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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of giving birth, you know that your amazing little miracle comes with many special gifts. Unfortunately, getting your slim, tight figure back to its original form may not be one of them. They say once your baby turns into a toddler and begins walking, then running, the rest of the baby weight will fall right off. Does it?

While that might be true for some, it doesn’t always help solve the issue of loose skin or smaller pockets of excess fat in new places. With more time and multiple births typically come even more changes to your silhouette. If you’re missing how you used to feel in your own skin, you might be considering some cosmetic surgical changes.

A mommy makeover might be in order. But what’s included, and how do you know if a mommy makeover is right for you?

What’s a Mommy Makeover?

The term refers to a series of procedures, often done simultaneously in close succession, to reverse pregnancy and childbirth’s effects on a woman’s body.

There are many treatments that a woman may choose to have as part of her makeover, depending on the effects of childbearing on her particular body. And some women use this opportunity to include a surgery that was wanted even before getting pregnant.

What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?

This depends on you! There’s no one size fits all approach, it’s your makeover, and you get to decide what’s ultimately included. Check out our procedure page here to learn what South Shore Plastic Surgery offers.

On the list of options would be a tummy tuck, which tightens skin, removes excess fat and retightens abdomen muscles. Maybe a full body lift that cinches everything below the waist and tightens everything up. Or perhaps a breast revision: lift, reduction or augmentation.

You may also consider liposuction and body contouring to get toned and sculpted, a Brazilian booty lift, or arm and thigh lifts. You may also feel the need to have your private female parts rejuvenated to their pre-pregnancy form.

Some women choose treatments on their faces while they’re at it. A series of laser skin treatments will take weeks to months to complete but will turn back the clock on aging. The timing of when you should have each procedure will be clarified, and your makeover plan will be sketched out to ensure the best results.

What You Should Know About Possible Risks and Downtime

A mommy makeover isn’t something to be taken lightly. Remember that several procedures will be performed at once, which adds to the time you’ll be on the table. This means you need to be in generally good heart health and at a safe weight to reduce the possible adverse risks of anesthesia.

Other risks are specific to some of the types of surgeries involved. For example, liposuction may result in some bruising and swelling for up to a few weeks. Incisions for tummy tucks and body lifts must be well taken care of to avoid infection or unwanted scarring. Drains can help reduce swelling, but they must also be cared for properly to prevent complications.

Please bring up your concerns at your consultation to ensure you know what you can do to ensure the best-case scenario with your healing. Be sure your primary doctor knows what you plan to undergo, especially if you need approval, as with any serious medical surgery.

Downtime after your procedures vary but plan to be entirely down and resting for at least the first two weeks, with the increasing ability to move over the next few weeks, including walking around and light housework duties. After six to eight weeks, you’ll be cleared to lift above 10 pounds. It may take up to six months to complete healing and return to your regular activities like jogging, aerobics, and more intense movements.

What You Can Expect to Feel After Your Mommy Makeover

After the healing process begins, you’ll likely see changes that continue to improve over the weeks. What you’ll feel depends on what procedures were done as part of your mommy makeover. There will be fatigue, soreness and discomfort as part of healing, but they are likely relieved with pain medications, ice or bandages.

You’ll immediately notice that you’re slimmer and have flatter abs. Less skin will hang from your stomach area, and your breasts will feel lifted and fuller. If you have facial procedures, you’ll notice a glow about you. Once all your healing is complete, you should look and feel like your old self, or maybe even better.

Other people will notice that you look good and see you have more energy and a pep in your step from getting your confidence back. You’ll even see this in the mirror and photos when looking at yourself, which is the entire point.

What Are the Costs Involved?

The monetary costs of a mommy makeover depend on the series of procedures included and where your surgeon is located. Typically, you’re looking at a five-figure investment a few times over. Some doctors give a lower price when bundling your surgeries into a mommy makeover.

The good news is that when more than one procedure is performed simultaneously, there may be fewer costs involved than with separate surgeries. This is due to only a one-time need for a surgical room, anesthesia, support staff or other expenses instead of several times.

All this information is made clear during your professional consultation once you’ve decided which procedures will be part of your transformation. Most health insurance plans don’t cover treatments with a plastic surgeon, but you can check your policy to verify what’s included.

Is It Worth It?

Most patients who have chosen to undergo a mommy makeover report that they have zero regrets afterward. The feeling you get from returning to your old self and getting your body back is priceless. It takes time and money to achieve your goal, but it’s within reach.

When you feel uncomfortable in your skin, it affects your confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Vasisht will help you look good on the outside, which will help you feel amazing on the inside. Call South Shore Plastic Surgery today at 856-784-2639 to schedule a consultation and discover if a mommy makeover is for you.