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There are very few experiences in life as rewarding, or as challenging, as motherhood. Raising children requires a great deal of hard work and sacrifice, and you'll often find that you must put their needs in front of yours. While these sacrifices are well worth the effort, they can often take a toll on your body as you neglect your own sleep, nutrition and exercise to make sure your children have what they need.
The sacrifices you make in your daily life will compound the impact to your body caused by pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, making it much more challenging to find the time and energy necessary to restore the figure you enjoyed prior to having children. If you've struggled to regain your pre-pregnancy figure, a mommy makeover may be an excellent option for you.
At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, we can create a customized mommy makeover plan that will help you counteract the effects pregnancy and childbirth have on your body. You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Michael Chiaramonte in person. Please call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Your body typically undergoes many changes as a result of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding:
- Abdominal muscles my become stretched and in some instances may even tear
- You may have excess skin and fat in the abdominal region
- Stretch marks may develop around your abdomen or on your breasts
- Breasts may lose volume and start to sag
- Weight gained during pregnancy, often referred to as "baby weight," may be difficult to lose after childbirth
A mommy makeover consists of a series of plastic surgery procedures performed to help you counteract these changes to your body and restore your pre-pregnancy figure. Depending on your unique needs and goals, Dr. Chiaramonte may recommend a one or more of the following procedures as part of your mommy makeover:
By combining these procedures into one operation, a mommy makeover helps reduce downtime and minimize the recovery period, which is essential for a busy mother with a multitude of responsibilities associated with raising young children.
Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
In general, ideal candidates for a mommy makeover:
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
- Are near their ideal weight
- Have made a diligent effort to restore their pre-pregnancy figure by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly
- Are finished having children (future pregnancies can adversely impact mommy makeover results)
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking prior to the procedure and throughout the recovery period
- Are prepared to undergo a complex surgical procedure that may require extensive downtime during the recovery period
- Are committed to diligently following Dr. Chiaramonte's post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing
It's important to understand that you will have some physical limitations immediately following your mommy makeover. You will be limited in your ability to lift heavy objects for awhile, and you must gradually resume normal activities as your body is capable of handling this stress. If you have very young children, you may want to arrange for someone to help you with everyday household tasks for the first few weeks of your recovery.
Can I Have More Kids After My Mommy Makeover?
You absolutely can have more kids after Mommy Makeover treatment. It is perfectly safe to do so. That said, there is a very real risk to your results. Becoming pregnant after procedures like liposuction and a tummy tuck, your midsection could stretch to the point at which your abdominal muscles separate or loosen. The weight gain that occurs during pregnancy, whether or not you breastfeed, can cause the results of breast augmentation or a breast lift to degrade. It is because of risks like these that doctors generally do not perform Mommy Makeover treatment on patients who may still become pregnant in the future.
Will a Cesarean Section or Hysterectomy Affect Mommy Makeover Results?
Having had a C-section or hysterectomy should not exclude you from being a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Chiaramonte routinely performs various body and breast procedures on women who have had at least one, if not both, of these necessary surgeries. When you attend your consultation for a Mommy Makeover, it is important that you disclose your previous surgeries, as well as any complications that you experienced during or after these procedures. This will enable the doctor to adequately plan your safest and most rewarding Mommy Makeover.
What Are the Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A Mommy Makeover is a comprehensive treatment process that can address two or more areas of your body in one event. Each of the techniques that are involved in the overall procedure carries some risk. The risks associated with Mommy Makeover procedures include the following:
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding or blood accumulation beneath the skin
- Fluid accumulation beneath the skin
- Poor wound healing
- Asymmetry or poor aesthetic outcome
- Persistent pain or numbness
- Changes in skin sensation
- Change in or loss of nipple sensation
Your surgical risks are managed with meticulous surgical techniques. After surgery, you can maintain your risks at a low level by carefully following your post-operative care instructions.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Having multiple plastic surgery procedures at one time does shorten your recovery time from what it would be if you had each procedure individually. That said, the combination of procedures does require strict adherence to your post-operative care instructions. The primary one is to rest. After your surgery, you can expect to feel fatigued. You may want to sleep much more than is normal for you. This is good and necessary. When you sleep, your body engages in tissue repair. Your body also produces pain-relieving chemicals when you sleep, so don't push yourself to do too much too soon. You should walk short distances a few times a day (around the house) but must refrain from overexerting yourself. The doctor will discuss when you can resume your normal activities, including housework and exercise, during your post-op visits.
You will see Dr. Chiaramonte a few times throughout your recovery period. These visits will ensure that you are healing as expected. For the first week to 10 days, and possibly longer, you will take prescription pain medication to maintain optimal comfort. Even with the medication, you can expect to feel sore and tender in your surgical areas. If you've had a tummy tuck, you will be slightly stooped for a few weeks while your abdominal muscles and skin relax into their new form.
How Long Do I Need Off From a Desk Job After a Mommy Makeover?
It can take from two to four weeks to feel well enough to return to work, even a desk job. While you may feel quite well after two weeks of recovery, it is important to remember that you may grow tired more easily for six weeks or longer. Your physical activity will be limited for at least six weeks, which may affect how long you feel comfortable sitting at a desk every day. We suggest taking at least two full weeks off and also discussing a flexible return schedule with your employer.
What Can a Mommy Makeover Accomplish?
Just as pregnancy impacts every woman's body in a different way, the ability to bounce back from these changes is different for every woman. Some people seem like they regained their pre-pregnancy figure with ease after having children, while others may struggle to counteract the changes to their body even though they have spent countless hours at the gym. A mommy makeover can help you put the finishing touches on your efforts in order to restore a youthful, beautiful appearance.
By customizing your mommy makeover treatment plan, Dr. Chiaramonte can address the unique changes that have impacted your body as a result of pregnancy. This is the best way to ensure all of your goals are achieved by your procedure.
Many women experience the following benefits from their mommy makeover:
- Restoration of their pre-pregnancy figure
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved appearance in swimsuits and clothing
- A more youthful, vibrant appearance
Contact Our Maryland Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery using the form on this page or call 301-567-6767 today to schedule a mommy makeover consultation. We serve patients in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia.