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What is a Mommy Makeover?

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11 November 2022

What is a Mommy Makeover?

If you're one of the millions of women who have gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding, you know they can have an unpleasant effect on your body. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “mommy makeover” but, what is a mommy makeover and how much does a mommy makeover cost?

A mommy makeover is a course of action that involves a variety of different surgical procedures aimed at reversing the effects of pregnancy and reshaping the body. While many women decide to have a mommy makeover to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back, it is not always necessary to combine procedures for every patient. 

Different procedures are better suited for different goals, so it is important to have a consultation with your plastic surgeon who can help you determine which procedures are right for you.

Before you begin, know this

There's a lot of misconception about what a mommy makeover is and what it entails. In reality, a mommy makeover is not a one size fits all procedure. 

Instead, this is surgery that must be customized to your individual needs, lifestyle and anatomy. When you book your consultation with our team, we will take the time to get to know you and your goals. From there, we will create a plan that fits perfectly with your lifestyle. We want you to feel confident in your decision and know you are in good hands.

How can a mommy makeover benefit me?

A mommy makeover used to only include breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. While the procedure first came about as a means for women to rejuvenate the areas of the body that were most impacted by motherhood, the mommy makeover has evolved to include and improve any of the following:

These days, many women choose to have a mommy makeover because they want to improve their appearance in more areas than their breasts and tummies. For example, some women opt for a mommy makeover because they want to reduce their overall body shape or tighten the skin on their faces.

When should I have a mommy makeover?

When it comes to choosing the right time for a mommy makeover, there are a few things you'll want to take into consideration. First and foremost is your health. Make sure to speak with your cosmetic surgeon about your current state of health and any concerns you have during your consultation.

Next, consider your lifestyle. It is generally recommended that a patient undergoing a mommy makeover is finished having children because another pregnancy would likely reverse the procedures. Also, consider if you will be able to travel for the post-operative period and take additional time off work. 

Finally, think about your budget. There are many different surgery combinations and the total mommy makeover cost can range in price from $5,000 to $50,000+. 

Pros and Cons of a mommy makeover

Moms everywhere are always looking for ways to look and feel their best and a mommy makeover can be just what they're looking for, but it also comes with a few risks. Here are a few pros and cons to consider:

Pros 

  • General anesthesia or deep IV sedation only once leads to fewer risks and side effects associated with other surgeries.
  • Transformative results, restore your body to how you looked before pregnancy—and often even better.  
  • Stretch marks and C-section scars may be removed or improved via a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).   
  • A single recovery addressing everything from weight loss to restoring your confidence. 

Cons

  • Doesn’t protect against future weight gain.  
  • Recovery time is needed. This can be challenging if you have young kids or have difficulty taking time off work.
  • Assistance needed for daily activities during the recovery period
  • Potential for painful recovery issues and surgery complications 

How to prepare for a mommy makeover

You’ve decided to move forward. Congratulations! As with most things in life, preparation is key and that includes with your mommy makeover! By lining up a few things in advance, you'll be able to minimize the stress of the day and enjoy a smoother recovery. 

Also, gather all of your medical records, photos and videos of your pre-op appearance, and any documents you need to provide to your surgeon and plan out your post-op schedule so you know what to expect.

Here’s a checklist to help you get ready for your surgery:

  • Line up childcare – After surgery, it's important to take it very easy for at least the first week. This is the time when your body is healing and adjusting to the new changes so if you have kids or pets, make sure you plan for their care so you can fully focus on your recovery.
  • Commence a healthier lifestyle – You've heard it before, you should eat healthier to help your body heal more efficiently. Well, it turns out that eating healthier is one of the best ways to prepare your body to heal faster and with less pain. This includes cutting out smoking!
  • Buy needed supplies – Make sure that you can spend all of your energy on healing. Have everything you think you'll need on hand so it's easily accessible, including all of your post-operative care items and medications. This should keep you as comfortable as possible in the painful aftermath of surgery

What can I expect after my Mommy Makeover procedure?

The results of a mommy makeover can be long-lasting, even up to 10 years or more, provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. It can help you look and feel your best, but be warned: if you don't take care of yourself, the results of your transformation may not last as long as you hoped. 

To increase the chances of keeping your new body around for a long time, make sure to eat a balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid any risky behaviors that could damage your skin or lead to other health concerns.

Interested?

In the end, if you're unhappy with your appearance and would like to see real change, scheduling a mommy makeover with a qualified cosmetic surgeon is the perfect step for you. 

With a skilled team of surgeons and medical professionals, your transformation will be more than just skin deep. You'll see a drastic change in your appearance, and more importantly, you’ll take a new confidence level into anything you’re trying to accomplish.

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