Having children is probably one of the most joyous experiences of your life. But while bringing a child into the world is a magical experience, it can also take a significant toll on your body. If you have had children, you may not even recognize your flat, saggy breasts or protruding stomach.
Mommy makeover helps correct these “battle scars” left over from pregnancy and childbirth. Women of all ages, body types and backgrounds have turned to mommy makeover to recapture a slim, sexy physique.
However, mommy makeover is not right for everyone. Here, Dr. Robert Galiano discusses the qualities of a good candidate for mommy makeover.
You are in good health.
Your health influences the safety of the procedure. To qualify for mommy makeover, you should be in good physical health, not overweight and not a smoker or heavy drinker. You should be at, or close to, your goal weight and in the routine of exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.
Your body has stabilized after giving birth.
It is best to give your body a chance to recover and stabilize before planning elective surgery. The general rule of thumb is to wait approximately six months after you give birth before mommy makeover. Allowing your body to recover gives Dr. Galiano the opportunity to plan the best possible surgical outcomes.
You are no longer nursing.
Similarly, you should allow your breasts time to settle and stabilize after breastfeeding. Ideally, you should wait at least six months after you wean your baby to give your breasts an opportunity to stop fluctuating in size.
You do not plan to have more children.
You will see the longest lasting results if you do not become pregnant after surgery. Having more children can “undo” some of the positive changes of your mommy makeover. Dr. Galiano suggests you postpone mommy makeover until your childbearing days are over.
You have reasonable expectations.
If you have concrete, realistic expectations of mommy makeover, you are more likely to be satisfied with your results. Dr. Galiano will work with you closely before surgery to set your expectations appropriately.
You can make arrangements for your recovery.
Mommy makeover requires a recovery period of two weeks or more. During that time, you will not be able to bend over or lift anything heavy, including your children. You must have a spouse, family member or close friend who can assist you with childcare, pet care, cooking and household chores during your mommy makeover recovery. Dr. Galiano strongly recommends you delay mommy makeover until you are absolutely sure you can get the help you need during your recovery.
To learn more about mommy makeover, please request a consultation with Dr. Galiano today.