Pregnancy and childbirth, although extremely rewarding and one of life’s most memorable times, can take its toll on a women’s body. Women may find after this life event(s) a body with which they are no longer happy—sagging or deflated breasts, loose tummy skin or a stomach bulge that won’t go away even with attempts at exercise and toning. If these are your circumstances, a mommy makeover may be the procedure for you.
What is a mommy makeover?
“Mommy makeover” is a catch-all phrase that is used to describe the series of procedures to rejuvenate a women’s body. Most commonly this addresses the breast and abdomen areas, but it can include other areas of concern that can be treated surgically. Ultimately it is a highly customizable set of surgeries to address a women’s specific needs after childbirth.
Procedures involved may include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift (mastopexy)
- Breast reduction
- Tummy tuck
Depending on the combination procedures may be performed together, individually or, for safety reasons, spread out in a series of procedures. During your consultation with Dr. Jarrell, he will help you to determine the procedure(s) that right for you.
Am I a good candidate?
Women should be finished with both childbirth and breastfeeding before considering this procedure(s). If breast feeding, women need to wait several months after stopping and make sure their breasts have returned to their normal size. Women should be at or near their ideal body weight and having returned to their regular exercise routine and resumed a healthy diet. These procedures are not for weight loss and your results will be much more satisfying if a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
What is the recovery?
Recovery is dependent on the procedure(s) performed. In some cases, the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Other patients may need to stay overnight in the hospital. In general, patients will need between 1 -2 weeks off from work. It is important to remember for mothers of young children that you may need extra help with the little ones for some additional time after your surgery. Full recovery including return to regular activities and exercise will likely be 4-6 weeks, and your results should continue to improve over the next 6 months