Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Posted January 01, 2021 in Mommy Makeover
If you want to fix your “mom bod”, you’re not alone. Tens of thousands of women across the country struggle with their figures after childbirth. Fortunately, there is an effective treatment: the Mommy Makeover procedure can help you reclaim your post-baby body with just one surgery and postoperative recovery. Most women who are healthy, at a stable weight, and no longer breastfeeding are Mommy Makeover candidates and could experience first-hand all that this procedure has to offer.
Understanding the Mommy Makeover
The Mommy Makeover procedure is actually several surgical procedures that are performed in one sitting so that the patient only has to undergo one surgery and one surgical recovery. Typically, the Mommy Makeover includes some combination of breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and/or liposuction. These procedures are strategically combined to address common problems with body contours that many women experience after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing.
A Mommy Makeover Candidate Seeks to Correct…
A good candidate for a Mommy Makeover wants to correct one or more of the following:
Breast Volume Loss
After a woman’s breasts have increased in volume during pregnancy and nursing, they will typically diminish back to their original size. Because the breasts were overstretched, this often leaves them looking deflated and shapeless. Women who have experienced this may be candidates for the Mommy Makeover, in which breast implants can be inserted to fill out and round out shapeless, deflated breasts.
After childbirth and nursing, a woman’s breasts can become saggy due to volume loss. Sagging, shapeless breasts can diminish self-esteem and portray the image of an aging, matronly figure. Affected women may be candidates for the Mommy Makeover procedure, which can incorporate a breast lift to restore youthful, perky breasts.
Excess Abdominal Skin
With how much abdominal skin is forced to stretch during pregnancy, there’s little wonder as to why many women are left with significant amounts of loose, hanging abdominal skin after having children. If this sounds familiar, you may be a candidate for a Mommy Makeover. In this procedure, you can receive a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and tighten your abdomen for a firmer, flatter feel.
Loose Abdominal Muscles
Due to the rate at which a fetus develops, a pregnant mother’s body must go through many changes in rapid succession. As the abdominal wall quickly loosens and stretches to make room for the growing child, it can become irreparably damaged. This condition, called diastasis recti, affects many women. Diastasis recti may make affected women Mommy Makeover candidates, as this procedure can mend the stomach wall and restore a firm, tight waistline.
Stubborn Fat Deposits
During pregnancy, some weight gain is to be expected and helps to ensure a healthy baby after childbirth. Unfortunately, excess fat gained in pregnancy can become a permanent part of the body. Some women struggle fruitlessly to lose the baby weight, even for years afterward. Stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise could make you eligible for a Mommy Makeover, where you can receive target-reducing liposuction to eliminate troublesome fat for good.
A Mommy Makeover Candidate Must Be…
In addition to the above, a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover must meet the following conditions:
In Good General Health
A Mommy Makeover is a major surgery. In order to have the safest and best experience, Mommy Makeover candidates must be in good general health before undergoing this procedure. Good health ensures the lowest risk of surgical complications and a better recovery and healing experience.
At a Stable Body Weight
To undergo a Mommy Makeover, it is best for candidates to be at a stable body weight. If you are actively trying to lose weight, now may not be the right time for your procedure. This procedure is best for women who have already tried toning their figures with diet and exercise and who need additional help achieving their desired results.
Finished Having Children
Mommy Makeover candidates should have no plans for pregnancy at any point in the future. While there is nothing in a Mommy Makeover that prevents you from getting pregnant, it is strongly recommended that you wait to get a Mommy Makeover until you are finished having children. The reason for this is that this is a big surgery that will drastically improve your figure. Any future pregnancy after getting a Mommy Makeover is likely to reverse many or all of the incredible results and puts you at risk of needing to undergo a second Mommy Makeover.
Prepared for Major Surgery
Because the Mommy Makeover is a major surgery, it takes preparation. Financially, you should be prepared to spend somewhere between $11,000 and $17,000 (financing options through CareCredit® are available). Physically, it will be demanding and require you to take good care of your body during the recovery and afterward, with healthy eating, prolonged rest, and the gradual reintegration of exercise. Logistically, you will need help during recovery, with both childcare and your own daily needs. You will also need to plan for approximately 10 to 14 days off work. Emotionally, it will be challenging yet rewarding as you rejuvenate your body after the ravages of pregnancy. To be a candidate for a Mommy Makeover, you will need to prepare yourself so that you have the best experience possible.
Being a mother involves a lot of self-sacrifice, but as you care for your family, don’t forget that your own needs and desires matter, too. Taking care of yourself could help you be an even better mother to your child or children. If you want to improve your body contours after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, ask yourself, “Am I a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?” This procedure could be exactly what you need to reclaim your figure, enhance your self-confidence, and make you the woman and mother you want to be.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and has helped countless women restore their feminine contours with Mommy Makeover surgery. To find out whether you could be a candidate for this procedure, schedule your consultation with Dr. Taleisnik today by calling (657) 294-8375 or filling out our online contact form.