Pregnancy and childbirth have profound effects on the body. While these effects are perfectly natural and common, not everyone is happy with them. If you’re unhappy with how pregnancy has changed your body, there’s good news: you can reclaim your body with mommy makeover procedures.
A mommy makeover is a type of cosmetic surgery that targets areas affected by a pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:
- Thighs and buttocks
As the patient, you have complete control over which procedures you choose and the results you want to achieve. Your plastic surgeon here at Arviv Plastic Surgery will review this information during your consultation and work to achieve your vision.
It’s important to remember that the mommy makeover surgery is actually several procedures done at once. Depending on which procedures you choose, the surgery can take up to six hours. Additionally, some patients opt for injectables to subtly shape their faces. Injections are non-invasive, fast, and are performed separately from cosmetic surgery.
So, what are the most common mommy makeover procedures? Here are the top three options and their goals.
Carrying a child puts a lot of strain on your abdominal muscles. The skin around the abdomen stretches to accommodate the later stages of development, resulting in stretch marks and sagging skin. A tummy tuck, the colloquial term for abdominoplasty, creates a slimmer waistline by removing excess skin and repairing torn muscles.
A breast lift or mastopexy restores breast shape for an elevated, youthful effect. Some patients choose to undergo breast reduction or augmentation at the same time. Breast reduction removes tissue for a more proportional size, as larger breasts can cause discomfort and even cause back problems. Breast augmentation restores volume lost through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Diet and exercise are essential to losing weight, but they’re not effective at targeting stubborn fat pockets. After having a baby, you may struggle to lose the extra heft around your abdomen, hips, and thighs. Fortunately, liposuction can target specific areas for a slimmer, more defined body.
Mommy makeovers offer physical and mental benefits. Patients have reported positive feelings about their appearance as well as practical advantages.
Fit Into Clothes Better
After months in maternity clothes, you’re probably eager to wear your old favorites again. However, they may not fit the way you remember. With all the changes your body has undergone, your clothes may hug the wrong places or be a bit tight where they weren’t before. A mommy makeover can return you to your previous size and help you enjoy your favorite outfits without feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable.
Hormones from pregnancy can have a drastic impact on the texture and color of your skin. Many patients find their skin isn’t as smooth after childbirth, and they have areas of hyperpigmentation. A mommy makeover can remedy these issues, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Take Care of Several Surgeries at Once
No matter the procedure, when you have invasive cosmetic surgery, you need several weeks to recover. That means taking time off work, finding childcare, and needing help with daily tasks such as cooking dinner and running errands. If you got a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction separately, you’d have to make these arrangements three times.
When you choose a mommy makeover, however, you take care of all three at once. That means less downtime and more time spent enjoying your revitalized body.
The number one benefit of any cosmetic surgery is boosting patients’ confidence. You should feel at home in your skin and feel proud of your appearance.
Typically, patients require a few weeks to heal after surgery. During this time, they can’t lift anything over 10 pounds. As a result, we recommend that you have a loved one or professional caretaker to help you during this time.
Additionally, we recommend that you wait to have the mommy makeover surgery until you’re done having children. Every pregnancy takes its toll, so the resolved issues may return if you have the procedures and then have another pregnancy.
If your family is complete and you’re ready for your makeover, then you can consult your surgeon on the best time. If you want a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation, we recommend waiting until you’re no longer breastfeeding. The same is true of injectables, as substances put into your body may appear in breast milk. Additionally, you should be fully recovered from childbirth before undergoing any cosmetic surgeries.
During your consultation, you’ll speak with one of Arviv Plastic Surgery’s experienced surgeons. At this time, we’ll discuss expectations, recovery, and pre-surgery instructions:
- No drinking
- No smoking
- Medication adjustments
- Lab work orders
Does a mommy makeover Tampa sound like the perfect way to transform your body? If you want to reclaim your pre-childbirth self, then it’s time to contact Arviv Plastic Surgery. Our friendly staff is more than happy to answer your questions and set up a consultation. To get in touch, contact us online or call 813-336-6771.
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