Pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood bring joy and new possibilities. However, these major milestones also can result in physical changes that are less desirable.
Many women struggle to take their bodies back after becoming moms. At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte offers customized mommy makeover surgery to enhance, sculpt, and improve common trouble areas.
If you are considering a mommy makeover, please call 301-567-6767 to schedule your initial consultation with Michael F. Chiaramonte, M.D., FACS. Dr. Chiaramonte serves patients in and around Oxon Hill, Alexandria, and nearby communities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
1. Get in Shape
Mommy makeover surgery may include procedures such as:
- Tummy tuck
- Bella Body Lift (a special combination of lipo and abdominoplasty created by Dr. Chiaramonte himself)
These surgeries are intended to sculpt the body for a trimmer appearance. They are not a solution for losing weight.
So, while body contouring procedures can remove excess fat, it is important to be close to the weight you want before undergoing mommy makeover surgery. Some women strive to lose the "baby weight" and get back to where they were before they became pregnant. Others may choose to go further, losing more weight than they had pre-baby and undergoing a mommy makeover to remove that last stubborn bit of fat and excess skin.
2. Consider Your Family's Future
Ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are those who decide not to have more children. As you know, pregnancy has an enormous effect on the body. If you have mommy surgery and get pregnant again, it can undermine or even undo some of the results.
Before getting a mommy makeover, you should also wean your children off breastfeeding. If a breast augmentation and/or breast lift is part of your mommy makeover, you may face difficulties breastfeeding children after the surgery. Your breasts may also sag, which will diminish the cosmetic results of your breast procedure.
3. Quit Smoking
The majority of women who stop smoking before they get pregnant continue to abstain from tobacco once the baby is born. However, in the event that you pick up the habit again amid the stresses of motherhood, you must be able to quit prior to the start of your mommy makeover procedure.
Mommy makeovers comprise multiple procedures that may require more than one surgical appointment. As a result, you should take all steps possible to ensure a smooth and timely recovery.
Smoking negatively affects the flow of blood through the body. It can make surgical sites take longer to heal, and it increases the risk of infection and other post-surgical complications. Therefore, it is in the best interests of your health and the success of your mommy makeover to follow Dr. Chiaramonte's instructions on when to quit smoking before surgery and abstaining from it throughout your recovery.
4. Make Arrangements at Home
During recovery from any surgery procedure, you will receive instructions on activities to avoid. Whether you have young children or a more self-sustaining household, you will need someone responsible (such as a spouse, a friend, a family member, etc.) to help you for at least the first few days after surgery. Depending on which procedures are included in the mommy makeover, this timeline may extend to a week or more.
One of the most important instructions to follow applies to restrictions on lifting. Depending on the procedure(s), you may be advised to avoid lifting objects as heavy as 25 pounds or as light as 5 pounds. Regardless of the exact weight, this will make it virtually impossible for you to care for young children while you convalesce. Therefore, the individual whose help you enlist should also be able to assist with child care tasks such as bathing, changing clothes, playing, etc.
5. Contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery to Learn More about Mommy Makeover Surgery
No two mommy makeovers are exactly the same. Dr. Chiaramonte will personalize the procedure for your needs, goals, lifestyle, and more. The best step for optimal results is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing mommy makeovers.
Dr. Chiaramonte is renowned in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for his individualized care philosophy and consistent positive outcomes. Please call Bella Cosmetic Surgery at 301-567-6767 to schedule your initial consultation.