As a woman, when you feel fit and sexy, you often feel more comfortable in your own skin. From the time you spend with your children or at work, to your romantic relationships and friendships, all aspects of your life may improve when you feel your best.
But if you’re a mother who’s gone through pregnancy and childbirth, having the body you’ve always dreamed of is much more of a challenge. Even with a rigorous exercise regimen and the strictest of diets, the effects of pregnancy and motherhood may have altered your physique in potentially permanent ways. Sagging breasts, love handles, a pouch of fat on the lower abdomen, stretch marks, and many other things are common.
Fortunately, a routine procedure called a Mommy Makeover can improve these problems. Below, we outline the most commonly asked questions concerning Mommy Makeovers to help you see if this is a procedure that may benefit you.
Mommy Makeover: Questions to Ask Plastic Surgeon about Mommy Makeover
These are the questions we are most commonly asked when it comes to Mommy Makeover surgeries.
Q: What is the goal of a Mommy Makeover?
A: Being pregnant, going through childbirth, and breast feeding can all be wonderful experiences for mothers. On the other hand, these same experiences can also do a number on your physical appearance. Your breasts may end up sagging and drooping, you may have excess fat that won’t budge even with exercise, and stretch marks and extra skin may be problems as well.
Mommy makeovers are combination surgical procedures that target problem areas commonly associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding. This generally includes the breasts and abdomen, but may also include the buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and other areas.
Q: What procedures does a Mommy Makeover involve?
A: Typically, the components of a Mommy Makeover will include both breast procedures and body procedures. But remember, a Mommy Makeover is customized for each person, so no two Mommy Makeovers are the same. For the breasts, depending on your current physique and ultimate goals, you may have a breast augmentation (breast implants), a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a combination of these procedures. For trouble areas on the rest of the body, you may benefit from a tummy tuck, liposuction, or other body contouring.
Q: Is it safe to combine procedures?
A: Yes. In fact, if the patient hopes to improve several different areas of their body, it’s often safer to complete all necessary plastic surgeries at once because there is less individual surgeries. It can also combine your recovery times.
Additionally, Mommy Makeovers are just one of the combination procedures available in the world of plastic surgery. It is not uncommon to combine surgeries in other procedures as well. For example, liposuction is often combined with a tummy attack, and breast augmentation is often done in tandem with a breast lift.
Q: Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A: First of all, you don’t have to be a mom to have a Mommy Makeover! That’s just the term we use for this collection of procedures as they all address common concerns for moms.
Whether you are a mother or not, you will be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover if you are first, in good physical and mental health. You should be a non-smoker and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
It’s also important to be near your target weight or at least at a healthy BMI before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. Procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks can address small amounts of excess fat and excess skin, but you should do your best to achieve your goal weight before surgery.
Finally, it’s best to know that you are done having children and breast feeding before speaking to a plastic surgeon about a Mommy Makeover.
Q: What if I do have children after a Mommy Makeover?
A: It’s still perfectly safe to have children after a Mommy Makeover procedure. The primary reason we recommend only having a Mommy Makeover after you’re sure you’re done having children is that the same negative outcomes may occur if you become pregnant again after your surgery. At the same time, there is no physical danger to you or the baby if you become pregnant after a Mommy Makeover.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that any invasive breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction procedures may hinder your ability to breast feed. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something you’ll want to discuss with your surgeon if there is a chance that you may breast feed in the future.
Q: What is recovery like after a Mommy Makeover?
A: Recovery will depend on which individual procedures you opt for with your Mommy Makeover. There will be some swelling and soreness, and someone will need to be with you, helping take care of you for at least two weeks after your procedure. Dr. Schulman will outline the steps you need to take for a safe recovery with optimal results.
Q: When will I be able to return to my normal routine?
A: This depends, but it’s not uncommon for full recovery to take several weeks or even several months. For this reason, ensure that you and your family are prepared before undergoing surgery. You likely won’t be able to return to work for at least two weeks, and it may be several months before you are able to return to exercise and any strenuous activity.
Questions to Ask Plastic Surgeon about Mommy Makeover- Book Your Consult
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover and are looking for the top plastic surgeon New York City has to offer, look no further than Dr. Matthew Schulman. As one of the leading board-certified Mommy Makeover surgeons in the city, Dr. Schulman combines outstanding care with a meticulous attention to detail. Just take a look at the many moms who have benefited from his services in the past.
Once you’re ready to begin moving toward a Mommy Makeover procedure of your own, contact Dr. Schulman’s office to schedule your initial consultation appointment. It is at this appointment that you’ll discuss your current trouble spots and the ultimate goals you have for surgery.
A new you is waiting! Contact Dr. Schulman’s office today for Questions to Ask Plastic Surgeon about Mommy Makeover.