Pregnancy can leave lasting physical effects on your body, which you may struggle to understand and accept after childbirth.
The presence of excess skin on your abdomen and weakened muscles, coupled with the shrinking and sagging of breasts, can lead some people to look for an option to get back to their pre-baby body—a mommy makeover can help.
Here's all you need to know about mommy makeover surgeries and whether one is right for you.
What is Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A mommy makeover surgery is a combination of different cosmetic surgeries that help identify and treat multiple problem areas after pregnancy and childbirth.
While a standard mommy makeover has only included a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, other cosmetic procedures that target other areas changed by childbirth can be included as well.
This can include any one or several of the following procedures depending on your aesthetic goals:
- Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Buttock Augmentation
What are the Benefits of Mommy Makeover Surgery?
For postpartum people looking for a way to get back to feeling like themselves again, the Mommy Makeover is a popular plastic surgery option. The most common areas of the body addressed during a Mommy Makeover include the face, breasts, and lower abdomen, with the goal being to restore these areas to their natural appearance before childbirth.
Most Mommy Makeover procedures involve minimally invasive techniques like liposuction, Botox injections, or cryolipolysis, a popular fat-freezing procedure also known as CoolSculpting.
Is a Mommy Makeover Surgery Right for You?
Under certain circumstances, a Mommy Makeover may be an option for women who are suffering from body image issues after childbirth. Although the body continues to change for many months up to one year postpartum, women who have tried other methods with little to no success may turn to cosmetic surgery as a reasonable solution.
However, all surgical procedures involve a certain amount of risk, and you should have a discussion with your board-certified plastic surgeons regarding your:
- Surgical goals
- Overall health, including mental health and any current illness
- Outcomes of surgery and potential risks or complications
What to Expect During a Mommy Makeover Surgery Procedure
Depending on the area of concern, options for Mommy Makeover surgery range from minimally invasive liposuction procedures to surgical procedures in more extreme cases.
- Non-surgical Mommy Makeover Procedures
As advancements in cosmetic surgery continue to progress, more people are choosing non-surgical techniques as risks associated with the procedures as well as recovery time are much lower. Non-surgical options for Mommy Makeover procedures include:
- Skin resurfacing treatments
- Other fillers
- Surgical Mommy Makeover Procedures
The most common surgical procedures included in a Mommy Makeover typically include:
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Breast lift
- Vagninal Rejuvenation
Depending on the type of surgery performed, recovery from specific procedures can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks up to 8 weeks. Many surgical cases will require the use of drains placed underneath the skin that allow excess inflammatory fluids to be expelled and decrease the risk of infection.
Mommy Makeover Surgery is Safe When Performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Most Mommy Makeovers occur once you're fully recovered from childbirth. Depending on the type of procedure, if you're breastfeeding, you may not be a suitable candidate as injectable medications may transfer to children via breast milk.
Additionally, people undergoing breast enhancement procedures should ensure they allow enough time after breastfeeding for the breasts to return to their average stable size. Surgical breast procedures may result in being unable to breastfeed postoperatively during the healing process.
For those undergoing more invasive procedures like a tummy tuck or breast lift, it is advised to delay the procedure until they are finished having children. Mommy Makeover surgery may not be the right option for all patients, but for those whose bodies take a toll after childbirth, certain procedures can help restore a sense of confidence.
Patients considering this procedure should ensure they have a thorough conversation with a medical professional before undergoing surgery.