Being a mother is one of the most satisfying jobs a woman could ever have. But like any job, motherhood also takes its toll on you. Your body will change in lots of ways, many of them unwanted. You may develop a saggy stomach or add unwanted fat around your waist. Your breasts may lose their fullness and begin to sag. To look and feel great once again, moms come to the talented team of surgeons at UMass Memorial for a mommy makeover.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is really just a moniker for a combination of cosmetic procedures that restore your pre-baby appearance. By grouping the surgeries into a single session, it makes for a single recovery rather than three separate recoveries. These procedures focus on the areas most affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. During your consultation with one of our six UMass Memorial plastic surgeons, we create a personalized treatment plan that may include a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift.
· Tummy Tuck. Skin and muscles around the abdomen stretch after childbirth. The muscles in the center of the stomach may even become separated. A tummy tuck tightens underlying muscles and removes excess skin, giving the patient a flatter abdomen.
· Liposuction. This is a simple and effective method for removing small deposits of fat from different areas of the body to improve contour and create a better figure.
· Breast Lift. Many women want a breast lift combined with breast augmentation. Others opt for only the breast lift to remove excess sagging skin and bring the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest.
Mommy makeovers are customized to meet the needs of every patient. These procedures are unique to you and your needs.
What is recovery like after a mommy makeover?
Because multiple procedures are done together, you only have to go through one recovery period. The first week can be intense, but you should be able to walk slowly the day after surgery. We will prescribe pain medications to help alleviate pain and discomfort. After the first week, you will be able to walk more often but still won’t be able to drive. Your drainage tubes will be removed on your follow-up appointment, which is usually within five days. Swelling typically subsides within five weeks and full results are apparent within three months.
Interested in getting your pre-baby body back? Call us at UMass Memorial Health, (508) 334-5990, to schedule a consultation.