Have you ever wondered what is involved in a mommy makeover? And what do I need to know before getting a mommy makeover? A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures chosen by each patient, generally involving a tummy tuck and breast augmentation or lift following the birth of their children. The idea behind a mommy makeover is to improve several areas of the body in one safe and convenient surgery while reducing recovery time.
What you need to know before getting a mommy makeover depends on the procedures you get during your specific makeover. Wirth Plastic Surgery is here to help!
Most common mommy makeover procedures
Pregnancy takes a significant toll on a woman’s body and can cause the following medical and aesthetic concerns:
- Sagging or asymmetrical breasts
- Unwanted pockets of fat
- Weakened abdominal muscles
- Loosened labial tissues
Traditionally, a surgeon would address these issues individually with different surgical procedures. However, a mommy makeover combines all your chosen body contouring procedures into one extended session to restore your pre-pregnancy body.
The five most common mommy makeover procedures include:
Breast augmentation is the most common mommy makeover procedure because it addresses misshapen or asymmetric breasts, which are the most common result of pregnancy. An incredibly personalized treatment consisting of various surgical options, the most common technique is breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants. Your chosen implants are placed in your breast pockets through small incisions, and the implant increases your cup size and ensures proportionality between both breasts.
A breast lift is another cosmetic procedure commonly included in a mommy makeover. Pregnancy and nursing can result in your breasts sagging, hanging, or pointing downward instead of standing upright on your chest. During the procedure, your surgeon makes small incisions around the breast to lift it back into a youthful and firm position while repositioning the nipples, so they’re pointing straight ahead.
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, tightens and contours the stomach. The surgeon will make a small 4” or a hip-to-hip incision depending on your specific aesthetic goals and concerns. A tummy tuck removes unwanted pockets of fat, trims away excess skin tissues, and tightens the underlying abdominal muscles. The result is a firm, toned, sculpted stomach without sagging skin tissue.
Liposuction is popular for mothers with unwanted pockets of fat around the body. Pregnancy redistributes the fat tissues in your body, creating areas of stubborn fat, such as the love handles, lower abdomen, and saddlebags. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure in which the unwanted fat pockets are suctioned out of your body, giving you a trimmer and more contoured look. The fat tissues are loosened and suctioned away from your body to help you achieve a contoured silhouette.
Labiaplasty decreases the size of the inner parts of the female genitalia, so it is aligned with the outer part of the female genitalia. Childbirth can make the inner labia appear loose and saggy, protruding out and beyond the outer labia. While this does not cause any functional problems, it can cause self-consciousness. During the labiaplasty, the excess labial tissues are trimmed away to restore youthful contours and appearance, improving your overall self-esteem and sexual confidence.
Preparing for surgery
While Dr. Wirth can address all of the medical and technical details, there are specific steps you can take before your mommy makeover to make the process as smooth and successful as possible.
First and foremost, you must be at least six months postpartum during your procedure. If you are currently breastfeeding, plan to wait at least six months after you have finished breastfeeding. However, this does not prevent you from booking a consultation with Dr. Wirth to design a personalized surgical plan for you when the time is right.
After your initial consultation, you will need a complete physical examination and blood work done. You should inform Dr. Wirth of any medications you are currently taking, as certain drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs can increase bleeding and must be avoided before surgery.
Regardless of which procedures your mommy makeover will include, your overall health is essential to achieve optimal results. Dr. Wirth will give precise recommendations to ensure your body is in the best possible condition before surgery. Nutrition and maintaining a stable weight are crucial, so be sure to follow a healthy eating plan which supplies all the nutrients your body needs before surgery.
Dr. Wirth can help you prepare for your mommy makeover
Mommy makeovers are an excellent option for any woman who is done having children and whose bodies have changed similarly—even without pregnancy. If this is you, it’s time to regain your body and confidence. Meet with Dr. Garrett Wirth today and decide what the best surgical procedure will be for achieving the body of your dreams.