Dr. John LeRoy, Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta Georgia


What Can a Mommy Makeover Do for Me?

If you ask mothers about the ways their bodies have changed after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and motherhood, most would give you the same general answer—“I love my children, and I certainly don’t regret having them, but I do miss my pre-pregnancy figure.” As much time and effort as moms spend on their children, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to restore the self-confidence you used to have. For many women, a “mommy makeover” is the answer.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Do for MeA mommy makeover is simply any combination of multiple plastic surgeries intended to repair the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding. In most cases, this involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and some type of breast surgery. The tummy tuck addresses excess stretched skin from the pregnancy, as well as the common “pooch” in the lower abdomen that forms when pregnancy separates the muscles. The tummy tuck gives these muscles a slimmer, flatter contour, while also removing excess fat in the area and making the skin tight and flat across your new figure. Liposuction in a mommy makeover is often used to reduce stubborn fat from surrounding areas, like the love handles, thighs, or back. The breast surgery will vary, because pregnancy and breastfeeding can have different impacts on the size and shape of the breasts, but many women opt for a breast lift combined with either a breast augmentation or breast reduction.

While it’s not uncommon for a patient to receive plastic surgeries for different areas of their body over the course of several years, the difference with the mommy makeover is that the breast surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck are all performed at the same time. This provides two distinct advantages:

  1. Comprehensive Results

As safe and doable as cosmetic surgery has become, it’s still a significant event that requires time, energy, a commitment to your health, discomfort during recovery, and financial planning, so if you’re going to have surgery, you want to make the most of your results. A mommy makeover is designed to do just this, because it addresses each of your primary cosmetic concerns at the same time rather than treating a solitary issue.

  1. Lower Recovery Time

Mothers are the masters of multi-tasking, and that’s precisely what a mommy makeover does: if you’re going to be staying home and resting to recover from a tummy tuck, you might as well spend that time recovering from the breast augmentation and liposuction you’ve been considering, too. While a typical mommy makeover does have a moderately long recovery period compared to many other plastic surgeries (because it involves a tummy tuck), it’s significantly shorter than having three separate surgeries with three separate recoveries.

Mommy makeovers are designed for the purpose of tailoring an approach specifically for mothers, a group of people who tend to have similar cosmetic concerns and who need to keep their recovery time to a minimum without compromising their results. If you want to learn more about mommy makeovers and what yours might involve, schedule a consultation with me today. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and information about cosmetic surgery options, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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