A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures customized to help you look your best after pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding. Motherhood changes our bodies, and some of those changes are not as appreciated as others! Loose skin around the abdomen, lost volume in the breasts, and even losing several cup sizes- all those changes and more can happen after having children.
The mommy makeover lets you pick what procedures would help you look your best, with the help of a qualified plastic surgeon. Some women choose to get a tummy tuck and a breast lift, while others get a mini-tuck and liposuction to the hips or buttocks. You can also get a breast augmentation, or a lift and augmentation simultaneously. There are many options available for women who have had kids.
So how do you know if the mommy makeover in Northern Virginia is right for you?
The biggest question to ask yourself is why do you want the mommy makeover? Is it to satisfy yourself and feel good about how you look, or is it to please someone else? You should never undergo any elective surgery for anyone but yourself. That isn’t to say that your spouse or partner’s opinion isn’t relevant, but it should not be the reason you decide to go with the surgery.
Another important question is: what will you do while you recover? Who will look after the kids? Recovery from a mommy makeover is generally between four to six weeks, depending on which procedures you get- can your spouse or partner be home to help during that time? You won’t be doing the normal amount of lifting and moving that comes with parenthood!
Finally, consider your health, both emotional and physical. You should be as healthy as possible and close to or at your ideal weight before undergoing surgery. You should also have an established healthy body image, without any unrealistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you.
It is also essential to use a board certified plastic surgeon when considering a mommy makeover. A board certified surgeon will be trained in the most up to date techniques and safety procedures. He or she will be best able to advise you on which procedures will give you the results you want, and will be able to follow through on the plan with the least possible risk. A non-board certified surgeon is not qualified to do the procedure.