The phases of pregnancy and childbirth can cause some of the most dynamic changes in a woman’s body, and sometimes an exercise regimen doesn’t cut it. Because of the way that the female body stores fat during the pregnancy process, it can be nearly impossible to slim down afterwards. After being stretched during the pregnancy process, the abdominal area can be especially challenging to restore. If you’ve been trying to take your body back, a mommy makeover can help you feel like yourself again.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is unique, because it’s made up of a set of surgical procedures that are customized to your needs. Its aim is to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy state, which usually requires removing stubborn fat and tightening the skin in certain areas. Most commonly, a mommy makeover procedure consists of:
- Breast procedures, including Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, or Breast Reduction.
- Body procedures, including Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.
Many women also opt for cosmetic procedures to combat aging and add some finishing touches to the face or body. During your consultation with Dr. Dodde, you can discuss the best treatment package for your unique body and aesthetic goals.
Who is a Candidate?
The mommy makeover is specific to mommies because it focuses on the areas that are most affected by pregnancy. However, you may not be eligible for this procedure if you aren’t fully recovered from childbirth or are still nursing, since this can affect your ability to recover and your results. You should be in good physical and mental health and have a good idea of what you would like to change about your body. Dr. Dodde can also recommend other options if you feel that surgery is not right for you.
What Happens During a Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover is highly customized to your unique body, so Dr. Dodde can give you the best idea of what to expect during your procedure. However, most surgical procedures that are included in a mommy makeover can be performed at the same time, meaning you don’t need to take additional time off.
For breast procedures, it can usually include some combination of an augmentation and lift, or reduction and lift. The goal of this is to restore the breasts to a more youthful, upright profile. Augmentation generally uses implants to achieve a new size, while a reduction may use fat removal techniques. A lift generally removes excess skin as the breast is repositioned.
For body procedures, a tummy tuck is most common for mommy makeovers, since the abdomen is most commonly affected by the pregnancy and childbirth process. This technique includes removing excess skin and fat, and also tightening the underlying muscles, which can have many medical benefits for post-pregnancy women. Liposuction can be used on fatty areas like the lower body, which is most commonly affected.
What is the Recovery Like?
Your recovery period will depend on how extensive your procedure is and what your aesthetic goals are. If you opt for surgical procedures, you’ll need to schedule downtime afterwards to ensure you get the rest you need and allow for your body to go through its natural healing process. Any pain can be managed by prescribed medication from Dr. Dodde, who will ensure that you have detailed care steps to follow, dependent on your unique procedures.