Mommy Makeover Candidates: Plastic Surgery After Pregnancy

May 17, 2018 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Mommy Makeover Body Contouring

Children on the beach with momHaving a child can be one of the most rewarding things in life. Yet as many mothers know, pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing can affect your body in many ways. The only way to address issues related to stretch marks and drooping breasts is to undergo a rejuvenating combination of cosmetic surgery procedures.

At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, we have many ways to enhance your figure and improve the texture and tightness of your skin. The team at our Missoula, MT cosmetic center would like to go over the basics of mommy makeover treatment, how it benefits mothers, and who is a good candidate for surgery.

How a Mommy Makeover Works

A mommy makeover is a combination of body contouring surgeries that helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks while also eliminating drooping and sagging skin. After a mommy makeover is performed, a woman will have a much trimmer and toned body that allows her to look similar to way she looked before pregnancy and childbirth.

Common Target Areas for Mommy Makeovers

Mommy makeovers commonly target the following parts of the body:

  • The abdominal area
  • The breasts
  • The thighs
  • The buttocks
  • The shoulders and upper arms
  • Parts of the neck and face

You’ll not that each of these treatment areas is commonly affected by the weight gain and weight loss associated with having a child.

General Candidacy for Mommy Makeover Treatment

Good candidates for mommy makeover treatment are women who have had a child and would like to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and sagging. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make a surgical procedure a risk to general wellness.

Since mommy makeovers are totally customized to the needs of each patient, the actual surgical treatment plan will need to be designed as part of a consultation at our practice.

Timing Surgery Based on Age and Family Plans

When it comes to mommy makeovers, timing is so important for maximum effectiveness. If you intend to have another child, it’s important to wait to perform a mommy makeover. This is just a common sense way to ensure optimal results. If you have another child after a mommy makeover, you will need an additional surgery to address the aesthetic changes.

It may also be important to delay the surgery for about a year after having your last child. This will allow you to lose weight naturally and for your body’s hormones to even out, potentially enhancing the final outcomes of the mommy makeover procedure.

During the consultation process, we will be sure to consider your family plans and schedule your mommy makeover accordingly.

Knowing the Risks and Benefits of Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, it’s important that patients know all of the risks and benefits that are involved. This helps the patient understand the importance of pre-op surgical instructions and post-op surgical care. In following these instructions, surgical complications can be avoided and side effects will be less severe.

Realistic Expectations About the Procedure

It’s important that patients of all kinds of cosmetic surgery procedures have realistic expectations about their surgery. This goes for recovery times as well as the presence of scarring. Realistic expectations tend to go a long way toward improving overall patient satisfaction.

Learn More About Mommy Makeovers

To learn more about mommy makeovers and how they can benefit you, be sure to contact the team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates. We will assess your situation and help determine if body contouring surgery is ideal for your cosmetic goals.

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