Having children can be one of your most rewarding lifetime experiences. It can also change your life in ways that you could have never imagined. During this important and sentimental time, you receive the gift of one or more newborn babies and take on the role of “mommy.” As a mother, you take pride in the time, effort, and personal sacrifices you make to ensure the health and happiness of your growing family. However, as you endeavor to meet the challenges of your new responsibilities, eating right and working out might take a backseat among your priorities. As a result, your self-image and confidence level might take a bit of a hit.
These feelings might be further intensified as you notice changes in your body brought on by the culmination of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, sleepless nights, and precious little time to devote to yourself. Even your best efforts to eat right and exercise might seem futile in defeating some of the ravages of motherhood. The good news is that, while there is no question that you’re a hard-working mom, you don’t necessarily have to look like one.
With a mommy makeover, you can improve your feminine silhouette by reversing some of the undesired and difficult-to-overcome effects of motherhood. Whether your breasts have become deflated or lost symmetry, your abdominal skin has been stretched beyond the point of no return, or you’re unable to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that have accumulated around your hips, a mommy makeover can help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy body – and confidence.
What is a mommy makeover?
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “mommy makeover,” it is commonly used to describe a group of surgical procedures designed to improve a woman’s post-childbirth appearance by hoisting slackened skin; reducing leftover pregnancy fat that has stubbornly settled around the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks; and restoring firmness and volume to the breasts. While a woman’s body is perfectly designed to give life, it does not always restore itself to its former state on its own following pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Depending on the individual patient’s needs, a mommy makeover might include a personalized combination of:
• A breast lift with or without breast implants
• A tummy tuck
• A buttocks lift
Typically, these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. A woman might be a good candidate for a mommy makeover if she has finished having children and breastfeeding, and she has reached a stable weight. While the recovery time will vary based on the combination and types of procedures performed, as well as the patient’s individual characteristics, most women are able to return to their families and busy lives reasonably quickly, and many recover enough to drive within three to five days after surgery.
Perhaps you’ve previously given thought to a mommy makeover and decided that it’s just not for you. If so, you probably have concerns about the prospect of spending time away from your family, how you will care for your children during your recovery, and the safety and cost of the procedures. Plus, it’s completely understandable that you have a lot to do right now, and you might be hesitant to focus on yourself. However, consider that being a great mom and a beautiful woman are not mutual exclusive, and that the confidence boost that you can gain through a mommy makeover can provide benefits for years to come.
Consult with a Board Certified Surgeon
If you would like more information about the benefits of a mommy makeover, consider meeting with an experienced cosmetic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A trusted and qualified surgeon can answer your questions and address any apprehensions you might have about the procedures, including their safety, cost, and associated recovery time.
Katie Perry is an online content editor in the Tampa Bay area. She posts articles about plastic surgery topics and procedures including Mommy Makeovers