Childbirth is a miracle hard to encapsulate into words. But, the toll it takes on our bodies is almost as hard to describe. Stretch marks, vaginal tearing, and more are the results of going through a pregnancy, as the stresses bearing a child are perhaps one of the most intensive natural processes a woman’s body will go through.
Yet, with advances in plastic and elective aesthetic surgery, the term “mommy makeover” has entered the mainstream. Typically considered a single-stage operation, the proper professional plastic surgeon can reverse much of the damage caused by pregnancy on a woman’s body.
If you’ve had your first pregnancy, or are several down the line, considering a mommy makeover could yield major benefits not only to your physical health, but to your mental well-being as well.
Armed with the right information, you can embark on the journey to full-body rejuvenation and realize the benefits of restoring your body’s natural beauty. Read below to find out if a mommy makeover is right for you.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Unlike most other plastic surgery procedures, a “mommy makeover” is a holistic treatment of most all the physical side effects of bearing children.
The complete mommy makeover treatment consists of several procedures, including but not limited to:
- Breast Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Tummy Tuck
- Vaginal Rejuvenation
- Buttock Augmentation
As women typically put on weight during pregnancy, many parts of the female body will be stretched out. Women will also sometimes put on weight, and having to push a baby through the birth canal can lead to tearing of the vagina.
A mommy makeover addresses all these stresses in a holistic way, with particular emphasis on whole-body health.
Considerations to Take for a Mommy Makeover
Before undertaking the processes involved in a mommy makeover, there are several important questions to ask yourself.
For instance, typically a mommy makeover is done after you are finished with childbearing. This is because having another child can undo the improvements made after the set of procedures. This consideration requires a high degree of personal exploration—are you planning on having any more children? Or, have you taken the correct steps to ensure you won’t undergo an unexpected pregnancy?
As a mommy makeover is a set of surgical processes, you must also know if you are in good health. Any infections, resistances to medications, or other health problems such as high blood pressure or hemophilia will complicate these procedures, hindering a safe and complete recovery. It is always best to consult your physician, along with a qualified plastic surgeon, to ensure your body is ready for the procedures included in a mommy makeover.
You should also have an idea about your body image and psychological health. For those suffering from postpartum depression—sometimes a debilitating psychological ailment—would not be good candidates for a mommy makeover. Having a realistic and healthy outlook on your body image, and the right expectations for the results of a mommy makeover, are crucial to ensuring this set of procedures is right for you.
Recovering from a Mommy Makeover
Recovery from a mommy makeover can be a daunting undertaking. Along with the bandages and gauzes that will be applied, you need to have a realistic understanding of all the parts that make up a full recovery.
You will be prescribed medications to help with pain and staving off infection. There will also be other wearables you need to have, such as a support bra.
You will also need to understand that physical activity, at least for a time, will be hindered. This is because you run the risk of reopening incisions that need time to heal.
A follow-up care plan will also be outlined, for which you need to be ready to take on. With the several procedures required, keeping up-to-date on this plan will spell either success or failure of the entire mommy makeover procedure.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
Undertaking a mommy makeover requires many considerations, but the benefits will be worth the price and pain involved. Many women have negative feelings about their bodies after bearing children, and some even experience extreme postpartum depression afterwards, with body issues as a component of that ailment.
Once a mommy makeover procedure and recovery are complete, many women experience positive self-image improvements that prove invaluable to quality of life. While, as stated above, it’s important to have a positive self-image beforehand, no one can deny that believing and feeling beautiful after childbearing is integral to a positive post-pregnancy state of mind.
Though this post has a lot of information to consider, nothing can replace a full consultation by a qualified, professional plastic surgeon. Contact our office today to speak with one of our highly-trained surgeons to talk about the risks, rewards, and processes involved in your mommy makeover.
Dr. Paula Moynahan is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Connecticut and and New York state. She is focused on addressing the signs of aging through various treatments including surgery, mommy makeovers, and skin treatments.