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While having children can be one of life’s greatest gifts, the physical changes a woman goes through during pregnancy and childbirth are often quite significant. For instance, a woman’s skin will be stretched, her legs and feet may swell, and her breast size may change several times during the course of pregnancy, just to name a few. Unfortunately, many women find it difficult to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure with diet and exercise alone. For this reason, plastic surgeons have come up with a way to safely and effectively address many of these issues to help women regain their pre-pregnancy shape and form: mommy makeovers.
A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures that can help a woman get back to her pre-pregnancy body. The most common procedures involved in a such a makeover include cosmetic breast surgery, such as breast augmentation and breast lift or reduction, combined with body contouring procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck. These options are custom tailored to meet specific needs and goals. The best part about a mommy makeover is that several procedures can be combined in one operation, which makes it both cost-effective (because certain fees only need to be paid once) and convenient (because patients only need to plan for a single recovery).
As a new mother, you most likely know that the best time to get a mommy makeover is going to depend on the needs of both you and your new baby. Despite your desire to regain your pre-pregnancy body, you may be hesitant about scheduling the procedure due to the time you’ll need for recovery.
Recovery time will depend on the number and extent of the procedures you undergo, ranging from one to four weeks in most cases. The recovery time is often one of the most difficult parts of a mommy makeover since it will not only require a lot of resting, but you will not be able to lift your children during this time. According to Synergy Plastic Surgery, this is one of the primary concerns patients with younger children express during consultations. In fact, some women postpone getting their makeover until their children are a bit older for this reason alone.
On the other hand, some women schedule their makeover as soon as possible in order to restore their self-confidence. With pressure from the media to go from baby bump to abs, this is completely understandable. However, it’s important to consider safety before rushing into these types of invasive procedures. One point that cosmetic surgeons agree on regarding mommy makeovers is that every woman's unique birth recovery influences the wait period for safety considerations. According to plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Pelletiere. “It is quite variable on how long it takes a woman to get to the point where everything has returned to its 'normal' state.”
Typically it is recommended to wait at least six months after giving birth to get a mommy makeover, but for some women this period might be up to a year. The key is to give your body enough time to heal and return to normal functioning. Furthermore, mothers who breastfeed must wait at least three months after weaning their children before undergoing this surgery.
The last point to consider before getting a mommy makeover is whether or not you have completed your family. It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before deciding to have this surgery. This is because the inevitable skin stretching and weight gain that comes with pregnancy may compromise the results of a prior makeover. However, it is not unsafe to become pregnant after a mommy makeover, and any surprise pregnancies may just require a touch-up surgery to restore your results. If you’re unsure whether you want additional children, it’s important to consult with a surgeon to discuss the best approach.
Ultimately, the best time to schedule your mommy makeover is when you and your family feel the most comfortable. It’s important to consider factors like how long the recovery period will be, what your restrictions will be during recovery, and if you can arrange for reliable child care during your recovery period.
All that is left is what to do about surgery scarring?! Luckily for you, NewGel+ now has a Mommy Makeover Bundle that includes everything you need to get you started. This bundle includes a 2" x 24" abdominal strip, a 4 piece silicone breast kit, NewGel+E Silicone Gel, and REFRESH Foaming Cleanser at a 15% discount.
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