You’ve probably seen plenty of “mommy makeovers” on Oprah and Dr. Phil where they feature some frumpy woman in sweat pants and bad hair who was a former beauty queen before she had kids and lost the will to care. The talk show team gets ahold of her, wipes the crust out of her eyes, takes her shopping at Nordstrom and has some celebrity hairstylist like Jose Eber work some magic on her mop. The big reveal shows her true beauty as a shocking revelation (c’mon this is TV, they don’t pick really ugly people) and everybody cries.
This is what I like to call a lower-case mommy makeover. It’s fun. It’s cute. But that mom will probably be back in her sweats before tomorrow’s carpool. When I and other plastic surgeons talk about a Mommy Makeover, we’re talking about an upper-case, life changing, truly rewarding experience that utilizes various procedures from breast augmentation to liposuction to a breast lift to a tummy tuck or any combination thereof to give a woman her body back after having children.
Can I Get My Pre-Pregnancy Shape Back Through Diet and Exercise?
Everybody and every body is unique, so I don’t know if your efforts at diet and exercise will yield the results you want. But you should certainly try! As a plastic surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area, I encourage my patients to wait a minimum of 6 months and preferably longer after having a baby before undergoing any type of plastic surgery. Give your body a chance to respond to less invasive tactics. Even if you do decide to go ahead with a Mommy Makeover, your surgical results and recovery will be even better due to your fitness level.
Lactation, breastfeeding and a pregnant stomach are all factors that cause skin to stretch and sag. A Mommy Makeover can address all of these problems. Sagging breasts can be brought back to their optimal place on your chest through a breast lift, and the volume lost after baby can be replaced with breast implants. If your stomach has some fatty areas but retained tight skin, simple liposuction may do the trick. But if your muscles were significantly separated during pregnancy or you have too much loose skin, then you may need a tummy tuck to tighten your rectus abdominis muscles (six pack muscles). During your tummy tuck operation, the right and left rectus abdominis muscles are sutured together, resulting in putting the muscles back into their original positions.
What is the Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
For the first 2-3 days, you will need consistent help and care to make sure that you stay hydrated, stay on top of your pain medication schedule, and have help getting in and out of bed, etc. A good option is to reserve a room at a post-op care facility. We use the effective if not creatively named Post-Op Recovery Place (www.postoprecoveryplace.com). These types of facilities have the experience to help you during your