Summary: A mommy makeover can mean a lot to a woman who is looking to regain her pre-pregnancy figure and jumpstart her self-confidence. This makes planning for the best results one of the most important aspects of your mommy makeover. Here’s what you can do to help guarantee a rejuvenated look.
1. Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Regardless of which procedures you pick, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon is your best ally when planning a mommy makeover. Board-certified plastic surgeons have the technical training and aesthetic expertise to guide you through the process and achieve optimal results.
Technically, any surgeon can perform cosmetic procedures, however, plastic surgeons complete years of in-depth training to develop their surgical skills and aesthetic judgment. A plastic surgeon needs to be able to identify a problem area and have the skills to correct the issue in the best way to improve your look. Other surgeons may focus first on function and second on appearance.
2. Combine Procedures in the Right Way
A mommy makeover isn’t a set combination of procedures, though it often includes a tummy tuck and breast enhancement. You can mix and match procedures to address your specific concerns.
Your plastic surgeon can advise you in finding the right combination. You may want to ask your plastic surgeon about using breast augmentation to add volume and a breast lift to restore breasts to a more youthful position or adding liposuction to your tummy tuck for better contouring and a more defined abdomen.
3. Have Realistic Expectations
How your mommy makeover looks is partly up to your imagination and partly up to your body. A plastic surgeon is simply enhancing and improving what you’re already working with.
A tummy tuck, even with liposuction, may not deliver a molded, sleek abdomen if you aren’t within 30 percent of your target weight. Likewise, larger breast implants may not fit with your natural breast tissue and shape and could make your figure appear unbalanced.
Having realistic expectations as you work with your plastic surgeon will help you learn what’s possible for your body and what will complement your shape.
4. Consider Including Nonsurgical Options
A mommy makeover isn’t just about the bigger things. It can be about the little things too, such as the fine lines running across your brow and the wrinkles at the corner of your eyes. Your plastic surgeon may offer a range of nonsurgical options to complete your look.
Some options may include BOTOX® to smooth dynamic wrinkles, injectable facial fillers to restore volume and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and scars, chemical peels for a smoother complexion with fewer blemishes and spider vein removal.
Getting the Look You Want
The two most important aspects to ensuring your best mommy makeover results are finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who listens to you and being honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want. Your plastic surgeon may say, “Yes, we can do that” or “That’s not the best option for you, what about this?”
Ask your plastic surgeon to explain their answers. Knowing the reasoning behind their recommendations helps you understand the considerations that go into creating customized procedures that highlight your features rather than detract from them. The best results happen when you rely on your plastic surgeon’s expertise.