Having children changes a woman’s life in many ways, including new schedules, memories and experiences, but also long-term changes to her body. Pregnancy often leaves women with sagging breasts and excess fat and skin around the abdomen and flanks. After giving birth, many mothers opt for mommy makeover surgery to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies and restore their confidence. Mommy makeover surgery combines several cosmetic procedures at once to decrease the total amount of downtime and yield the best plastic surgery results.
Common mommy makeover procedures include breast augmentation or lift, tummy tuck, and/or liposuction. Mommy makeover surgery is specifically customized to meet each patient’s individual needs. Breast augmentation or reduction may be performed to restore a more aesthetically pleasing proportion and position to the breasts. A breast lift may also be combined with breast enhancement to tighten excess skin. A tummy tuck produces a flatter abdomen by removing excess fat and tightening muscles of the lower abdomen stretched during pregnancy. Liposuction removes stubborn fat in other areas of the body. Some women may choose one or a combination of these procedures.
Even though most mothers desire to have their pre-pregnancy bodies back, some mothers are hesitant to pursue surgery because they are afraid that complications or extended recovery time can affect their ability to care for their children. As the father of six, Dr. James Namnoum understands the demands of being a parent. He seeks to help patients feel at ease by helping them make educated surgical decisions and formulating an effective recovery plan before surgery so patients know what to expect.
The first step toward mommy makeover surgery is finding a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing the procedures you’re pursuing. It’s also important to review before and after photos to know what kind of results to expect. During consultation, be sure to discuss your surgical goals and learn which procedures would be needed to achieve the results you desire. Patients should wait long enough for their bodies to return to normal following childbirth to determine what diet and exercise cannot fix. Dr. Namnoum advises patients to wait until they are finished having children before having mommy makeover surgery because additional pregnancies can reverse results.
While preparing for surgery, some mothers assume they need to alter their diet and exercise routines. However, Dr. Namnoum recommends continuing with your normal routine because drastic weight loss or gain can affect surgery plans. As long as the patient is healthy, multiple procedures are safe and effective to perform at once. It is also necessary to discuss your plan with family or friends so they will know what to expect and how to assist after surgery. The average downtime for a patient can range from two to four weeks, so it is necessary to arrange for extra help at home. Mothers will need consistent help for the first few days and to refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the first couple weeks.
With pressure for new mothers to instantly bounce back to care giving and busy schedules, patients should take time to properly recover. If you are interested in mommy makeover surgery, please contact us to develop a plan to achieve the pre-baby body you want. Be sure to also connect with Dr. Namnoum on his Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.