Mommy Makeover: Who is a Candidate?

While childbirth is considered one of the greatest joys in life, many women would prefer to have their pre-pregnancy bodies back.

Sixty-two percent of mothers said they would be interested in reshaping their bodies if cost was not an issue, according to an American Society of Plastic Surgeons survey.

That is why the “Mommy Makeover,” a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures, is increasingly an option for women looking to restore their appearance after they have had their kids or lost significant weight.

Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding and massive weight loss all can lead to stretched skin, droopy breasts, thickened waists, abdominal wall issues and fat pockets on the thighs, buttocks, back and arms. The Mommy Makeover can address those things during a single or multiple-staged surgery.

Abdominal contouring, liposuction of problems areas, and some type of breast procedure, or some combination of these procedures will help restore a woman’s body back to a more youthful appearance. 

A plastic surgeon will usually recommend a tummy tuck and/or liposuction and a breast procedure (lift, reduction, augmentation, or augmentation with a lift).

Who is a good candidate for a makeover? It is a physically and emotionally healthy woman near her ideal weight. Consult with your plastic surgeon for guidelines.

Candidates also should give their bodies recovery time post baby delivery. Specifically, any mom who is breastfeeding should wait to schedule a makeover to ensure that breast implants or lifts do not impede milk production.

In addition, women should wait until they have completed their childbearing. This will help sustain the makeover’s long-lasting results. 

Women interested in a Mommy Makeover should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to explore whether they are a good candidate and develop a tailored plan to attain their best shape.

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