Our bodies go through so many changes throughout life, due to aging, hormones, and other factors. Some of the most significant changes a woman’s body goes through, however, occur after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. Hormone changes, along with act of carrying a baby for nine months, can have a lasting aesthetic impact on areas like the stomach and breasts.
Motherhood is an incredible experience, and while most women are thrilled with this monumental change in their lives, the changes to their bodies can have a negative psychological impact. Many women feel self-conscious or embarrassed by lingering fat, drooping breasts, and loose stomach muscles caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding that can be difficult or impossible to resolve with diet and exercise. Women often don’t feel comfortable in their own bodies after having children, and may have trouble feeling confident and sexy once again. Fortunately, there is a way for mothers to invest in their own happiness at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery in Michigan: the Mommy Makeover. The surgeon helps moms to find their confidence again with this popular combination of procedures.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a term that’s often used to describe a combination of surgical procedures that help moms regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Typically, a mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck and breast enhancement, whether that means a breast lift alone or a breast lift combined with implants. Other procedures like liposuction and buttock enhancement may be added to help address additional concerns the patient may have. The mommy makeover is a convenient option for women who want comprehensive rejuvenation, since the procedures are performed during one session and patients do not have to go through two procedures and recovery periods.
The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
The mommy makeover provides customized benefits to each patient, since it can be tailored to suit individual needs. Moms who want more youthful-looking breasts but are satisfied with their bust size can opt for a breast lift, while moms who want a fuller look can also add implants. The biggest benefit to a mommy makeover, however, is the confidence boost patients get from regaining their pre-baby shape. Patients typically feel happy, confident, sexy, and ready to take on the world. A mommy makeover can help women retain both their identity as a mother and their pre-baby identity, which is empowering to patients.
Are You a Candidate?
If you think you might be a candidate for a mommy makeover, it’s important to take a step back and take an objective look. First, candidates for a mommy makeover are women who are in general good health and have completed their family. Subsequent pregnancies and breastfeeding can undo some of the results of a mommy makeover, so patients should wait until they are done having children before moving forward with the procedures. It’s important to note that the mommy makeover can benefit women who have not had children—changes in the body can also occur from massive weight gain and loss or aging. Any women who wants to improve the appearance of her breasts and stomach may be able to benefit from a mommy makeover.
A mommy makeover can be an incredible boost to self-esteem by enhancing the breasts and stomach and restoring pre-pregnancy shape. However, patients need to be aware of the procedure’s limitations and be realistic about the expected results. Only you and a board certified plastic surgeon can determine whether you are a good candidate or not.
Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
Before you schedule your surgery, you will meet with the surgeon to discuss your goals and ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. During this consultation, you will learn more about the options for your custom mommy makeover and receive recommendations for your procedure. The surgeon will ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery and will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon before your mommy makeover, so use this opportunity to get to know the surgeon and the rest of the Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery staff.
The mommy makeover procedure typically is performed in just one session, addressing all areas of concern at once. Because the surgery is in-depth, general anesthesia is typically required. The exact procedure will depend on which surgeries will be performed, but the two most common procedures in the mommy makeover are a breast lift and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
During the breast lift, a discreet incision is made in each breast to access the underlying tissue. Then, that tissue is reshaped and lifted, and excess skin is removed. Some women also elect to have breast implants placed during this process for added volume.
The tummy tuck requires that a long incision is made across the stomach just above the hips. This is placed so that most bikini bottoms should cover the incision following the healing process. Working through the incision, excess skin and fat are removed for a smoother contour, and the loose, separated muscles that often result from childbirth are tightened and reshaped for a sleek silhouette. The incision is then closed. Because multiple surgeries are involved in the mommy makeover procedure, the surgery can take several hours (3-8) to complete.
Recovery and Downtime
During the first 48 hours especially, you should have someone available to assist you after your mommy makeover procedure. This is especially important if you have children to care for. The initial recovery takes about 2-6 weeks, although full healing will take a few months. Gentle activity should begin soon after surgery (a day or two after), but you should avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous exercise for several weeks. Most people can return to desk jobs about 2 weeks after surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed to help you control any discomfort during recovery.
Insider tips for Mommy Makeover:
- Ask about a vertical mastopexy, or “lollipop” breast lift, to reduce scarring.
- Quick recovery techniques are a must to reduce downtime or time away from child care.
- Consider a Power Tuck to achieve 360-degree waist contouring.
- Ask about the neo-umbilicoplasty hidden belly button scar.
- Consider liposuction around the breast to enhance its shape.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
How long will it be before I can pick up and hold my kids after surgery?
You should be cautious when lifting anything, especially your children, soon after surgery. Ask your surgeon for specific guidance, and try to limit lifting your kids to when you are seated during your recovery period. If you have small children, you should ensure you have some assistance during your recovery.
What happens if I get pregnant again after the surgery?
It is not dangerous to become pregnant after you have gone through a mommy makeover, but your results may be compromised by another pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It is best to wait until you are done having children to undergo the surgery in order to better preserve the results.
Will a breast lift make my breasts look bigger?
A breast lift alone does not add volume, and actually involves removing excess skin. For this reason, women who desire extra volume from a mommy makeover should opt for implants in addition to a breast lift, rather than a breast lift alone.
Will I have visible scars?
All surgery produces scarring, and the mommy makeover procedure is no exception. However, plastic surgeons are very careful to make scars as discreet as possible, and most mommy makeover scars are easily hidden by clothing.
What are the risks of a mommy makeover?
As with all major surgery, there are some risks to the procedure. These can include anesthesia complications, bleeding, infection, and poor healing. However, choosing a safety-conscious, experienced, board certified plastic surgeon reduces these risks significantly.
Is a mommy makeover a good option for getting rid of extra weight after having children?
While liposuction and abdominoplasty can resolve isolated pockets of stubborn fat, a mommy makeover should not be used for weight loss. Patients should be at a stable weight before the procedure, to help ensure lasting results.
Will a mommy makeover get rid of my stretch marks?
Stretch marks can only be removed completely by surgically removing the skin affected. While some of this skin will be removed during a mommy makeover, some stretch marks will remain.
I’ve had a hysterectomy and c-section. Will this affect my results?
No, you can enjoy the same results as a patient who gave birth naturally. Your surgeon will work to ensure any scarring from these procedures is minimized or absorbed by the abdominoplasty incisions.
Can I still breastfeed after getting breast implants?
Some women are able to breastfeed after getting implants, and a few are not. It’s impossible to tell prior to surgery, so it’s best to wait until you are done having children and breastfeeding to get breast enhancement surgery.
What can I do to make my recovery easier?
You can help ensure good healing by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly before your surgery. You should follow all your surgeon’s instructions and avoid smoking as it inhibits healing and increases risks for complications.
Renew Your Confidence
You may be a mom, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your confidence and self-esteem. If you’re ready to take control and feel your best, then it may be time to think about a mommy makeover in Ann Arbor, MI. Our surgeons are compassionate individuals who have performed thousands of surgical procedures and strive to give patients the best outcome possible. To schedule a consultation for a mommy makeover, call (734) 913-5100 today.