Plastic surgery used to be something that only celebrities and the rich and famous got (and tried to hide), but now that certain procedures are becoming more popular and affordable, plastic surgery is appealing to women from all walks of life.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently conducted a survey and found that 62% of new mothers would undergo plastic surgery after baby if cost weren't a factor. The "mommy makeover" has become hugely popular with moms of all ages over the past few years. Thanks to social media and the body positivity movement, women are sharing their plastic surgery stories online and feeling absolutely no shame about it.
If you're contemplating a mommy makeover to help you reshape your body after having kids, and to make you feel better about yourself, good for you! Any woman should feel empowered to do whatever they want to feel good, but there are some things to consider before you decide to go under the knife.
1. It's Not A Quick Fix
While a mommy makeover can make you feel amazing and help you get rid of those areas of your body permanently affected by pregnancy and childbirth, it can't do it alone. Most plastic surgeons will recommend you exercise and get yourself in the best shape possible before undergoing your mommy makeover. The purpose of the mommy makeover is to help get rid of those problem areas that diet and exercise can't target — it's not a weight loss tool.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons you should be no more than 25 pounds over your target goal weight before undergoing your mommy makeover. Dr. Richard J. Brown, who specializes in aesthetic plastic and reconstructive surgery suggests getting to your best weight possible and maintaining that weight for three months prior to surgery. You should also have finished breast feeding for at least three months so your breasts have a chance to return to their normal size. Once you've recovered from your procedures you will need to continue an exercise regimen as well to ensure you maintain your new shape and that you recover faster.
2. It Can Be Shocking
You may think you're prepared for your new body after a mommy makeover, but the initial changes can be shocking, especially if you've opted for breast implants. When you first see yourself with your new breast implants the image can be startling, because inflammation and swelling will make them look bigger than they actually are. If you're not prepared you may begin to feel remorse about the size of implants you chose.
If you've undergone a tummy tuck there will also be swelling, so the results you see immediately post surgery aren't really indicative of what you're going to look like in the end. Give your body time to recover and for swelling to fade after surgery to see the final results, and try not to be too surprised at your initial appearance post surgery. It will take a few months before you finally see the final result.
3. You'll Need Recovery Time
While mommy makeovers are becoming increasingly popular, they do still require a significant amount of recovery time, so it's important that you factor that in before you make your appointment.
If you undergo a tummy tuck you could be looking at 2 to 3 months of recovery time, with the first two weeks of that on bed rest. You also won't be able to lift more than 25 pounds during recovery, so if you have small children at home it will be imperative that you have someone who can help around the home. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends having someone with you to help provide round the clock care so you aren't putting any undo strain on yourself while you're healing.
Plastic surgery is still serious business and you need to have people around you who are committing to supporting you throughout your entire recovery process.
4. You Should Be Done Having Kids
While you don't necessarily have to be done having kids before you go for your mommy makeover, most plastic surgeons recommend that you are. Mommy makeovers aren't cheap — they can range in price but mostly you need to budget anywhere from $6000 - $30,000 depending on how many procedures you're having done.
It is recommended you are done having kids before having plastic surgery because if you do get pregnant again after a mommy makeover, your results will definitely be affected. Pregnancy will cause the skin in your abdomen and breasts to stretch again, and may even cause your abdominal muscles to tear. You may find yourself in need of more plastic surgery to correct the changes made by the pregnancy. Most doctors will advise that you be done having children before undergoing a mommy makeover.
5. Research Your Doctor
Choosing a surgeon who is going to do the best job possible is extremely important, and that means you have to do your homework. It's crucial that you choose a surgeon that is board certified and practices in an accredited facility, and has ample experience in the surgery you choose.
ASPS recommends that you choose a doctor who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and offers some other guidelines to look at when choosing a surgeon.
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
- Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
Mommy makeovers can definitely be life changing in helping postpartum women feel and look better, but it's important to do your homework and be fully prepared for what a mommy makeover entails before going under the knife.