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Mommy Makeover is a descriptive term that has worked its way into the plastic surgery nomenclature in a very short time. Introduced just a few years, women are increasingly requesting this type of surgery. While the term may be recent, the plastic surgery operations used in it have been around for over half a century. To help reverse the effects of pregancies, a Mommy Makeover combines two or more plastic surgery procedures in a single operation…most commonly breast and abdominal reshaping. Here are some of the most common questions asked about a Mommy Makeover.

What is A Good Age For A Mommy Makeover?

In theory, it can be done at almost any age. But, by far, the majority of these procedures are done between the ages of 35 to 50. This is an age range where women are done having children and have proven to themselves that diet and exercise just can’t get the body improvement they desire. Coincidentally plastic surgery statistics show that the majority of aesthetic surgery is done in patients over the age of 35 years old.

How Soon After Pregnancy Can I Have Surgery?

Some women want the procedure done just as soon after delivery as possible. But one should be fully recovered from pregnancy and have lost much of their baby weight. This means that the minimum time is 3 months after pregnancy, six months is even better. One should also be finished breastfeeding.

Why Can’t Diet And Exercise Remake My Post-Pregnancy Body?

The effects that pregancy has on a woman’s body are largely irreversible in many cases by natural efforts for many women. Loose or separated abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) can not be made to fuse back together by any amount of abdominal situps. Abdominal skin that has been stretched out and partially torn (stretch marks) can not hav elasticity restored by situps, creams or weight loss. Breasts that have lost volume and sag can not be lifted up by chest exercises or alleged skin tightening creams. The thing a women can do is lose her pregnancy weight but all other changes require outside help.

What Are The Benefits Of A Mommy Makeover?

The benefits of choosing a Mommy Makeover versus several separate procedures: Depending on the procedures selected, combining surgeries can reduce cost by several thousand dollars. When combining two surgeries in a mommy makeover, patients are only charged one operating room fee and anesthesia fee instead of two! The most common mommy makeover combines a breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. By opting to have these surgeries performed at once, you can reduce your recovery time by as many as six weeks. Cost and time savings not enough? 68% of female body contouring patients noticed an improvement in their sex life after the procedure.

What Is The Recovery From A Mommy Makeover?

Because it is combining procedures, the recovery time is addictive and longer than most projections state. A general statement often made is that one will need at least two weeks off of work to recover before returning to normal activities. Such a statement is the absolute minimum time and represents an underestimation for most women. The recovery prediction should be pushed up to a minimum of three weeks or longer. While the recovery will vary based on the procedures done and the individual woman, the common Mommy Makeover of a breast implant and/ or lift with some form of a tummy tuck is lot closer to three weeks than two…and even then this phase of recovery is about performing a minimal level of daily and work activities.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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