Since Dr. Saltz discussed the prevalence of mommy makeovers in Utah in Glamour magazine this past October, now is an excellent time to address some of the details of the procedure, including when the time is right to have a mommy makeover.
Having a baby is tough on a woman’s body. A mommy makeover can address some of the changes created by the localized weight gain — enlarged (and then decreased) breast size, and the accumulation of pockets of stubborn fat. Many women aren’t happy about those changes, and they come to Dr. Saltz for a mommy makeover.
But when is the right time?
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover isn’t a single procedure. It’s the term for a combination of surgeries that specifically target changes in a woman’s body after pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. A tummy tuck targets the abdomen, where localized weight gain may have separated the stomach muscles and left a pooch that doesn’t respond to exercise. A breast lift with or without augmentation targets breasts that have flattened and sagged due to the increase and subsequent decrease in size, coupled with breastfeeding. If the woman wants to return lost volume or even gain some size, she can opt to have implants placed along with the lift. Liposuction is used to address stubborn pockets of fat that may be leftovers from the weight gained during pregnancy. This is usually used on the abdomen, upper thighs, and possibly the flanks.
When is the right time to have a mommy makeover?
There isn’t a woman out there who is thrilled with the changes that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding have made to their bodies. They can be very eager to reverse some of those changes, but Dr. Saltz emphasizes that patience is critical when it comes to a mommy makeover.
First, a potential patient has to be sure she is finished having children. Why is this important? Another pregnancy will reverse all of the changes made by these surgeries. Plus, gaining weight can place extra stress on the scars from the procedures, making them more noticeable.
Second, you’ll need to have finished breastfeeding for at least a couple of months to allow your breasts to return to their natural size. And you should have lost all of your pre-baby weight and be at, or close to, your ideal body weight.
If you’re interested in addressing some of the changes to your body after having your children, a mommy makeover with Dr. Saltz could be a great way to go. It could be the new you for 2019. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Saltz to discuss the possibilities, call us at our Salt Lake (801) 274-9500 or Park City (435) 655-6612 offices.