After pregnancy, many women feel that it’s difficult or even impossible to get their pre-baby body back through diet and exercise alone. This may lead to feelings of low self-esteem, a negative body image or a lowered quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic procedures that can help you achieve the smoother, slimmer look you want so you can get back to fully enjoying life.
Because women often experience a wide range of cosmetic concerns post-pregnancy, you may want to opt for a mommy makeover, which combines various treatments into a single surgery. Not only can this help to reduce costs, but it can also significantly decrease your overall recovery time. Even better still, you can custom-tailor your mommy makeover to include the procedures that will address your trouble areas, which may include a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, labiaplasty or others.
While there are a number of benefits to getting a mommy makeover, though, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself before opting in.
1. Why Do You Want a Mommy Makeover?
For most women, the decision to get a mommy makeover stems from a desire to look and feel like themselves again after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you’ve become frustrated that traditional weight loss and body contouring methods like diet and exercise just don’t seem to be cutting it, a mommy makeover could be the right solution for you.
That said, you might want to reconsider plastic surgery if your motivations are stemming from external sources like pressure from a spouse or feeling that you’re being judged by those around you based on your appearance. Your decision to get a mommy makeover should be purely your own and you should have realistic expectations for what plastic surgery can and cannot do.
2. Is the Timing Right?
As with any major event in your life, there are a lot of moving parts that can affect your decision to get a mommy makeover.
Getting the timing just right can help to maximize your results and ensure that you have the most comfortable and easygoing recovery possible.
First, ask yourself if your body is ready for a mommy makeover just yet. Give yourself enough time to heal and return to your normal self after childbirth. If you’re breastfeeding and plan to include a breast lift or implants as part of your mommy makeover, you should wait a few months after you’ve finished to schedule your procedure.
Additionally, you will see the best results if you come as close as possible to reaching your ideal weight before you have your mommy makeover, especially if a tummy tuck or liposuction will be included. Otherwise, if you lose a significant amount of weight after plastic surgery, you may require a revision to get your same smooth results back.
3. Do You Have Support?
Although your recovery period will be made much shorter by combining several surgeries into one, you’ll still need to rely on help from others for the first few weeks after your mommy makeover. Most women take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks off of work and their normal daily activities to give their bodies a chance to rest and recover.
During this time, you’ll want to make sure that you have someone lined up to help you with childcare, pet care, grocery shopping, laundry and other responsibilities that require moderate or strenuous physical activity.
While everyone will recover at a slightly different pace, it’s a good idea to over-prepare and be pleasantly surprised if you’re feeling like yourself sooner than you’d expected than to be left without adequate help when you need it.
4. Is Your Family Complete?
After a pregnancy and childbirth, you might be feeling anxious to take the next step toward reclaiming your pre-baby body, but if you’re not finished having kids yet, you may want to hold off. Otherwise, a future pregnancy could mean a revision surgery will be needed to restore the look and feel of your body all over again.
Another concern is that if you’ll be adding a breast enhancement to your mommy makeover, you’ll need to discuss with your cosmetic surgeon if the ability to breastfeed in the future is something that is important to you. Your answer to that question can influence which incision technique will be the best option for you, as some may interfere with breastfeeding.
Of course, getting a mommy makeover won’t prevent you from having kids in the future should you change your mind, but this is something to consider to help you maintain long-lasting results.
5. Have You Chosen the Right Cosmetic Surgeon?
If your answers to the above questions have helped you decide that now is the perfect time to have a mommy makeover, the next step is to choose the right cosmetic surgeon. Always look for board certification, extensive medical training and credentials, as well as experience performing the specific procedures you want.
Some cosmetic surgeons will also post client reviews and before and after photos on their websites to help give you a better idea of the kinds of results that you might be able to expect for yourself should you choose that practice.
Once you’ve done a little online research, don’t be afraid to make a few phone calls or schedule a virtual consultation before planning an in-person office visit. Make sure you feel comfortable talking with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation. It’s important to be open and honest with your cosmetic surgeon about your goals so that he or she can design a surgical plan that will fit your needs and help you achieve the beautiful results you’re hoping for.