Mommy makeover is the cosmetic treatment of choice for thousands of mothers who wish to restore their pre-baby body. The treatment combines two or more plastic surgery procedures to address body areas that have been affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Knowing what to expect and preparing well ahead of your mommy makeover can help you achieve the results you desire. In this blog post, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause shares four important things you need to know about mommy makeover.
Mommy Makeover Is Not a Weight Loss Tool
Don’t expect to lose a lot of weight with mommy makeover. Mommy makeover focuses on improving the contours of the body for a more attractive figure after pregnancy. The best candidates for mommy makeover (and plastic surgery in general) are individuals who are at or near their ideal weight. If you wish to lose a substantial amount of weight, Dr. Hause recommends you do so before or instead of mommy makeover.
Scarring Is Inevitable
All surgical procedures leave some degree of scarring. However, an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Hause knows how to minimize their appearance. Prior to your mommy makeover, the surgeon will discuss his surgical incision technique and placement of incisions in detail with you. We also recommend you view his before-and-after gallery to get an idea of what results to expect, including post-op scarring.
Recovery Is Key
Not giving your body enough time to recover can sabotage your results and put you at risk of a serious complication. You should expect to take one to two weeks off from work and other normal activities, including exercise. Ask a loved one to stay with you during this time to help you with household chores and childcare.
Another important note: you will likely be groggy from anesthesia and low on energy immediately after surgery. Because of this, it is a good idea to prepare your recovery space before the day of surgery. Place fluffy pillows, clean sheets and blankets on your couch or bed. Have comfortable and loose-fitting clothing on-hand. Do your grocery shopping in advance and stock up on plenty of water and healthy foods that are easy to prepare.
The Final Results Are Not Immediate
Although you will see some changes on your body right after mommy makeover, the final results may not become visible until several months or even up to a year after surgery. This is how long it takes for residual swelling to disappear, the breasts to settle into their final position and scarring to fade. It is best to mentally prepare yourself to be patient as your body heals and your final results stabilize.
Let top Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Hause help you look and feel your best. If you would like to discuss your mommy makeover options, schedule a consultation with Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery. Please call (916) 646-6869 or email our office today.