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What is Mommy Makeover?

9-Nov-2022

Having a baby is not only a life-changing experience, it’s also a body-changing experience. All women who have gone through the experience of motherhood know this. Several physical changes occur during pregnancy, all of which are necessary to support the new life growing within, but not all of which are aesthetically pleasing. Let’s take a look at these changes:

  • You gain weight, especially in the abdomen but not exclusively. Many women accumulate generalised pounds
  • Stretch marks appear on the breasts, abdomen, thighs, sometimes even on the arms
  • Hormonal changes can result in increased water retention and cellulite
  • You also lose volume in your breasts and they tend to sag downwards at the end of breastfeeding

These changes can negatively affect the self-esteem of the new mother. Although happy with motherhood, she may find herself living in a body that she no longer recognizes and does not love. With Mommy Makeover you can restore your body to how it was pre-pregnancy — or perhaps more to your liking — in one dramatic operation. That’s why more and more new mothers are thinking of resorting to the Mommy Makeover.

Mommy Makeover: abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, and breast lift in combo

Procedures that are often included in a mommy makeover include:

Abdominoplasty - Surgery that aims to restore a slim, flat and smooth stomach. In a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat are removed to get rid of belly wrinkles, folds, and bulges. The procedure may also include tightening and reconnecting abdominal muscles that have stretched and separated in pregnancy. This not only strengthens and flattens your abdomen but pulls in your waist for younger-looking curves. It also erases stretch marks. You will be able to sit without the 'belly' effect, and clothes will fit better. It is one of the most popular mommy makeover treatments.

Liposuction - minimally invasive surgery to remove pockets of fat that remain even after adopting healthy eating and exercise habits. Liposuction uses a thin tube, called a canula, to break up and suction out areas of excess fat. This sculpts the treated areas for more attractive contours and permanently eliminates fat cells from your body. Liposuction can be used on the thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, or upper arms.

Breast surgery - which might involve a breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction to correct sagging, reshape your breasts, and adjust their size to be in better harmony with your other features. Some women need a breast lift, others may want to have a breast augmentation, and some women want to have both. This is a personal decision that the woman and her doctor discuss to ensure the patient gets the outcome she desires.

However, not all women are the same. While most new mothers want to retouch their belly and breasts, others may have different or additional needs:

  • Soft beauty treatments to optimize results
  • Buttocks augmentation
  • Intimate surgery. Although little is said about it, many women feel uncomfortable due to changes in the shape of the vagina. In some cases, this creates real physical problems, including incontinence

It is essential to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to decide which procedures are best for you.

Post-surgery recovery

The postoperative Mommy Makeover will vary according to the combination of procedures performed during the operation. Normally, the patient should be hospitalized for at least 24 hours and given analgesics during the first 72 hours. Normally, any bandages placed over incisions will remain in place for a few days, and parts of the body may require an elastic bandage or garment to be worn for a few weeks to keep swelling under control. Most scars will fade in approximately six months. Most women must endure at least a week of absolute rest, especially after major operations such as abdominoplasty. After about ten days, you can go back to work and carry out light tasks. You will be able to resume all usual activities after about 6 weeks.

Whatever combination you decide on with your cosmetic surgeon, the goal of a Mommy Makeover is to restore a younger-looking, fresher, firmer, and more balanced body to make you look and feel your best. But the most important result of a Mommy Makeover, of course, is the psychological one. New mothers who finally see themselves in the body that feels right and that they have always loved, are happier and live better. So, it is clever and efficient to combine plastic surgery procedures so that there is only a single anesthetic, a single recovery, and a single period of downtime afterward.

To find out more about Mommy Makeover contact the Turkeyana Clinic experts now for a free consultation.

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