Pregnancy and childbearing can be one of the most transformative events over the life of a woman’s body. This life-changing process can, however, take an unfortunate toll on many areas— the breasts, stomach, and lower body can become loose and stretched due to weight gain, and it can seem like diet and exercise can only do so much. A mommy makeover is a customized, all-in-one procedure that restores the youthful contours of the body and gives new life to those areas affected by pregnancy.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a catch-all term for a set of procedures that seek to restore a post-pregnancy body. It is totally dependent on the patient being treated, since pregnancy can affect every woman’s body differently. Common procedures focus on the breasts, buttocks, or stomach. It can also include liposuction on areas that have been subject to fat storage, like the hips or thighs. Your initial consultation will help you determine what procedures will best help you return to your pre-pregnancy body.
Who is a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Any mommy who has no further plans for childbearing and wishes to restore the affected areas of her body might consider this extensive makeover. Candidates should be in good health and able to undergo invasive surgery, and also be at a stable weight, with a healthy lifestyle established. Substantial weight gain or loss can reverse the positive effects of a mommy makeover.
What is the procedure like?
Your mommy makeover will be customized to fit your body and its needs, so your makeover will be different than anyone else’s. The various areas that can be treated are these:
- Breasts: These can be subject to the most dynamic changes over the course of pregnancy, and can be either augmented, lifted, or reduced, depending on your needs. An augmentation uses implants, while a reduction removes excess breast tissue and fat. A breast lift can help restore sagging, downward-pointing breasts to a more youthful projection.
- Buttocks and lower body: This area can be most subject to the weight gain that accompanies pregnancy. A Brazilian butt lift can help restore the projection of the buttocks and can be used in correlation with Liposuction of the hips and thighs during a thigh lift.
- Stomach: The stomach is stretched and loosened during pregnancy, and it can sometimes be impossible to restore it through diet and exercise. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can remove extra fat and tighten the underlying muscles. It can also remove excess skin that is the result of stretching to accommodate a pregnancy.
These and many other cosmetic procedures can be performed during your mommy makeover. Be sure to talk extensively about your problem areas and expected results with Dr. Richardson.
Recovery and Results
The extent of your recovery will depend on the depth of your mommy makeover. Since these procedures are invasive, some downtime will be required in order for your incisions to heal. Be sure to follow any instructions given by Dr. Richardson, as this will ensure you get the best results from your procedures. It may take weeks or months before the swelling subsides and you can see the full extent of your makeover, and it’s important to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle during this time.
If you are struggling with your post-pregnancy body and would like to make a life change, consider contacting our office to schedule a consultation about your mommy makeover with Dr. Richardson.