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Bringing a new life into the world is no small feat. You are basking in the glow of motherhood and enjoying every moment with your little one. A not-so-enjoyable aspect of giving birth is seeing the changes in your body afterward, such as stretch marks, saggy skin, and stubborn fat deposits. A mommy makeover is a great way for Charleston, SC, women to improve these issues so they can enjoy motherhood to the fullest.

If you’re a new or experienced mom looking for a mommy makeover, it can help you reclaim your body.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

At our Charleston, SC, practice, mommy makeover surgery is very popular because it’s a combination of procedures that improves the body after the rigors of childbirth. A mommy makeover usually aims to improve areas most impacted by pregnancy and labor, such as the breasts, abdomen, and thighs. Some moms find it frustrating when even stringent diet and exercise will not tighten and lift these areas. In these instances, a mommy makeover is beneficial and will give you some extra help in getting your body back to pre-pregnancy status.

The typical mommy makeover procedure includes:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Breast lift
  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction

You can also choose to combine nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, also offered at our practice.

Is a Mommy Makeover Safe?

All procedures included in a mommy makeover are considered safe in the hands of an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. However, certain procedures carry more risk than others, such as breast augmentation versus a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your overall health, smoking status, and post-pregnancy concerns and ensure you are at a healthy weight before the procedure.

Here is more information from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons about factors to consider when getting a mommy makeover.

Can I Customize My Mommy Makeover?

The beauty of a mommy makeover is that you get to choose the areas you want to improve and bypass the rest. If you want smaller, more lifted breasts and a little excess tummy fat removed, you can choose breast reduction, breast lift, and liposuction. If you are happy with the way your breasts look and only want to tighten and flatten your midsection, you can opt for a tummy tuck and liposuction only.

A mommy makeover is ultimately about making you feel more confident in your body with some tweaking and finesse. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on combining different procedures for optimal results.

What Is the Recovery Process for a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover recovery time depends on the types of procedures involved. Tummy tuck recovery usually takes longer than a breast lift or breast augmentation. Generally, you should plan for around 2 weeks of downtime for rest and recovery. During this recovery time, avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activities. Be prepared to see swelling and bruising during those first few weeks, and check in with your plastic surgeon as instructed.

It typically takes about 3 months to fully recover from a mommy makeover and get back to your normal routine.

Does a Mommy Makeover Help With Weight Loss?

The goal of a mommy makeover is not weight loss, although you may reduce fat in certain areas. Pregnancy hormones can make your body develop stubborn fat deposits, often showing up as a “muffin top” or “love handles,” which can be eliminated effectively with a mommy makeover. However, you should not expect overall fat loss with a mommy makeover.

Pregnancy can also result in saggy, stretched-out skin in the abdomen, thigh, and breast areas. A mommy makeover is great for lifting and tightening saggy skin to give your body a more toned and contoured look. It’s important for mommy makeover candidates to be at a healthy weight when going into the procedure for the best results and a speedy recovery.

Can I Get Pregnant After a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery shouldn’t inhibit your ability to get pregnant. However, if possible, it is better to have your children before scheduling a mommy makeover. If you had a tummy tuck with your mommy makeover, getting pregnant after the procedure will impact your results by stretching out the skin that was just tightened. Sudden weight loss and gain after the procedure can also affect your mommy makeover results.

We don’t advise having a mommy makeover soon after your pregnancy, as your body needs time to heal and restore normal hormone levels. While it may be tempting to want to regain your pre-baby body soon after giving birth, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends waiting 6 months to 1 year before undergoing the procedure.

We want you to celebrate your body for all it has achieved. At the same time, it’s OK to choose to improve specific areas of your post-baby body. You should look at a mommy makeover as a journey toward building your new body and not about getting instant results. If you are ready to start your mommy makeover journey, request a consultation or call us at  (843) 722-5904 to schedule an appointment.

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