Becoming pregnant, delivering a child and experiencing parenthood is undoubtedly a life-changing experience.
So is that moment when you look in the mirror, catch a glimpse of your post-baby body and think, “Who IS that?”
Many women today are refusing to accept that they can’t look and feel their best and enjoy parenting their children too. The truth is, modern plastic and cosmetic surgery have made it possible to have both and live a more fulfilling, enjoyable life as a result.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) showcases the truth of this statement: three of the five most popular procedures in the nation are commonly included in the procedure nicknamed the “Mommy Makeover.”
If you don’t prefer how your body looks and feels post-pregnancy, this article will tell you exactly what you can do about it!
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
According to Mommy Makeover expert, Stephan Baker, a mommy makeover is not just one “set” procedure but rather a deeply personalized approach to transforming a woman’s post-pregnancy body.
A mommy makeover is always tailored to your appearance goals, which means the approach taken can be different from one woman to the next.
Let’s say you have completed your family and you love being a mom but you can’t seem to reduce the new areas of stubborn fat that have located themselves around your midsection. And no matter what you try at the gym, your breasts just seem to keep moving lower down on your body day by day.
In summary, you just want to regain your sleek, slim figure and full womanly curves and be a mom too.
These are two appearance goals that a mommy makeover can absolutely address for you – often in a single procedure to minimize exposure to anesthesia and recovery downtime.
Common Procedures Included In a Mommy Makeover
A mommy makeover procedure is always a customized approach, but due to how pregnancy tends to affect the adult female body, certain procedures are more commonly included.
The most popular procedures women request during their mommy makeover include these:
Breast augmentation is one of the most requested procedures during a mommy makeover. The breast tissue can change continually once you become pregnant and continue to change throughout the post-pregnancy period.
Even when a woman chooses not to breastfeed, some degree of tissue stretching is inevitable, which often leaves the breasts with a drooping or sagging appearance.
Breast augmentation can restore the natural contours of the breasts and also help balance the breast-to-hip ratio once more.
The tummy tuck is also a popular part of many mommy makeover procedures. No doubt, having a baby growing inside your body is going to do amazing things to the skin and tissues in your abdomen.
While it is magical to watch your baby steadily growing inside you, what is often less magical is witnessing the newfound stretched skin and muscle separation, both of which are frequently accompanied by an umbilical hernia.
The tummy tuck procedure is specifically designed to recontour the abdomen by first removing excess skin and/or fat as needed and then reorganizing the muscle and skin folds to reveal a slim, tight, toned tummy.
Often included in this bundle procedure, liposuction helps remove those last few extra pounds that simply refuse to leave by any other means.
Liposuction can be carefully targeted towards these post-pregnancy “problem areas” and is often the “secret ingredient” that fully restores the natural body contours and desired breast-to-hip ratio you had before you got pregnant.
When Is the Right Time to Schedule Your Mommy Makeover?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take its toll on your body. Whenever you choose to have a surgical procedure, you always want to be at your healthiest before the big day arrives.
For this reason, Dr. Baker advises waiting until you have completed your family and are finished breastfeeding and then waiting an additional six to 12 months after that before proceeding with your mommy makeover procedure.
This will give your body its best chance to fully recover from being pregnant and breastfeeding and be ready to heal as quickly as possible after your mommy makeover so you can enjoy the results!
How to Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Procedure
The benefits of a mommy makeover are what makes this procedure one of the most popular and most-requested procedures nationwide.
You look better, you feel better, you have more confidence to be a mom and to live your life to the fullest.
However, it is important to time your mommy makeover procedure so you will have some recovery downtime while your body heals. This may entail restricting your activities, taking time away from work or bringing in some extra childcare help (especially for tasks that involve bending or heavy lifting) for up to six weeks.
The first step in scheduling your mommy makeover is to make your initial consultation with Dr. Baker. During your initial consultation, you will meet one-on-one with Dr. Baker to review your medical history, talk about your specific appearance goals and discuss the best approach to achieve those goals. You are welcome to bring photos if this is helpful to you.
Any questions you have about preparation for surgery, who makes a good candidate, potential risks or complications, post-operative care, and financing options can also be covered during your consultation.
Once you have completed your initial consultation, you can then schedule the date for your mommy makeover procedure.
About Stephan Baker, MD, FACS
Dr. Stephan Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon who places a priority on providing patient-approved, natural-appearing results.
From non-surgical fillers to mommy makeover procedures, his clients receive the latest cutting-edge medical and surgical care and that extra-special something: Dr. Baker’s compassionate aesthetic eye.
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