Pregnancy, childbirth and nursing can all change the female body in ways that may make you feel less like yourself. Your breasts may lose volume or begin to droop, the abdomen, buttocks or thighs may gain bulges of fat, and the tummy can appear stretched and loose.
A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures aimed at helping women reclaim their pre-baby bodies so motherhood doesn’t have to come at the cost of your figure.
Please contact us online or call 575-521-7111 to schedule a visit to our cosmetic surgery office in Las Cruces, serving El Paso and all of Southern New Mexico. Dr. Martin and his staff are committed to helping you achieve an enhanced new look through your mommy makeover.
Good Candidates For Mommy Makeover Surgery
The best candidates for a mommy makeover are women who have finished having children and would like to regain their youthful curves. Mommy makeovers can also be appropriate for women who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Candidates should be in good overall health and be at or near their target weight. Women who have recently completed their families are encouraged to wait at least 6 months after giving birth or nursing before scheduling their mommy makeover.
Mommy Makeover Options
Dr. Martin custom-tailors each mommy makeover to meet the specific needs of every woman. The most common mommy makeover options include:
Tummy Tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is included in almost every mommy makeover. This popular post-pregnancy procedure removes excess skin, tightens the abdominal muscles and streamlines the midsection. A tummy tuck can also resolve diastasis recti, or abdominal separation, and provide contouring for post-weight loss patients.
Liposuction: This popular fat-reducing procedure can remove fat cells from virtually anywhere on the body. Lipo is commonly used on stubborn bulges or fat pockets, such as the love handles. Liposuction is frequently applied to the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or back, and is a popular addition to a tummy tuck for more comprehensive contouring of the midsection.
Breast Augmentation: One of the most common cosmetic procedures for women worldwide, breast augmentation can fill out breast volume that may have been lost after pregnancy or weight loss. Many women also find that motherhood is the perfect stage in life to invest in feeling good about themselves by filling out their figures with breast enlargement.
Breast Lift: Mastopexy, or a breast lift, can improve sagging in the breasts and create a perkier, more youthful profile. This procedure lifts the breasts to a higher position on the torso and creates a rounder, firmer breast shape. Women often add breast implants to their lift to fill out volume while also improving breast position.
Breast Reduction: Women with large, heavy breasts often bear the burden of shoulder and back pains, poor posture and limited clothing options. A breast reduction can make the breasts lighter and more proportional to alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort that can come with having overly large breasts.
Recovery & Results
After your mommy makeover procedure, you can expect to have swelling, bruising and tenderness. Your results will be masked as your body is working to heal itself.
The recovery time from your mommy makeover will depend on several factors, including which procedures were included and your body’s natural ability to heal. You should plan on taking at least a few weeks off from work and other activities to give your body ample time to rest.
You’ll need someone to help drive you from your procedure and help around the house for the first couple of days. Lifting objects and children are to be avoided during this time.
Dr. Martin will assess your progress in the following weeks and tell you when it’s safe to increase your activity.
While most women are able to resume their regular activities around the 3-month mark, residual swelling can take up to a year or more before it is completely gone.
Once you have fully healed, you should be able to enjoy your results for years to come. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make sure you are finished having children before considering a mommy makeover as weight fluctuations can undo your results.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
What type of anesthesia is used?
Mommy makeovers are performed using general anesthesia so you will be sleeping throughout your procedure.
Is a mommy makeover performed all at once?
It’s not uncommon for women to have a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast enhancement all in one procedure. However, depending on your health, schedule and preferences, you may wish to plan a staged procedure instead.
What sutures are used?
Dr. Martin uses permanent sutures for internal muscle repair during a tummy tuck. For all skin incisions, he uses dissolvable sutures.
When can I resume normal activities?
Because every mommy makeover is different, your recovery experience will depend on which procedures you included and your overall health. Most women take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks off of work after getting a mommy makeover. You can gradually resume your normal activities, including exercise, over the following months.
When will I see my final results?
You should be able to get a good idea of your results around 3 to 4 months after surgery, while your final mommy makeover results may take 6 months to 1 year to fully develop.
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
The price of a mommy makeover depends on the different surgical options you choose. Since this is not a single procedure, it is difficult to estimate. The American Society of Plastic Surgery estimates the average cost of a mommy makeover to be between $9,000 and $20,000 depending on the procedures you choose. And in many cases, this cost does not include additional fees like anesthesia, hospital fees, or other related costs.
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How do I find the best plastic surgeon for a mommy makeover near me?
When choosing a plastic surgeon for a mommy makeover, you want to look for someone that has experience performing these procedures. While experience may cost more, you want the best outcome. Ask to see before and after photos so you can get an idea of what to expect for results.
Will a mommy makeover hurt?
Pain and discomfort after a mommy makeover will depend on the procedures you decide on. Dr. Martin can prescribe medications to help you manage any pain and discomfort you may experience.
Are there any risks involved with a mommy makeover?
While all the possible surgical procedures involved with a mommy makeover are relatively safe, every surgical procedure comes with possible risks. The most common risks involved include infection, adverse reactions and excessive bleeding. Dr. Martin will discuss your personal medical history during your surgical consultation and provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions to help minimize any potential risks.
How can I prepare for a mommy makeover?
As your mommy makeover approaches, here are a few things to do in advance:
- Stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the procedure as it can adversely affect healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, or herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding risk.
- Plan for your recovery time — Enlist friends and family that can help around the house while you recover. Go grocery shopping before your procedure. Consider making easy to heat meals to avoid having to cook.
- Pick up all your necessary prescriptions before your procedure.