Few life events take as much of a toll on the human body as pregnancy and childbirth. While having kids is undoubtedly a rewarding and worthwhile experience, many women are, understandably, frustrated by the unwanted physical changes associated with carrying and delivering a child. Breastfeeding can also wreak havoc on a woman’s body, causing the breasts to become deflated and saggy.
For many women, mommy makeover surgery is a life-changing opportunity to restore their pre-pregnancy body or even achieve a better physique than ever before! The exceptionally talented team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Virginia is proud to help women enhance their looks and finally feel more comfortable in their own skin through the many exciting procedures often included in a mommy makeover.
As with any cosmetic surgery, it is important to understand what to expect after your mommy makeover procedure. One of the most common questions patients ask when considering a mommy makeover is whether or not they can get pregnant after surgery. Read on to find out more about mommy makeover surgery, including what results are possible and what you should know before getting pregnant again.
What is included in a mommy makeover?
One of the most compelling aspects of mommy makeover surgery is that it is a custom-tailored procedure designed to meet each patient’s specific needs. Rather than being a single, defined surgery, the mommy makeover actually includes multiple treatments and procedures, often allowing the patient to achieve a dramatic level of transformation in one surgical setting. Some of the most common procedures performed as part of a mommy makeover include:
During your initial consultation, one of the experienced surgeons at Austin-Weston will discuss your concerns, explain all of your surgical options in detail, and answer your questions fully in order to recommend a personalized treatment plan that will help you best achieve your individual goals.
How long does a mommy makeover last?
Depending on the specific procedures included in a mommy makeover, as well as the experience and skill of the surgeon, the results can last for many years, if not indefinitely. Breast implants, for example, have a lifespan of about ten years, while the fat cells removed during liposuction are eliminated for the long term. However, it is important to have realistic expectations for your mommy makeover results and understand that cosmetic surgery will not stop the aging process. Furthermore, lifestyle factors can compromise or even reverse your results. The following tips can be highly beneficial when it comes to maintaining and prolonging the results of your mommy makeover:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Stay hydrated
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid weight fluctuations
- Don’t smoke
- Take advantage of routine nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies
- Closely follow your doctor’s postoperative guidelines
- Avoid future pregnancies
What if I get pregnant after a mommy makeover?
Arguably, the most effective way to maintain and prolong your mommy makeover results for as long as possible is to avoid weight gain. This includes weight gain associated with future pregnancies. For this reason, surgeons typically encourage women to wait until they are done having children before undergoing mommy makeover surgery. However, the caring surgeons at Austin-Weston fully understand that life does not always go according to plan and that patients may also change their minds about having more children.
Fortunately, there is no inherent danger in becoming pregnant or carrying a child after a mommy makeover. Furthermore, a mommy makeover does not lower your chance of becoming pregnant again in the future; should you decide to do so. Some women report a tighter sensation in their abdomen during pregnancy after mommy makeover surgery, but it is not harmful and does not prevent the fetus from properly developing.
If you are pregnant again after your mommy makeover or are considering becoming pregnant, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, pregnancy after a mommy makeover may very well compromise the aesthetic results of your initial surgery and lead to the need for a second or subsequent procedure in the future. Another thing to consider is that some women have difficulty breastfeeding after undergoing certain procedures, such as breast augmentation or breast lift. However, many women are able to successfully breastfeed after a mommy makeover, depending on the placement of the breast implant, whether or not the nipple was involved, and other factors.
When is the best time to get a mommy makeover?
Because it is such a personalized procedure, there truly is no right or wrong time to undergo mommy makeover surgery. Patients considering a mommy makeover should be healthy, nonsmokers, and at a stable weight. While it is generally recommended that women be certain they are done having children before getting a mommy makeover, pregnancy after mommy makeover is certainly possible and safe.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover is to be evaluated by one of the highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Call the friendly team at our Reston, VA office today to schedule your appointment, or take advantage of a complimentary online consultation from the privacy and comfort of your own home. We look forward to helping you look and feel your absolute best with one of our many exciting mommy makeover options!