Many women love being pregnant and experiencing the physical changes their bodies go through to form new life. For some women, however, the joys of motherhood do not roll over to their post-baby bodies.
Not every mother’s body snaps back to its pre-pregnancy shape and tone after childbirth, even with diligent exercise and healthy eating habits. The changes experienced before, during and after pregnancy can leave some mothers feeling less confident about their appearance.
Our Southern California board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Kolder has helped hundreds of moms address the after-effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding through our customized mommy makeover procedures.
To learn more about our mommy makeover procedures or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kolder, please contact us online or call us today at 805-491-9535.
Good candidates for a mommy makeover are women who:
- Consume a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
- Do not smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol
- Are finished having children
- Have a dependable support system to help during post-surgery recovery
- have realistic expectations for results
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
A mommy makeover is a common term used today to describe a group of cosmetic procedures that can help women reshape, lift, and tighten problem areas in the abdomen, breasts, hips and thighs. The female body undergoes numerous changes during pregnancy — many of which are extremely difficult to reverse afterward.
The mommy makeover is designed to address these changes, providing women with the beautiful, natural-looking feminine curves they had before having children. It is a way for women to enjoy being mothers without having to
completely sacrifice their bodies.
The most common procedures involved in a mommy makeover are:
- A tummy tuck to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.
- Breast enhancement to raise sagging breasts with a breast lift or to increase breast size with silicone or saline implants.
- Liposuction to spot-reduce stubborn body fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Recovery will vary from patient to patient depending on the procedures performed for your mommy makeover. You may choose to perform these procedures together as a single surgery or spread them out over time as multiple sessions.
During your consultation, Dr. Kolder will go over your health history, discuss and examine your areas of concern and design a treatment plan to help achieve your aesthetic goals.
Mommy Makeover Recovery and Results
After your mommy makeover surgery, you will have bandages in the place of your incisions. Support garments will be put in place to keep swelling down and support healing during your recovery. Dr. Kolder will give you post-surgery instructions that will be specific to your procedures.
As you continue to heal and your swelling diminishes over the next several weeks, you will see improvements to your body’s contours. Dr. Kolder recommends avoiding strenuous activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your mommy makeover.
Recovery and results vary for each woman, but final results can take several months as residual swelling subsides and implants settle. It’s important to follow Dr. Kolder aftercare guidelines and go to your follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing properly and ready to partake in certain activities.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases and the shape of the breasts, abdomen, waist, genitalia and buttocks improves. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Women who undergo a mommy makeover with Dr. Kolder are thrilled with their results. Getting back the body they had before having children often has a significantly positive impact on women’s lives moving forward. This surgery allows women to be both a mother and to have a body they can feel confident about.
Mommy Makeover Next Steps
If you are unhappy with your post-baby body and would like to learn more about beginning your own mommy makeover, please contact us online to schedule a free cosmetic consultation.