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Roll Back the Toll Childbirth Takes with a Mommy Makeover


All cosmetic surgery is designed to make people look more vibrant and beautiful. In many cases this will also involve "turning back the clock" for the patient and making her look more like her younger self. This is particularly true with the mommy makeover which addresses multiple issues that commonly result from pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you're unhappy with the toll childbirth has had on your body, the mommy makeover procedure can be a lifesaver.

The Toll Childbirth Takes on Your Body

Any woman who has been through pregnancy realizes that it changes her body. For many women these permanent changes are dismaying. No one really wants sagging breasts, loose skin, abdominal fat build up, varicose veins, or stretch marks. The more pregnancies a woman has, the more likely that her skin and muscles have been stretched and contorted to accommodate the growth and nurturing of children. Having your kids was worth it, but can you get your old body back?

Unfortunately, for many women this is not possible with just diet and exercise. Skin and muscle can only take so much stretching before it will not bounce back. But cosmetic surgery can provide a solution.

What Is a Mommy Makeover Procedure?

The mommy makeover isn't one procedure, but a combination of surgical procedures addressing the individual needs of the patient. It varies from patient to patient but is designed to restore her body to its pre-pregnancy condition as much as possible. Usually a mommy makeover involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement. This can mean a breast lift, breast implants or both combined. In addition, some patients will choose to have a Brazilian butt lift using some of the fat removed via liposuction.

When these procedures are performed and your body has healed you will see the makeover's results: a flatter stomach with the loose skin, bulging, or stretch marks removed, perky breasts, and an overall trimmer silhouette. If breast augmentation is done along with the breast lift, your breasts will be both full and high.

When Is the Best Time for a Mommy Makeover?

Women should wait to schedule a mommy makeover until they have finished having children and know they do not want to have any more. This is an involved surgical procedure, and there is no point in having it done if you anticipate wanting more children in the future. A pregnancy will undo any benefits. You should also be finished with breastfeeding. It's important for your breasts to return to their normal size before you make decisions about what size you would like them to be. Dr. Feldman cannot get fully accurate measurements of your breasts or determine sizing until you've ceased breastfeeding for at least six months.

Finally, it's important to lose all the baby weight before this surgery. Again, you need to have six months of maintaining your goal weight before scheduling this surgery. Liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are not weight loss procedures, they are cosmetic surgery. You should know what your body truly looks like after you're finished with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight stabilizing before you make any decisions about what you want it to look like going forward.

Who Is Having Mommy Makeovers?

Mommy makeovers have become more popular over time. Younger Millennial women are more open to having cosmetic surgery than their mothers or older sisters were. Anyone who is done having children and is open to new possibilities for her body is a candidate for this procedure, though. That may mean women in their 40s, 30s, or women in their 20s.

If you are considering having this procedure performed to fix the toll childbirth took and restore your figure to its former condition, make sure to find a plastic surgeon who is board certified. The more involved a surgical procedure is, the more important it is that the surgeon you choose knows exactly what he is doing and has the necessary experience to perform it safely and successfully.

Call us at Bancroft Feldman if you are considering a mommy makeover. The initial consultation is free, and we will discuss with you what your options are and which procedures would most benefit you. Every mommy makeover is different, and we will make sure to tailor yours to your individual needs and wants so that you are satisfied with this investment in your own health and beauty.

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