Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back with a Mommy Makeover
While pregnancy and childbirth are unforgettable experiences, afterwards most Moms would just as soon forget their new post-baby body. Saggy breasts, a stomach pooch, loose abdominal skin. Moms wonder — What happened to the body I had before the baby?
Sounds like you could use a Mommy Makeover, a combination of cosmetic procedures whose goal is to return your body to its former self, or even a little better!
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
To be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover you need to be finished with two things: breastfeeding and childbirth. If you are currently breastfeeding, you need to wait at least two to three months to allow your breasts to return to their normal size. And if you are considering having additional children down the road, you need to wait to have a Mommy Makeover until then. Why? Pregnancy and childbirth will wipe out the results from your Mommy Makeover.
Weight, exercise, and diet are also important. Before you have a Mommy Makeover, you should already have returned to (or begun) an exercise routine. This should be combined with a healthy diet. Your weight needs to be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. The reasons for this? A Mommy Makeover is not a weight loss procedure. Plus, if you want to enjoy the beautiful results of your procedures, a healthy lifestyle is a necessity.
Your Mommy Makeover Procedures
A Mommy Makeover involves a combination of cosmetic surgeries targeted directly to the areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. These include:
- Breast Augmentation – Regain the volume and fullness of your breasts that has been lost due to breastfeeding and weight loss following pregnancy. Or, even gain a little
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – Lift those sagging breasts back to their former, pre-pregnancy/pre-breastfeeding state
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – Get rid of the post-pregnancy stomach pooch. You don’t need to live with that saggy tummy
- Liposuction – Make those stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to exercise or diet disappear from your inner thighs, abdominals, even under your chin
Not all of these procedures need to be done in every Mommy Makeover. You may opt for a breast lift without augmentation. Or you may have a tummy tuck but don’t need liposuction. Those are the things you’ll discuss with Dr. Saltz during your initial consultation. Before that appointment, be sure to do your research on the procedures, including viewing before and after photos.
Potential Mommy Makeover patients are concerned about recovery times; after all, they have at least one small child running around the home with all the duties attached.
Your recovery will vary depending on what you have had done. It is best to plan for at least one to two weeks off work, along with a serious curtailing of physical activity.
A great thing with a Mommy Makeover is that you are combining recovery times into one period, rather than recovering from each procedure one by one. But these are involved surgeries — nobody starts running a marathon a week after a tummy tuck — so expect an involved recovery. The results of your procedure will continue to improve as your body fully heals over the next six months.
There will be bruising, swelling, and some pain after the procedures. Most of the swelling and bruising subsides after two weeks. Dr. Saltz will provide extensive recovery instructions and prescription pain medication, if needed.