Childbirth evidently takes a toll on the bodies of many women. The duration of the pregnancy, childbirth, and lack of time to workout and eat right distort the figure and create unwanted bulges. The extra pounds find its way to different places. You’ll be stretched out in some areas and it will be difficult to get your body back to its pre-pregnancy shape. Will there ever be an easy way to do so? Yes, it is made possible through a Mommy Makeover.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeover is a set of surgical procedures that aims to bring a woman’s body back to its pre-baby glory. It involves two or more of the following:
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Vaginal Rejuvenation
Are you qualified for the mommy makeover procedures?
Just like with any cosmetic surgery, it is important for interested patients to understand that this is not meant to replace proper exercise and diet. It may or may not encourage weight loss. A qualified patient must be someone who is physically healthy. Weight must be stable and a BMI of 30 or less is highly preferable. Mommies who have drooping skin around the tummy area are qualified for this. Those who want to restore breasts that are sagging and have lost volume can qualify, as well. Excess fat around the abdomen that won’t budge despite efforts to diet and exercise can be dealt with through this procedure. For smokers, it is important that they have stopped at least six weeks before they could qualify for the treatment.
Preparing for a Mommy Makeover
Mommy makeover involves extensive downtime so it is important to rest and relax prior to the scheduled treatment. Patients are advised to take two or three weeks off from work or anything they are working on. It is also highly recommended to arrange for someone to help out during and after the treatment with regards to childcare and doing household chores. Before the surgery, you might want to prepare:
- Compression garments
- Pain medications
- Stool softener
- Healthy foods that are easy to prepare
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
The patient and surgeon will discuss the surgical plan to be followed during the treatment. On the day itself, general anesthesia is administered and the patient is put to sleep. After the procedures agreed upon are completed, the patient is transferred to a recovery room where she is closely monitored. Depending on the type of procedure done and how extensive it is, dressings and a surgical binder may be necessary. How extensive the treatment is and the condition of the patient’s vitals will determine whether the patient needs to be admitted overnight or sent home.
What to Expect
Recovery time varies among individuals. However, expect to experience some swelling and bruising on the treated areas that will eventually fade in a few months. There will be some pain but nothing that medications can not handle. The actual results will manifest itself once the body is fully recovered. The surgeon will provide post-op instructions that the patient needs to strictly follow. Movement and activities will be restricted and the patient must avoid any strenuous and tedious activity for a few weeks. Also, smokers must abstain from smoking at least six weeks after the procedure.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
Q. What are possible side effects involved with a Mommy Makeover?
A. Possible side effects include bleeding, capsular contracture, hematoma, implant rupture, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, and other unsatisfactory results that may require revisions. There are also rare cases where fluid accumulates forming a seroma under the skin. Fortunately, this is easy to fix. As long as all pre-op and post-op instructions are followed to a T, side effects can be minimized if not prevented.
Q. How long before a patient can have sex?
A. The surgeon may advise a patient to abstain from sex for at least two weeks after treatment. Then the activity must be gentle at least two months after the surgery. This gives incisions enough time to heal and be stable enough to stay intact.
How much is a Mommy Makeover in St. Louis?
Mommy Makeover costs range between $12,500 and $20,000 in the St. Louis, MO area. The actual cost will vary based on the experience level of the surgeon, the location of the hospital or clinic, and other factors like post-op visits, medications, and more.
Know more about the reversing the physical effects of childbirth. Give us a call for more information on Mommy Makeovers. We want you to help you make an informed and confident decision for your surgical procedures.