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What is the Mommy Makeover?

It is essential that you as a mother take care of your family but also take care of yourself.  As a mother you must recognize that your perceived self worth is integral to the strength of your family. It is not self-centered or vain to take care of your self.  It is not wrong to feel beautiful, sexy, and confident.  A positive self-image will not only benefit you, but it can improve your interactions with loved ones, colleagues, and friends. A mommy makeover can dramatically improve how you look and feel, and may actually be easier to fit into your schedule and budget than you may think.

It is very important to understand that plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for your self, and not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit an ideal image. 

A mommy makeover represents the surgical rejuvenation of a woman’s body following the tremendous changes that can occur following the process of childbirth and childrearing.  Multiple plastic surgery procedures are available that restore and improve post-pregnancy bodies.  Procedures are typically combined in a single setting to improve the appearance of your breasts as well as your abdomen. 

Breasts can be given a more youthful volume and rejuvenated appearance by using an implant made from either saline or silicone.  Women who have had children and those that nurse will often have reasts that have dropped and have a sagging appearance that may need a breast lift (aka mastopexy) which can be performed alone or combined with an augmentation with an implant to give you added volume and fullness that has been lost in your upper breast.  This will help give you cleavage in your clothes that you may have lost. 

Your abdomen is rejuvenated with an abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck).  There are many variations of an abdominoplasty. A patient may elect to get anything from a mini short scar abdominoplasty to a circumferential abdominoplasty that lifts your buttocks and tightens your abdomen at the same time.  The core concept for an abdominoplasty revolves around removing excess fat and skin that is present in your lower abdomen.  Often the majority of stretch marks on your lower abdomen can be removed as well.  Your abdominal muscles are also tightened to help give your waist more definition and regain your hourglass figure. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with an abdominoplasty to contour your flanks. 

Some patients will also elect to have surgery on their vagina. A labiaplasty cane be done to remove excess tissue of the labia minora and improve the aesthetic appearance of the outside of your vagina. 

These changes of aging and pregnancy do not necessarily affect all women the same, and there can be different levels of severity of the changes.  Each woman is unique in her needs and desires.  A patient contemplating a mommy makeover should begin the process by searching for a plastic surgeon that offers these procedures.  She should not be afraid to get more than one opinion.  She should feel educated by her surgeon, and take an active role in the decision making process.  Clear communication and understanding between the patient and her plastic surgeon is an absolute to get an ideal result.   Prior to a mommy makeover you should be done having children.  In addition, you should be close to your goal weight and stable at your weight for 3-6 months.  Prior to the surgery there should be a plan made to ensure that you will have the support to recover at home during the immediate post operative period.  It takes between 4-6 weeks before you can perform aggressive aerobic activities and weightlifting.  You should be up and walking within the first day after surgery.  It is very important to walk after your surgery, but you will not be able to lift heavy objects or participate in rigorous activity while you heal.  Moms, this means that you will potentially need some help with you kids if they are young and need to be picked up often or chased around! 

I always tell my patients that to make a good result a great result requires patient effort.  This is especially the case for any body contouring procedure.  After the recovery period an aggressive aerobic and fitness program along with a healthy balanced diet will only further your transformation and make you look even better. 

To all the mothers that read this article, I say thank you for being the amazing women you are.  You owe it to yourself to feel and look your best!