Although motherhood can be highly rewarding, it can affect your life in ways you might not expect. Weight fluctuations and hormonal changes can considerably change the quality of your skin after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Although some women’s bodies seem to completely snap back after their pregnancies, so many more women struggle to feel confident about their body shape after the fact. Normal post-pregnancy changes include excess or loose sagging skin, change of breast position and firmness, and loose skin around the midsection, that can’t be fixed with diet and exercise.
However, surgical intervention can help re-shape your body and boost your confidence. A mommy makeover is a combination of effective cosmetic procedures designed to target the areas affected by pregnancy and motherhood.
Dr. Waltzman’s Long Beach mommy makeovers are fully customizable; no two treatment plans are alike. The most common procedures included are breast augmentation/breast lift, liposuction, and the tummy tuck, but regardless of what areas you want to target, Dr. Waltzman will create a personalized surgery plan so that he can tailor each procedure towards your unique needs.
Dr. Waltzman prides himself in creating a personalized experience for his patients; throughout their journey, Dr. Waltzman will take the time to explain important aspects of the procedure and help guide the patient through important decisions.
Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is a boutique practice known for outstanding patient care. With warmth and compassion, Dr. Waltzman will help you attain a sculpted physique that helps you look and feel like yourself.
The Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover
Treatment is used to reverse the physical effects created by pregnancy and childbirth, but it can be used for any patient that wants comprehensive body plastic surgery or a body lift. In general, the ideal candidate should have the following characteristics:
- Relatively good health with no major untreated medical conditions
- Wants to reverse the effects of motherhood on the body
- Able to quit smoking, if currently using tobacco products
- Able to stop taking certain supplements and vitamins before the surgery
- Close to their ideal weight or at a stable weight
- Has realistic expectations for what treatment can do for them
What a Mommy Makeover Can Do
At Waltzman Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, we stress that your procedure should not be considered a weight loss effort. The mommy makeover is recommended helpful for patients who are close to their ideal weight but still wants to change a few areas that can’t be helped with diet and exercise.
While targeted treatment areas depend on what the specific patient wants, treatment is often used to rejuvenate the abdomen and the breasts. From sagging breasts, stubborn pockets of fat, to loose skin, cosmetic surgery can help restore a more youthful look. In one outpatient surgical procedure, you can combine liposuction, the tummy tuck, and breast surgery to achieve you’ve always wanted. Your plan for care can also include nonsurgical procedures like CoolSculpting to contour your figure with minimal downtime.
This procedure also ideal for patients that want to consolidate their recovery time. Because multiple procedures are combined, the recovery time is slightly longer than a recovery from a single procedure—but it’s much shorter than multiple recovery periods done after another.
There are a few plastic surgery procedures that are seen as staples of the mommy makeover:
We know that pregnancy, or lactation, in particular, causes the breasts to swell. What’s not widely acknowledged is that, once lactation is over, the breasts often shrink to a smaller size. Because it can help restore the volume lost to breastfeeding, a breast augmentation is typically performed in your comprehensive treatment.
A breast augmentation helps women achieve fuller, more voluminous breasts using breast implants. Breast augmentation is highly customizable, and Dr. Waltzman will guide you through the entire process so that you can make the right decisions.
We highlighted the issues caused by lactation above, but the skin sometimes never bounces back. In that case, women are sometimes left with breasts that substantially sag. To reposition the breasts to a perkier position, we recommend a breast lift. In a breast lift, Dr. Waltzman will remove excess skin and tighten the breasts to create a more youthful shape. The breasts and nipples will also be moved to a perkier position.
Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift often results in a small reduction in breast volume for the patient. We don’t recommend placement of heavy implants into a breast with compromised skin elasticity; this could cause the sagging to worsen.
If you’d like to address reduced breast volume as well as sagging, a breast lift with implants can help you achieve the best of both worlds. We highly recommend that patients who want breast implants that also have a substantial amount of sagging add a breast lift.
Motherhood, or the hormonal changes brought on by motherhood, often lead to the development of stubborn pockets of fat around the body that no diet can remove. When all else fails, liposuction can remove these stubborn pockets of fat to sculpt the body into a sleeker figure. Using a narrow, hollow tube called a cannula, Dr. Waltzman breaks up and removes fatty tissue from the body. Once the fat has been removed and the skin has redraped itself, you’ll be able to enjoy a trimmer figure. And although it’s a plastic surgery procedure, liposuction only results in small incisions that are inconspicuous once they heal.
The belly is an especially popular target in the mommy makeover. Our core is essentially made up of an inner girdle of connective tissue and muscle that holds the inner organs together. Pregnancy will stretch out this inner girdle, but it won’t so easily bounce back after childbirth. Indeed, many women find themselves with excess skin, stretch marks, and loose abdominal muscles that can’t be tightened with exercise afterward.
A tummy tuck will address the problems in the abdomen by removing excess skin, removing excess fat, and tightening loosened abdominal muscles for a more athletic belly. Because a tummy tuck removes tissue, it will also remove the stretch marks situated below the belly button.
Recovery from a Mommy Makeover
Keep in mind that a mommy makeover will vary from patient to patient, so there’s no typical recovery period for all patients. All women also heal differently, so your recovery will move at the speed your body heals from the surgery.
You will feel some soreness, swelling, and discomfort, but we will give you prescription pain medication. Many of our patients report that the recovery is quite tolerable and that a few days into their recovery, they can switch from prescription pain medication to over-the-counter pain pills.
On average, patients take about 2-3 weeks to heal from. Regardless of what procedures you undergo, we highly recommend that patients avoid any strenuous activity including exercise during the first couple of weeks. After the 1-month mark of your recovery, you can perform some light workouts before easing into your regular routine.
We also ask that you get some help with childcare for the first few weeks of your recovery; you will not be able to lift or carry anything heavy during that time.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Mommy Makeover
How Is My Procedure Planned?
Dr. Waltzman is an incredibly detailed-oriented plastic surgeon. During your consultation, he will thoroughly analyze the quality of your tissues and take measurements of your figure. He’ll walk you through all your options, and guide you through all the decisions you have to make.
More importantly, he’ll listen intently to your aesthetic goals, and he’ll create a personalized treatment plan that’s designed to help you achieve them.
Schedule for Recovery
Your mommy makeover experience will be highly personalized, so your recovery period will depend on your particular case. Dr. Waltzman is meticulous about seeing patients after surgery, and he will personally monitor your recovery to make sure you’re healing correctly and that your results are coming along nicely.
Typically, Dr. Waltzman sees patients 5-7 days after surgery, then a month after surgery, 3 months after surgery, 6 months after surgery, and then 1 year after surgery.
Should I Wait Until I’m Done Having Kids Before Getting a Mommy Makeover?
Yes. We highly recommend that patients finish having children before their procedure Pregnancy has the potential to reverse or compromise your results, so it’s best that you’re somewhat sure that you’re done having children.
How Soon After Children Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?
Patients should wait at least 6 months after giving birth. It takes a while to recover from childbirth, and you need to be in full health and great condition to undergo plastic surgery. Your body also goes through some incredible changes through motherhood, and it’s crucial that your body is in a stable condition before you undergo a cosmetic body lift.
We recommend that you only consider surgery once your weight has been stable for at least 3 months.
Contact Dr. Waltzman’s office to schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation today!