Many of the physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth can’t be changed with diet and exercise. This is particularly true for issues like stretch marks, sagging breasts, loose skin and stretched or separated abdominal muscles.
A mommy makeover from The University of Kansas Health System plastic surgery team includes a combination of plastic surgery procedures to help restore your prebaby shape.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a plastic surgery procedure that involves performing multiple surgeries at the same time. Typically, a mommy makeover focuses on areas of the body that are most affected by having children, such as the breasts and tummy.
Rather than having multiple separate plastic surgery procedures, each of which requires a separate hospital visit and recovery period, a mommy makeover consolidates procedures so you only need to schedule a single hospital visit with downtime afterward.
Who can have a mommy makeover?
The best candidates for a mommy makeover are women at a stable weight who are no longer breastfeeding and don’t plan on having any additional pregnancies. You can schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to see if a mommy makeover is right for you.
How does a mommy makeover work?
A traditional mommy makeover typically includes 1 or more of the following:
A breast augmentation uses silicone or saline implants to add volume to the breasts. This is particularly beneficial for women who find their breasts look smaller or “deflated” after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
A breast lift enhances the shape of your breasts so that they look perkier and more youthful. This procedure can be combined with breast augmentation for women who want to enhance their breast size, as well as improve shape.
Breast reduction surgery can enhance the look of the breasts, as well as decrease the physical symptoms associated with a large chest size. Breast reductions lift, shape and restore the breasts to a more youthful position.
A tummy tuck is particularly beneficial for moms whose pregnancy resulted in diastasis recti, or separation of the abdominal muscles. In this procedure, extra skin and fat is removed from the waist, and the abdominal muscles are repaired and tightened. This creates a firmer, flatter stomach.
Benefits and risks of a mommy makeover
Aside from the physical transformation and confidence boost, there are additional benefits to a mommy makeover. Combining multiple procedures reduces overall recovery time, as well as reducing your exposure to anesthesia.
Mommy makeovers can also be more cost-effective than spreading out several separate surgeries because you’ll only need to pay once for additional costs like hospital fees, anesthesia fees and surgeon’s fees.
The risks of a mommy makeover procedure are similar to that of any surgery. However, you can reduce your risk of complications by choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
What happens during a mommy makeover?
Before your surgery, your plastic surgeon will talk with you about the best combination of procedures to help you meet your personal appearance goals. The specific steps taken during your mommy makeover will vary depending on which surgeries are performed.
The results from mommy makeover surgery are long-lasting as long as you continue to eat right, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. Additional pregnancies or weight gain can affect your results, which is why it’s best to be at a stable weight and be finished having children before your surgery.
The recovery period will depend on the type and number of procedures performed, as well as your body’s ability to heal. Typically, recovering from a mommy makeover takes about 4-6 weeks. Most women will take 1-2 weeks off work and need help with day-to-day activities. However, once recovered, women can enjoy their new look for many years.