Moms, no one works harder on the planet than you. You are raising kids, running a household, planning for the future, and probably squeezing a career and a few hours of sleep in there somewhere. How do you do it all?
One thing that frequently takes a backseat in a mom’s life is self-care. By the time we do look back at ourselves in the mirror and start to prioritize the changes we’d like to make, our children are most likely in their teens and beyond, and we find ourselves wondering if it’s worth the trouble to undergo a mommy makeover.
What if you were to get back to your “best self” while your children are still relatively young, so you can have the energy, self confidence, and pep in your step to give them your best? Perhaps the right time is now to start prioritizing self care and making the changes you need to look and feel great once more. Childbirth and motherhood do take a toll on a woman’s body, but it is possible to reclaim your body and your health with a mommy makeover.
What is a mommy makeover?
This procedure is a cutesy term for a number of surgical procedures designed to bring a woman’s body back to its pre-pregnancy state. The term itself sparks quite a bit of controversy in plastic surgery circles, as it means different things to different women. Some women have minimal work that needs to be done, while others might require quite a bit of reconstructive surgery, weight loss, and other services to become comfortable in their own skin once more.
Most makeover packages for mothers include some variation of a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or reduction, and liposuction, although procedures and results vary from person to person. If you are considering a makeover in your future to rediscover your best self, you might consider the following questions as you head in to your surgeon’s office:
Am I good candidate for a makeover?
Most moms who are in good health and are looking to improve their physique and the health of their body are good candidates for a makeover. Ask yourself the following questions as you make the decision to consider surgery:
- Am I finished having children?
- How long has it been since my last childbirth?
- Am I currently breastfeeding, or do I plan to start?
- What are my appearance goals?
Surgery will be ideal if you are finished having children and you are done with breastfeeding. Answering these questions and working to develop a plan with your surgeon will ensure that you get the kind of makeover that you desire.
Which procedures are necessary for me?
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for surgery, you and your surgeon will need to plan which procedures will be most beneficial to you when considering your goals. The procedures most commonly included in a mommy makeover are a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, and liposuction. Your personal goals, preferences, and your surgeon’s recommendations for you based on your health will ultimately be what determines your surgical pathway.
What surgical techniques are recommended?
Asking specific questions about surgical procedures will help you decide which technique will be right for you. With a tummy tuck, for instance, you’ll want to ask the following questions:
- How long will my incision be?
- Where will my surgical scar be, and how long will it take for it to heal properly?
- Will liposuction be a part of the tummy tuck process?
If you are considering a breast enhancement surgery, make sure you have answers to these questions:
- Should I receive implants in addition to a breast augmentation?
- What are implant types and placement options?
- Does implant placement affect scarring?
The more you know about these surgical procedures in advance, the more confident you can be about making decisions regarding treatment.
What will recovery be like?
Women take anywhere from 2-6 weeks off after a mommy makeover; depending on your age, your physical health prior to surgery, and the type of work and home demands you have, these factors will dictate what kind of recovery process is needed for optimal health and recovery. As far as scarring goes, an experienced surgeon will take great care to place incisions where they can easily be covered by clothing or in natural folds of skin; caring for these surgical sites appropriately after surgery will reduce recovery time and the appearance of unsightly scars.
When will I see results?
Most moms note that they are in their best physical condition 4-6 months after surgery; eating well, getting rest and physical activity will help enhance long term results of your surgery.
Ready to rock, Mama?
If you want to look and feel better than you have in years, consider calling our talented associates for your mommy makeover. We will work with you to design procedures, care plans, and recovery recommendations to once again uncover your best self. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you regain the energy, body, and life of your dreams!