10 Things to Know Before Your Mommy Makeover
Pregnancy and breastfeeding cause significant changes in a woman’s body that can make it difficult to bounce back. Weight gain, swelling, and stretch marks on various areas of the body cause many mothers to feel self-conscious about their post-baby bodies. Dr. Delgado is here to help you restore your confidence with a combination plastic surgery procedure called the mommy makeover. Here are 10 things to know if you are considering this surgery.
1. Guilt is Normal
Women give a significant amount of their time and attention to their families and careers so when they want to do something for themselves, it’s common to feel guilty. What’s important is that you deserve to feel confident and happy in your body and with your life. Taking some time for yourself and indulging in a cosmetic procedure could have a positive impact on yourself and your entire family since it can make you feel better about yourself inside and out.
2. Pain Levels
Mommy makeovers are complex procedures, but the pain is well-managed by almost all of our patients. You will be given prescription pain medication to alleviate your discomfort and after a week or less, most women can move around carefully without pain. During the first 1-2 weeks of recovery, give your body plenty of time to rest so that you can heal quickly.
3. Customizable Procedure
The mommy makeover is a customizable procedure that targets each mother’s individual concerns and cosmetic goals. Most mommy makeovers consist of breast surgery (augmentation, lift, or reduction), liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and labiaplasty to target each area where pregnancy may have caused the skin to sag and fat to build up. Dr. Delgado can also include a thigh lift, arm lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or brow lift in your procedure if there are other areas you would like to rejuvenate.
4. Temporary Numbness
After a tummy tuck, don’t be concerned if your abdomen feels numb. Although this is a strange feeling, numbness is common because the movement of the abdominal tissues can affect the nerves. Over time, the nerves will regenerate, and normal sensations will return.
5. Patience During Recovery
After surgery, you might feel inclined to jump back into your daily routine and “mom duties” but patience is important for a successful recovery. Giving your body time to rest and recover will help speed up the healing process so that you can get back to all those normal activities quickly. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for help!
6. What Your Kids Think
Body positivity is an important lesson that many mothers try to pass on to their children. Because of this, women may feel anxious about what their children will think if they change their bodies. This could be a great time to talk to your children about how you want to feel like your old self again and that a part of being body positive is feeling confident. A mommy makeover doesn’t completely change your look. Rather, you are restoring a pre-baby figure and one you can feel more positive about.
7. Post-Surgery Emotions
Even though you had your results envisioned, seeing them in person can bring on surprising emotions. It takes time to adjust to seeing a new body in the mirror and there are often scars that can look scary before they are healed. While you recover, give yourself time to adjust to your new look too.
8. Physical Activity
To maintain your rejuvenated body, develop an exercise routine and a healthy diet plan. It will take about 6 weeks to get back to strenuous activities, but after 4 weeks you may be able to start walking and performing light activities. Regular physical activity will keep you feeling and looking great!
9. Ignore the Critics
Not everyone may share your excitement for your new look but don’t let that criticism bring you down. The most important thing is that you feel confident in your own body and are happy with the decision you made to have surgery.
10. Do Your Research
If you think you are ready for your mommy makeover, make sure to do your research before scheduling an appointment. A board-certified surgeon with significant experience, like Dr. Delgado, will ensure you have a successful surgery with limited risks and amazing results!
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Delgado has helped many women restore their self-confidence and improve their quality of life with a customized mommy makeover. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.