Childbirth is one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences of your life. You welcome a new bundle of joy and get to watch as they grow and develop. If you’ve given birth, then you know that childbirth also has a significant impact on your body – from shape and size to stretch marks and blemishes. It can be frustrating trying to get your body back to its pre-mommy frame, but a mommy makeover can help.
What’s a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers are cosmetic procedures designed to get your body back into the shape you were in before your pregnancy. Whether you’ve had a child within the last year or the previous 20 years, mommy makeovers are the perfect cosmetic pick-up for mothers who have finished building their families.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Whether you’re a new mother or your children have grown up, mommy makeovers can be a great way to get your body back into pre-pregnancy shape. Some procedures in the mommy makeover — including a tummy tuck — are most effective after you’ve finished building your family. Before buying and adjusting your package, you should talk to your doctor about what services would last the longest and be the most effective for your body. In addition, good candidates:
- Have excess skin that can’t be removed with diet and exercise
- Have stretch marks
- Have saggy or uneven breasts from breastfeeding
- Have melasma
- Have cellulite
- Have lost too much weight in their breasts or buttocks
- Have excess fat in their arms even after weight loss
What’s included in a mommy makeover?
A basic mommy makeover package consists of stomach and love handle liposuction and breast or buttock augmentation using your own fat. If you’re satisfied with those areas, you can adjust your flexible mommy makeover package to include procedures that more align with your needs.
Replacing the base package with other services may increase the cost of the package, but you should never feel forced into services you don’t actually need. When creating your mommy makeover package, talk to your surgeon about what procedures are the best fit for you. Your procedure options may include:
- Breast augmentation
- Buttock augmentation
- Injectables including Botox, Restylane, or Radiesse
- Thermage or acoustic wave therapy (AWT)
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Tummy tuck
5 Reasons to Get a Mommy Makeover
From boosting your self-confidence to finally getting rid of that stubborn arm fat, a mommy makeover is the quickest way to transform your body back into your pre-pregnancy frame.
While the reasoning for getting a mommy makeover changes for every mother, there are five sure signs that a mommy makeover package is right for you:
- You need to get rid of excess skin that can’t be removed with diet and exercise
- You have stretch marks or cellulite from your pregnancy
- You have melasma, which causes dark patches to appear on your face
- Your breasts are saggy or uneven from breastfeeding
- You struggle losing weight in your arms, thighs, or abdomen despite a healthy diet and regular exercise
Recovery Time From a Mommy Makeover
Unless you work at a really physical job, most people can return to work in a week or so. You may have some bruising for two weeks and swelling for up to six weeks. Persons receiving a tummy tuck need to avoid lifting more than about five pounds for six weeks. Use sunblock on all treated areas for at least six months. Results won’t be seen immediately and you won’t be seeing your final results for six months.
Make sure you follow the post-ops instructions closely and get cleared by your doctor before returning to your exercise routine — as vigorous exercise may damage stitches, add stress to your body, and impact your results. Your doctor will be able to give you a more accurate timeline of when you can begin introducing light exercises back into your routine after the procedure.
Risks of a Mommy Makeover
As with any medical procedure, there is some risk of swelling and infection with the mommy makeover. After your procedure, you’ll be prescribed pain relievers to assist with any discomfort. These prescriptions may result in side effects, but it’s not common. If you experience side effects or show signs of infection, you should contact your doctor immediately. Infection symptoms include:
- Fever (this is sometimes the only sign of an infection)
- Chills and sweats
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal congestion
- Burning or pain with urination
- Unusual vaginal discharge or irritation
- Increased urination
- Redness, soreness, or swelling
Contact Innovations Medical for a Mommy Makeover
If you’re a mother looking to explore your cosmetic options, Innovations Medical is here for you. We’ll answer your questions and resolve any concerns you have about cosmetic surgery services. We’ve been helping our patients look their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.