The miracle of pregnancy and childbirth is one of life’s great rewards for a woman. Unfortunately, what having a baby does to your body is anything but rewarding. You may now have a pooch in your abdomen, breasts that sag and are less full, stretch marks, and other visible post-childbirth signs.
But you can have your child and the body you had before with a Mommy Makeover — a combination of cosmetic procedures that restore your pre-pregnancy appearance!
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is any combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that typically focus on the breasts and abdomen, areas most impacted by the changes pregnancy imposes on the body.
Procedures that are commonly included in Mommy Makeovers:
- Breast lift, augmentation, or reduction
- Tummy tuck
- Liposuction on the legs, arms, or trunk
When should you consider a Mommy Makeover? If pregnancy has affected the size and shape of your breasts; if you feel like you now have a sagging tummy and stretch marks; and if pockets of fat on your waist, abdomen, arms, and thighs don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise.
If possible for your particular situation, it is best to have all the procedures performed together because you will only have one recovery period, rather than three or four. That recovery will be intense for the first few days, with the tummy tuck being the most uncomfortable. After five days, you’ll return to your surgeon for evaluation and the removal of drainage tubes. By the end of the first week, you’ll be able to walk around the house frequently. You’ll be able to drive a car in two weeks. Swelling should subside in about five weeks, but full recovery takes about six weeks. You can’t lift anything heavy, such as picking up your children, for six weeks, as well.