Mommy makeover is a customizable combination of surgical procedures that improve flaws that develop after pregnancy. Popular procedures that you may choose to incorporate in mommy makeover include breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction. Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Galiano suggests some questions you should ask yourself to determine whether mommy makeover is the right choice for you.
Does Your Stomach Still Look Subpar after Diet and Exercise?
Your first best option for taking off the baby weight is the old-fashioned way: diet and exercise. Give yourself some time for the weight to come off naturally before you declare it a loss cause. After several months, if it appears that you still have a belly despite your better efforts, then it is appropriate to consult with a plastic surgeon. That pooch of stubborn fat and loose skin can be tricky if not impossible to get rid of, so liposuction and tummy tuck may be your best bet for restoring definition to your midsection.
Are You Dissatisfied with Your Breasts after Pregnancy?
You may have been excited to witness your breasts grow larger and fuller while pregnant and breastfeeding, but those changes are rarely permanent. By the time you are done nursing, the breasts can lose volume and sag significantly, losing their youthful positioning. If you are no longer happy with your breast profile, cosmetic breast procedures can ensure that your breasts achieve the size, shape and positioning you desire.
Do You Want to Give Birth to More Children?
Dr. Galiano believes that mommy makeover surgery is best for women who do not intend to get pregnant again. Plastic surgery can reverse or improve many of the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy. Best of all, most of these improvements are permanent, provided that your body does not go through a significant weight fluctuation in the future — which includes another pregnancy.
If you have mommy makeover surgeries and then later decide to have more children, the good news is that cosmetic surgery in no way compromises the safety of you or your unborn baby. The only significant problem is that the results achieved with surgery are likely to be undone. For that reason, Dr. Galiano suggests waiting until you are done having children to maximize the amount of time you have your results.
Schedule a Consultation
After asking yourself these questions, if you feel that mommy makeover is the right choice for you, the next appropriate step is to speak to a plastic surgeon. Dr. Galiano would be happy to meet and discuss a potential surgical plan to rebuild your confidence in your post-pregnancy body. To request a consultation, please fill out our online form or call (312) 926-4382.