Mommy Makeover, Part 1


Attention Mamas:

Second to your gorgeous new little bundle of joy, first time moms eventually turn their attention to their post-baby bodies. In between the late night feedings, changing dirty diapers and sleep deprivation you could try to squeeze in a leg lift or two. You might even be able to cook yourself a healthy meal while your baby sleeps. But let’s be realistic, with your new found limit of time, diet and exercise can only go so far to bounce you back to your pre-pregnancy weight.

We now live in an era where getting back to your “original” shape is easier than ever. Fortunately, modern technology has brought us plastic surgery which offers both surgical and non-surgical options to tuck those tummies and boost those breasts. Paired with the talents of a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Mommy Makeovers can help you get back to your pre-baby body quickly and feel comfortable in your own skin again.

A Little History

“Mommy Makeover” became a popular marketing term used over the past decade for a traditional abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”, breast augmentation, and lift. It especially appealed to women in their 30’s having had a first child because pregnancy frequently takes a bigger physical toll on an older woman’s body with the stretching of her abdominal wall muscles and the sagging of her breasts.

Over the past several years plastic surgeons have developed a better understanding of the natural processes that cause the changes to a woman’s face and body. These changes are a side effect of the unique combination of childbirth and aging. This progress led to a whole new approach to rejuvenation of the aging mother.
Reduced scarring and limited downtime are evidence of surgeries and procedures becoming less invasive over the years. Women’s natural fat tissue is being used to restore and regrow the loss of breast and facial tissue, allowing them to use less foreign implants as a part of a holistic wellness approach to health.

The details.

So you want to reclaim your body? The first step is to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon can help you identify what “problem areas” you would like to focus on and lay out a surgical plan tailored for you. Some moms are only concerned with one or two areas while others may want more. This could include the face, breast, tummy and buttocks. You and your surgeon will decide together what works best for you.

The cost of a Mommy Makeover procedure will depend greatly on the details of your particular operation, but they can typically range anywhere from seventeen to twenty thousand dollars. You can expect to experience about two to three weeks of recovery. If you happen to still have small children at home, it’s a good idea to ask a friend or family member to come help out for a week or so while you are recovering. You will be uncomfortable for about two weeks and by the third week you should be able to get back to your regular routine. You can resume a full workout in about 6 weeks but some exercise is fine within a couple of weeks.

Scar therapy is an important part of surgery to discuss with your surgeon or coordinator. Everyone scars and heals differently, so it is important to protect the investment you just made in your new shape and inquire about any scar therapy options. In our office, we recommend an intensive scar therapy program including: Prineo Scar Tape (applied during surgery), Embrace Scar Therapy (applied after healing) and Biocorneum Scar Gel with SPF (used 6 months to 1 year after the surgery).

Finally, armed with all of your new information and exciting possibilities, schedule a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and ask for a Vectra 3-D preview of your results!

**Stay tuned to “Mommy Makeover, Part 2” for details about the amazing new non surgical procedures available! The office may also offer some options that don’t include surgery. More technologically advanced plastic surgery offices employ machines and aesthetic practitioners that can reduce, tighten and lift without surgery or downtime.
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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon