Becoming a mother is a special and life-changing experience. However, it’s also a body-changing experience, and many women find that the after-effects of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding take a heavy toll on their confidence.
During pregnancy, the breasts swell and the skin stretches. Afterwards, the breasts may remain uncomfortably large or may lose their shape and volume, resulting in a sagging or deflated appearance. Likewise, the abdominal region stretches during pregnancy, and the skin and muscles do not always resume their original shape. Stretch marks and stubborn pockets of excess fat may also develop. Restoring your body to its pre-baby shape and appearance can be a huge challenge that cannot be addressed by diet and exercise alone.
Mommy makeovers have increased in popularity as more and more mothers seek a medical approach to rejuvenating their bodies after childbearing. A mommy makeover is a form of body contouring surgery that addresses concerns in both the abdominal area and the breasts in a single operative procedure. Mommy makeovers are designed to restore or enhance your body to its pre-pregnancy state through a combination of procedures tailored uniquely to you. What is included in a mommy makeover?
“Mommy makeover” is a descriptive term referring to several procedures and not a specific procedure. Each mommy makeover service is customized to the patient and includes a combination of procedures designed to achieve that patient’s individual goals. During your consultation, Dr. Newman will discuss your desired outcomes with you. He will then create a personalized care plan that addresses your needs. Some of the procedures commonly done in mommy makeovers include:
It is normal for one’s breasts to swell to a fuller size and shape during pregnancy. Many women find that their breasts remain larger after giving birth. This is only a welcome change if you continue to experience no skeletal deformities, low self-esteem, breathing problems, rashes, pain, poor posture, etc. If a larger breast size is affecting you in a negative way, breast reduction is an option to consider. The procedure removes fat and glandular tissue, tightens your skin and, if necessary, repositions the nipple and areola to produce lighter, smaller, perkier breasts.
A mastopexy can be carried out to correct breast unevenness and sagginess brought about by pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dr. Newman uses a variety of techniques in his breast lift procedures; choosing the best breast lift technique will depend on the several factors that will be discussed during the initial consultation. If you desire more rounded, smaller or larger breasts, you may want to consider going for a breast reduction or breast augmentation along with the breast lift. You will be able to deal with problems pertaining to stretched areolas, drooping nipples and decreased breast volume as well.
Weight gain is a normal and almost always part of pregnancy, but after giving birth, many women struggle to restore their pre-baby bodies despite dedicated efforts to exercise regularly and eat well. Liposuction, a body contouring procedure, can eliminate targeted pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise. The treatment is a safe and effective option for sculpting a number of problem areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, sides, arms and neck. Liposuction may be performed independently or in conjunction with a tummy tuck to achieve a more dramatic transformation in the abdominal area.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can tighten the muscles and skin of the abdomen after they have been stretched by pregnancy. The procedure creates a leaner figure by eliminating excess fat, tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess, sagging skin that failed to “snap back” after giving birth. If a significant amount of loose skin is present, liposuction alone is typically not enough to achieve an ideal result. A tummy tuck is best for addressing substantial excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles. Liposuction can be paired with abdominoplasty to sculpt the waistline further.
Depending on your aesthetic needs, there are other surgical and nonsurgical procedures that can be included in a mommy makeover. Some patients choose to undergo an additional lift procedure (Brazilian butt lift, lower body lift, etc.). Others opt for noninvasive SculpSure body contouring. Smaller procedures like Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels and other cosmetic skin treatments are also popular in mommy makeovers. In most cases, multiple procedures can be performed during a single session followed by one recovery period.
What are the benefits of mommy makeovers?
- Personalized to the needs and goals of every patient
- Helps achieve a more contoured tummy area
- Removes stubborn pockets of excess fat
- Restores a more youthful bust; helps breasts look perkier
- One operation and one recovery period is all it needs
- Results achieved sooner than if the procedures were performed individually over a longer timeframe
- Restores one’s confidence and self-esteem that may have been affected by childbirth or pregnancy
What is recovery like after a mommy makeover procedure?
Just as every mommy makeover is tailored to the patient, every patient’s recovery looks different. The length of your recovery period and the discomfort you experience during that time will depend on the combination and extent of the procedures chosen to be part of your mommy makeover. A mommy makeover minimizes overall recovery time by combining multiple procedures into a single surgical session.
Are mommy makeovers only for mothers?
Although the term comes from the popularity of these combined procedures with mothers, you do not have to be a mother to benefit. Any woman who wishes to rejuvenate her breasts and abdomen, whether she has had a child or not, can enjoy the transformative effects of a “mommy makeover.”
When is the best time to schedule a mommy makeover?
