Becoming a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life. However, having a baby and breastfeeding naturally takes its toll on your body. Although you’re thrilled to have your child or children, you may not be so happy about excess weight, loose skin, and sagging breasts.

If this sounds like you, and you haven’t been able to get your pre-baby body back on your own, you may want to consider a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that can help you to reclaim the body you had before you became pregnant. Mommy makeovers are tailored for each patient but usually include procedures such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, and breast augmentation.

There are four key signs that you need a mommy makeover.

You Have Specific Cosmetic Concerns

If you’re concerned not just about the general look of your body, but with specific issues of the appearance of one or more areas, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. The surgery addresses a variety of changes your body can undergo after experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Those changes include the following:

  • Sagging breasts and loss of volume: During pregnancy, your breasts naturally enlarge due to producing milk. After you have given birth and have breastfed your child for months or even years, your breasts may droop and lose volume. Your nipples may even point downward instead of forward. A mommy makeover can correct these issues with a breast lift and/or breast augmentation and restore the volume and perkiness you once enjoyed.
  • Separation of abdominal muscles: Pregnancy often results in the separation of the abdominal muscles. In addition, following childbirth, women can have a significant amount of loose skin due to the sudden size decrease they experience. A tummy tuck can be done as part of a mommy makeover to remove excess skin from the area and stitch back together any weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The result is a firmer abdomen without loose skin as well as better definition and toning.
  • Pockets of fat: Pregnancy can lead to the development of pockets of stubborn fat that’s difficult to lose through dieting and exercise. Liposuction can be done as part of a mommy makeover to eliminate unwanted fat nearly anywhere it occurs.

Your Youngest Child is at Least 6 Months Old

After pregnancy and giving birth, your body needs adequate time to recover. A mommy makeover is ideal for you if your youngest child is at least six months old. This gives you enough time to have healed from having your baby and regain your fitness levels to achieve a stable weight prior to surgery.

You’re Done Having Children

Candidates for a mommy makeover should definitely be finished having children. If you are absolutely sure you don’t want to have any more pregnancies, you are eligible for the procedure. Becoming pregnant after having mommy makeover surgery can adversely affect the results of the procedure and even affect your pregnancy.

You’re at Least Close to Your Ideal Goal Weight

If you’re at least close to your ideal goal weight, you can benefit from a mommy makeover. The procedure isn’t appropriate for women who still have a significant amount of weight to lose as it is not a weight loss solution, and candidates with too-high BMI may not be eligible for elective surgery. If you want a mommy makeover but are not close to your goal weight, you should continue dieting and exercising until you lose enough to be close.

Mommy Makeover Consultation in Brandon, FL

A mommy makeover is a highly customizable procedure that can address many of the concerns you may have about the post-pregnancy state of your appearance. To learn how a mommy makeover can have a dramatic effect on your life, talk to mommy makeover plastic surgeon Dr. Marvin Shienbaum. You can schedule a consultation with him by calling our office or submitting a contact form online today.