Motherhood is one of the most joyous and meaningful milestones in a woman’s life — but it comes with its fair share of frustrations. As many moms can attest, one of the most challenging parts of childbirth is the unwelcome ways it changes your body. You may end up with stretch marks, loose abdominal muscles, sagging breasts or stubborn pockets of fat that you never struggled with pre-baby. Though you’re grateful for your growing family, you also find yourself wishing for the body you had before it happened.
Mothers in NYC and Tarrytown who want to restore the active bodies they had before pregnancy turn to the experienced surgeons of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery. Our mommy makeover procedures have become a popular way for New York women to regain their youthful appearance and their confidence after having children. With a series of procedures that is tailored uniquely to you, a mommy makeover can address multiple concerns with a single surgery and recovery period.
Before you visit us for your one-on-one consultation, we invite you to learn more about what a mommy makeover entails.
Every Mommy Makeover Is Personalized
A mommy makeover is not a standardized, one-size-fits-all procedure. Each mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that is customized to the patient, so you can feel confident that your specific concerns will be addressed and your results will look natural. Your mommy makeover will encompass whatever you require to look and feel like your pre-birth self.
These Are The Procedures Moms Are Most Interested In
At the NYGPS, our patients often choose to incorporate some or all of the following procedures into their mommy makeover:
- Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) brings the abdomen back to its pre-pregnancy shape by tightening stretched abdominal muscles, cinching in the waist, and removing excess fat and skin.
- Liposuction: Liposuction removes pockets of fat from targeted areas of the body — like your stomach, hips or thighs — that resist diet and exercise and remain even after you lose the baby weight.
- Breast Enhancement: Breast enhancement procedures, like breast augmentation or breast lift, revive drooping or depleted breasts by restoring shape and volume lost due to pregnancy and nursing.
These are the most popular procedures because they focus on the areas that are most affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding, but they are far from your only options. Many women choose to make facial rejuvenation procedures, like eyelid surgery or facelift surgery, or vaginal rejuvenation procedures, such as labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, part of their mommy makeover.
A Mommy Makeover Can Also Include Nonsurgical Treatments
Mommy makeovers are not limited to surgical procedures. Injectables can be an excellent addition to your mommy makeover because they are quick, effective, and require little to no recovery time. The injectables available at the NYGPS can smooth and relax wrinkles, erase signs of age-related volume loss in the face and even dissolve stubborn submental fat that causes a double chin.
There Is An Ideal Time For Your Mommy Makeover
Patients often want to know when is the best time to have a mommy makeover. To some degree, it depends — what’s right for you may not be right for someone else — but there is generally a “sweet spot” to aim for. Ideally, you should plan to have your mommy makeover after your body has had time to recover from the stress of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Most plastic surgeons suggest waiting at least six months.
You should also wait to schedule your surgery until you are confident that you are done having children. Although you will be able to carry a child and give birth after mommy makeover surgery, doing so will result in many of your improvements being lost. If you are considering additional pregnancies, it may be wise to save your mommy makeover for a later date.
Recovery Might Not Be As Bad As You Think
More procedures means more recovery time, right? Not exactly. To some extent, the length of your recovery period will depend on which procedures you choose. Women who have more extensive surgery may require more time away from work and other responsibilities to allow their body to recuperate. However, combining multiple procedures into one surgery means you only have one recovery period, and it’s probably shorter than you’d expect. Even if you include a tummy tuck, which tends to take the longest to heal, you will most likely be able to resume regular activities in about two weeks.
You Will Need Help While You Heal
The urge to start caring for your family right away may be strong (we get it!) but you will need to rest and give your body time to heal. Arrange for someone to assist with childcare and help out around the house. Having an extra set of hands nearby will be helpful for at least the first week or two, and perhaps longer. Do not push your body to perform strenuous activities before it’s ready.
You Won’t See Your Final Look Right Away
Don’t be shocked by what you see right after surgery. There will be bruising and swelling. Your incision lines will be red. If you had a breast augmentation with implants, your breasts may look excessively large due to swelling and the implants need time to settle into their final position. Patience is a necessary part of the recovery process. Your body’s new, beautiful shape will reveal itself in time.
It’s Ok To Invest In Yourself
New York moms are special. Many of our patients are driven, do-it-all women who devote 100% of their energy to life’s most important tasks. As a result, they frequently put everyone else first — especially their families — and struggle with the idea of doing something that’s just for them. After 27 years serving the women of NYC and Tarrytown, we can confidently say that having a mommy makeover is not selfish or vain. We’ve seen time and time again what a difference it can make to feel comfortable and happy in your skin. When you feel good, inside and out, you can be a better mother, a better partner and your best self.
A Mommy Makeover Is Not A Substitute For A Healthy Lifestyle
A mommy makeover can transform your body in many wonderful ways, but that doesn’t mean you can stop taking care of yourself. It’s still important to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and wear sunscreen every day. Even before undergoing a mommy makeover, it’s important to be in good overall health and at or near your target weight. Tummy tuck and liposuction are not weight loss procedures. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle ensures you can enjoy the results of your mommy makeover for as long as possible.
You Do Not Have To Be A Mother To Have A Mommy Makeover
Despite the name, mothers aren’t the only people who can benefit from mommy makeover surgery. Many of the same issues that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding also occur after significant weight loss, such as stretch marks, loose skin, and sagging breasts. Aging can also have similar effects. Whether or not you have had a child, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover if you want comprehensive rejuvenation of your breasts and abdomen.
Give yourself the gift of a revitalized body and restored confidence. Contact the New York Group for Plastic Surgery today at 888-912-0856 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation.