Is it worth getting a mommy makeover? Have you ever asked yourself that? Motherhood can be an amazing experience and one that most women cherish and would not give up for anything however, there are some things about pregnancy and breastfeeding that no one tells you about. Becoming pregnant and breastfeeding can make significant changes to your body and for many women these changes are life-altering.
Women interviewed for a magazine article when speaking about the changes made to their bodies said things like they felt devastated by the changes in their breasts, or they were too embarrassed by the way they looked now that they could not contemplate another physical relationship, and It felt as if they had lost part of their identity. These are just a few of many statements women used to describe their significant drop in self-esteem.
Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?
Women and mothers constantly take care of everyone else and skip showers, hair and salon appointments, exercise, sleep and generally feel guilty about doing anything for themselves, even the most basic things. If I could tell all new mothers one thing, it would be to take care of yourself! Make sure you are scheduling in “me time” because it is so important to your health and wellness. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anyone else.
Bottom line: if you feel unhappy about the way you look or feel, you do not have to settle for it for the rest of your life. Advancements in cosmetic treatments and procedures have made almost everything possible. A mommy makeover may be just what you need!
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What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is simply a phrase used to describe a combination of procedures that can be surgical or non-surgical in which the end goal is to return a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy condition.
Mommy makeovers are tailored to address individual patient desires and will contain the elements they need to obtain desired results. If curvier results are desired they can be obtained through an hourglass mommy makeover. If you are contemplating having a mommy makeover, ask your cosmetic surgeon to see some pictures showcasing before and after mommy makeover results.
Who Is a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A candidate for a mommy makeover is a woman who is at or close to her target weight, is not planning another pregnancy*, and is in overall good health. You may be a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery if:
- If you have experienced a pregnancy or multiple pregnancies and are unhappy with the way your body looks;
- If you are experiencing any urinary incontinence, i.e. you pee on yourself when you sneeze, etc.;
- If you are experiencing discomfort during sexual intercourse;
- If you have tried diet and exercise to remove the excess fat deposits in your abdomen but have been unable to make any progress;
- If you have loose skin or saggy breasts after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
*It is safe to get pregnant after a mommy makeover, however, it may reverse some of the corrections and enhancements that were done during your surgery. You can always get a mommy makeover touchup!
A Mommy Makeover Has Many Benefits
One of the biggest benefits of a mommy makeover is that patients can get several procedures done during one surgery. This means only having to go under general anesthesia once and having to navigate through only one recovery but receiving dramatic results.
A mommy makeover can restore some of the damage done by the pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding and some women have even reported looking and feeling even better than they did pre-pregnancy.
1. Repairs Cosmetic Damage
Skin that is stretched out or loose on your abdomen due to pregnancy can be corrected through abdominoplasty, aka tummy tuck. A breast augmentation can repair flat, deflated, or sagging breasts resulting from pregnancy and breastfeeding. This can be accomplished with implants, a breast lift, or a breast reduction. Liposuction can address excess fat deposits or bulging fat leaving smoother-looking skin.
Many non-surgical body treatments can also be used during a mommy makeover that trim, tone, and contour areas of the body leaving a more youthful-looking appearance. Check out Bodytite, Microneedling, PHYSIQ, Morpheus8 procedures.
2. Repairs Structural Damage
Sometimes the muscles that are instrumental to your core strength can become separated or perforated during pregnancy. This can not only cause aesthetic issues but can also cause back pain. Diet and exercise will not repair this type of damage and cosmetic surgery is needed. This damage can be fixed during an abdominoplasty.
3. Helps Alleviate Sexual Dysfunction & Urinary Incontinence
A vaginal delivery can cause damage to the vagina and surrounding areas. These can be functional or aesthetic and can result in sexual dysfunction or urinary incontinence. A labiaplasty is a procedure to reshape or repair the inner lips of the vagina and can alleviate discomfort during intercourse as well as improve the appearance. This can be done surgically or possibly with a radiofrequency procedure called Votiva and can help with urinary incontinence after pregnancy.
Is a Mommy Makeover Worth It?
97% of women who have had a mommy makeover said they would do it again and that they felt their mommy makeover gave them a sense of renewed self-confidence and it was worth it!
How Long the Results of a Mommy Makeover Last?
Many women ask how long the results of a mommy makeover will last and the answer lies with each patient. A healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet and exercise will help with weight maintenance and therefore preserve the results of your procedures. Unfortunately, there is not a way to completely stop the natural process of aging but we can address any aging-related changes using cosmetic procedures or treatments and keep you looking your best.
Just to note: breast implants are not considered life-long devices and may need to be replaced at some point.
A mommy makeover can help women both physically and emotionally. If you are considering having a mommy makeover or are interested in learning about any of the procedures used to complete one, please contact our offices today! You can set up a virtual or in-person consultation and get all your questions answered and your concerns addressed.
Dr. Angelina Posteov, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, is an expert in all procedures and techniques used during a mommy makeover so your results will be optimal. Contact us today for more information!