Although a Mommy Makeover is an effective option to reshape a mother’s body to pre-pregnancy form, there is necessary information she should have before undergoing the procedure. Any successful surgical procedure depends on optimal post-surgery care, and the same rings true for Mommy Makeover. More so, perhaps, because the procedure is a combination of multiple surgeries to correct the aesthetic issues resulting from childbearing and breastfeeding.
Although it’s important to have a basic understanding of what you can expect from a combination of procedures aimed to reverse the negative impact pregnancy may have on your body, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will provide more detail on how the procedure will relate to you.
The Mommy Makeover is designed to help improve your shape to a more youthful and feminine figure by enhancing breast shape and volume, lifting the breasts, removing stubborn fat pads, flattening the abdomen, and removing stretch marks and excess skin.
A Mommy Makeover has the best results when the patient has returned to her optimal weight and has a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Like with any surgery, the patient should be a non-smoker, healthy and have defined expectations for her Mommy Makeover.
The decision to return to your pre-pregnancy form is a personal one. A confusing observation is that Mommy Makeover is a wide-ranging title for an individualized procedure. A woman’s body responds differently to her pregnancy from patient to patient and therefore requires a unique surgical plan to address her unique aesthetic issues.
Treatment areas, loss of breast volume, sagging breasts, abdominal bulging and excess skin vary from one patient to the next and require a custom approach. Another variable is the patient’s healing capabilities.
The best time for a Mommy Makeover is at least 6 months after having a child or concluding breastfeeding. This period allows for any hormone-induced changes in the body to normalize and sufficient time for maternal bonding with the new child. Playing with and picking up your child are important activities and will be restricted during Mommy Makeover recovery.
Recovery and After Care
Depending what what procedures you have for your Mommy Makeover procedure, you should expect mild to moderate soreness and swelling for a few weeks up to a few months. Help should be available at home for your care as well as care for your children. Your main focus during recovery should be on your healing and aftercare. This care will require help from a family member or a home health nurse.
Recovery has been made easier with advanced surgical technology, incision techniques, and compression garments designed for support and protection. Surgical dressings may include compression garments designed to relieve pressure or reduce swelling, or a surgical bra for breast support.
Removal of sutures and drains happen during the first 1-3 weeks after surgery as well as a downsizing of the surgical garments. A soft surgical bra will support your breasts for about 3-4 weeks or until they heal. You can use a sports bra afterward, but you should avoid any underwire bras until cleared by your surgeon
Most patients can return to work, care for their children, and perform a light exercise within two weeks, although strenuous exercise and activity are off limits for at least a month. You will receive specific instructions for your recovery before surgery and during your recovery visits.
You will enjoy visible results from your Mommy Makeover immediately and they should continue to improve when the scars fade, and the swelling subsides. You will notice your continued contour improvement over a three-month time frame.
We will initiate scar treatment after 1-2 weeks, and continue for up to three months after surgery. The treatment will help the scars fade and soften.
A tight tummy, reduced mid-section, and proportional breast size and fullness will help to enhance your girlish figure and leave you a with a stunning body profile which will bring you much satisfaction and pride.