Since becoming a mother, your priorities have undoubtedly shifted. You’ve set aside the things you used to do just for yourself to provide for all the needs of your family while being a loving and supporting partner – which is a full-time job. When was the last time you stopped to treat yourself for all your hard work?
Women who have had one or more children are increasingly choosing to get mommy makeovers to restore their pre-pregnancy shape. It’s an ideal option for any woman who is looking for a customized approach to body contouring.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Rather than being one standardized surgery with the same set of steps and components for every patient, a mommy makeover is a tailor-made series of cosmetic procedures designed to help reverse many of the less desirable changes you’ve noticed in your body after one or more pregnancies.
During your consultation, Dr. David Gerth will help you determine which options are best for you, based on your goals and what you are hoping to achieve. A mommy makeover is an excellent way to regain your youthful and feminine contours after experiencing the physical stresses of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
By solving the most common post-pregnancy problem areas simultaneously, a mommy makeover can restore both your figure and your self-esteem.
What Surgical Procedures are Involved in a Mommy Makeover?
Typical techniques women choose to get as part of their mommy makeover include a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or lift, liposuction, and butt lift. Though you may not choose all these surgeries as part of your mommy makeover, here’s a closer look at what these popular procedures entail.
Pregnancy often leads to loose skin and damaged abdominal muscles. Dr. Gerth can restore a flat belly by surgically removing lax skin and tightening muscles that have become separated under the strain of pregnancy.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding enlarge the breasts, sometimes by more than a full cup size. However, women who have weaned their children may notice significant sagging and loss of breast volume. A breast augmentation can restore youthful fullness and create a perkier profile with implants.
Women whose breasts have become pendulous may wish to have a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation, or as a stand-alone procedure. During a breast lift, Dr. Gerth repositions the breasts to sit higher on the chest and move the nipples and areolas, so they no longer point downward.
Pregnancy hormones often cause the body to develop new fat deposits that do not respond to conventional weight loss methods. After making small incisions in the skin, Dr. Gerth will suction out unwanted fat using a small tube called a cannula.
In a butt lift surgery, Dr. Gerth will provide enhanced contouring in the lower body by reshaping the buttocks and surrounding areas, such as the hips, lower back, and thighs.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Motherhood brings many joys and challenges, along with physical changes. Though diet and fitness can go a long way toward helping reverse these, they aren’t enough for many women who are trying to bounce back from growing and nurturing a baby. That’s why mommy makeovers have skyrocketed in popularity over the past several years.
To determine if a mommy makeover is right for you, Dr. Gerth will ask you questions about your health history, including any medications you are taking or are allergic to. However, in general, here are some criteria that qualify patients for a mommy makeover:
- After having children, you are dissatisfied with one or more aspects of your appearance.
- You are still wearing maternity or loose-fitting clothes to hide areas of your body where you haven’t been able to shed fat.
- You are in good physical health, with good skin elasticity.
- You have lost your post-baby weight and are within your target body weight.
- You are not a smoker.
- You have realistic expectations for what a mommy makeover can do for you.
- It has been at least half a year since you delivered your baby, and you are no longer breastfeeding.
- You are not planning to have any more children.
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Mommy Makeover Recovery and Results
Getting multiple surgical procedures at the same time may sound like a daunting prospect. However, combining cosmetic surgeries is a smart strategy for busy moms who only want to commit to one recovery period. Though your recovery time will vary depending on the extent of your treatment plan, in general, you should plan to take at least two weeks off work to allow your body to rest and heal.
A mommy makeover is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return home afterward, though you must arrange for your partner or someone else you trust to drive you home and to take care of you while the anesthesia wears off. It’s also a good idea to recruit another adult to help you around the house as you recover, especially if you have young children because you won’t be able to lift anything heavy – including your kids.
In the week or so leading up to your surgery, plan for your recovery time. Prepare a quiet room with plenty of entertainment options and comfortable pillows and blankets so you can rest. If you’re the primary housekeeper and cook in your household, you might also want to clean, do laundry, and prepare a week or so of meals in advance. You will likely be sore and swollen, and will probably tire more easily, so you won’t want to do many household chores.
Most women begin to get a good idea of what their results might look like within about three or four months after their mommy makeover, but it can take six months to a year to see your outcome. Be patient, and do not try to rush the natural healing process. You will recover properly if you eat a balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and give your body the time it needs.
The Best in Miami Mommy Makeovers
As a mom, you spend a lot of time being selfless. Now, it’s time to put yourself first. When you’re ready to get your pre-baby body back and restore your sexy, confident self, contact our Miami Beach clinic to schedule a mommy makeover consultation with Dr. David Gerth. As one of the most highly trained cosmetic surgeons practicing in the South Florida area, Dr. Gerth provides a high standard of patient care and is dedicated to helping his patients look and feel their absolute best.