Twenty years ago, most women had never heard of mommy makeovers, let
alone considered having one. Today, this package of procedures is becoming more
popular. More women are looking in the mirror after giving birth and deciding
they’re not thrilled with what they see.
If you’re interested in a mommy makeover, you need to understand that
it involves several surgical procedures intended to restore your body’s shape
after you have had children.
A Mommy Makeover is customized to address your unique concerns. Not
every woman wants to have all the procedures that are available. You and your
plastic surgeon can discuss the parts of your body you would like to tighten or
reshape. You may be interested in one or in several of the following
augmentation. Breast augmentation involves using an
implant or transferring fat deposits from another part of your body to increase
the side of your breasts and give them a more rounded appearance. Some women
refer to breast augmentation as a “boob job.”
Breast lift. A breast lift, or mastopexy, involves removing extra skin and
tightening the tissue around the breasts. This not only helps to raise the
breasts, but it may also help reduce the size of your areolas, the dark areas of
skin around your nipples.
augmentation. Like breast augmentation, buttock
augmentation involves using silicone implants or deposits of fat in other areas
of your body to improve the contours, shape, and size of your backside.
Butt Lift. After pregnancy, your butt may sag because the tissue in your
buttocks is less elastic. Removing excess fat and skin can raise your buttocks
and give you a more youthful appearance.
Tummy tuck. According to theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tucks have grown in popularity over the last few years. A
tummy tuck involves two procedures. First, your surgeon removes excess skin and
fat; second, your surgeon restores separated or weakened abdominal muscles. A
tummy tuck results in a smoother- and firmer-looking abdomen.
Liposuction. Your plastic surgeon may suggest liposuction to reshape and slim
parts of your body that appear bulky. During liposuction, the surgeon removes
excess fat from the area. Remember, though, that liposuction is not a weight
loss procedure, nor is it a substitute for exercising and following a healthy
rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation is a blanket term
for several procedures, all involving your genital area. These procedures
labia majoraplasty – reduces the size of
outer vaginal lips
labiaplasty – reduces the size and length
of inner vaginal lips
reduction of the clitoral hood – removes
excess folds of skin around the clitoris
vaginoplasty – tightens the skin and
muscles inside the vagina
Look Before You
Leap: Things to Consider Before Having a Mommy Makeover
Getting your old body back after carrying and giving birth to a baby
probably sounds very appealing. Before you rush into the procedure, though,
talk to your plastic surgeon about the things you need to consider ensuring
your makeover is a huge success.
How long has it
been since you’ve given birth? Talk to your
surgeon about his or her specific guidelines, but according to theAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s best to wait at least six months after the birth before you
schedule your makeover. This allows plenty of time for your body to heal. If
you want breast augmentation or a breast lift, make sure you are finished
Are you planning
to have more children? If so, your doctor will probably recommend
that you wait until your family is complete before having your mommy makeover.
Otherwise, you may need to have the same procedures again if a new baby comes
How is your
general health? Issues like high blood pressure and
cholesterol, diabetes or clotting problems may increase your risk during
surgery. Your plastic surgeon may ask you to get a clean bill of health from
your primary care doctor or your OBGYN.
Are you satisfied
with your current weight? The different
procedures included in a mommy makeover can firm and tighten different parts of
your body, though they are not treatments to help you lose weight. If you have
a makeover and then lose a large amount of weight, your breasts, stomach, and
buttocks may sag all over again.
Will you have support
after surgery? Recovery after a mommy makeover can last
anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Plan on not lifting anything that
weighs over 25 pounds, including your kids. It’s a good idea to arrange for a
caregiver to help you with personal care, child care, housekeeping, and cooking
while you heal after surgery.
What to Expect
You should plan on some downtime after your mommy makeover. If you’ve
had a tummy tuck, for instance, healing may take as long as two or three
months, and if you’ve had a vaginoplasty, tampons and vaginal sex are no-nos
for at least eight weeks. Talk to your plastic surgeon about your expected
recovery time and about any limitations on your activities while you heal.
Finally, don’t expect immediate results after your mommy makeover.
It’s normal for your breasts, abdomen, and buttocks to appear swollen or
misshapen for up to six weeks after surgery. Be patient, and you will soon have
the body you want.
Dr. Anurag Agarwal is board certified by the American Board of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is
the current owner and medical director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center in
Florida. The center offers mommy makeovers in Naples, FL. You can learn more about Dr. Agarwal and the Aesthetic Surgery
Center by visiting his site.