The joys of motherhood are boundless but the effects of pregnancy on your body can be drastic. During those nine months, when carrying your baby, your body can change in ways that you never expected it to—genetics plays a lofty role in how your body responds. Some women are lucky, and bounce right back to their pre-pregnancy bodies, and weight, in next to no time; others struggle for what can seem like an eternity to get even close to what they looked like before children. And, that’s where the ‘Mommy Makeover’, a combination of surgical procedures that restores what has been lost and gets rid of what’s become more permanent, comes in, so you can get your body back.
Get Your Body Back
Now that you’ve gone through delivery, you may notice your body retreating back to ‘normal’ as quickly as a few weeks (not everybody rebounds this sudden). On average, it can take anywhere from a month to upwards of one year, if not more, to lose the weight gained and for your body to make a comeback. Remember, it took nine months plus for your body to change so it could take just as long for it to return to normal. Always start with diet and exercise, but know that there are some body parts that may need a ‘surgical intervention’ such as a Mommy Makeover.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
It’s not uncommon to have multiple areas of the body affected by pregnancy, and surgically corrected, which is why the term ‘Mommy Makeover’ was coined. “Typically, the surgeries that are performed on someone post pregnancy are a tummy tuck and some sort of breast surgery, either a breast lift, a breast augmentation or both. These are the areas of the body most ‘changed’ by pregnancy,” says New York plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso, MD. While each plastic surgeon may have his own variation of the technique (some doctors also focus on the hips, thighs and butt), liposuction and fat transfer are other procedures that are often performed, too.
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