Determining the right time for a mommy makeover is a personal decision made between you and your plastic surgeon. Several factors must be considered. You should be fully recovered from childbirth and finished breastfeeding before undergoing surgery. Depending on the procedures you have chosen to include in your post-baby transformation, it may be best to wait until you are done having children to schedule your mommy makeover. Each pregnancy changes your body. If you have additional children after having a mommy makeover, you may reverse the results of your procedures.
Recovery is also an important consideration when it comes to planning your mommy makeover. An extensive mommy makeover that combines many procedures will have a significant recovery period during which you will have restrictions on the activities you can perform. It’s important to pick a surgery date that allows sufficient time for the healing process to take place.
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
Investment in a mommy makeover can vary greatly from patient to patient. The cost of your mommy makeover will depend on the number and type of procedures you choose to include. In the long run, a mommy makeover with one surgical session and one recovery period can be more cost-effective than undergoing each procedure individually. Cosmetic procedures like those commonly performed during a mommy makeover are not typically covered by insurance. Other financing options can be discussed during your initial consultation.
Ready to schedule your mommy makeover consultation in New York?
Your children are the focus of your life as a mother, but that does not mean you do not deserve to feel comfortable in your skin and confident about your appearance. If you are ready to take action to restore the body contours you had before giving birth, schedule a consultation with board-certified surgeon, Dr. Scott Newman, today. We proudly serve patients in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester and Greenwich.
This site was really helpful for me while I was trying to decide if I wanted to have liposuction, so I wanted to post my experience in hopes that it would help someone else trying to make the decision for themselves.Read More I am about 5’7 and my weight fluctuates between 140-145 pounds. I am very active and work out 4 times a week on average. That being said, I have been “fighting” with my outer thighs my entire life. I have tried a million different diets, and every kind of workout, and nothing has really helped. To put it in perspective, I have a size 2 waist and size 6 thighs. I am a curvy woman, and had no desire to change that, but just wanted my upper and lower body to be more proportionate.nycgirl30
So, for my 30th birthday, I decided to have liposuction on my outer thighs. The doctor I chose, Dr. Scott Newman, suggested that I do my inner and outer thighs, my banana roll, and my inner knee, so I went ahead with all 4 areas. I am writing a separate (great) review of him and his staff on the doctors review page.
I had my surgery yesterday, so this post describes my experience thus far. He made a total of 6 incisions, 1 in my groin, 1 under my butt, and 1 on the back of my knee on each leg. The surgery only took about 90 minutes. I was under general anesthesia, so I went to sleep and woke up when it was over. So far the recovery has been pretty easy, and I have only needed to take tylenol and not the vicodin they prescribed me. I was able to shower today and remove the compression garment I woke up in. I was pleasantly surprised! I am definitely swollen and a little bruised, but it’s not bad at all. I can already tell that it has maade a huge difference. I will be posting as my recovery goes on, but so far so good…very good.
I purchased a bottle of Arnicka from my doctor to help with the swelling and bruising because I tend to bruise pretty easily. It seems tohave worked for me and I would highly recommend it. I am barely bruised and not that swollen. I can’t guarantee that it’s due to the Arnicka, but I can’t say that it’s not, either.
The only negative part of this experience was that they never mentioned that they would be inserting a catheter during the surgery. I would have liked to have been forewarned that a side of effect of that can be the inability to urinate for a few hours after the procedure. It took about 6 hours or so before I was able to go, and it made me really nervous and worried because it was unexpected and I didn’t know why I couldn’t go. Other than that, everything went really well and has been great so far. I can’t wait for the swelling and bruising to go away and to see even better results.
For me, this decision, and the experience thus far has been totally worth it!
Are you a suitable candidate for a mommy makeover procedure?
If pregnancy resulted in unwanted changes to your body, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover. These changes can include:
- Excess and loose skin in the abdominal region
- Weakened abdominal muscles
- Deflated or sagging breasts that have lost volume
- Breasts that are uneven in size
- Breasts that look out of proportion when compared to the rest of your body
- Areolas that appear stretched and/or nipples that point downward
- Excess fat deposits in the thighs, hips and midsection
- Stretch marks
A good candidate for any surgical procedure is in good general health, a nonsmoker, prepared to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions and able to take sufficient time away from work and other activities to recover.
What can you expect in your initial consultation?
During the initial consultation with your plastic surgeon, your general medical history will be reviewed, your areas of concern will be examined and your goals will be considered. Use this opportunity to discuss what bothers you and raise any questions you have. The goal of the consultation is for you to get to know your surgeon and increase your confidence that you are making an informed decision regarding your mommy makeover. All in all, you and your plastic surgeon will be able to determine whether your goals are surgically feasible and devise a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.
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Your children are the focus of your life, but that does not mean you do not deserve to feel confident about your appearance once again. If you are ready to take action to restore the body contours you loved or once had before giving birth, get in touch with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Scott Newman, today!
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