Mommy Makeover: When is the right time?
In recent years, the demand for what is termed a “mommy makeover” procedure has been on the rise. Changes in the female body due to pregnancy can affect your confidence and how you feel about yourself. At Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Michael L. Thornton, a double board certified cosmetic surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, can improve your desired outside that reflects the beautiful woman you are inside.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover combines a tummy tuck (with or without liposuction) plus breast restoration surgery – either breast augmentation, breast lift, or combination of breast augmentation with breast lift. These procedures are three out of the top five most popular plastic surgeries performed each year in the U.S., with liposuction topping the list at over 370,000 procedures, followed by breast augmentation (310,000), tummy tuck (174,000) and breast lift (161,000).
The advantage to combining your mommy makeover procedures into one package is that it may save you time and even money in the long run. Nonetheless, when you undergo a mommy makeover procedure, you get everything taken care of at once, with one surgery and one recovery period. For busy moms on the run, this idea can have great appeal.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?
If you’re considering a mommy makeover, there are several things you need to think about, including:
- Are you done having children? If the answer is yes, carry on. If the answer is “no” or “maybe,” you may want to put off cosmetic plastic surgery until you’re sure that your childbearing years are over. While the results of your mommy makeover are considered long-term, significant weight gain or weight loss following additional pregnancy may adversely affect all the wonderful work that was previously done. Another thing to take into account is the age of your children and whether you can realistically encounter another postsurgical recovery period.
- Have you reached your weight loss goals? Again, because weight loss causes changes in your skin, if you haven’t reached your weight loss goal, it’s a good idea to postpone your mommy makeover. Liposuction and tummy tucks are excellent tools for slimming and contouring, but they are not meant to be used in lieu of postpartum weight loss. Additionally, you’ll need to discontinue breastfeeding completely for six months before a breast lift or breast augmentation to ensure that your breasts have settled into their natural state.
- Do you have time to properly recover? Recovering from a mommy makeover can be straightforward as long as you are prepared physically and mentally. Realize that you’re desiring surgery on both your abdomen and breasts; therefore, you will experience discomfort in both areas, collectively. However, don’t let this deter you, as the pain is temporary and can be managed with pain pills and muscle relaxing medications. The typical time necessary for recuperation is approximately two weeks and Dr. Thornton will provide all of the information necessary for your recovery, including instructions on caring for your incisions and how long you might be out of work or performing exercise. Your follow-up appointments are also important, as they will give Dr. Thornton a chance to monitor your progress and accurately determine when you can resume your daily activities.
Once you decide that a mommy makeover is right for you, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Thornton, as he will discuss your goals and desired outcomes, as well as answer any questions.
If you are looking to enhance your post mommy body and restore your figure to an improved, pre-pregnancy shape, a mommy makeover might be exactly what you need. Call Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 817-477-9000 to take the first step towards a renewed, more youthful you.
Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, double board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery specializing in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, body contouring surgery and liposuction, post-bariatric after weight loss surgery, and non-surgical aesthetic skin rejuvenation.