Very few experiences in life can match the rewards– or the hard work– associated with motherhood. Raising children requires a constant sacrifice where you place their needs in front of yours. Often, these sacrifices include important things such as sleep, exercise, and nutrition. While these efforts are often worth it, they nevertheless can take their toll on your body.
The rigors of motherhood, along with the impact on your body caused by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, can result in changes to your appearance over time. In many instances, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to regain the figure you enjoyed before having children. If you have been having trouble restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy form, then a mommy makeover may be right for you.
The term “mommy makeover” refers to a series of breast surgery and body contouring procedures that are performed to reverse these unwanted effects of pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and the sacrifices made as a part of motherhood. It is common for the abdominal muscles to become stretched during pregnancy, making it difficult to maintain strength and a toned, flat stomach. In addition, you may find that it is difficult to lose weight gained during pregnancy, even with a diligent exercise routine. Breastfeeding can also impact your body, causing breasts that were once perky to start sagging prematurely. A mommy makeover can correct these individual areas with one surgical procedure, reducing the amount of downtime required.
In order to be considered a good mommy makeover candidate, you should be fully recovered from childbirth and finished with breastfeeding. For the best results, you should also be close to your ideal body weight.
If you are planning on having more children, you should consider postponing your procedure since future pregnancies can have an adverse impact on your results. For this reason, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir only recommend a mommy makeover for women who have completed this phase of their lives. Your plastic surgeon can recommend non-surgical options if you are between children or think you might change your mind in the future.
There is no one single way to create your mommy makeover. Instead, your customized mommy makeover can address your unique concern areas. The following are some common areas that are addressed during a mommy makeover.
The breasts experience rapid change during pregnancy and postpartum, and can become enlarged, smaller, or deflated. In each case, many women opt for a breast lift, either with the use of implants or by itself. Additionally, a breast reduction can help reduce discomfort along with a breast lift.
The tummy tuck is a staple of the mommy makeover because it can tighten skin and muscles that become stretched and loose during pregnancy. Additionally, many patients opt for liposuction to reduce stubborn fatty deposits in areas like the hips or thighs. Targeted procedures like the arm lift or thigh lift can also restore the body where fat accumulates during pregnancy. Finally, many women find feminine rejuvenation procedures like labiaplasty or non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation to be an important part of their mommy makeover.
The mommy makeover comes with some of the most extensive recovery periods out of any plastic surgery procedure, and your plastic surgeon will ensure you have detailed instructions to follow in between your follow-up appointments. It can take a few months before you begin to see your final results emerge as the swelling goes down and your new contours continue to refine. Plan on taking two or more weeks off work or social engagements to recover, as well as ensuring you have help with childcare during the extent of your initial recovery.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir have extensive experience when it comes to helping mothers recover their ideal figure after childbearing. To begin planning your customized mommy makeover, contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using our online form or call 602-513-8133 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. We excel at caring for patients who travel from out of the area as well.