Being a mother has been the greatest gift in your life. It’s what you believe you were meant to be. You have welcomed every step of the journey, from the moment you saw your positive pregnancy test to the day your baby arrived in this world. As exciting as this phase in life has been, there is one drawback. You have struggled to get back to the figure you had before you had children. You’ve tried going on a fitness kick. You’ve embraced whole foods. All of your hard work has helped you to shed the baby weight you put on during pregnancy. However, it hasn’t been enough to get your body back in shape. You have two areas that are typical trouble spots for mothers. Your tummy won’t tighten up again and your breasts don’t have the fullness or shape they used to have. It may be time to consider getting help from a plastic surgeon with a mommy makeover.
When is the Best Time to Consider a Mommy Makeover?
If you have tried to reclaim the figure you used to have in your pre-baby days without satisfactory results, you are not alone. This is a struggle for many mothers. Whether you have had one baby or several, it is going to put your body through considerable changes. Weight gain and the growth of your baby inside of you will stretch out your tummy and abdominal muscles. The swelling of your breasts while you are expecting and breastfeeding will also stretch out your bust. When nursing is over, you may notice that your breasts sag or they have lost their fullness.
When you face these discouraging changes day in and day out, a mommy makeover may seem like the best solution. However, this isn’t a procedure that you should take lightly. Timing is everything. You’ll need to wait at least six months after you have had your baby. If you are nursing, you should wait until you are done breastfeeding. Our plastic surgeon may recommend that you wait at least a year after you had your baby to make sure your body is stable.
You Need to Think About Future Pregnancies
You can expect your body to go through similar changes each time that you go through pregnancy. If you plan on having more children, a mommy makeover should wait until you are content with the size of your family. Plastic surgery is an investment. It also requires considerable healing time while your body recovers. You don’t want to put yourself through a complex procedure like a mommy makeover more than once.
You Need to be Healthy
Just because a mommy makeover is an elective procedure, it doesn’t make it any less important than any type of surgical procedure. You’ll need to be in good health before you even consider plastic surgery. If you have any type of underlying medical conditions, you will need to share them with our plastic surgeon. In some cases, your medical condition may make surgery too risky unless it is an absolute necessity.
You’ll Need to Quit Smoking
If you are a smoker, our plastic surgeon will recommend that you quit before you have a mommy makeover. Smoking has an impact on your ability to breathe. It can also affect your circulatory system. You’ll need to have the willpower to quit at least two weeks before your procedure. Think about the advantages of this important change in your life. Not only will you be taking a step toward a more beautiful body, you’ll have a healthier body too.
A Support System is a Must
You’re going to need help after your procedure, especially if you still have young children at home. Someone will need to drive you home after you have had your procedure. Once you are at home, you should have someone you can count on to stay with you for the first 24 hours in case of any complications that may arise. You’ll also need help with basic care for the first few days. You won’t be able to do lifting. That means laundry and carrying your children will be out. You’re going to be sore and swollen. You’ll be reduced to light activities and rest. Turn to friends and family members to help you with childcare and housekeeping. If you use daycare, you should plan on sending your child even though you are going to be at home.
What Can You Expect for the Procedures that Involve Your Breasts?
If your breasts are smaller than they used to be or they look deflated, breast augmentation will increase the size of your breasts. It can also improve their shape. If your breasts are sagging after pregnancy and nursing, a breast lift will trim away loose skin and raise your nipples to a higher position. You should note that you may have difficulty breastfeeding after getting implants if you have more children after your mommy makeover.
Why is a Tummy Tuck Typical with a Mommy Makeover?
Once you have had children, your abdomen is going to be affected the most. Your abdominal muscles get stretched out during pregnancy and may not tighten up again. The same holds true of the skin around your waistline. It may sag and never snap back again. Deposits of fat are a problem as well. While liposuction is a less involved procedure that can target excess fat, it cannot get rid of the excess skin or tighten up your abdomen. A tummy tuck is a comprehensive procedure. It will give you a flat, toned abdomen.
Ask Our Plastic Surgeon About a Mommy Makeover
If you think now is the time for a mommy makeover, consider us here at Tarola Plastic Surgery. We are conveniently located in Murfreesboro and Hendersonville, TN. In addition to plastic surgery, we also offer non-surgical treatments like BOTOX® to help refresh your appearance. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!