So…you have heard the term before, but what is a mommy makeover exactly?
The mommy makeover procedure is one of today’s most popular procedures throughout Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff and is a combination of plastic surgery procedures, tailored specifically to address common issues faced by women who have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
‘Mommy makeover’ is actually a catch-all phrase that refers to a specialized combo of body contouring procedures, performed in conjunction to improve the physical changes that linger long after pregnancy. One reason for its widespread popularity is that the mommy makeover has no set components; each individual procedure is personally tailored to fit each patient’s unique cosmetic goals. Typically, the surgical approach starts with a breast and abdomen contouring procedure, then adding additional elements as required.
The different aspects of a mommy makeover
As the abdomen and breasts are the key areas of change during pregnancy, a mommy makeover will often center around the form of an abdomen and breast procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts will enlarge, increasing as much as a full cup size or larger. Sometimes, returning back to normal can mean a significant loss in breast volume and noticeable sagging. Additionally, throughout the course of a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles, skin, and tissues will stretch to safely accommodate the growing baby. Unfortunately, after childbirth, these layers may not rebound to their pre-baby shape.
Your makeover may include:
Breast augmentation can restore fullness and lost volume, while a breast lift helps to lift sagging skin for improving shape. Today’s breast augmentation is safer and more effective than ever before, with many surgeons utilizing the Keller Funnel as a touch-free method to reduce the chance for infection and capsular contracture. For those with disproportionately large, uncomfortable breasts, a breast reduction surgery can create a smaller, more ideal appearance.
To further improve the figure, commonly added techniques can include abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck, a circumferential abdominoplasty and liposuction. Additionally, a mommy makeover can also include a thigh lift and an arm lift. Depending on the individual surgeon and the recommended set of procedures, a mommy makeover.
8 things you need to know about the mommy makeover
The mommy makeover will be performed as outpatient surgery – This allows you to recover at home. Commonly, for additional assistance during the first 24 hours, Dr. Laliberte may recommend an overnight recovery suite.
Your recovery will usually take around one to two weeks, however, this will depend on the procedures included in your mommy makeover. It is recommended that you plan on your recovery taking up to two weeks, during which time you will be sore, bruised and swollen.
You will need help around the house – You will be tired and tender for several days after your mommy makeover, making routine chores difficult. It is recommended to request assistance around the house from a family member or friend during this time.
Dr. Laliberte will prescribe the necessary pain medications for a comfortable recovery. Swelling can last for six months or longer – While some results of a mommy makeover are immediate, the full results cannot be assessed until all swelling has subsided; this can take up to a year.
Heavy lifting is strongly discouraged and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks after your mommy makeover; including carrying babies and children over 10 pounds.
As with most surgeries, a mommy makeover is best suited to non-smokers – Smoking inhibits circulation, delaying wound healing and substantially increasing the chance for serious complications to occur; It is highly recommended to stop smoking for at least eight weeks before and until the healing process has completed.
You will still need your exercise time – To ensure the results from your mommy makeover are long-lasting, resume your healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and routine exercise schedule.
Get ready for a considerable boost in your self-confidence – Your mommy makeover will be life-changing, restoring confidence and pride in your appearance.
Your personalized mommy makeover
The mommy makeover is ideal for bringing a post-baby body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. The best way to learn about the mommy makeover procedure is to do your own research. Our website has a multitude of information regarding the individual procedures, and the overall mommy makeover procedure. When you are ready to take the next step, schedule a consultation with Radiance Plastic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Laliberte. At this time, Dr. Laliberte will determine the exact procedures of your mommy makeover, as well as discussing the overall cost, payment options, and the possibility for health care financing.