A “mommy makeover” is the familiar term for a personalized set of cosmetic procedures designed to help a women address common effects of childbearing and aging on the face, breasts, and body and restore or improve upon her pre-pregnancy appearance. Mommy makeovers can include cosmetic surgery, non-surgical treatments, or a combination of both.
Pregnancy can leave lasting—and often unwanted—effects on your appearance, such as sagging breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, and loose, excess skin. Many women are discouraged when their breasts and body do not return to their pre-pregnancy shape, even with a healthy diet and exercise. By addressing unwanted changes of pregnancy and restoring the appearance you desire, a mommy makeover can help you feel more like yourself, improving your comfort and self-confidence.
Because pregnancy and childbirth have a significant impact on the breasts and body, mommy makeovers tend to include breast enhancement and body contouring surgery. However, your mommy makeover may include any procedures that will help you address your individual concerns. Below are common procedures women choose to have as part of a mommy makeover.
The majority of mommy makeover patients have one or more surgical procedures. In most cases, multiple procedures can be performed during a single operation, allowing a patient to improve multiple areas with only one surgery and recovery period.
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Feminine rejuvenation
Increasingly, women are including non-surgical treatments in their mommy makeover plans. Such treatments can be a good option for those planning to have more children as well as those who are not willing or able to take several weeks off to recover from surgery. Non-surgical treatments generally provide less dramatic results than surgery, but can still achieve significant improvements for the right patients.
- Non-surgical fat reduction
- Skin tightening treatments
- Cellulite reduction
- Non-surgical feminine rejuvenation
- Injectables: Botox & fillers
- Skin resurfacing treatments
- Correct sagging and restore volume to breasts
- Improve breast symmetry
- Repair stretched or large nipple/areola
- Remove excess, sagging skin from the abdomen
- Repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
- Reduce pockets of diet- and exercise-resistant fat
- Improve the way clothing and swimsuits fit
Since mommy makeovers are personalized to a patient’s needs and goals, surgery protocols and recovery times vary. A good rule of thumb is to expect a recovery similar to that required of the most extensive procedure you are having (in most cases, this is a tummy tuck).
Many patients have their procedures while their children are very young. Doing so allows them to get back to their desired appearance earlier, but requires careful planning with regards to childcare during recovery.
How soon your results will be final also depends on the procedures you have. Typically, patients feel comfortable and confident wearing a swimsuit within 3 months after surgery.
When performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, a mommy makeover can be a rewarding procedure with long-lasting results. The best way to learn more about your mommy makeover options is to meet with a board certified cosmetic surgeon for a consultation.
Things to Do:
You must be fully recovered from childbirth before undergoing surgery.
If you are considering breast surgery, you should wait until several months after you are finished breastfeeding to allow the breasts to return to a stable size and shape.
Typically, it is best to wait until you are finished having children before undergoing surgical “lifting” procedures, such as tummy tuck, breast lift, or lower body lift surgery; if you plan to become pregnant again in the future, non-surgical body contouring and skin treatments can be cost-effective options for interim treatments.
Things to Avoid:
Certain non-surgical treatments, such as injectables, may not be recommended while you are still breastfeeding.
If you are having a surgical mommy makeover, you will not be allowed to lift anything over 5-10 lbs. for the first few weeks after surgery; you will need help with childcare during this time, especially if you have younger children.