You love your children, but you may not love what they’ve done to your body. This is a normal feeling, but you don’t have to keep living in despair over your post-pregnancy body. At Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery in Wellington, FL, we are proud to offer the mommy makeover, a procedure that lets you pick and choose what you want to change and improve. With this makeover, we can help you achieve a body that’s even better than the one you had pre-baby.
Who Is a Candidate?
Pregnancy affects women differently, but most women aren’t happy with at least one thing about their post-body baby. If this describes you, you are most likely a candidate for a mommy makeover. The benefit of this procedure is that you can customize your treatment based on your needs because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this procedure.
If you want to invest in yourself, improve your appearance, and feel like yourself again, this procedure can help you do just that. There are some factors to consider that can help you determine if this is the right choice for you. If you feel that you qualify for a mommy makeover, we can help confirm your candidacy during an initial consultation.
You’ve Lost Your Baby Weight
Before undergoing this procedure, you must reach your ideal weight. Once you’re happy with your weight, we can begin to develop your treatment plan. You especially don’t want to undergo fat reduction procedures when you still have weight to lose because you won’t get the kind of results you would if you were at a healthy weight.
You’re Not Planning Another Pregnancy
If you aren’t done having children, you should wait until your family is complete to schedule this kind of procedure. Another pregnancy after a tummy tuck, for example, can destroy your results. It can lead to additional weight gain in the area, loose skin, and skin elasticity loss due to the stretching and demands pregnancy put on the stomach area.
You Want To Address C-Section Scarring
C-sections can help the birth process feel more manageable, but they can also leave you with a scar you’d rather not have. If you have a c-section or even hernia scars that you want to address, these can be corrected during the procedure. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can address these scars and remove them for good.
You Gave Birth At Least Six Months Ago
Pregnancy and the recovery process take a toll on your body. You should wait until your body is completely healed after the birthing process before you undergo this procedure. You don’t want to schedule any kind of elective surgery too close to giving birth since it will force your body to work extra hard to recover yet again.
You’re Done Nursing
You should also be done with breastfeeding before you schedule this procedure because the recovery associated with breast augmentation or a breast lift will render you unable to nurse. Nursing affects the shape and size of your breasts, so you want to make sure they are in their permanent location before altering them surgically.
You Are in Good Health
A mommy makeover is considered an elective surgery because it’s something you choose, not something that is medically necessary for your health. Yet surgery is still surgery, and to get the best results, you need to be healthy at the time of your procedure.
You should be free of medical conditions that could negatively affect your results and health during and after surgery. During a consultation, we’ll review your health history to ensure this procedure is right for you.
You Have Realistic Expectations
You must have a realistic expectation going into this procedure. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through each procedure to know exactly what to expect regarding your recovery and your results. You should know that if you add a fat reduction procedure to your makeover, you will be responsible for maintaining your results by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and living a healthy lifestyle.
What Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?
The main goal of a mommy makeover is to address multiple concerns during a makeover that involves multiple elective surgeries at one time within one procedure.
The Tummy Tuck
Pregnancy leads to loose skin and overall skin laxity in the abdomen due to uterine growth. The tummy tuck addresses loose skin, the abdominal muscles, and the skin tone. It removes loose skin, any excess fat and tightens the skin so that everything looks more toned, flatter, and smoother. It can eliminate a c-section scar, stretch marks, and any excess skin in the lower stomach area.
What Happens During the Procedure?
During this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in a specific area that will help get you the best results. He will then remove excess skin and fat and tighten the skin tissue so that your stomach is flatter and tighter overall. The incisions will be closed for sutures, and your tummy tuck will be complete.
Liposuction is the ultimate body contouring procedure. It can contour and add definition to areas of the body that hold onto that pregnancy weight and stubborn fat. Two of the most common treatment areas addressed during a mommy makeover are the flanks and the hips. Liposuction can be performed anywhere on the body that has stubborn fat, including:
- Inner and outer thighs
- Upper arms
How Does It Work?
To begin this procedure, your surgeon will inject an anesthetic solution into your planned treatment areas to reduce any discomfort. Small incisions will be made, and then your surgeon will insert a cannula into those incisions to perform the procedure. A suctioning device will attach to this cannula and will gently remove fat from the treatment area.
Once the procedure is over, we’ll instruct you on aftercare requirements, including the use of a compressions garment, which will help your body maintain and establish the new contours.
A breast lift is a procedure that corrects problems with the breasts, but it does not add volume or increase the size of the breasts. Many people confuse a breast lift with breast augmentation, but they are actually quite different. A breast lift restructures the breasts while an augmentation increases or changes the size. A breast lift can:
- Treat sagging breasts
- Reduce breast volume
- Address drooping nipples
- Correct the size and appearance of the areolas
How Does It Work?
Your surgeon will recommend a certain type of anesthesia and will then administer it before surgery. Incisions will be made in the treatment area to remove excess skin, lift the breast, reposition the nipples, and make any additional corrections necessary. The breasts will be reshaped to look more aesthetic and proportional. Any extra skin will be tightened, and the incisions will be closed.
Sometimes the last thing you want is bigger breasts, and instead, you want a reduction. If your breasts have become disproportionately large as a result of pregnancy and have begun to affect your back and your everyday life, a reduction can remove some of the excess fat and tissue to make your breasts look more proportional to your body. This procedure will also tighten the skin.
How Does It Work?
During a breast reduction, your surgeon will remove excess fat, tissue, and skin. Sometimes this can be done through liposuction; other times, it requires different methods. Once the excess tissue and fat are removed, the surgeon will lift and shape the remaining tissue to make it perfectly proportional to your body. You may require a surgical bra post-surgery to get the best results.
How Does It Work?
During this procedure, your surgeon will create an incision and insert the implants placed on the type of look that you want. Once the implants are inserted, incisions will be closed, and your breasts will be prepared for recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of a mommy makeover are intended to be permanent. As long as you don’t get pregnant again or gain more than five to ten pounds of your healthy weight, your results will be long-lasting. This series of surgeries can help you reach your aesthetic goals and restore your pre-pregnancy body, but they cannot stop the aging process. Knowing this going in will help you have realistic expectations so that you are not discouraged 15 to 20 years down the road.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?
This group of different procedures is completely customizable based on your needs and the aspects of your body that you want to change. If you want to improve your appearance and feel more like your pre-pregnancy self again, this procedure may be exactly what you need to restore your confidence in your appearance.
As long as you are at a healthy weight, are not planning on having any more children, and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results, you will make a good candidate for this procedure.
What Is the First Step in the Process?
If you have decided to invest in yourself by investing in this procedure, your process will begin with an initial consultation. This consultation is important because it confirms that you are a candidate for these procedures, and it gives you a chance to meet with an expert surgeon who will make recommendations, discuss your goals, review the procedures with you in detail, and create a customized plan for you.
This is the time when you choose which procedures you want to include in your makeover, and you’ll get to learn all about what kind of results you can expect.
Schedule Your Consultation
There’s no better time than the present to take the first step towards increased confidence and a new body. If you’re ready to undergo a makeover that will change your life, we can help meet every single one of your aesthetic needs. Contact us today at Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery in Wellington, FL, to learn more about this procedure and how we can customize it to your needs.