Mommy makeovers are on the rise, reflecting a shift in the way women think about their post-pregnancy bodies. Modern women understand that they can love their children and still wish they had their pre-baby bodies back. Here’s a deeper look into mommy makeovers and how they can help after common motherhood-related surgeries.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Some think that a mommy makeover includes specific procedures, but the truth is it can be customized to meet your needs. In general, a mommy makeover involves procedures that improve the breasts and abdomen, which are the areas most affected during pregnancy. Breast augmentation, breast lifts, tummy tucks and liposuction are some of the procedures commonly chosen as part of a mommy makeover.
C-Section and Hysterectomy Scars
After a hysterectomy or C-section, excess skin can hang over the scar and leave a mom unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen. For these women, a tummy tuck can be ideal because it removes the scar and tightens the remaining skin to leave behind a smoother, sexier stomach.
Hernias are common after pregnancy as a result of stretching and separation of the abdominal muscles. For many women, combining hernia repair with a mommy makeover is an option with the added benefit of a single recovery period. If you have a hernia and are considering a mommy makeover, talk to your surgeon about the possibility of combining these procedures.
Timing is important to get the best results. The best time to schedule your mommy makeover is when you’ve finished having children and you’ve reached a healthy, stable weight that you plan to maintain. Although it’s possible to have a successful pregnancy after a mommy makeover, stretching of the breasts and abdomen during another pregnancy can “undo” your results and revision surgery may be necessary.