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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Are you a brand-new mommy and your body just is not returning to the pre-pregnancy state you thought it would? If so, you may be wondering if there is a way to boost your body's pre-baby firmness and tone. The unfortunate reality is that, despite our best exercise and fitness efforts, our bodies don't always bounce back. This has led to a growing trend in plastic surgery to help restore a woman's body to its "pre-mommy" form. It is called a Mommy Makeover.
A full Mommy Makeover typically includes a breast lift, with or without implants, a tummy tuck and liposuction. There were 325,000 Mommy Makeovers done in the U.S. last year. This number represents an 11 percent increase in procedures. A Mommy Makeover costs roughly $12,000-$15,000, depending upon the selected procedures a patient chooses to include.

Body Changes during Pregnancy

During pregnancy, most women typically gain 25-35 pounds. Most pregnancy weight is stored as fatty tissue in the breasts, tummy, hips, buttocks, thighs, lower back and flanks. The breasts get bigger in preparation for breastfeeding. The abdomen naturally expands as the baby grows. This causes weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles and stretches the skin. Skin that is significantly stretched within a short period of time can result in purplish stretch marks as the skin's collagen is broken down.

After the Baby

While most new mothers lose a large amount of weight after the birth of their baby, it is can be difficult to firm up or trim the excess fatty tissue in specific areas. After breastfeeding, the breasts will lose their fullness and begin to sag. The weakened abdominal muscles and extra fat in the mid-section make the belly bulge and appear fuller. To get the best results from a Mommy Makeover, it is recommended that you wait at least six months after having a baby to undergo the body contouring procedures.
There are several things you should consider before deciding to have the procedures that comprise a Mommy Makeover. A qualified plastic surgeon will discuss the following with you:
• Are you finished having children?
• Has your weight stabilized?
• Are finished breastfeeding?

The Choices

A Mommy Makeover can be comprised of a variety of plastic surgery procedures, tailored to a person’s specific needs and desired results. The most commonly targeted areas of the body are the tummy and the breasts. Any combination of procedures can be qualified as a Mommy Makeover; it depends upon the desired results. Here are the most popular options:
• Breast augmentation
• Breast lift
• Breast reduction with a lift
• Full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck
• Mini abdominoplasty
• Butt lift
• Liposuction to contour

The Actual Procedure

Some physicians choose to perform the procedures during two or more separate operations, depending upon the combination and intricacy of the chosen procedures. The ideal schedule allows for all components of the Mommy Makeover to be done in one day. The patient usually stays overnight in the hospital for one night. Mommy Makeovers are typically scheduled with the goal of completing recovery in a concise time period so the patient can return to an active family life as soon as possible.

Recovery

The patient population undergoing a Mommy Makeover is typically made up of young, healthy mothers. Recovery usually takes two to three weeks before a patient can return to rigorous activities or exercise, and a full six weeks before heavy lifting is allowed. Returning to an active family life within one month of surgery is the ultimate plan for most new mothers.

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