Having a baby is a beautiful and life-altering experience in many ways! Not only is your routine forever altered—so is your body. If pregnancy and nursing have taken their toll on your body and self-confidence, it may be time to prioritize your needs by considering a mommy makeover.
We all know moms are master jugglers. Luckily, the mommy makeover is the ultimate multi-tasker. The approach allows us to address many of your concerns and achieve transformative results with a single surgery.
In this post, I’ll discuss the many benefits of this combination procedure, answer the question “what does a mommy makeover consist of,” and explain what you can expect with the recovery and results.
What’s a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is an excellent “one-stop-shop” procedure for women who are done nursing and having children and want to:
- Tighten and tone sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat
- Remove or improve pregnancy stretch marks
- Firm and boost the breasts
- Regain pre-pregnancy confidence
To achieve these goals, mommy makeover patients receive a customized combination of treatments that may include:
- Breast augmentation: Restores fullness and volume to the breasts
- Breast lift: Raises sagging or drooping breasts and nipples
- Tummy tuck: Removes loose, excess skin and tightens stretched abdominal muscles
- Liposuction: Removes excess fat and firms the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, or other trouble spots
- Nonsurgical skin tightening: Firms the skin using radiofrequency
Because every post-baby body is unique, our philosophy is to tailor your mommy makeover procedure to fit your needs and the desired outcome. At your consultation, we will discuss your concerns and determine the safest, most effective “bundled” approach to help you achieve the mommy makeover results you’re seeking.
Benefits of Combining Procedures
We find that many women feel guilty about taking time away from family, work, and household responsibilities to recover from a cosmetic procedure. With a mommy makeover procedure, patients undergo only a single surgery, leading to many benefits:
Comprehensive Transformation: Combining surgical procedures allows for a more extensive body transformation. This approach addresses multiple areas of concern simultaneously, such as the breasts, abdomen, and thighs, providing a more balanced and harmonious outcome.
Reduced Overall Recovery Time: Instead of undergoing separate surgeries with individual recovery periods, combining procedures can reduce the overall recovery time. Recovery from multiple procedures can be managed together, streamlining the process and reducing the need to juggle your schedule multiple times.
Cost Efficiency: Combining surgical procedures is more cost-effective than undergoing each procedure separately. You’ll likely save on facility fees, anesthesia costs, and other expenses associated with individual surgeries.
Single Anesthesia Session: Anesthesia is generally safe, but minimizing exposure to anesthesia is always a consideration. Combining procedures means undergoing anesthesia just once, reducing the potential risks of multiple administrations.
Enhanced Results: Certain procedures, when performed together, can enhance the overall results. For example, combining a tummy tuck with liposuction achieves a more sculpted abdominal area, and the addition of a breast augmentation or lift emphasizes your new sculpted silhouette.
So, even though a mommy makeover may seem like a considerable investment, our busy patients appreciate its ROI.
Mommy Makeover Recovery: What To Expect
Rest assured, your mommy makeover transformation will be comprehensive, but it won’t happen overnight. Having realistic expectations and a good understanding of what to expect is essential. Recovery from a mommy makeover requires patience, planning, and plenty of rest. While most patients can return to work and resume normal activities after a few weeks, full recovery can take up to 6 weeks. Here are some more recovery details:
- Bruising and swelling will peak a few days post-surgery but subside after a few weeks
- A tummy tuck requires a longer recovery than breast augmentation or liposuction.
- Patients are usually permitted to drive and return to non-strenuous work after 10 days
- Heavy lifting should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks
Finally, here are some takeaways and tips for a smoother mommy makeover recovery:
- Arrange for help (babysitters, housekeepers, etc.) in advance of your surgery so that you can focus on resting
- Follow your post-surgery protocol closely to enhance comfort and ease healing and recovery
- While rest is paramount, take short walks to boost circulation
- Trust the healing process—your results will be well worth the wait
Mommy Makeover Results
While some patients notice immediate improvement, it can take up to a year to achieve your full transformation. Many patients can appreciate their results within a couple of months, with gradual healing and improvements occurring for several months post-surgery. Women who maintain a healthy lifestyle can expect to preserve their mommy makeover results for many years. I invite you to click through our mommy makeover before-and-after photos to see the impressive results we can achieve.
Are You Ready To Take the Next Step?
If you’re ready to look and feel better in your post-pregnancy body, a mommy makeover may be right for you. However, don’t trust your mommy makeover transformation to just any doctor; a multi-faceted combination surgery takes experience, precision, and skill. Dr. Rockmore is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of mommy makeover experience who can help you regain your pre-pregnancy body and self-esteem. We encourage you to request a consultation online or call us at (518) 328-3330 to schedule an appointment.