Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
One of the greatest benefits of a mommy makeover is the fact that it can be customized to meet every woman’s needs. If a woman is bothered by pockets of fat that simply will not go away with diet or exercise, they may benefit from liposuction. If they are facing excess skin and weakened muscles around the abdomen, a tummy tuck may be ideal.
For some women, liposuction and a tummy tuck may be performed. Regardless of the types of issues a woman is dealing with after their pregnancy, a mommy makeover can assist them in regaining their shape.
A mommy makeover can serve as a starting point for changing a woman’s lifestyle and making their appearance a priority. For another woman, a mommy makeover help them look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Following a mommy makeover, many women report great joy from being able to wear the clothing they desire in confidence and participating in activities they may have avoided in the past.
Good Candidates for a Mommy Makeover
The ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are women who are sure they are finished having children and are self-conscious about their post-baby bodies. They should be fully recovered from pregnancy, in good general health, have a body mass index less than 30, and either have no medical problems or only minor issues that are under control. In addition, women who hope to undergo a mommy makeover should have stopped breastfeeding for at least 4 to 6 months prior to surgery. Women who are at a stable weight and maintain realistic expectations for their cosmetic surgery results make the best mommy makeover candidates.
What to Expect During a Mommy Makeover Consultation
During a mommy makeover consultation at his Seattle office, Dr. Jonov will get to know a woman’s cosmetic goals and answer any questions they may have about the surgery. If he determines a woman is a good candidate, he will recommend a combination of body contouring procedures that can help her resolve her specific post-pregnancy cosmetic concerns and restore her confidence. A consultation with Dr. Jonov is also a great opportunity for patients to view before and after pictures and learn more details about each of the breast and abdomen procedures in her recommended treatment plan.
Surgical Techniques Used During a Mommy Makeover
Mommy makeover is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. It is customized to meet each patient’s goals. Usually, however, the breasts and tummy are addressed. Here’s a closer look at the types of procedures that may be performed to resolve the various aesthetic concerns many women have after giving birth.
Loss of breast volume and/or breast tissue, sagging and/or drooping (ptosis), excess skin, and breasts that have become too large are common issues women notice with their breasts after pregnancy. Breast augmentation with implants, breast lift, breast augmentation with a lift, and breast reduction surgery may help. The goal of these cosmetic surgery procedures is to create a feminine and youthful contour to the breasts and ensure that they are sized appropriately for the patient’s goals and frame.
Most women are bothered by their abdomen after having a baby. They may gain stubborn excess fat and/or a persistent bulge in the abdomen, sagging and loose skin, stretch marks, and other unsightly skin irregularities. A tummy tuck or liposuction of the abdomen may solve these problems by removing excess tissues, tightening the abdominal muscles, and reshaping the entire abdominal area for improved contour.
Pregnancy often affects a woman’s lower body by leaving excess skin in the buttocks, hips, and things. A lower body lift including liposuction and skin tightening of the buttocks, hips, and thighs may improve the cosmetics of the lower body.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
The mommy makeover is usually performed in a single session that addresses all areas of the patient’s concerns at one time. In most cases, general anesthesia is used and the session takes several hours. While a mommy makeover may involve a number of procedures, two of the most common are breast lift and tummy tuck.
A breast lift involves an incision that is made in each breast to access the underlying tissues. Various incision patterns may be used depending on how much correction is required. Once the incision is made, the tissue is reshaped and lifted and excess loose skin is removed. Some women opt for breast implants during this time in order to add breast volume. This is known as an augment lift.
During a tummy tuck, an incision is made across the stomach just above the pubic area so that excess skin and fat can be removed for a smoother contour. A tummy tuck also tightens and reshapes any muscles that are loose and separated.
Recovering From a Mommy Makeover
The recovery period after a mommy makeover procedure varies greatly and depends on the specific combination of procedures Dr. Jonov performs. Most patients find that the abdomen takes the most time to heal.
In most cases, however, women can return to work and resume their daily activities within 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities are safe after 2 to 3 months after a mommy makeover.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mommy Makeover
Is a mommy makeover safe?
While a mommy makeover comes with risks, just like other surgeries, it is safe, especially when performed by a highly skilled surgeon such as Dr. Jonov.
When is the ideal time for a mommy makeover?
Dr. Jonov recommends that mothers wait at least a year after having their last child before undergoing a mommy makeover. Since most mommy makeover procedures involve recovery periods that make it a challenge to care for small children for several weeks after surgery, many mothers wait until their children are a bit older.
How many procedures are involved in a mommy makeover?
The answer to this question varies from patient to patient. While some women only require two procedures, others may benefit from as many as five. It all depends on their unique goals.
Does undergoing more procedures mean a longer recovery time?
Some women are intimidated by the fact that a mommy makeover involves multiple procedures in a single session. However, the recovery time is often the same as it would be for one procedure. While the length of a mommy makeover is dependent on what procedures are performed, it typically takes between 2 to 5 hours.
What if I get pregnant after undergoing a mommy makeover?
If possible, it’s best to wait until you’re done having children before undergoing a mommy makeover. However, if you do get pregnant, you won’t be in danger but will find that your results will disappear.
Can a mommy makeover resolve stretch marks?
If stretch marks exist on an area of the body (i.e. breast, tummy, etc.) that is going to be lifted and tightened, they may be removed when the excess skin is trimmed away. For any stretch marks left behind, as well as any other skin irregularities that may exist, there are skin-rejuvenating techniques that can help fade and remove these imperfections.
Will a mommy makeover leave scars?
Scarring will occur after a mommy makeover. However, Dr. Jonov strives to carefully close incisions so that scarring is reduced. It fades over time and can be disguised with bathing suits and undergarments.
Will a mommy makeover make me look fake?
The purpose of a mommy makeover is to restore the pre-pregnancy shape and confidence of women after giving birth. It is not to make them look like Barbie dolls. Dr. Jonov strives for a natural look rather than one that makes a woman appear fake and “plastic”.
Can I undergo a mommy makeover if I have not had children?
A mommy makeover is just a name for a group of combined procedures. It’s not limited to mothers and may be a good option for patients who have gained and then lost a significant amount of weight. Dr. Jonov can design a customized treatment to target various problems with different procedures that are combined in one session.
How long do results last?
Patients can maintain the results of their mommy makeover for years and years by making healthy lifestyle choices and staying in good shape. Unless a woman gains a significant amount of weight or becomes pregnant again, she won’t typically have to seek revisions down the road.
Why Choose Dr. Jonov for a Mommy Makeover
Dr. Jonov is well-known in the Seattle area for his experience with mommy makeovers. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is committed to helping mothers feel good about the way they look. Since Dr. Jonov believes in a collaborative approach, you can expect to work with him to design a mommy makeover plan that is ideal for your preferences and aesthetic goals.
He uses state-of-the-art techniques and will be there for you before, during, and after your surgery session. If Dr. Jonov performs your mommy makeover, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your body and health is in the very best hands.
Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation with Dr. Jonov
If you have found that your body has changed dramatically after pregnancy and you wish to regain your pre-baby body, a mommy makeover may be right for you. To determine whether you are a good candidate for this surgery, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Jonov at his office in Seattle. Call us at 425-775-3561 or fill out our convenient online contact form.