In recent years, a complex series of cosmetic surgeries increased in popularity called a “mommy makeover.” This series of procedures is one of today’s most popular combinations of plastic surgeries for women and is designed to fix the physical flaws that women face after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A rhinoplasty expert pointed out that during pregnancy, a woman’s abdominal muscles, skin, and tissues stretch and some women have a hard time getting these things back to normal after giving birth; thus the need for a mommy makeover.
If you are a new mom that is struggling to get your body back, a mommy makeover may be for you. This post will detail the basics of what you should know about mommy makeovers.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The typical combination of surgeries that a mommy makeover includes are:
- Tummy tuck
- Breast reduction
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Circumferential abdominoplasty
This combination of surgeries can restore fullness, lost volume, and overall skin tightness and shape. Some makeovers also include thigh and arm lifts as well. Patients can get all of these procedures, or they can pick and choose, depending on the severity of their needs. Similarly, depending on the surgeon and his or her recommendations, the combination of procedures can be done all at once, or they can be spread out over multiple surgeries.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
A mommy makeover typically costs between $9,000 and $20,000, depending on what you have done. This cost should include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Facility fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Post-surgery fee
- Cost of implants
It’s common for most women to not have this kind of money right away, so many women choose financing options.
In regards to insurance, insurance companies will not pay for a mommy makeover unless there is a health-related reason that you are having the extra fat/skin removed.
What is the Recovery Time for a Mommy Makeover?
The recovery time is different for every person and is mostly dependent on the combination of procedures that a woman has done. However, the average recovery time is about two weeks. As you recover it’s important to do the following:
- Avoid heavy lifting; children included
- Make healthy food choices
- Go to follow up visits with your doctor
- Sleep as much as possible
- Avoid smoking
- Ease into working out and other physical activities
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid an ample amount of time in the sun or in the water
Are People Generally Happy With Their Makeover?
Overall, people are generally very happy with their mommy makeover, especially those that have struggled to lose weight after having multiple children. Mommy makeovers often restore women’s confidence and make them feel more comfortable in their own skin during this next chapter of their life.
It’s important to point out though that some patients that are not happy with their makeover may have not expected scarring or painful recovery. Scarring is a very common possibility of this complex series of procedures and it’s imperative that patients recognize that ahead of time. Similarly, though uncommon, some women who have claimed to be unhappy with their procedure were left with uneven results and asymmetrical breast augmentations.
Is a Mommy Makeover Right For You?
After reading this post, you may have a better understanding of whether or not a mommy makeover is something you want to do in the near future. As you decide what you want to do, it will be worth your while to look into different doctors and to research the specific procedures.
About the Author
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey