expectations
A surgical makeover can do wonders when it comes to restoring a woman’s body to how it looked before she had children, but it is still important for patients to have realistic expectations about what their final outcome might look like. This set of procedures can lift, tighten, and tone several parts of the body, and restore a fuller bustline, but it will not necessarily make you look the way you did when you were 20.
Your final outcome will depend on how well your body heals, how much work was done, and your own long-term commitment to healthy lifestyle habits.
If You Decide to Have More Children
It is not unheard of for women to go through this makeover process and later decide to have another child. While it is ideal to wait until you are done having children in order to maintain your new body for as long as possible, there is certainly no rule against going through subsequent pregnancies. Whether or not you decide to have another procedure in the future is a personal decision.
If You Aren’t Sure Whether This Makeover Is for You
Having a surgical makeover is a big decision and one that should not be made lightly. If you are having a tough time deciding if a Mommy Makeover would be right for you, scheduling a consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon should be your first step. Come to your consultation equipped with questions and prepared to look at some before and after pictures.
A surgeon can help you decide exactly what procedures you would need to look your best. For instance, it might be determined that you don’t need the complete makeover – just a breast lift and some liposuction. The goal is to only perform the exact procedures that you will benefit from the most.
Are You Ready to Make a Big Change?
If you would like to look and feel the way you did before you became a parent, the Mommy Makeover can be a life-changing experience. Contact us today at Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Scott. We can help you to tailor a surgical makeover that works for your body and your budget.