Summary: Motherhood is often described as one of the most rewarding as well as one of the most challenging of life’s endeavors. If you’re a mom, how pregnancy affects your body may be relatively low on your list of mothering concerns, yet can also be a nagging issue that keeps you from fully enjoying life after kids. Weight gain caused by pregnancy often causes skin to stretch and can weaken abdominal muscles or alter breast appearance, leaving your post-baby body looking and feeling very different. When looking at your reflection in the mirror, you may wonder where your “before” body went, and how to get it back.
It may come as no surprise, then, that the three most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2014 for women between the ages of 35 to 50 were breast augmentations, liposuction, and tummy tucks. This statistic highlights precisely why the mommy makeover itself is so popular, because it combines these three procedures into one visit.
Breastfeeding or fluctuations in weight can change the shape or position of your breasts and leave you wishing they’d get their bounce back. Many women contemplate breast enhancement in order to revive a sagging figure. Popular cosmetic surgeries that address the effects pregnancy can have on the breasts include breast lifts and breast augmentation.
A breast lift does exactly what it sounds like: restores drooping breasts to a higher, more youthful placement. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, increases the bust size through insertion of silicone or saline implants. Commonly referred to as a “boob job,” breast augmentation can restore volume to depleted breasts. A breast lift and augmentation can be performed together or separately.
Advances in medical technology have led to liposuction, one of the most innovative techniques in body-contouring. Liposuction uses a combination of fluid, physical motion, and suction to rid you of stubborn fat deposits that haven’t responded to diet or exercise. Common target areas for liposuction include love handles, the hips, waistline, and thighs. Under the guidance of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, liposuction can sculpt your body to give you a more refined and sculpted shape.
Many women emerge from pregnancy with droopy abdominal skin that sags from their midsection. Even after the baby weight is gone, stretched-out skin can bulge in strange places or cause clothes to fit poorly. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes extra skin from the stomach and tightens abdominal muscles that have separated during pregnancy. It’s important to note that though a tummy tuck won’t physically prevent you from enjoying a healthy pregnancy, the best results are seen in women who have already completed their families.
Because mommy makeovers are customized to meet each woman’s specific needs, the results can be even more impressive than performing each procedure separately. As long as you’re at least six months post-delivery, you’ve finished breastfeeding, are in good overall health, and are at or close to your target weight, you should be a prime candidate.
While a mommy makeover can give you a sexy, revitalized appearance, it’s important to have realistic expectations about your long-term results. These procedures, individually or combined, can’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future, and additional pregnancies could impact your new look. However, as long as you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, you can expect the best possible mommy makeover results, and plan on enjoying them for a very long time to come.