Given the universal acceptance of cosmetic surgery, the rising popularity of the mommy makeover should come as no surprise. A customized combination of body contouring procedures, this post-partum surgery generally focus on the breasts, abdominal area and hips and may be performed in one or two stages, depending on the patient.
Pregnancy and motherhood is a joyful rite of passage for women. By the second trimester, the “pregnancy glow” kicks in, giving the effect of flawless, radiant skin as hormones work their magic, pumping up your bra size to superstar proportions. But after this wonderful new life is introduced to the world, the impact of the pregnancy on the body is more apparent for some, than others. As new mothers begin the journey back to their “pre-pregnancy body,” they learn that the process takes quite a bit longer than they expected. And the results of that hard work might not be as evident as they would like.
“The average new mom is not living a celebrity lifestyle with a personal trainer and chef,” says New York plastic surgeon and mother herself, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, who has seen a steady uptick in mommy makeover requests in the past few years. “In real life, the weight can be very hard to lose and the overall changes in the body can be very challenging to accept. A mommy makeover really helps women reclaim their pre-pregnancy body.”
Efficient & cost-effective: multiple procedures, single recovery
Mommy makeover surgery combines multiple procedures to address a faded waist line, stretched abdominal muscles and drooping breasts, while offering the advantage of less downtime and cost savings. Plastic surgeons devise a comprehensive surgical plan tailored to the unique needs and aesthetic concerns of the patient, and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty, and breast augmentation.
Getting rid of bothersome extra skin that hangs over a C-section scar is one of the key functions of the tummy tuck portion of many Mommy Makeovers. “However,” explains Dr. Thomas Loeb, “there is no standard package for a mommy makeover” in his Manhattan practice.
“Many of my patients have professional careers and prefer to have a single recovery away from their children, which makes the mommy makeover so appealing,” explains Dr. Preminger.
Mommy Makeovers offer long-term results
ASPS President Dr. Phillip Haeck has stated, “In the last decade we’ve seen women’s attitudes about cosmetic surgery change…They’re not afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise.” Mommy makeover procedures are evidently part of that trend.
The best candidates for plastic surgery are mothers who are through having children, in good health, have maintained a stable weight and stopped breast feeding for at least 6 months. Though the risks are equal to those associated with any major surgery, the majority of mothers who elect these procedures can look forward to a full physical recovery, a restored body image, and a renewed sense of self to share with their children and family for years to come.