William Vinyard, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back: 14 Important Questions About Mommy Makeovers

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What Is A Mommy Makeover?

Mothers who have gone through a pregnancy, experienced child birth, endured nursing, and have since worked to obtain a toned, slimmer look with a consistently healthy lifestyle with insufficient results are the prime patients for the Mommy Makeover. For many women, surgical procedures are suggested, or ever required, to return their body to its gorgeous, pre-pregnancy state.

If you have reached the number of children you hope to give birth to, yet are displeased with the imperfections left from their births, such as sagging, deflated breasts, loose abdominal skin, or unwanted fat in the hips, upper legs, or buttocks, a Mommy Makeover might be exactly what you need. As always, Dr. Vinyard’s goal with a Mommy Makeover is to aid you in restoring your pre-pregnancy body to its former glory so you can return to life with confidence, excitement, and high self-esteem!

Your Mommy Makeover Might Include:

  • A boob job,
  • A breast lift,
  • A breast reduction,
  • An abdominoplasty,
  • A circumferential abdominoplasty,
  • Or, a liposuction surgery.

1. How Should You Choose Which Procedures Are Right For You?

In your appointment with Dr. Vinyard, he will pay careful attention to both your desires and goals, in addition to examining your body in its current post-childbirth state. After this, he will make recommendations on which surgeries you should consider for your treatment plan. Typically, women desire a bust surgery (augmentation and/or lift), along with liposuction, and an abdominal surgery of some sort.

2. What Type Of Procedure Is A Mommy Makeover?

An outpatient surgical procedure, the Mommy Makeover permits you to recoup in your home, which is of course an advantage to mothers with young children; however, it must be understood that you must still stay in bed and rest for one to two weeks after the procedure. To ensure rest and assistance during the first 24 hours after your surgery, your surgeon might advise an overnight stay in a recuperation suite or hospital.

3. How Long Does Full Recuperation Take? 1-2 Weeks.

Although you will be able to go home either right away or after one night in a facility, you will be required to spend seven to fourteen days resting and recuperating. Rather than returning to your normal routine, you will practically be on bed rest for several days. You’ve invested quite a bit of money to have the surgery, and now need to ensure that you recover fully. The exact procedures you choose to have done during the Mommy Makeover will determine precisely how long it takes to heal. You will almost certainly be achey, bruised, and swollen during this time.

4. Will You Need Help During Your Recovery? Yes!

During those seven to fourteen days, you cannot go about your normal activities. You will need help around your home! Following the surgery, you will not only be worn out, making normal activities especially challenging, but extremely tender and sore from the cuts and stitches. This is the time to enlist your spouse, a family member or good friend, if not several. Everything from getting the kids ready for school to cooking dinner will just be too challenging for you to undertake alone.

5. Will You Be Able To Drive? No.

While on specific pain meditations, you will not be up to the task of driving. Your surgeon will recommend the correct medication for a comfortable recuperation based upon the particular procedures that you choose to have done. The side-effects of these strong pain medications might include light-headedness, nausea, dizziness, and other symptoms which will make driving dangerous. Never get behind the wheel while taking narcotics.

6. How Long Will Swelling Last? Six Months

Though you will be able to return to your normal routine after a week or two, the swelling from your surgery will likely last for up to six months. Be prepared for some mild discomfort, but mostly for a bit of bloating and swelling in the months ahead. While some benefits are immediate, your full results will not be clear until the swelling decreases and returns to normal. Again, the exact timeline depends on your specific procedures, but plan for it to take six to twelve months before you see the truly final results.

7. Will You Be Able To Lift Things? Not Even Babies.

You cannot engage in any heavy training or horseplay with your children during your recovery phase. Energetic exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided, otherwise you will endanger the areas which are not yet fully healed. For at least six weeks after your Mommy Makeover, lugging around children or tossing objects which weigh more than 10 pounds must be avoided at all costs.

8. Will There Be Scarring?

While a surgeon completing a Mommy Makeover will strive to minimize scarring, there is the possibility of minimal markings remaining even after full healing. Dr. Vinyard will create small cuts during all involved surgeries. The majority of scars that result from these surgeries will be capable of being hidden beneath your undergarments or swimsuit. As part of the healing process, Dr. Vinyard or a participant of his team will discuss scar treatment to ensure that your skin will heal as the discoloration of the scars gradually fades.

9. Is It Okay That You Smoke? No.

The Mommy Makeover is for non-smokers only. Here’s why: smokers experience a reduced flow of oxygen and blood, delaying the healing of injuries and substantially increasing the chance for serious difficulties to take place. You must stop smoking cigarettes for a minimum of four weeks before you undergo surgery and for at least four weeks afterwards. Better yet, use this as an opportunity to quit smoking once and for all!

10. Will You Have To Keep Exercising? Of Course!

Once you have completely recovered, it’s time to get back to your old gym routine! To ensure the results from your Mommy Makeover last permanently, you will need to stick with your previous healthy lifestyle including enjoying a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and either performing regular cardio or lifting weights.

Don’t think that just because you have a gorgeous new body you don’t have to work to keep it. Stick with your normal routine and your stunning physique will last for years to come!

11. Does The Plastic Surgeon Matter? Always.

This is particularly important when we’re talking about a Mommy Makeover! Mommy Makeovers include a series of difficult, invasive surgeries likely involving anesthesia. This is simply not a procedure that you want to entrust to a mediocre physician.

Ensure that you choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a member of the ASPS. Select the most seasoned, experienced, knowledgeable plastic surgeon in order to be assured that, (1) Your surgery will proceed with no mistakes or hitches, (2) You results will turn out precisely the way you imagined. Never, ever risk your health and safety to cut corners or save a little bit of money. Intense surgeries call for expert surgeons.

12. Will Your Self-Esteem And Confidence Improve? Absolutely!

Get ready for a serious boost in both self-esteem and self-confidence. Your Mommy Makeover won’t just restore your stunning pre-baby body, it won’t just improve your sex life, it won’t just make you feel like your old self again... The most important factor is that it will make you feel incredible again: confident, sexy, attractive, wanted, and beautiful!

13. How Much Does A Mommy Makeover Cost?

Because of the variance in options with a Mommy Makeover, there are dozens of possible procedure combinations. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will help to create your treatment. At that time, he will be able to estimate your specific price point. You need to remember that a Mommy Makeover is a financial treatment in the redemption of your body after pregnancy and childbirth.

It’s important to remember that these surgeries will improve your body for the rest of your life. Ensuring your ideal outcome is far more important than going with the cheapest option in this situation. VIPS offers many repayment options and can aid you in discovering low-interest financing via CareCredit verifying that your Mommy Makeover is easier to pay for.

14. What If I Become Pregnant Again?

In a perfect world, you ought to wait to have a mommy makeover until all pregnancies have actually been completed so the surgical results are not endangered. Any body part that has been lifted or tightened might be at risk if a subsequent pregnancy is to occur. If you get pregnant after a mommy makeover, a second surgical treatment is always possible to again rejuvenate your body once the final, surprise pregnancy is again completed and you have fully recovered from it.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.