Do you have to be a mom to have a mommy makeover? No, that is a popular misconception. When people hear the term mommy makeover, it is common for them to assume that the procedure is for moms. But despite the phrase, you do not have to be a mother to qualify for the procedure.
Mommy makeover is a phrase that describes a series of body shaping procedures done to address the body changes that remain after pregnancy.
Many parts of a woman's body change during and after pregnancy. For instance, breasts, stomach, waist, and buttocks stretch and sag due to hormonal changes. A mommy makeover seeks to address these changes that affect a mom after childbirth. But these changes can affect any female because they are not limited to pregnancy.
Depending on your cosmetic surgeon and the procedures you need to undergo, a mommy makeover can be completed during a single session. However, your surgeon may spread out the makeover over several sessions for safety concerns.
A mommy makeover may include the following procedures.
Commonly known to patients as “boob job,” breast augmentation uses fat transfer or breast grafts to enlarge your breasts. This procedure restores the breast bulk lost after pregnancy or weight loss, giving your breasts a fuller look.
Breast reduction removes extra skin and tissue to make your breast size proportional to your body. Additionally, the procedure, also called mammaplasty, works to ease the discomfort that comes with bulky breasts.
Also known as mastopexy, the breast lift procedure removes excess breast tissue. It also tightens the skin around your breast, raising your breasts. That gives your breasts a more elevated and youthful outline.
Liposuction or lipo trims and restructures parts of your body by getting rid of excess fat and refining your body’s curves.
A tummy tuck also goes by the name abdominoplasty. It is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat and strengthens weak muscles to create a flatter and firmer tummy shape. A tummy tuck can improve a bulging, loose, or sagging stomach.
A body lift is a procedure that enhances the shape and quality of the tissue that supports your skin and fat. It works to remove excess skin and fat to improve sunken or uneven skin surfaces.
There are many methods your plastic surgeon can use to do a mommy makeover. Your surgeon will consider the following factors when determining which methods are the most suitable:
The amount of reconstruction you desire
The location of the incisions
The type of implant you need
Several factors could make a mommy makeover difficult. They include:
Health conditions. These include high blood pressure or heart disease.
Smoking. It can delay the recovery process.
Pregnancy. If you still plan to get pregnant, you should not have the procedure.
Breastfeeding. A mommy makeover may compromise your health if you are still nursing.
For more on whether you need to be a mom for a mommy makeover, visit Scott Harris, MD, at our office in Plano, Texas. Call (972) 736-9600 to schedule an appointment today.