The Mommy Makeover and You: What to Know

The Mommy Makeover and You: What to Know

No matter where you look, it seems you’re bombarded with pictures of celebrities who look slim and trim even though they’ve given birth only a few months before. While it’s easy to be fooled by photo editing apps, many people, including A-listers, turn to plastic surgery to speed up the process. This plastic surgery procedure is known as the mommy makeover and includes a powerful combination of techniques to reshape and restore your post-baby body. Here’s what to know about it.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding all contribute to the changes that happen to a woman’s body. When exercise and following a healthy diet don’t yield results, many moms consider a mommy makeover to achieve their goals. Because no two women are the same, it’s important to note that their surgeries will also differ. Below are a few of the most common procedures included as a part of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Body Contouring: Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess skin or fat to achieve a taut tummy. It can also tighten the underlying muscles that can become stretched and loose during pregnancy. Liposuction, and other minimally-invasive options can help to shape the body and eliminate stubborn fatty areas.
  • Breast Augmentation: Breast reduction and a breast lift can change the shape and size of your breasts to restore the firmness and perkiness you had prior to pregnancy. Some patients also opt for implants to restore volume.
  • Additional Procedures: Pregnancy and delivery can result in permanent changes to your skin’s tone and texture. Treatment for stretch marks or varicose veins is also common during a mommy makeover.

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, we’ll address your areas of concern, discuss your expectations, and also review your past medical history. Mommy makeovers can be performed on new moms and seasoned ones alike. Your recovery will depend on your unique mommy makeover, so Dr. Carpenter will make sure you know what to expect during your consultation.

Things to Consider

For the best long-term results, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and regular exercise go a long way in maximizing your results. Most importantly, patients need to have realistic expectations of what a mommy makeover can and cannot do.

You should keep in mind that you will have scars after your surgery. While these will fade over time and become less visible, it’s important to realize that you will have them. In addition, it’s recommended that you wait at least 6 to 12 months after delivery to undergo a mommy makeover so that your body can return to its normal hormonal state. If you’re planning on having more children in the future, you may want to postpone any surgeries or consider non-surgical alternatives until you have completed your family.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Since most patients choose to have multiple procedures performed at one time, it’s extremely important to choose a plastic surgeon who is skilled in mommy makeovers. Always ask to see before and after photos of previous patients who had the same surgeries you are considering. You should also verify that your surgeon is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Finally, choose a surgeon that regularly performs mommy makeovers or your chosen procedures.

As with any type of plastic surgery, the decision to have a mommy makeover should never be a quick one. Weighs the pros and cons of each procedure and make sure you have your mommy makeover performed by a reputable plastic surgeon who you feel comfortable with. To meet with Dr. Carpenter and begin discussing your options for a mommy makeover procedure, contact our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

Mommy Makeover: A New Baby and A New You

When you become a mother, it can be one of the greatest moments of many women’s lives. Creating a life and bringing it into the world is a celebratory event that can’t be explained. However, after you have had your kids, you might want to do something for yourself. A mommy makeover procedure serves to address all of the physical appearance issues that are present as a result of carrying and delivery the joy of your life.

Post Baby Body

The changes that our wonderful babies wrought in our bodies due to pregnancy weight gain, birthing, and breastfeeding is challenging. These changes can include:

  • laxity or sagging breasts
  • loss of muscle tone, especially in the abdominal muscles
  • stretch marks
  • stretchy or sagging abdomen skin
  • unwanted C-section scars
  • unwanted fat collections in the belly, flanks, and hips.

If a diet and regular exercise were all it took to get a woman’s body back in shape, that would be great. However, mommies sometimes need a little more help, like a customized procedure to look and feel good again. It is understood that women are not pleased with their appearance following childbirth. They can lose their confidence.

Customizing your procedure

During your consultation with Dr. Robert J. Carpenter at the Allegany Plastic Surgery Center can help you choose the right combination of treatments. He will evaluate your medical history, discuss your goals and customize the right treatment for you. Dr. Carpenter will thoroughly go through each procedure so that you know what to expect, he will also discuss costs, as well as preoperative and postoperative instructions.

You and Dr. Carpenter will work together to make sure that you are safe and healthy enough to undergo a mommy makeover. You will be introduced to surgical and non-surgical procedures that will give you the best outcome. For example, the following rejuvenation procedures are his specialty:

  • breast augmentation
  • breast lift
  • liposuction
  • tummy tuck
  • or a combination thereof

Listen To The Doctor’s Instructions

The questions that the professional staff of Allegany Plastic Surgery will require to see if your body is ready for a makeover consists of whether you plan on having more children, are you still breastfeeding, has your weight leveled out, and during your recovery, will you have help?

If you are still breastfeeding you should not consider any type of body augmentation until 3 months after you have completed breastfeeding. In weight gain, if you choose liposuction or tummy tuck it is not a panacea for weight loss. But as mommy makeover procedures they do enhance your body’s silhouette especially if you are at a specific weight goal.

Also, it is important during your recovery that you have help with the newborn and any other children you have. Why – because heavy lifting and strenuous activity is your enemy when you come home from the doctor. Dr. Carpenter gives his patients a post-op list of dos and don’ts to keep you healthy during your recovery and to enjoy an optimal outcome.

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