Having a child will, obviously, change your life forever. But what you may not have expected was the way it would change your figure forever. The gain and loss of weight, breastfeeding, and hormonal changes all combine to create areas of sagging, stretched skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise.Fortunately, a mommy makeover with the team at Claytor/Noone in Bryn Mawr can give you your pre-baby body back.
what is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures that targets the various areas affected by pregnancy and childbirth. At Claytor/ Noone Plastic Surgery on the Main Line of Philadelphia, our mommy makeovers usually involve a tummy tuck, breast lift/augmentation, and liposuction.
Is a Mommy Makeover right for me?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are tough on a woman’s body. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscle to such a degree that they simply can’t return to their former degree of tautness. The increase in breast size, coupled with the stress and volume loss due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the breast skin and underlying support muscles. Plus, the weight gained during pregnancy can leave pockets of fat behind, even if you’ve lost the weight.
What’s the advantage of combining the procedures in a mommy makeover?
By combining the various procedures into one surgery session, you’ll only have to recover once. Contrast this with three different recovery periods if you have each procedure done individually.
I’m still considering having additional children. Should I have a mommy makeover?
If you’re thinking you still may want additional children, you shouldn’t have a mommy makeover at this time. As you would assume, future pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding will undo the results of your mommy makeover.
How long after my final child do I need to wait before having my makeover?
This isn’t something to jump right into. Dr. Claytor recommends that a potential mommy makeover candidate should have finished breastfeeding for at least two to three months. This allows your breasts to return to their normal cup size. Also, since liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not weight-loss procedures, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. It also helps if a candidate is exercising regularly, as this will make recovery easier and is a start down the path toward a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your results for the long haul.
What will my recovery be like?
Your recovery will be predicated upon which procedures you’ve had in your makeover. You’ll wear compression garments for around one month to minimize swelling and to help your body adapt to its new slimmer contour. The first week is difficult due to the muscle repositioning and incision length involved with a tummy tuck, full recovery can take up to six months. Most mommy makeover patients can return to a light level of activity in one to two weeks, but any strenuous exercise, particularly lifting, will have to wait at least six weeks.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover, and would like to see how you could benefit from this procedure, call (610) 527-4833 to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor, Dr. Claytor. Our plastic surgery practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas.
Before Mommy Makeover
After Mommy Makeover