The majority of new mothers all understand the feeling that your body after baby isn’t quite what you remember it to be. There is certainly no shame in this understanding, just as there’s no denying that a woman’s body changes with children. It simply has to. Unfortunately, even with dedication, sweat, and careful meal planning, many women can’t lose the pockets of abdominal fat that accumulate during pregnancy, nor can they get rid of the newly formed love handles or counteract the sagging and deflating of the breasts. If these changes to your body are affecting your confidence or self-esteem, then cosmetic surgery may be a road worth considering. Mommy Makeover surgery targets the areas most affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. This combination procedure addresses changes to the breasts, loose or stretched abdominal muscles, excess skin in the midsection, and stubborn pockets of fat along the stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks. Although not a time machine, Mommy Makeover surgery can help return and restore your feminine and confidence-boosting physique.
Before You Consider Surgery…
1. Maintain a Stable Weight
As with any cosmetic procedure, your weight should be stable before you decide to turn to surgery. Dr. Chin recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight to reach optimal results. Surgery is not an alternative to weight loss, and it should never be used as a weight loss procedure. When Dr. Chin performs your Mommy Makeover, he will examine your shape and skin laxity the way it is at that moment. Should you lose additional weight in the future, additional laxity may become apparent, and this is laxity that could have been addressed had you waited on the procedure until after you lost that weight.
2. Stop Smoking
The benefits of not smoking can be seen in many areas of your health. Not smoking is also a requirement before you undergo surgery, especially surgery as invasive as a Mommy Makeover. Smoking immediately before your procedure increases your chance of complications during the surgery as well as during the recovery period. Smoking reduces your blood flow, which is necessary to ensure a safe procedure and smooth recovery. As tough as it may be, your body will thank you in the long run.
3. Wait Until You Are Finished Having Children
Mommy Makeover surgery will in no way affect your ability to have children down the line. However, having children after the surgery will impact the results of your Mommy Makeover. It was pregnancy and childbirth that led you to the Mommy Makeover in the first place, so it should go without saying that an additional pregnancy will similarly affect your body. Waiting until you’ve had all of your children is not a requirement, though it is a common recommendation.
And Once You Decide on Surgery…
4. Fill All Prescriptions
Mommy Makeover surgery is invasive. Several areas of your body will be operated on at the same time, and you will find yourself wrapped in bandages, scattered with bruises and swelling, and feeling sore. When you are experiencing this, the last thing you want to worry about is running to the pharmacy to fill your prescriptions. Dr. Chin will provide you with the prescriptions before your surgery, and the benefits of being prepared will carry you a long way.
5. Establish a Recovery Spot
Recovery can have its difficult moments. The best way to ready yourself for these moments is to prepare your mind and your home. If your children are still young, make sure you have someone to take care of them when you need to rest; if your children are older, then you should arrange for someone to drive them to school and their activities. Relaxation is what best ensures a smooth recovery. Set up a stress-free place to allow your body to do just that. Make sure that you are physically comfortable with all of your necessities at arm’s reach. This recovery period is not a time to catch up on housework or normal day-to-day activities; instead, it’s an opportunity for you to catch your breath and rest.
If you are considering Mommy Makeover surgery, contact Dr. Chin at the Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery today by calling (559) 435-9646.