Despite all the blessings it may bring, childbearing can have long-lasting negative effects on the physical appearance of women — affecting both their comfort and confidence. A new mother may experience a number of undesirable changes to her face, breasts and overall body even years after giving birth. Some of the most common complaints from patients include: changes in weight, saggy skin, puffy faces, and enlarged breasts. Mommy makeovers are today’s most popular solution to these problems and have become the go-to choice for countless mothers. At North Florida Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center, we offer our patients the opportunity to regain control of their bodies and strengthen their confidence with the help of mommy makeovers tailored specifically to the individual needs of each mom.
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to restore and improve the physical appearance of women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding. This type of body contouring and plastic surgery has seen an incredible rise in popularity in recent years, no doubt because of the flexibility of which procedures may be included in the session. Most commonly, mommy makeovers focus on the breasts and abdomen which are most susceptible to lingering pregnancy-related changes.
The majority of patients who seek mommy makeover surgery want to change the appearance of their breasts once they have finished breastfeeding. Some women might benefit from a breast augmentation procedure because of a sharp decrease in their breast volume, while other women may need a breast reduction in order to alleviate back or neck pain resulting from the added weight. Sagginess may also be of concern to new mothers and could similarly be addressed with the help of a breast lift.
Liposuction works by removing deposits of excess fat throughout the body in order to give patients a slimmer, more toned appearance. Though diet and exercise play the greatest role in body mass composition, some women struggle to reach their ideal body weight, especially after pregnancy. Changes in eating habits and disrupted sleep can make it difficult for women to have the energy or time to exercise certain areas of the body to get back to their pre-pregnancy appearance.
Another common area of change following pregnancy is the abdomen. As the skin in the abdomen stretches to make room for the baby, it begins to lose its elasticity, often resulting in saggier skin after birth. Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, tightens and reshapes the skin and muscles in the abdomen, giving patients more youthful and slimmer appearances.
Recovery from a mommy makeover may take between one week and two weeks depending on the procedures included. In general, plan for your recovery to take at least two weeks during which you may experience soreness, bruising, and swelling. You will most likely need to request help around the house and at work. During this time you should refrain from any heavy lifting or driving. Before resuming driving, make sure you have consulted with your doctor. Swelling symptoms may last for six months or longer, during which the benefits of your makeover may not yet be visible. If you are a smoker, refrain from smoking for at least a month before and after surgery or stop smoking altogether. Lastly, to ensure the effectiveness of your results, make sure you exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet.