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Mommy Wants a Makeover

April 4, 2012

Written by Christine G. Adamo

Mommy Wants a Makeover

Sometimes, mommies just want a much-needed break. Other times? They want their pre-pregnancy bodies back. If you’re interested in a Mommy Makeover (via breast augmentation, tummy tuck and/or liposuction), learn everything you need to know here.

Mommy Makeover Readiness Quiz: Do you ever think…?
  • What happened to my pre-pregnancy body?
  • How did my breasts get all the way down there?
  • Is there anything I can do to get rid of stretch marks?
  • Now that I’ve lost my baby weight, how do I get rid of cellulite?
  • Will I ever want to have sex again and what can I do to feel sexier?
Cosmetic plastic surgery procedures – like breast augmentation – exist, in part, to help women overcome post-pregnancy body image issues. So, don’t feel badly about wanting to regain the confidence you had before having children. After all, loving your offspring is not the issue. Loving the body you have now may be.

If you can’t help but wonder how you can get your pre-baby body back, read on!

Common Mommy Makeover Procedures

In consultation with a caring, qualified plastic surgeon you’ll determine which post-pregnancy procedures make the most sense for you. As you learn more, keep in mind that the greatest gift you can give yourself and your family is preparation.

Before beginning your Mommy Makeover find out:
  • How much time recovery will realistically take
  • Who you can turn to for help during your recovery
  • What types of limitations you’ll experience as you heal
  • What environment will best support your healing process
  • What you need to do to prepare yourself & your loved ones
Remember, this Mommy Makeover is for you. Rely on your plastic surgeon’s knowledge and expertise to get the best, longest-lasting results. Be informed. Be prepared. And give yourself the kind of care you give everyone else on a daily basis!

The most common Mommy Makeover procedures include:
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
Breast augmentation restores breast volume and creates curves. A tummy tuck is used to correct the look and shape of your abdomen and waist and may help address stretch marks. Liposuction helps rid your body of newly acquired (or pre-existing) cellulite.

Breast Augmentation & Your Mommy Makeover

Are you ready for breasts that are fuller, have more curve appeal and stand taller? During breast augmentation, breast implants are used for just that purpose. Your plastic surgeon will help you choose the type (ex: saline or silicone breast implants), size and shape of implant that meets your needs and preferences.

In some cases, an accompanying breast lift may be suggested. Breast lift surgery is performed to raise breasts and the accompanying areola. If your girls are sagging, drooping – or both – you may benefit from a breast lift.

Women who’ve had breast augmentation (with or w/o a breast lift) rave about feeling:
  • More Proportionate
  • Downright, Super Sexy
  • Younger & More Feminine
Breast augmentation recovery periods are body specific. Your general health will dictate your recovery time as your body grows accustomed to breast implants and heals from incisions. Some pain/discomfort comes with the territory and should be expected.

Tummy Tuck & Your Mommy Makeover

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) can correct the look and shape of your abdomen and waist. It may also address stretch marks in any areas which are scheduled for treatment, but not in those which fall outside of the treatment area.

Additionally, a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss strategy. If you still have baby weight to lose, your plastic surgeon may suggest that you diet and exercise until you get within a target range of your ideal weight before surgery.
Abdominoplasty typically comes in two forms:
  • Full Tummy Tuck (2 to 5 hrs. to complete)
  • Mini Tummy Tuck (1 to 2 hrs. to complete)
During a full tummy tuck, two incisions are usually made – one across the lower abdomen and one at the navel. Your ab muscles are tightened after your skin is lifted and/or fat is removed. Once the skin is lifted, your belly button is given a new home.

During a mini tummy tuck, only the lower abdomen is affected. A short incision is usually needed to tighten abs and remove excess skin or fat. Your belly button may or may not be moved. This surgery is less invasive, so potential infection rates are lower.

Liposuction & Your Mommy Makeover

If you want to give existing or new cellulite a “Time Out”, liposuction (or lipoplasty) may be right for you. Essentially, lipo helps you get your pre-pregnancy body back in ways diet and exercise can’t – it’s like target treatment for trouble spots.

There are multiple liposuction techniques available today. Your plastic surgeon should focus on the one that’s right for you, with a goal of making your skin look tighter and smoother by removing those fat cells which create a ripple or pucker effect.

Liposuction associated with a Mommy Makeover is often used to target:
  • Your Butt or Behind
  • Your Stomach or Tummy
  • Your Waist, Hips & Thighs
After liposuction, your body should appear slimmer, more balanced and more sculpted.

Other Mommy Makeover Details

But, wait – there’s even more to a Mommy Makeover!

Your pre-pregnancy body is within easy reach. Perkier breasts are coming. You’ll soon say “Bye, bye” to cellulite – and “Hello” to a sexier body and healthier sex drive. But, as your worries fade, remember to tend to a few details.

Before scheduling any form of cosmetic surgery, be sure your plastic surgeon is experienced and board certified. Ask to discuss Mommy Makeover cost. Request to see examples of liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation before and after photos.

Do what you can to ensure a speedy recovery, too:
  • Follow post-op instructions closely
  • Schedule & attend post-op appointments
  • Put yourself (& your health) first for a change
With preparation, a little patience and proper recovery you’ll feel like your “old”, pre-pregnancy self in no time.


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