Considering a Mommy Makeover After Weight Loss? Here’s What You Need to Know
Posted December 21, 2022 in Mommy Makeover
If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight, congratulations! You’ve worked hard and should be proud of your accomplishment. But what do you do now? Many individuals choose to get a Mommy Makeover after they’ve lost weight because they feel more confident in their appearance and want to restore their figures. Here we’ll go over what a Mommy Makeover is, why people get it, what the process is like, and whether it may be a good idea for you.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures designed to restore your body contours. It is most often performed to correct the effects of pregnancy and/or weight loss. Usually, a Mommy Makeover involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast surgery (breast augmentation with or without breast lift). These procedures are performed together in one session so that the patient can enjoy the results of each procedure without having to endure multiple surgery dates and recovery timelines.
Reasons to Get a Mommy Makeover
Most individuals get a Mommy Makeover to correct the effects of pregnancy and/or major weight loss on the body. While the name “Mommy Makeover” implies that only childbearing women are candidates for the procedure, the truth is that any individual who desires the benefits of a Mommy Makeover may be a good candidate. If you want to correct your overall body shape, combining multiple cosmetic procedures into one Mommy Makeover could improve your full body contours simultaneously. Some of the problems that can be corrected with Mommy Makeover surgery include loose abdominal skin, sagging and/or deflated breasts, weakened stomach muscles, and accumulated fat.
The Mommy Makeover Experience
The process for getting a Mommy Makeover begins with an initial doctor consultation. During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss your individual goals and recommend which procedures would best achieve those results. While the Mommy Makeover usually includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, and breast lift, your doctor may recommend only some of these for you, or they may recommend the inclusion of other additional procedures to help you achieve your goals.
After your customized treatment plan is developed, you’ll be provided with all the necessary preoperative and postoperative instructions to help you have a good surgical experience. Your Mommy Makeover procedure will be performed at an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. Once you are discharged home after the surgery, there will be a recovery period during which your body will need to heal from the procedure.
This recovery timeline will include some limitations while you are healing; for example, you will need to take 10-14 days off work and wait at least 3-6 weeks before doing any heavy lifting. It is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations to help your body heal and achieve optimal results from your procedure. The actual recovery time will vary depending on the number and extent of the procedures included in your Mommy Makeover.
Should I Get a Mommy Makeover After Weight Loss?
A Mommy Makeover is an excellent procedure to consider after significant weight loss. After losing a great deal of weight, it is common for patients to have loose skin that cannot be addressed through diet and exercise alone. It is also common for individuals to have stubborn areas of persistent fat, a loss of breast volume and shape, and sometimes, abdominal muscle wall separation (diastasis recti, also common with pregnancy). A Mommy Makeover can provide dramatic improvements to the contour and firmness of the abdomen, breasts, and other areas that have been affected by excess weight gain and subsequent weight loss.
An important consideration for any surgical candidate, and especially for Mommy Makeover candidates, is whether you have already reached your goal weight before your consultation. If you are still actively losing weight, it’s important to wait until your weight stabilizes so that you can have a healthy recovery. Once your body weight has stabilized and you are ready for surgery, the process can begin.
For weight loss patients, getting a Mommy Makeover can be a life-changing experience. Combining the right procedures to restore your lost figure can feel like getting your life back. Tightening loose skin, firming and flattening the abdomen, reshaping the breasts, and smoothing your contours everywhere may feel like reclaiming a whole new body. A Mommy Makeover could dramatically improve your body shape and provide a sharp boost to your self-confidence and quality of life.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, California with extensive experience performing Mommy Makeover procedures. To book a personal consultation with Dr. Taleisnik, call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online today.