Summary: Many women believe a “mommy makeover” refers to a single surgery, but the truth is that this is a combination of procedures that are completely customizable. Pregnancy affects each woman differently, and moms should thoughtfully plan their mommy makeover with the help of a cosmetic surgeon to get the greatest benefit possible. Here are some of the best procedures for helping to restore your self-confidence in your body back to pre-baby levels.
Liposuction can be a wonderful addition to a mommy makeover because of its ability to fine-tune your figure and remove specific fat deposits that haven’t responded to changes in diet or a new exercise routine. Your surgeon can use lipo to enhance the results of your tummy tuck by sculpting the flanks, hips and upper abdomen, or even help slim down your upper arms again.
2. Breast Augmentation
The natural process of pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically alter the appearance of the breasts. Many moms feel frustrated when their figures take on a saggy or deflated look, or their breasts lack the volume they had pre-pregnancy.
Breast implants can be a great option for moms who want to recover their former curves (or maybe a little extra). And, if breastfeeding left one of your breasts smaller than the other, you’re not alone. Breast asymmetry, which exists among most women to some degree, can often be improved by using implants of different sizes.
3. Breast Lift
During the late stages of pregnancy and especially after delivery, the breasts often undergo significant swelling, causing the skin and tissue to stretch rapidly. When the breasts are forced to expand in such a short amount of time, the skin and tissue may be unable to fully recover even after the breasts return to their former size. This can result in loose breast skin, sagging breasts and sometimes a change in nipple location.
A breast lift can be included in your mommy makeover if you’re unhappy with lax breast tissue and skin or the post-pregnancy location of your breasts. This procedure reshapes your natural breast tissue and removes excess for a firmer feel and perkier profile. It’s not at all uncommon to include both a breast lift and breast implants with a mommy makeover.
4. Tummy Tuck
As your baby grows bigger, your stomach skin and muscles must stretch and expand considerably, and may not bounce back as much as you’d hoped after delivery. More than just baby weight, excess skin and tissue and separated abdominal muscles can remain behind no matter how dedicated new moms are to working out or maintaining a healthy diet.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can help you recover your pre-baby waistline again. Moms love tummy tucks because they address all the ways the abdomen changes during pregnancy: separated abdominal muscles are repaired, and excess skin and tissue are both removed for a sleek, firm tummy with nary a muffin top in sight.
Your mommy makeover doesn’t have to be limited to your body and can include facial rejuvenation procedures as well. Consider incorporating injectables, such as BOTOX® for dynamic wrinkles or Restylane® for deep laugh lines, to give your face a renewed look of vibrancy and youthfulness that match the rest of your freshly updated look.
Becoming a mother shouldn’t mean that you no longer feel happy with your reflection. A consultation with your cosmetic surgeon can help you learn all the ways a mommy makeover can contribute to feeling beautiful and confident again from head to toe.