Having a new baby is exciting, but the toll that pregnancy takes on a woman’s body is much less exciting and can leave women feeling insecure. One of the most common procedures for women is known as the mommy makeover, but what this procedure involves and how it can improve a woman’s self-confidence is often unclear because the name of the procedure reveals very little. In fact, mommy makeovers are not just for mommies! The series of procedures that are involved are selected to help women get their bodies back after the effects of pregnancy, but women who have recently lost a lot of weight and have loose skin or women who feel that their body has changed due to aging are all excellent candidates for the mommy makeover package.
Typically, a mommy makeover involves a few key procedures such as a breast lift or augmentation followed by a tummy tuck, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation. Breast implants are optional, depending on whether or not the woman feels that this part of the mommy makeover package is right for her. There are of course a few non-surgical options available, but surgery tends to provide the most dramatic and confidence-boosting results!
Why is each procedure necessary?
Each procedure that is part of the mommy makeover was chosen because they target the areas most commonly affected by the stress put on the body through the childbirth and pregnancy process. Women often feel that their breast are less perky and full after giving birth and they desire to restore their youthfulness and full appearance when wearing swimwear or low-cut dresses and shirts. The breast procedures mentioned above are all great solutions to breasts that do not appear as youthful as they once were.
Another very common problem area for new moms is the abdomen. The weight gain and stretching of abdominal skin that cannot be avoided during childbirth can lead to saggy or excess skin. New moms are often discouraged by how difficult losing the baby weight can be and sometimes exercise is not enough to make the body bounce back to its original condition. The tummy tuck procedure takes care of this concern by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. This procedure not only firms up loose abdominal skin, but it also restores a lovely hourglass shape to the waist thanks to the tighter abdominal muscles. Liposuction of the hips and thighs is also a way to manage the extra fat from having a baby and can restore your pre-baby figure.
Lastly, vaginal rejuvenation is used to reverse the damage that may have occurred during a difficult birth or to repair any area of the vagina that did not return to its usual shape after birth. Non-surgical options are also available for these issues, so it is a good idea to talk to your surgeon to figure out what is best for you.
Having multiple procedures done at one can be daunting to some women, but thankfully modern medicine has made it possible to carry out all of these procedures on healthy women without too much concern. Your surgeon will discuss all treatment options based on your health and will provide you with pain medication during the recovery period. You can expect to need time to heal for about two weeks, but during your third week, you will most likely be back to your usual activities. Many women report that recovery is manageable and well worth the results. Make sure to have someone to help with the kids and household chores during the recovery period.
Although the recovery period seems short compared to 9 months of pregnancy, it is important that women don’t rush to have a mommy makeover just a few weeks after giving birth. Your body has been through a lot and needs time to heal itself before you start undergoing surgery. As a rule of thumb, waiting six months before getting a mommy makeover should be enough time.
If going through a mommy makeover is not right for you at this time, do not despair. Many non-surgical options are available to you that can make you feel amazing about how you look without needing the recovery time or commitment to a series of procedures. Seeking out facial treatments, such as Botox and fillers, can make your face look youthful again which is a great way to rebuild your self-esteem. Down the road, a mommy makeover is always an option, but there is no need to put off meeting your goals today.
A mommy makeover is a wonderful series of procedures that can successfully improve the appearance of problems brought on by pregnancy and childbirth. Although there is more than one procedure being done, the pain will be manageable, and your surgeon will guide you through the entire process. Don’t wait any longer to get your body back, a more confident you are right around the corner.