For a woman who has had one or more children and is looking to restore her body to its “pre-baby” state, a mommy makeover procedure can provide that little bit of extra help. While diet and exercise are certainly effective options for shedding weight and toning muscle, oftentimes women experience post-childbirth physical changes that cannot be addressed at home. In some cases, women may have stubborn pockets of fat that are unresponsive to nutrition and fitness changes, while others may have suffered a significant loss of breast volume. Fortunately, many of these issues can be addressed with a mommy makeover procedure.
The highly skilled board-certified physicians at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR are proud to offer an exceptional level of care and satisfaction to patients throughout the entire mommy makeover process, from consultation to recovery. In fact, mommy makeover recovery is an extremely important part of the procedure and something that should be taken very seriously. To help give yourself the best possible chance for comfortable, easy, and successful healing, it is necessary to first understand what all a mommy makeover entails, what to expect from the procedure, and how to approach your recovery.
What is a mommy makeover?
The mommy makeover is arguably becoming one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures for women across the country. Since it combines several different procedures that are designed to address common post-childbirth complaints, moms everywhere are turning to the mommy makeover as a way to restore their youthful contour and, as a result, boost their confidence. At Après Plastic Surgery, our expert plastic surgeons have provided countless women with a renewed sense of self through a mommy makeover. Some of the procedures often used in a mommy makeover include:
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
How can a mommy makeover enhance my look?
Through the use of various plastic surgery procedures, a mommy makeover can dramatically improve the appearance of a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. Breast augmentation and breast lift can restore volume and shape that may have been lost after breastfeeding, and a tummy tuck after pregnancy is a highly effective tool for flattening the abdomen and removing excess skin that was stretched out. In many cases, a plastic surgeon will use liposuction to further enhance a patient’s results, removing small to moderately-sized pockets of fat typically on the abdomen, love handles, buttocks, or thighs.
What can I expect from a mommy makeover procedure?
One of the most exciting things about a mommy makeover at Après Plastic Surgery is that the procedure is personal and unique, designed specifically for each patient. During an initial consultation, your experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon will take all of the time necessary to carefully evaluate your case, discuss your goals, answer your questions thoroughly, and custom-tailor a plan of action that will best meet your needs.
The procedure itself will vary from patient to patient depending on which surgeries are being used, the severity of the complaints, and other factors. A more simple mommy makeover is generally a 3-4 hour procedure performed under general anesthesia, while a more complex case may require a surgery lasting up to 8 hours.
Is there anything I can do to make my recovery easier?
Patients should talk with their surgeon at length about the postoperative period. A mommy makeover is a major invasive surgery, and it is important that patients have realistic expectations for their recovery period. That being said, there are several things you can do to make your recovery and healing process somewhat easier, including:
Have a plan.
For the first 24-48 hours after a mommy makeover, patients often experience some level of pain, discomfort, and drowsiness, and routine daily activities may be severely restricted. You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery, and it is highly recommended that you plan to have someone with you around the clock for at least the first couple of days and maybe even longer. This is particularly important for patients with young children, as any lifting or strenuous physical activity is strictly off limits for a considerable amount of time.
Follow your doctor’s instructions.
It is imperative that mommy makeover patients adhere to their postoperative instructions. This includes taking their prescribed medications, staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and following the guidelines regarding physical activity and other limitations.
Prepare yourself prior to the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, patients in better health will typically experience an easier and quicker recovery. You can benefit greatly by making certain lifestyle changes in the months and weeks leading up to your procedure. Some of these include eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and refraining from smoking. Patients are encouraged to reach and maintain a stable and healthy weight for at least six months before undergoing a mommy makeover, and it is recommended that women wait to have the procedure until they are done having children. Any significant weight fluctuations after a mommy makeover can compromise your results and lead to the need for a second or subsequent procedure.
The first and most important step in setting yourself up for a successful mommy makeover in terms of results and recovery is to choose a highly qualified, certified, and experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. To learn more about how you can enhance your look and boost your confidence, call our convenient Portland, OR facility to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today.