Mommy Makeover [ Post-pregnancy makeover ]
Pregnancy can take a toll on our bodies, affecting our breasts, tummies, legs and more. After nine months—or more, if nursing—you are probably longing for your pre-baby body. Whether you choose a healthy regimen of diet and exercise, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, cosmetic procedures or all of the above, you might also consider a Mommy Makeover to get back in shape.
Many plastic surgeons are now offering what they call the Mommy Makeover, which addresses a woman’s post-pregnancy body issues in a single-session surgery that typically combines the following:
“From a cosmetic standpoint, Mommy Makeovers address pregnancy-related changes in both the breasts and the tummy,” says Landsdowne, VA, plastic surgeon Phillip Chang, MD.
While this is a great way to take care of two of the biggest post-pregnancy complaints in one operation, it’s important to remember that combining procedures leads to longer surgery time and potentially a greater risk of complications. The biggest concern with multiple procedures in one surgical session is the length of time the patient is under anesthesia, but plastic surgeon Felmont Eaves, MD, of Charlotte, NC, says, “A tummy tuck and breast surgery are frequently performed at the same time, and usually take from three to five hours, which is reasonable.”
Other treatments often combined with the Mommy Makeover include: