Summary: A good mommy makeover is tailored specifically to the woman having plastic surgery. Most often, mommy makeovers include body contouring procedures such as liposuction and a tummy tuck. This is because one of the most common complaints among mothers is the excess skin and fat that can linger around the abdominal area after giving birth. Many women also decide to have breast enhancement procedures as part of their mommy makeover. Are you trying to figure out if the time is right for you to seek surgical help for your post-baby-bump woes? Here are the 7 mommy makeover questions you need to ask – and answer – before you decide.
Breast implants, sometimes coupled with a breast lift, can rejuvenate breasts that have been changed by time and circumstance.
1. What Are Your Expectations and Motivations?
There really are right and wrong reasons to get plastic surgery. If you’re frustrated with your post-baby body and want to restore your breasts and tummy, a mommy makeover is a great way to help you get there. If you are considering a mommy makeover (or any plastic surgery procedure) because of pressure from someone else regarding your body, slow down. Getting a mommy makeover is a highly personal decision and it should never be done to meet someone else’s expectations, whether it’s a spouse or society in general. As long as you are doing it for the right reasons and have realistic expectations about what it can achieve, you’re on the right track.
2. Has Your Body Finished Recovering?
A lot happens to your body during pregnancy and childbirth. Not surprisingly, it can take a while for things to get back to normal. While it’s understandable to want to get your body back as fast as humanly possible, it’s in your best interest to wait and let things settle. To be a better surgical candidate, for a faster recovery, and for longer lasting results, it’s important that you wait long enough after giving birth before having a mommy makeover. Lose the rest of that pregnancy weight and let your skin bounce back as much as it’s going to before booking your surgery date.
3. Are You Done Breastfeeding?
During breastfeeding, your milk ducts are enlarged and your blood vessel activity to the area is increased. These factors can increase your risk for surgical complications, which can in turn potentially affect your baby. If your mommy makeover will include breast augmentation, be sure to wait until after you are done breastfeeding and your milk has dried up. If you want to breastfeed at some point after your surgery, tell your plastic surgeon this. He or she may recommend submuscular implant placement and inframammary incision placement to reduce the chances of issues with future breastfeeding.
4. Are You a Good Candidate for Surgery?
Even if your body has recuperated from pregnancy and childbirth, you may not automatically be ready to have major surgery. You should be in good general health, and any medical conditions you have should be under control. If you smoke, quit well before you intend to have surgery. Smoking cigarettes and having surgery makes for a bad combination. Not only is smoking just really unhealthy in general, it increases your risk for complications, both during and after surgery. Smoking inhibits oxygen flow in your body, which can slow down healing and make you more prone to infection.
5. Do You Have a Strong Support System?
Mommy makeovers involve major surgical procedures, which means that you’ll have to plan for a significant recovery. Make sure you have friends or family who can help you out during your recuperation. You’ll need someone to drive you home after surgery, and to stay with you during the first 24 hours. You’ll probably have a lot of activity restrictions during the initial stages of your recovery, and you won’t be able to drive for a while. Recruit help ahead of time to make sure your recovery goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. Discuss your plans to have a mommy makeover with your family, and let them know how they can help and support you during your journey.
6. Is the Time Right?
While you might be a great candidate for a mommy makeover mentally and physically, you still have to make sure it’s the right time in your life to do it. You need to be able to clear your schedule for at least a couple of weeks. You’ll need help with childcare, since you may not even be able to lift your baby during the first few days after having surgery. If the timing isn’t right to ensure that you have the time and support you need for a successful recovery, consider putting your mommy makeover off for a while. Create a timeline for when you’d like to be able to have the surgery, and set goals that will help you get there.
7. Do You Want to Have More Children?
If you want to have more children, it’s advisable to hold off on having a mommy makeover. Getting pregnant after having a tummy tuck can negatively affect the results. You could even separate repaired abdominal muscles, causing you to need tummy tuck revision surgery. If you get pregnant unexpectedly after having a mommy makeover, there’s no need to be worried. A mommy makeover won’t hinder your ability to get pregnant, carry a child to term or give birth.
If you’re thinking about whether a mommy makeover is the right move for you, book a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to help you understand the options you have for bringing out your best self. An experienced surgeon will take into account your unique anatomy, preferences and goals in order to help you get your best possible results.