Sure we love our kids. We just hate what they did to our bodies! Moms often wonder, how can such a tiny, little creature cause so much damage? Sagging belly, deflated breasts, pouches of fat in places we’ve never had it before – we owe it all to our bundles of joy.
But these days, plastic surgeons are around to help us put it (and our confidence) all back together. It’s called a Mommy Makeover, and the procedure includes anything from a breast augmentation to liposuction to a breast lift to a tummy tuck or any combination thereof.
Will My Body Ever Return to Normal with Diet and Exercise?
Well, we all can dream! Okay, to be fair, many women are able to return from the baby abyss with a flat stomach and perky breasts by simply hitting the gym and counting calories. In fact, almost all plastic surgeons require at least 6 months to 1 year post-partum before performing a Mommy Makeover. Use this time to give it your all before turning to more invasive tactics. And even if you do proceed with surgery, you’ll have a faster recovery due to your optimal health.
What Problems Will a Mommy Makeover Fix?
Your rectus abdominis muscles are what give you a “six pack.” During pregnancy, a growing belly causes these muscles to separate, and they often never return to their original position. In fact, if you lay flat on the floor and do a sit up or crunch, you can often see your stomach muscles contract in the shape of an upside down V or tent shape. This means that the rectus abdominis muscles did not return to their flat and vertically touching position in the middle of your stomach. A tummy tuck operation involves suturing these muscles back together. If you have tight skin on your stomach but just need to get rid of a few fatty areas, basic liposuction might do the trick.
If you find yourself with sagging breasts caused by lactation, breastfeeding and volume loss, a breast lift and augmentation as part of your Mommy Makeover will reposition your nipple to the middle part of your breast and provide the needed “oomph” to keep them there.
What is the Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
Depending on the number and type of procedures you undergo, you can expect to take two weeks before returning to work. If you are only having your breasts done, you’ll be back faster.
For the first three days, make sure that you have someone to give you consistent help with your medication schedule, getting in and out of bed, taking care of the kids, preparing meals, etc. You will be on pain medication and pretty loopy during this time. For the next five days, you will still be mostly in bed but should be able to get around and reduce your pain medication. Swelling and bruising is common. After a few weeks, you can return to your normal life, but some swelling can continue for up to six months.
How Much Pain is Involved in a Mommy Makeover?
Some plastic surgeons are taking a new approach to fighting pain with the use of a take-home pain pump. After surgery, the doctor will fill a small ball with numbing medication and attach it to two tiny tubes that are placed directly inside the implant pocket or tummy tuck incision. The medication provides a continuous drip to numb the area and eliminate pain for up to 4 days. Reducing pain speed up healing and reduces swelling. Plus, a pain pump can greatly reduce your dependency on oral narcotics, which have side effects such as moodiness, constipation, fuzzy head, etc. Because the medication is delivered only to the area of pain and not to the entire body, these symptoms can be avoided.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
A complete Mommy Makeover that includes a breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction and tummy tuck can range from $15,000 – $25,000. Simple liposuction costs around $1,000 – $4,000, and a breast augmentation is usually $3,000 – $5,000.
Kids are so cute. Their aftermath, however, is not. Moms are so busy taking care of everyone, they often forget about themselves. A Mommy Makeover is one way to help restore your confidence, and let you get back to the important things in life. Like forcing someone to eat broccoli.
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