Mommy Makeover

By Izzie • General, Health • 22 Feb 2014

Any woman who has undergone pregnancy and childbirth knows how taxing it is on your body. Having multiple children can leave your body far from the youthful, pre-baby look you remember. Long gone are the days of “battle scars” in the form of abdominal stretch-marks or C-section scars being considered cool or a rite of passage into motherhood. This generation has more and more women looking to cosmetically decrease the effects that having children has left on their bodies. “Mommy Makeover,” as it is marketed, is a plastic surgery trend that enables women to restore their post-pregnancy bodies. To the tune of $10,000-$50,000, depending on procedures performed and geographic locale, you can erase the damaging effects of childbirth and return your body to its pre-baby form.

A mommy makeover (mom job or mommy tuck) can include a combination of breast lift (with or without implants), tummy tuck, liposuction, and thigh lifts. Though these are the most popular combinations, mommy makeovers are definitely not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Each woman’s body is different depending on muscle tone, body fat, skin elasticity and genetic factors (the reason why some ladies “bounce back” after having kids). These factors all determine which procedure(s) may work for you.

There is a wait time before going under the knife, however. First, it’s best to make sure you are finished having kids. Then, it is recommended to wait a minimum of three months after delivery for a tummy tuck and at least six weeks after weaning your baby for a breast augmentation. As with any major surgery, your plastic surgeon should make sure you understand all the risks involved. They range from bleeding, infection and visible scars, to more catastrophic risks like blood clots, heart attack and stroke. It is said that for a healthy woman going in for these procedures, the catastrophic risks are extremely rare. Even the simpler risks fall in the one to three percent range.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) estimated that Americans spent 10.5 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures in the last year. The top five surgeries sought by women included breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast reduction. Four of the five listed are the most common in the mommy makeover.

While some might argue this further fuels the negative body-image portrayals in today’s society, others feel it’s a personal choice made to feel good about yourself again. Whatever your thoughts, it’s important to have your eyes open before submitting to such a drastic, elective procedure. Make sure you know the risks versus reward, and do your research to find a board certified plastic surgeon. As long as you’re in good physical and mental health, and realistic about your expectations, there’s no harm in looking to enhance your post-baby physique…if you can afford to.

This article is provided on behalf of West Palm Beach dentist Dr. Sam Sadati, www.floridasmiles.com

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