If you’re thinking about having a Mommy Makeover you’re not alone. Every year over 100,000 mothers just like you have chosen to have surgery to help them regain their pre-baby bodies. As attitudes have become significantly more positive about cosmetic procedures in recent years this number is only growing.
Many women who are considering cosmetic surgery are also secretly concerned that this decision somehow suggests that they being selfish. All the women we’ve heard from who have had a mommy makeover procedure assure us that this fear is unfounded. They say that the self-confidence they gain from loving their bodies again has made them better mothers and wives.
As you begin this life changing journey there are several things you need to know and essential questions you need to ask.
What Exactly Is A “Mommy Makeover”?
Technically, a mommy makeover is not a surgical procedure in itself, but a term used to describe the use of several surgical procedures that aim to rejuvenate areas of your body that have been negatively impacted by pregnancy & breast feeding, namely the breasts & abdomen. A mommy makeover may involve any of the following procedures, based on your needs & goals:
• Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
• Breast Lift (Augmentation)
• Breast Implants
What Should I Expect?
During the initial consultation your surgeon will need to get a general medical history & find out what your desired outcome is. At this point you will begin to develop a surgical plan that is most suited to you and your needs.
Depending on your particular requirements one or two surgeries may be required. Either way, as a general overview your surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles, remove excess skin & reconstruct the breasts to meet your desires.
Recovery can range anywhere from 1-4 weeks or more.
How Much Does A Mommy Makeover Cost?
The answer to this will vary between women and will depend on a number of factors like: your individual needs and the number of surgical procedures involved, your location, the experience and quality of your surgeon, the fees associated with the surgical facility and your after-care requirements.
In general, a mommy makeover will cost somewhere between $10,000-$40,000. To see the average costs in your area watch the video below. (data from: https://www.realself.com/Mommy-Makeover/cost/directory)
The 10 Essential Questions To Ask Your Surgeon
o Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery & do you have plastic surgery privileges at a well-respected hospital or nationally accredited surgical facility in the area?
o Will the surgery be performed there & do you use the services of a board certified MD anaesthiologist?
o Have you ever had any malpractice judgements against you?
o What are the risks involved with these types of surgery?
o What emergency protocols do you have in place?
o How many mommy makeover surgeries do you/have you performed?
o Do you have ‘before & after’ photos of previous surgeries you’ve performed & is it possible to speak to any previous patients?
o What can I expect during recovery (pain, swelling, etc) & who will be responsible for my post-op management and dressing changes?
o What type of compression garments and other supplies will I require & will you supply them?
o How long will it take before I can return to work/normal activities?
o Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover (am I at the best weight for the results I want)?