Pregnancy and breastfeeding can bring happiness — and then, a few months later, self-consciousness. Things are sagging, wobbling, and bulging. You may wonder how much dieting and exercising will be needed to rewind to your pre-pregnancy body.
During pregnancy, your body’s muscle, tissue, and skin stretch — and they sometimes do not bounce back after childbirth. You may have tried diet and exercise — but maybe that doesn’t seem to be enough to get your body back to its shape before pregnancy.
A mommy makeover uses surgical treatments to restore your shape. Depending on your goals, this may be a series of procedures performed in one single surgery or a series of surgeries. The combination of procedures is personalized for your body and goals.
- Tummy tuck: removes excess fat and skin to give your abdomen a firm, smooth look
- Breast lift: removes excess skin and tightens breast tissue to lift your breasts
- Breast augmentation: enlarges your breasts using implants
- Breast reduction: removes excess fat, skin, and tissue to make the breasts smaller and more proportionate to the body. This is often combined with a breast lift
- Liposuction: slims a specific area — such as your thighs — to improve body proportion and reduce stubborn fat
5 Common Mommy Makeover Procedures
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for You?
It’s important to have realistic expectations when considering a mommy makeover. For example, after the surgery, you’ll still need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, in order to keep the results intact.
The best time to consider having the surgery is when you and your physician agree that you have fully recovered from childbirth and after you have finished breastfeeding.
If you had a c-section, you could still be a candidate for Mommy Makeover.
Are There Risks to a Mommy Makeover?
Undergoing any type of surgery involves risks. Because a mommy makeover usually consists of multiple procedures, you should consider the risks of each procedure in addition to general risks, such as:
- Infection, bleeding
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Implant leakage
- Unusually hard, scarred tissue around breast implants and other incisions
- Scarring and discoloration at incision points
- Persistent pain
- Fat tissue accumulation in the breasts that feel like lumps
How Can You Prepare for Your Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Before you are cleared for surgery:
Your surgeon will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your health and risk factors. They will examine your breasts, abdomen, and any other areas that concern you.
Possible screenings include:
- A mammogram to make sure the breast tissue is healthy
- Complete blood count (CBC) to check for anemia or other blood-related conditions that could make surgery riskier
If you are a smoker, you will have to quit before the surgery. Smoking can slow your healing and increase the chances of complications.
Several days before surgery:
You may be asked to take certain medications to prevent complications, such as blood clotting. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medications, like aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications, which can increase bleeding.
Your physician will let you know which medications you may need to start or stop taking and when. Do not make any changes to your medication regimens without consulting your physician.
During the surgery:
You will be put under general anesthesia or injected with a sedative through an IV. Then the surgeon will perform the procedures outlined in your treatment plan. Afterward, your surgeon will close the incisions and you will be taken to a recovery room.
Immediately after surgery:
What Does Recovery Look Like?
When you come out of the surgery, the incisions will be covered with gauze and bandages. If you had breast surgery, a small tube may be placed under the skin temporarily to drain excess fluid and blood.
Your recovery may take at least 2 weeks, or possibly longer. You may need to wear a support bra if you had breast surgery, or a compression garment if you had a tummy tuck, to minimize swelling.
You will likely experience soreness, bruising, and swelling during recovery. Sometimes, the swelling can last 6 months or longer.
You may also experience weakness that can make doing daily chores difficult as you recover. Please make sure you have appropriate childcare during your recovery time, if you have small children.
Your surgeon will let you know when you are cleared to drive, run, and work again. Until that time, you will need to arrange for someone else to drive you around.
Ultimately, the goal is to help you embrace the joys of motherhood and still feel like your old, beautiful self.
Why Choose Stormont
Located in Topeka, Kansas, Stormont Vail Health is a community-driven organization. It offers close to home care and with limited travel requirements, it will be easier for you to get the care you need in a community you trust.
In 2018, Stormont Vail achieved Magnet designation for a third time. Magnet designation is one of the highest awards in nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. Only 9% of US hospitals have earned this recognition. The Joint Commission — with more than 50 years of accrediting hospitals in high quality standards — has also accredited Stormont Vail Hospital.
With several plastic surgeons and a nursing team that’s been recognized for excellence with the prestigious Magnet designation, Stormont Vail Health has an experienced and skilled medical team to help you explore whether the mommy makeover is right for you.
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