Your Mommy Makeover Questions Answered
By Julio Clavijo-Alvarez M.D. on December 15, 2015
If you wish to enhance your physique following pregnancy or weight loss, mommy makeover surgery is a great option. This combination of plastic surgery treatments addresses several problem areas brought on by pregnancy and weight fluctuations, including saggy breasts and excess fat and skin on the abdomen, thighs and hips.
In this blog post, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez answers the most commonly asked questions about mommy makeover.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Entail?
Mommy makeover is a customized plastic surgery treatment designed to fit the needs and goals of each patient. The procedure can include breast augmentation and breast lift for fuller, perkier breasts, while tummy tuck surgery can be performed to remove saggy skin and repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction can also be included to remove small, stubborn fat deposits from the hips, buttocks, arms and thighs. The result: more attractive curves and body contours.
When Should I Have My Mommy Makeover?
Ideally, you should have your mommy makeover after you are done nursing and only once you done having children. If you breastfeed or have more children after mommy makeover, you risk altering your results from the procedure. Nursing and weight fluctuations caused by pregnancy can cause the skin and tissue to loosen, possibly reversing the results of your mommy makeover.
Is Mommy Makeover Painful?
Mommy makeover itself is painless because it is performed under general anesthesia. Following your surgery, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez may prescribe oral pain medication to relieve minor pain and discomfort.
What is the Recovery Like?
The recovery, like the procedure itself, varies from patient to patient. You should expect to take one to two weeks off from work and your normal routine. During this time you should plan to rest in bed and refrain from housework and exercise. Because your range of motion will be limited, it is a good idea to ask a loved one to help you with chores, pets and children. While the initial recovery period takes up to two weeks, your body will continue to heal in the ensuing weeks.
How Can I Make My Results Last?
The best way to ensure beautiful mommy makeover results is by choosing a qualified and skilled plastic surgeon to perform the surgery, like Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight through exercise can also help make your results last. Moisturizing regularly, not smoking and practicing proper sun protection will keep your skin firm and elastic following surgery.
Do you have more questions regarding mommy makeover? Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will gladly answer them. Schedule a personal consultation today by calling our Pittsburgh office at (412) 638-2391.
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