Mommy Makeover – What’s Included and When to Get One

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Are you interested in a mommy makeover? This procedure is one of the most common plastic surgery techniques for women who have gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding. We recommend this procedure once you are done having children so that you can achieve the results you want.

Let’s learn more about what a mommy makeover is and the procedures that are typically performed. The good news is that you can tailor this surgery to fit your individual needs as there are no set components.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Do?

Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding take a toll on the body. This is why plastic surgeons recommend a minimum of six months before having a mommy makeover. The body needs time to heal. If you plan on breastfeeding, expect to wait longer.

During your postpartum period, we recommend focusing on healthy lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating a balanced diet. This can help you lose a lot of the weight you gained while pregnant. Breastfeeding is also an excellent way to burn calories. If you’re not losing as much weight as you had hoped for, work with a trainer who can ease you back into a healthy routine without damaging your body.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when diet and exercise will only do so much for the body. It’s possible that hormones from the pregnancy caused your body to develop new fat deposits. Even if you lose all of your pre-pregnancy weight, you might find that you have a “muffin top” or “love handles.” This is frustrating but not uncommon. Luckily, a mommy makeover can help you achieve the body you want.

Main Components of a Mommy Makeover

The primary areas that change during pregnancy are the breasts and abdomen, so a mommy makeover typically focuses on these areas. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts tend to get bigger. If and when they return to “normal,” the breasts tend to have a significant loss in volume.

Additionally, other parts of the body tend to look “saggy” because the muscles were previously stretched to accommodate the growing baby. Unfortunately, diet and exercise are often not enough to get the skin firm and tight again. Only a surgical procedure can achieve these results.

Here are some procedures that can be included in your mommy makeover:

  • Breast augmentation. Breast augmentation uses breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. Aside from size, this procedure restores lost volume and improves asymmetry.
  • Breast lift. A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to reshape the breast. This procedure can fix an enlarged areola as well.
  • Breast reduction. A breast reduction removes excess breast fat and glandular tissue to create more proportionate breasts. Not only will the breasts look better, but also any discomfort with having large breasts is alleviated.
  • Tummy tuck. Also known as an abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. Exercise and diet don’t always produce a flat belly, so a tummy tuck will give you the firm abdominal profile you’re looking for.
  • Body lift. A body lift removes excess sagging skin and fat from the abdominal area, buttocks and thighs. This procedure can also shape these areas and improve a dimpled skin surface.
  • Liposuction. Liposuction slims and reshapes various parts of the body, such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, abdomen and waist. This procedure is best for women who want to get rid of fat in specific spots but have a stable weight.

When is the Best Time to Have a Mommy Makeover?

The ideal time to get a mommy makeover is once you are done having children. But, this doesn’t mean that you should start planning for the procedure as soon as you deliver your last child. For the best results, keep these three considerations in mind:

  1. Reach your pre-pregnancy weight. Give yourself time to heal from having children. This includes waiting until you are back to your pre-pregnancy weight. We take things a step further and prefer that our clients maintain their weight for at least six months. Weight stabilization is important because it means that your body has recovered from pregnancy and childbirth.
  2. Finish breastfeeding. If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, you’ll need to wait for a mommy makeover. Typically, we recommend that our clients have stopped breastfeeding for at least six months before they have any procedures done. While you are breastfeeding, your breasts change shape and size. You need time for them to return to normal so that we can get a more accurate assessment.
  3. Time of year. The time of year is something that many clients don’t consider - but we do! We feel that fall and winter are some of the best months to have a mommy makeover because the shorter days give you more time to recover. Plus, a winter wardrobe will conceal your breasts and tummy while they heal.

Recovering from a Mommy Makeover

Our clients are often elated to have the opportunity to get a mommy makeover. But, do keep in mind that this procedure requires downtime. Your healing period will depend on the procedures you have done, but you will have recovery time with all of them.

For example, recovery from a tummy tuck can take 2-3 months. While you won’t be in bed this whole time, you won’t be able to lift more than 25 pounds. A breast augmentation, on the other hand, generally has a shorter recovery time of 2 days in bed and several days of reduced activity. Build your recovery time into your schedule so that you have the proper help at home.

Finally, be aware that you may not see the full results from your procedure right away. Your breasts and abdomen will be swollen for the first 3-6 weeks. This is normal - it’s your body's inflammatory response. Take care of yourself, follow your instructions and get adequate rest to ensure a safe and complete healing.

A mommy makeover is tailored to your individual needs and goals. It will give you a serious boost in self-confidence and allow you to take on new opportunities in your personal and professional life - all while being a mom! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shahin Javaheri, contact our San Francisco plastic surgeon today.