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Many women notice changes in their body post-pregnancy. While some are able to lose all the baby weight effortlessly, others struggle with the weight for years. One nearly constant thing in all women is that they never truly attain the pre-pregnancy contours despite months or years of exercise and diet.
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that help the body regain its pre-pregnancy shape or contours. The procedure targets the areas that experience the greatest toll during and after your pregnancy. With this surgery, you will be able to reverse the effects of childbearing so you can feel more like yourself.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
Many women turn to the Mommy Makeover because they are not ready or willing to sacrifice their youthful, womanly curves, even if they are proud to be mothers. This combination procedure allows women to:
- Rectify sagging breasts
- “Fill” deflated breasts
- Correct abdominal laxity
- Repair stretched or torn abdominal muscles
- Lessen stubborn fatty pockets
- Regain self-confidence in her womanly figure
What Does a Mommy Makeover Entail?
The procedure typically targets the abdomen, breasts, and any other area with loose skin or unresponsive fat deposits. It combines two or more of the following procedures:
Breast Augmentation and/or Lift
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in loss of breast volume and tissue elasticity. This creates the look of saggy, deflated breasts. Breast enhancement is accomplished through breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, or a combination of both. Breast augmentation aims at restoring breast volume and shape. Breast lift surgery lifts and tightens the breast tissue to restore youthful, perky breasts.
Depending on your needs, a combination of these procedures can be used to create a beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance.
Also known as abdominoplasty, the procedure removes loose skin, repairs the abdominal muscles, and removes any excess fat. Understandably, the abdomen is the most affected part of the body following pregnancy and may be the hardest to get back to shape.
The liposuction procedure removes fat from problematic areas, such as the belly, thighs, buttocks, hips, and back. Liposuction works best after a successful weight-loss plan to sculpt and highlight contours further.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Mommy Makeover
Am I the right candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
If you have tried all you can to regain your pre-baby body but still have stubborn pockets of fat, loose skin, and sagging breasts, you may be a good candidate for the procedure.
While a Mommy Makeover is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle, it does help to contour the body after having children.
Will I need to combine breast augmentation and a breast lift during my Mommy Makeover?
If your breasts have lost volume and are sagging, both procedures are recommended. The two procedures are combined to offer the most satisfying results.
Why should I combine body and breast enhancement procedures into a Mommy Makeover?
Since pregnancy affects different parts of the body, it is essential to address all these issues with a customized set of procedures. By combining procedures, women are able to achieve dramatic results while only experiencing one surgery and recovery process. As a bonus, combining procedures is often more cost-effective than having these procedures performed at separate times.
When is the best time for my Mommy Makeover?
It is best to wait until you are sure that you will not get pregnant again before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. Pregnancy after the procedure negates the results, meaning you may have to undergo another procedure to restore a firm and youthful figure.
What can I expect during my Mommy Makeover recovery?
You may experience some form of bruising and swelling that may take a few weeks to subside. It is essential to rest for a few days and make arrangements for someone to drive you back home and help with child care, especially if you have younger children. Patients can return to most activities within two to four weeks.
When will I see my Mommy Makeover results?
You will start to notice a more youthful body with more attractive contours as the bruising and swelling subside. The scars will also fade gradually. It is best to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise to enjoy the restoration of your pre-baby body for many years to come.
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