Mommy makeover is a common term used for an array of surgical procedures performed to restore a woman’s body after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The most common procedures include a tummy tuck, breast lift or lift with augmentation, and custom body sculpting to trim away excess abdominal fat.
Can I have more children after having a mommy makeover?
While a mommy makeover will not affect your ability to become pregnant, a future pregnancy could reverse some of your results. It is recommended that women wait at least six months after giving birth and breastfeeding before planning to undergo a mommy makeover.
How long does the mommy makeover take?
The entire surgery takes between four to six hours, depending on the procedures being performed. In some cases, you may have a series of procedures in different appointments, depending upon what will be safest and most effective in your case.
Am I too old to have a mommy makeover?
Probably not. In any sort of plastic surgery procedure, overall health matters much more than age. You should be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and to care for yourself properly after surgery. Additionally, you should be free of any conditions that can affect the surgery or recuperation, such as bleeding disorders or smoking. For some patients, it may be safer or more practical to undergo mommy makeover in stages rather than in a single surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Kim can help you understand all the factors involved to make this decision.
How should I prepare for my mommy makeover?
Dr. Kim provides you with complete pre- and post-op instructions for the immediate time period around your surgery. However, it’s also a good idea to prepare your home and your family, too. Having a discussion prior to your surgery in order to ensure everyone understands what to expect while you recuperate can be helpful. If necessary, you may need to arrange with friends and family or an outside service (such as a dog walker, housekeeper, or gardener) to provide the extra help you’ll need while you heal.
I work a physically demanding job. How long before I can go back to work?
Your specific recuperation timeline depends on which procedures you undergo as part of your mommy makeover. The time you’ll need to take away from work also depends on the physical demands of your job. For example, although teaching and working in a warehouse are both physically taxing jobs, they require use of different parts of the body. As you plan your surgery with Dr. Kim, she helps you understand exactly how long you’ll need to plan to be off work.