The miracle of giving birth is one of the most amazing things that a woman can experience. However, it can come at a cost to your body.
Things like stretch marks, a droopy lower belly and larger, sagging breasts can all result from having a baby, which for some women can be very disconcerting.
If you find yourself yearning for the body you had before pregnancy, perhaps it’s time to consider a Mommy Makeover.
This series of bespoke cosmetic surgeries can result in your body being contoured, restored and re-shaped back to the way it used to be before the effects of falling pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding took their toll.
In this article, we will highlight a detailed guide to a Mommy Makeover. This will give you an idea of the process involved should you want to seek professional and surgical help to regain your figure pre-baby and feel more like your sexy and vibrant self again.
Who can get a Mommy Makeover?
As they are mainly surgical, the procedures that take place during a mommy makeover do come with some risks to the patient.
Prior to undergoing these surgeries, it is recommended that women meet specific criteria. During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will try and ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for a mommy makeover based on the following factors.
- The patient is generally in good health
- Her weight is considered healthy
- She exercises regularly
- Her overall diet is balanced and nutritious
- The patient is a non-smoker who does not drink much in the way of alcohol
- She does not plan to have any more children
What is included in a mommy makeover?
As every woman’s body is different, mothers will have different goals when it comes to a Mommy Makeover.
For that reason, the surgeon, after consultation, will try to come up with a customized solution to meet the needs of their individual patients.
Each woman’s treatment might be a little different. But typically, they might include a mix of the following surgical work and non-surgical procedures.
1. Tummy Tuck
Women’s bodies go through a lot in the 9 months when they are pregnant and one of the main changes is often a significant gain in weight.
The size of the uterus may sometimes be so big it causes your Linea Alba to grow to a level that it cannot revert back from.
The Linea Alba is a connective tissue structure which travels along the central area of your rectus abdominis, aka the six-pack muscle.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise are often unable to counter this effect naturally. So for those who want to reduce it, a belly tuck is a good solution.
Officially known as an abdominoplasty, during this procedure, your skin, as well as some of the fatty tissue residing within your lower abdominal area, is removed.
This is where much of the stretch marks that appear on a woman’s body manifest themselves. So following the tummy tuck, you may find that some of the more noticeable marks have lessened around your belly.
Some women, even those in a healthy weight range, might find their bodies developed localized pockets of fat after giving birth. Unfortunately, this sometimes doesn’t get reduced by the effects of a good diet or regular exercise.
In this circumstance, liposuction is a procedure which can be adopted, as it removes these pockets of excess fat that lie in between the skin and the muscle situated below it.
While liposuction does remove this fat, there is nothing to stop it from coming back again should you stop exercising and start to eat more of an unhealthy diet.
So, the onus would be on you to keep it off.
3. Breast augmentation and lift
During pregnancy, you may find your breasts get bigger due to rising hormone levels and subsequent weight changes. After giving birth, they might also become deflated or saggy.
A procedure like a breast augmentation can enhance their size, symmetry and overall fullness. It does this by inserting saline or silicone implants into them.
Similarly, breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, can be performed to raise boobs that have sagged as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and aging.
Breast lifts do not alter the size of a woman’s breasts per se. But when combined with breast augmentation, their cleavage can be made more proportional, shapely and beautiful.
4. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery
Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery is also referred to as female genital rejuvenation.
During this procedure, the vagina is tightened and given a more aesthetically pleasing visual.
Many women choose to have this type of procedure performed after they have given birth to try and restore their vagina back to its pre-pregnancy appearance.
It involves the labia and vulva (the inner and outer lips of the vagina) being reshaped with both labiaplasty and vulvoplasty.
This procedure is designed to regenerate and restore the soft tissue structures that have caused discomfort and anguish.
5. Facial skin procedures
Many women also choose to have facial skin procedures performed as well. Principally this is to remove wrinkles and provide them with clear and glowing skin.
There are several treatments available including peels for healthy skin and skin lasers. Alternatively, if you would prefer anti-wrinkle injections women can try this instead.
Skin rejuvenation treatments are also another option you can try too.
Best time to have a Mommy Makeover
The best time to have your Mommy Makeover is when you no longer intend to have children.
However, that does not mean you should schedule the appointment for a week after you have given birth for the last time.
In order for you to benefit from the optimum outcomes, it is worth considering the following:
Letting your body completely heal after giving birth and trying to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight levels
- Maintaining a stable body weight for a minimum of six months
- Waiting until at least six months after you have finished breastfeeding
- Having surgery in winter when the shorter days give your body more time to recover. Also, winter clothing helps to conceal the scars on your healing body
- You will need time to recover after your surgery. So make sure you have plenty of annual leave or sick leave available off work. As well as help from others when it comes to looking after your children
Can a full mommy makeover be performed in a single day?
For some women, the surgical procedures of a mommy makeover can take place over one session. Although depending on the treatments they want, it could take two, three or more.
As a rule, most patients stay in the hospital for at least one-night post-surgery. This is to keep an eye on them just in case they have any reactions or complications.
The different surgeries could also take place weeks apart to ensure that the patient’s body has enough time to fully recover and heal in between them.
After my mommy makeover what happens if I fall pregnant again?
Although it should be safe to do so, falling pregnant after your mommy makeover may cause the results of your initial procedure to be imperiled.
While they can opt for a second procedure to restore the body shape they want, women are recommended to defer this surgery until such time as they have completed their family.