The A-Z of Mommy Makeover Surgery
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a customized set of cosmetic procedures to help women achieve their desired body contour. Most women will select procedures that give them a more youthful appearance, like a slim waist. A Mommy Makeover can include both surgical and non-surgical procedures, both surgical ones are more common.
Why Women Want Mommy Makeover Surgery
A woman’s body goes through drastic changes during pregnancy and childbearing. Weight gain, stretched abdominal muscles, and sagging breasts are just a few of the body’s changes during this time. Unfortunately, these changes are not reversed naturally after birth. A Mommy Makeover is essential in helping women regain confidence in their bodies.
What Can You Achieve With a Mommy Makeover?
Although each patient has their own preferences, here is a list of cosmetic goals you can achieve through a Mommy Makeover.
- Improve breast symmetry
- Correct sagging breasts and add volume
- Reduce large nipples
- Repair abdominal muscles
- Remove excess skin from the abdominal area
- Remove excess fat from any part of the body
Talk to your doctor about your unique cosmetic goals for further guidance.
Mommy Makeover Surgical Procedures
Most Mommy Makeover surgery patients choose two or more surgical procedures which can be performed during a single operation. Some Mommy Makeover surgical procedures include:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Feminine rejuvenation
- Tummy tuck
If multiple surgical procedures are performed at one go, the patient gets to improve multiple areas of the body and recover over a short period. Each body is different and different women may not tolerate some surgical procedures, so you should consult your plastic surgeon to find out which procedure you can get done in one go.
Non-Surgical Mommy Makeover Procedures
For women that would prefer a non-surgical procedure, there are a few non-surgical procedures to consider, including:
- Cellulite reduction treatments
- Skin tightening therapy
- Non-surgical fat reduction
- BOTOX® Cosmetic/ fillers
- Skin resurfacing treatments
There are a few minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, only requiring small incisions to be made. These procedures make a great compromise for women who are not okay with scars after surgery. The only downside to a non-surgical approach is that the results are not nearly as good as a surgical procedure.
Recovery After a Mommy Makeover
Since a Mommy Makeover procedure combinations vary, there is no set recovery time. Some parts of the body might even heal faster than others. Generally, the last area to heal is the one that got the most extensive procedure performed.
If you only get minor surgical procedures, you may be able to leave the hospital the same day you get the surgery. However, if your surgery is more extensive, your doctor may keep you over for a few hours for observation.
The Mommy Makeover is done under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedures. You will need someone to take you home and nurse you back to health for the first few weeks. If you do not have someone, you can always get a professional nurse to get the job done. You should be able to see the results in about three months.
Mommy Makeover Q&A
Will a Mommy Makeover leave scars?
If the Mommy Makeover cosmetic procedure involves making a surgical incision, you can expect a scar. The good news is your plastic surgeon will try to have the scars in folds and natural body creases so they are not as visible. Most people will observe their scars fading in time.
Who is a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A good Mommy Makeover patient should be in good health, follow the doctor’s instructions and be done with having children. Mental health also matters here.
Will my health insurance cover a Mommy Makeover?
Most health insurance covers will not cover a Mommy Makeover because all the procedures are elective. Check with your doctor to see if your insurance provider will cover costs. If they do not, there are payment plans available in the market for Mommy Makeover patients.
How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?
The cost of a Mommy Makeover varies depending on the specific procedures you choose. You may get a better deal than patients who get a single cosmetic procedure done at a time because fewer resources are used.
How long does a Mommy Makeover procedure take?
A Mommy Makeover can take up to 7 hours, depending on your chosen cosmetic procedures. Most plastic surgeons don’t like keeping patients under anesthesia for too long unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Is a Mommy Makeover done at the same time?
Depending on your desired results, your surgeon can decide to get everything done at once or divide the procedures into two. Other factors your plastic surgeon may consider include age, physical health and pre-existing conditions.
Can I have more children after a Mommy Makeover?
If you want more children, it is better to wait until you are done having children because pregnancy can reverse the results of the Mommy Makeover.