A mommy makeover Beverly Hills typically includes a breast procedure (breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of the two), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. However, you can opt for whatever procedures you are interested in. There is no standard mommy makeover that all patients undergo.
The overall goal of mommy makeover surgery is simply to help women restore the way their bodies looked before having children. For this reason, it’s best to consider a mommy makeover after you are finished having children. The surgery would not negatively affect any future pregnancies, but your results might suffer if you were to become pregnant after the procedure.
In the following post, we’ll discuss the top procedures most total mom makeovers include, plus some additional options you may want to consider.
What Is a Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A Beverly Hills mommy makeover is a procedure that aims to help a woman get her body “back” after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. These life experiences can be so impactful on a woman’s physique that many women find they don’t feel at all like themselves after having kids.
In fact, many women — even while they are simultaneously thrilled with being mothers — lament the loss of their “old selves”.
How the Body Changes After Pregnancy and Childbirth
As a result of being pregnant, going through labor and childbirth, and breastfeeding, many women may find that they have some undesirable physical results. It should go without saying that these experiences are life-changing and amazing. Still, perhaps no other natural experience in life is as physically altering as growing and bearing a child.
Your body changes in so many ways. Naturally, the belly will grow, stretching the skin and altering your abdominal muscles. Your breasts will also grow and stretch, both with pregnancy and milk production during the breastfeeding period after birth.
Of course, there are other changes as well. Many moms report having a permanent change in their shoe size! Hair loss is common too. And the overall distribution of fat on the body can entirely change a woman’s profile as well. This can be a shock for many women who have been used to living with the same sized body for their entire adult life.
Still, all women (and most especially busy moms!) deserve to be happy with the way they look and feel.
Not only are new moms dealing with these physical changes, but there are a whole lot of other emotional and mental changes that accompany having a brand-new baby too. Any mom knows this all too well.
Fortunately, a mommy makeover — when performed at the right time, after you have fully recovered from childbirth and finished breastfeeding — can give you your body back. With this procedure, you can not only feel like “yourself again,” but you can actually be proud of the way you look.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?
All mommy makeovers are different because every woman is interested in varied improvements of her body after having kids. However, there are some typical procedures that are usually performed.
A total mom makeover will typically include a combination of the following procedures.
One of the most common procedures included in nearly all mommy makeover procedures is the tummy tuck. Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck is not a fat loss procedure for the tummy. Therefore, if you have a lot of excess fat in your abdominal area, you may want to look into liposuction and/or lifestyle changes to reduce this excess weight.
What a Beverly Hills tummy tuck does do is get rid of excess abdominal skin that has become loose because of pregnancy and weight gain. If you have a lot of loose skin that doesn’t have fat or muscle on it, a tummy tuck will actually stretch this skin over the abdominal muscles, and your surgeon will cut off the excess at the bottom before closing the incision.
Aside from stretching the abdominal skin and cutting off the excess to create a sleeker tighter abdomen, tummy tuck surgery also fixes abdominal muscles that may have become separated due to pregnancy. This condition is called diastasis recti, and it is one of the most common issues that women deal with after pregnancy. Dr. Lahar will bring the two sides of your abdomen together and secure them so that you no longer have to deal with a “mom pooch” after your recovery.
Liposuction can be performed in several places on the body, such as the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, hips, flanks, and upper and lower back. You can even get liposuction on the chest or cheeks. Beverly Hills liposuction is commonly combined with a tummy tuck to reduce both excess skin and excess fat on the abdomen, but again, you can get liposuction almost anywhere on the body.
The procedure itself involves making several small incisions. A numbing medication and a medication to reduce bleeding is then gently injected into the target area. This will help to prepare the areas for the fat removal process and will buffer the skin and tissue, preventing injury. Dr. Lahar will then insert a cannula to literally suck out excess fat. There are variations of this method that can be employed as well, but this is the general method used with most liposuction patients.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Many women are unhappy with the way their breasts hang after being pregnant. During pregnancy, it is common for the breasts to grow larger and become heavier. Due to gravity, this naturally means that the breasts will stretch and sag because of the excess weight.
Over time, this actually stretches the skin on the breasts permanently. Therefore, later, after pregnancy and childbirth, the breasts may retain this stretched out appearance, despite losing the volume of pregnancy.
Naturally, breastfeeding exacerbates this phenomenon. When breastfeeding after the child is born, a woman’s breasts will expand and contract as her baby’s milk comes in. Likewise, the constant feedings that are required for young infants will stretch the nipples, and the size of the areolas may grow significantly.
