Becoming a mom comes with many significant changes to your lifestyle, as you learn to prioritize your child’s needs above all else. As you’ve undoubtedly also realized, the process of carrying a child to term can also take its toll on your body. You may have been dismayed to discover that the hormonal and weight fluctuations of pregnancy have left you with flatter, heavier breasts and a “belly pooch” that won’t go away, no matter how many planks and crunches you do.
Though you wouldn’t trade your child for the world, it’s understandable if you have found yourself dreaming of restoring your pre-pregnancy body – even if your last pregnancy was several years ago. The good news is, a procedure called a mommy makeover can help you rediscover your self-confidence and youthful silhouette.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Brad Stephan use “mommy makeover” as a catch-all phrase to describe a tailored treatment plan that helps women address some of the most common post-pregnancy concerns, including unwanted fat deposits, loose or separated abdominal muscles, and drooping or sagging breasts.
The advantage of a mommy makeover is that it allows you to significantly improve the shape and contours of your body by combining surgical procedures into one session. For example, getting a breast augmentation alongside an abdominoplasty means you will only need to worry about one recovery process, whereas choosing to get these two surgeries at separate times will lead to the need for double healing times – which isn’t ideal for busy moms who are taking care of their kids and their households.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
If you carried one or more babies to term, you have every reason to be proud of what your body can do – after all, not everyone can grow a new human in nine months, then continue to nurture the baby in the months that follow. However, that doesn’t mean you’re happy with how your body looks. It can be a blow to your self-confidence when you still need to wear your maternity clothes to hide embarrassing bulges months after giving birth, especially if you were counting down the days until you could fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans again.
In general, if you are in good overall physical and mental health and are not planning to have any more children, you may want to consider a mommy makeover if you have the following “trouble areas” on your body:
- Sagging or deflated breasts
- Excess abdominal skin
- Strained or separated abdominal muscles
- Unwanted fatty deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise
- Enlarged labia
3 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Mommy Makeover
As a mom, you put your family first. At Stephan Surgical Arts, we believe women who have kids are superheroes, and deserve to feel confident, sexy, and empowered. Here are our top three reasons to consider getting a mommy makeover.
Frustration With Your Appearance
Though celebrity and fitness magazines make it seem as if any woman can bounce back from a pregnancy ready to flaunt a beach-ready body, that isn’t most women’s experience. Though you may be working diligently to try to get your pre-baby shape back through diet and exercise, it’s important to understand the changes your body went through during pregnancy and breastfeeding were outside your control, and you often won’t be able to reverse them through conventional weight loss and body shaping alone.
The goal of a mommy makeover is to help mothers recontour their unique bodies. Because no two bodies are the same, you can customize your procedure to meet your needs. Dr. Stephan will recommend the best procedures to match your body and provide the precise look you desire.
Opportunity for “Me Time”
You are selfless about taking care of your family. Isn’t it time to ask them to return the favor? The average recovery time for a mommy makeover is one to two weeks, which you can turn into a relaxing “staycation” at home while you catch up on all the books and TV shows you’ve missed out on because you were too busy with your other responsibilities.
Mommy Makeovers in Tampa, Florida
Take the next step toward the youthful, sexy curves you’ve been dreaming of by contacting our Tampa surgical center. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Stephan uses his extensive knowledge and training to deliver outstanding mommy makeover results to women throughout the Tampa area.