Plastic surgery used to be a topic that was discussed between a doctor and a patient, but any information was not often shared outside of a medial office or facility. These days, social media has provided information about plastic surgery to the public and made the conversations more inclusive and open. One procedure that has seen a rise in interest is the “mommy makeover” which is desired by many women after they give birth. If you are not sure what is involved in a mommy makeover, we have the information you need to make an educated decision about having the procedure.
In general, a mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that improves the look of the body after a woman experiences pregnancy or breastfeeding. The combination of procedures usually involves both breast and abdominal surgeries to give those areas an improved contour and appearance.
You should know that a mommy makeover is individualized to the individual needs of a person so there is not a “universal surgery” when it comes to the process. Having said that, some of the common procedures that are performed can include a breast lift or breast reduction, breast implants, liposuction, and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). These surgeries can enhance and rejuvenate the look of the breasts and also address any sagging or excess skin that might occur after the birth of a child.
Due to the fact that multiple procedures are performed during a mommy makeover, the total cost depends on the amount of work performed by the surgeon along with any fees that are charged by the doctor or the facility. In general, the cost depends on whether a single incision is used, or multiple incisions are placed by the surgeon. The cost of a single incision mommy makeover is $9000-$13,500 or $10,000-$15,000 for multiple incisions.
The surgery will take three to six hours to perform, and the doctor will need to administer anesthesia to keep the patient comfortable. In addition, there might be a need for an overnight stay in the hospital at the start of the recovery period.
There is also a chance of some scarring appearing after the mommy makeover is performed.
In general, the recovery time can take several months, and it will start with some bruising and swelling that will appear on the body. This swelling and bruising will last about two weeks and it will resolve on its own.
You will need to restrict strenuous activities for around six weeks, and this can include heavy lifting. The restriction of strenuous activities allows any scars that occur to adequately heal before regular activities are resumed.
Depending on the type and extent of procedures performed by the surgeon, you might need to wear compression garments or a surgical bra to help the healing process.
Because you will need time to recover, it is also important to make sure you have someone there to help you at home and take care of getting kids to school since you will not be able to drive immediately after the surgery.
Some of the results will be visible immediately after the procedure but it can take up to a year for the final results to appear (and for any scars to disappear).
The results are considered to be permanent as long as you follow a healthy diet and do not experience any extreme fluctuations in weight. The results from a mommy makeover can change due to a large weight loss or gain. There might also be some changes in the appearance of the results as a person continues to age.
Besides the possibility of scars appearing on the body, there are some additional risks to know about when it comes to a mommy makeover. These risks can include bleeding, loss of sensation in the nipples, infection, and an inability to breastfeed a baby.
In order to learn more about the possible risks of a mommy makeover, it is important to chat with the plastic surgeon in advance of the surgery. The doctor will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a mommy makeover. In addition, the surgeon will examine the body to make sure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.
The doctor will also ask questions to determine the desired final results in order to make sure you have realistic expectations when it comes to what can be accomplished by a mommy makeover. It is also important for you to ask questions and to make sure you are comfortable with the doctor you have in mind to perform the surgery. You can also request to see photos of past patients treated by the plastic surgeon to get a better visual idea of the type of results you can expect to see after a mommy makeover.