Though pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can be some of the most special and rewarding times in life, many women experience physical changes that leave them feeling less like themselves, less feminine, and less desirable. Some of the most common complaints from women who have undergone one or more episodes of pregnancy and childbirth include sagging or deflated breasts and stubborn fat on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks. While there is much to be said about the benefits of diet and exercise, the expert team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery fully understands that there is often a point when these problem areas stop responding to traditional methods. When a patient reaches this point, it may be time to consider a mommy makeover. To better determine if and when a mommy makeover may be right for you, it is helpful to first have a basic understanding about the procedure, what to expect, and the potential results.

What exactly is a mommy makeover?

With the ability to address and correct many different issues, it is no surprise that the mommy makeover has quickly become one of the most commonly sought after cosmetic surgeries by women in Austin, TX. The procedure can vary from patient to patient depending on her goals, needs, and areas of concern. One of our talented and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery will take a number of factors into consideration when putting together a custom mommy makeover plan tailored specifically to you. Some of the procedures that are most commonly used during mommy makeover include:

  • Breast augmentation: For women who have sagging or deflated breasts due to pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and breastfeeding, a breast augmentation with silicone implants can restore volume and enhance their overall look.
  • Breast lift: Depending on the severity of the sagging as well as the amount of excess skin present, a breast lift may also be included in a mommy makeover procedure. By removing the excess skin and repositioning the breast, patients are able to achieve a more youthful, perky look.
  • Tummy tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is often included in a mommy makeover. This procedure can address sagging skin, excess skin, abdominal muscle separation, and other issues to give patients a firm, taught, and smooth midsection.
  • Liposuction: Often combined with tummy tuck, liposuction further enhances the body contouring process, removing stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction during a mommy makeover can also be used in other problem areas such as the buttocks, thighs, and lower back.

Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

The best way to determine if a mommy makeover is right for you is to be evaluated by one of our experienced and skillful surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery. During your initial one-on-one consultation, the doctor will thoroughly assess your case, discuss your goals, explain the procedure(s) in detail, answer all of your questions fully, and recommend a course of action to best meet your needs.

In general, ideal candidates for a mommy makeover procedure include women that are in relatively good health, have reached and maintained a stable and healthy weight for at least six months, are non-smokers, and have no other contraindications to surgery.

When can I get a mommy makeover?

Since each patient is different, there is no “right time” to undergo a mommy makeover. There are, however, a few important things to consider when deciding whether or not you are ready for the procedure.

First and foremost, it is extremely important and highly recommended that women who are considering a mommy makeover are done with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding for good. While these things are still technically possible after a mommy makeover, they can severely compromise your results and lead to the need for second or subsequent surgeries to revise and redo what was done originally.

Another important factor in choosing an appropriate time to undergo a mommy makeover procedure is your weight. Since significant weight fluctuations can alter the results of liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and other surgeries, patients should be at or near their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least six months prior to surgery.

One variable that is often overlooked when deciding to undergo a mommy makeover is whether or not you are logistically ready for the recovery period. This is a particularly important consideration for mothers of young children, toddlers, and babies. Depending on which procedures are performed during your mommy makeover, you can expect to have fairly restricted physical mobility for a few weeks or even several months. These restrictions include lifting anything over 10 pounds, exercising, and sometimes even driving a car. Before making the decision to undergo a mommy makeover, it is essential that patients ensure they will have plenty of help at home for an extended period of time.

Am I ready for a mommy makeover?

If you think the time may have come to begin considering a mommy makeover, the first step is selecting a qualified, experienced, and skillful physician. The talented team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery have helped countless women achieve their ideal bodies through a mommy makeover. Call our convenient Austin, TX location to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how a mommy makeover can give you the physique you’ve always wanted!