Although many women will agree that pregnancy is a beautiful part of womanhood and the ultimate expression of femininity, there’s an aspect of it that rarely gets talked about:
We live in a society that celebrates the ‘perfect’ female body…
…while a huge number of women hate their post-pregnancy body and have lost their confidence and sense of identity.
Some even suffer from postpartum depression due to their negative perception of their body.
Thankfully, in recent years, women are starting to do something about all this:
Mommy makeovers are becoming more and more common, and in this article, we’ll share our expert guidance on maintaining your surgery results.
Read on to discover our top tips on how you can restore your identity and look great for years to come.
But first, allow us to explain the procedure to those who are unfamiliar:
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a personalized set of cosmetic procedures that tackle the effects of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding on a woman’s body.
Whether you have a natural birth or an emergency Caesarean (C-section), numerous parts of the body can be left unshapely or irregular.
- Sagging breasts
- Excess skin on the abdomen
- Pockets of fat in the hips and thighs
Unfortunately, these can rarely be corrected using traditional methods – such as diet and exercise.
That’s where a mommy makeover comes in.
Although treating a post-pregnancy body might sound complicated, it involves a standard set of surgical procedures that are performed across the country:
- Liposuction 360
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Lift
- Buttock and hip contouring
- Breast Augmentation / Breast Implants
Here are more things to know about mommy makeovers.
With the definition out of the way, you’re now ready to find out exactly what you need to know to maintain your mommy makeover….
…so you can look great and feel great wherever you go!
Maintaining Your Mommy Makeover Results
Although you’ll be in close touch with your surgeon throughout the consultation stage, once your plastic surgery is complete, it’s up to you to maintain your results.
Just like after any operation, there are several things you should avoid to prevent disruption of the healing process.
Certain lifestyle choices may cause your results to diminish…
…and in some cases, further surgery may not be possible to obtain the body you want.
That’s why it’s imperative that you consult our list below to ensure you get the results you deserve!
#1 Avoid Future Pregnancies
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we remind all of our clients that you should hold off on plastic surgery until you’re 100% sure you don’t want any more children.
While becoming pregnant again following a mommy makeover is completely safe for your health and your baby’s health, it could reverse the effects of your surgery.
We don’t want you to suffer the same body-conscious thoughts again!
For long-lasting results without the need to repeat the surgery, it’s best to wait until you’ve completed your family before arranging your mommy makeover.
If you do become pregnant again following a mommy makeover, in most cases, a surgeon will be able to repeat the surgical procedures.
#2 Exercise Regularly And Maintain A Healthy Diet
This is one thing that so many people neglect.
Keeping healthy is an important part of any pregnancy – and it’s just as important when the pregnancy is over, regardless of whether or not you have surgery!
One of the best ways to preserve your health and the results of your mommy makeover is by eating well and exercising.
We recommend a varied of the following:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains (such as oats, wheat, and barley)
- Lean proteins (such as white fish, beans, lentils, and plain greek yogurt)
- Healthy fats (such as avocados, cheese, and eggs)
- Plenty of water
However, counting calories is unnecessary, and you definitely don’t have to give up your favorite treats!
As long as you make an effort to consume the above foods for your meals and snacks throughout the day, you’ll maintain your mommy makeover results AND feel better in the process.
As for exercise, this can be as simple as walking, jogging, or going to the gym.
However, this can also include group sports, swimming, or yoga.
But the most important thing to consider when choosing a form of exercise that’s right for you is…
#3 Make Sure You’re Fully Recovered First!
The worst thing you can do for your mommy makeover is try to do too much too soon.
If your body is still healing, jumping into strenuous physical activity too early risks undoing the results of your surgery…
…and seriously injuring yourself!
And ‘strenuous exercise’ isn’t exclusive to lifting heavy weights at the gym – even lifting your children has the potential to undo the results of your mommy makeover!
But don’t worry:
We provide a postoperative guide to help you through the recovery process.
After surgery, we recommend taking a few weeks off work and limiting daily activities.
For the first 3-5 days, you may find it difficult to walk around in an upright position, but you’ll soon regain your mobility.
Though a full recovery can take months, our clients usually return to their routines within a few weeks.
#4 Maintain a Stable Weight
In the same way we advise you not to get pregnant following a mommy makeover, it’s important to keep your weight consistent.
Major weight loss or weight gain can greatly impact your results.
In the case of a tummy tuck, gaining 15lbs post-operation will re-stretch the abdominal area.
In the case of breast surgery, gaining or losing 15lbs post-operation can cause the breasts to enlarge, stretch, or sag.
The best way to avoid these effects is to steer clear of extreme diets.
Focus on keeping a consistent weight rather than gaining or losing weight!
#5 Quit Smoking
Although we highly recommend that all parents give up smoking throughout pregnancy or raising a child, we recognize that some habits are hard to kick!
However, quitting any form of tobacco product is essential to get the best results from your mommy makeover.
Smoking is known to increase the recovery time of your surgery…
…and it even increases the risk of surgical complications.
This is why we advise our mommy makeover patients to quit smoking before surgery is even discussed.
For the sake of your health, your child’s health, and the results of your mommy makeover, giving up smoking is so important. It may be tough, but we guarantee it will be worth it.
#6 Stay Out Of The Sun
Because of the nature of mommy makeover surgery, you will have a minor amount of scarring and incision marks on your skin following your operation.
These marks will fade over time, but we recommend staying out of the sun wherever possible to avoid them becoming more noticeable.
This is because UV rays can cause scars to darken and thicken!
If being outside is part of your job, or is otherwise unavoidable, wear sunscreen, or better still, wear clothes that cover your scars.
Book a Mommy Makeover at Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery
Bring back your groover today! Book a mommy makeover with us today by calling 504-717-4259.