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When Is the Best Time for a Mommy Makeover?


Women want to have children, and they want to nurture their children. They love their kids, but they also love their bodies, and if anything is hard on a woman's body it's childbirth and breastfeeding. Mothers know that their bodies aren't their own while their babies are small. A mother's body feeds, nurtures, protects and cares for her children. That's important - but it doesn't stop women from wanting to feel good about how their bodies look after childbearing is over. Sometimes that's possible without taking any large measures. A few lucky women are able to bounce back into near pre-pregnancy shape with diet and exercise, but many cannot.

What kinds of post-childbirth issues do women typically deal with? They include saggy bellies, drooping breasts, lose of breast volume and shape, stretch marks, and varicose (or "spider") veins. Any of these issues can be corrected alone, but when they are corrected together, that surgery is known as a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover typically involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement (lift, implants, or both). This will remove your sagging skin and stretch marks, restore your belly close to its flat, pre-baby condition, and give your breasts their fullness/perkiness back. Sometimes the fat removed during liposuction can be re-injected, adding volume to your backside/hips. This is called a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

How do you know when it's time for a mommy makeover? There is no perfect or specific timeline for this surgery, but you should postpone your mommy makeover until you have successfully achieved three goals:

You've had all of the children you want to have. Any mommy makeover will be undone by another pregnancy, so it is important that you've completed childbearing.

You've stopped breastfeeding. This is particularly important if breast augmentation is something you would like to include in your makeover. It's impossible to get fully accurate measurements or determine implant sizing until your breasts have stabilized in both size and shape. Waiting at least six months after you've stopped breastfeeding your last child is vital for the success of this surgery.

You've lost all of your baby weight. Again, it's important for women to wait until they've reached their dieting goals. Liposuction and tummy tucks are not weight loss surgeries, they are shaping and improving techniques. You should get to your goal weight and maintain that weight for at least six months before you have a mommy makeover. Some women will find that exercise and dieting down to their pre-baby weight will be enough to make them feel satisfied with the shape of their bodies.

Of course, there is no rush. It's essential for women to be sure that they are done having children and to do the work necessary to get their bodies back to good health and shape. That can take time; with small children in the house, it can be a work in progress. However, if you're done with childbearing and ready to feel more comfortable in your clothes and with your body, it may be time for a mommy makeover. Call Bancroft Feldman today if you're tired of your "mom bod" and want to make a change for the better.

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