April 12, 2016
The “mommy makeover” is no secret: it’s a combination of procedures that aim to restore a woman’s body to its pre-baby state. The mommy makeover typically includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast enhancement surgery (whether that be a reduction, augmentation, or a lift). But the question may arise: how soon is too soon? Women contemplating this makeover should take several factors into consideration, including their body type, lifestyle habits, future pregnancy plans, and individual health conditions.
We are often fazed by the seemingly-impossible way that celebrities bounce back into their pre-baby bodies. However, we know that the media and Photoshop skew things way out of proportion. It’s important to understand that a woman’s body undergoes intense changes during the pregnancy process, and it’s not natural to expect to return to your pre-baby body immediately. Shedding the baby weight and letting your body adjust to its altered states takes time and patience. Instead of feeling the pressure to bring your body back to “normal,” take this time to enjoy your new baby and revel in the beauty of pregnancy. The mommy makeover is a combination of treatments that can greatly enhance your physical appearance and your self-confidence, whenever you feel that the time is right for you.
One important consideration regarding the timing of a mommy makeover is whether or not you plan to have more children. Note that it’s not uncommon to have additional pregnancies after a mommy makeover, but that you may find that you’ll want or need additional surgeries in order to maintain your results. Many plastic surgeons recommend that you wait to have the mommy makeover until you’re sure you don’t want any more kids. In this way, you can maximize your results with little to no follow-up procedures. It’s also important to note that you should allow yourself six months after you have stopped breastfeeding your child in order to give your breasts time to shed the excess fat that accumulated to prepare for childbirth and breastfeeding. Your body needs time to naturally restore itself before it is primed for any procedures.
Another consideration is the fact that your body produces a significant amount of hormones during pregnancy in order to allow for and facilitate the growth and development of a baby. You may notice that your body undergoes a tremendous transformation during the child-rearing process. These hormones typically result in weight gain and other body changes which eventually revert to some degree after childbirth. By giving your body time to heal and restore itself after pregnancy, you’ll help to ensure that you are in a good position to undergo medical procedures.
Many new mothers experience breast sagging or decreased breast volume, loose skin, decreased facial volume, or stubborn fat that does not respond to diet or exercise. The mommy makeover helps to bring women’s bodies back to their pre-birth state. A breast lift or augmentation may help to improve the appearance of breasts that are sagging or that have lost volume due to pregnancy. The procedure may restore a more youthful appearance for the patient. If women experience significant weight gain during pregnancy that does not totally disappear upon resuming normal diet and exercise, they may consider breast reduction surgery. This may help to restore a proportional breast size and address sagging or excess skin that accompanies significant weight gain.
The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure can be performed in varying degrees, depending on the level of weight gain and the existence of excess skin and fat. As can be expected, there are varying recovery times and risks that associate each level of intensity. A minor tummy tuck can prove to be extremely beneficial for addressing the extra few pounds of stubborn fat that won’t respond to regular exercise or healthy dieting. A tummy tuck can also help to remove excess skin that resulted from the weight gain during pregnancy. Women may experience an overall toned appearance and increase confidence in their body image as a result of the tummy tuck.
Liposuction is an effective procedure to address the excess weight put on during pregnancy that doesn’t go away afterwards. It’s a common procedure to remove fat from the abdomen, thighs, lower back, and arms. This is especially beneficial for women who struggle to lose the weight they put on during pregnancy. Not all new mothers may be candidates for the liposuction procedure as it is especially beneficial for people who have put on a significant amount of weight. For medical reasons, your plastic surgeon will not perform the liposuction procedure if your body does not have enough excess fat and skin to warrant such a procedure. Liposuction is not an alternative to healthy exercise, but it may be helpful for both men and women who struggle to lose weight after a significant weight gain. Many women experience significant weight fluctuations as a result of pregnancy, some of which may be effectively treated with the liposuction procedure. When performed in conjunction with the tummy tuck and breast lift/reduction/augmentation surgery, new mothers often feel a renewed sense of youth and a rejuvenated overall appearance.
Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting and somewhat stressful time for your body. It’s natural to undergo many changes, and not everyone returns completely to their pre-baby body. The mommy makeover can help women improve their overall appearance after giving birth and result in a boost of self-esteem. It is important to note, however, that the mommy makeover procedures are not a miracle replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise. It’s crucial to continue nourishing your body even as you nourish your newborn. Give yourself adequate time to recover and revel in the beauty of childbirth, and when you’re ready for the mommy makeover, it will be ready for you.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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