Typically, mothers are unhappy with these changes. Many miss the breasts they once had, which sat higher up on the chest and did not have enlarged, sagging nipples and areolas.
The fix for this is usually breast lift surgery. A Beverly Hills breast lift can reduce the excess breast tissue and lift the breasts so that they do not sag. The areola size can also be reduced.
Unlike breast lift surgery, breast augmentation is meant to increase a woman’s breast volume. This is done with the addition of implants. Most breast implants are made of either silicone or saline. They come in a number of different sizes and shapes to fit your anatomy and your aesthetic goals.
Breast augmentation in Beverly Hills is a common surgery for women who aren’t moms too. But moms, especially, can benefit because a loss of volume is not uncommon after a woman is done having children. Some moms have always wanted bigger breasts as well. No matter your “why,” this surgery can produce just the results you’re looking for.
How Do You Qualify for a Mommy Makeover?
Before you can discuss what a mommy makeover includes for you, it’s important to receive medical authorization for surgery. Basically, this means that your surgeon okays you for the procedure.
You’ll learn if you qualify for mommy makeover surgery at your consultation appointment with Dr. Lahar. Most of the time, he’ll be able to tell you on the spot, simply by reviewing your medical history and giving you a short physical exam. Sometimes, further testing or discussions with other doctors may be necessary.
If you do not initially qualify for mommy makeover surgery, keep in mind there are often things you can do to eventually qualify. Dr. Lahar will discuss all of these options with you at your consultation. For now, here are the main requirements that all patients must meet before they will be cleared for surgery.
1. Good physical health
Anyone undergoing elective surgery needs to be in good physical health before the procedure. Dr. Lahar will want to know your medical history before he okays you for surgery.
If you have any active infections or medical conditions, be sure to make him aware of them. Anything that might inhibit your ability to heal after surgery or that might put you at risk during the procedure needs to be examined.
2. A healthy weight
Excess body fat is a common complaint among women who’ve had children. After all, pregnancy comes with significant weight gain most of the time, and getting the weight off after birth isn’t easy when you have a newborn to care for!
With that said, mommy makeovers can only help with a nominal amount of excess fat. The liposuction procedure can certainly reduce stubborn pockets of fat — like the typical “mom pooch” (fat in the lower abdomen). However, for more significant weight loss, you’ll want to choose an alternative option such as making eating and exercise-based lifestyle changes. After that, you can consider a mommy makeover.
3. A decision to be done having children
Right off the bat, we’ll say that becoming pregnant after getting mommy makeover surgery is not a problem in terms of your health or baby’s health. Instead, it’s a matter of results. If you end up having another child after you’ve had mommy makeover surgery, chances are, your results will be affected.
Naturally, most women want to know for sure they’re done having children before they opt for mommy makeover surgery so that they can enjoy their results for as long as possible.
4. A positive attitude and realistic expectations
The decision to undergo mommy makeover surgery should be yours and yours alone. Make sure that you are doing this to improve the way you feel about yourself and not because you feel pressure. Moreover, have realistic expectations and a positive attitude about your body going into surgery. Then, start getting excited for your results!
FAQ: Beverly Hills Total Mom Makeovers
What is a mommy makeover surgery? How much is a mommy makeover? What does a mommy makeover include?
Many questions surround the mommy makeover procedure, so let’s take a look at some of the most common inquiries we receive at Lahar Plastic Surgery.
How much is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeovers tend to be pricier because they include multiple surgeries. With that said, the combination aspect of the procedure means that overall, you’ll pay less than you would if you were to undergo each procedure (breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, etc.) separately.
How long after mommy makeover can I exercise?
It really depends on what procedures you choose for your mommy makeover. Getting a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and liposuction, for example, will mean major surgery that may require many months before a full recovery is achieved.
On the other hand, some patients may simply opt for liposuction and a breast lift, and in this case, the recovery time should be shorter. Generally speaking, however, you should expect to wait between six and 10 weeks before getting back to your exercise routine after mommy makeover surgery.
How long does it take to recover from mommy makeover?
Most women take around two weeks off of work to recover from their surgery. After this time, you should feel well enough to return to a nonphysical job and many of your normal daily activities. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can return to all of your regular activities (like physical exercise) quite yet. This usually takes a bit longer.
Fully recovering from mommy makeover surgery will take several months. It can also take anywhere from six months to a year before you see your complete results.
Does insurance cover mommy makeover surgery?
No. It would be very rare if a health insurance plan covered mommy makeover surgery because this is an elective procedure and is not required for medical reasons.
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