A mother gives lots of love and attention to her children to ensure they thrive. Oftentimes, women with children pour effort and time into raising children while neglecting their own desires and needs. They may begin to feel self-conscious about their body’s appearance after pregnancies and breastfeeding lead to physical changes. Mothers should feel confident and comfortable in their own skin in order to set a good example for their children. Dr. Jason Stubbs is a facial plastic and full body cosmetic surgeon serving Grand Rapids, Holland, Jenison or Grand Haven, Michigan and the surrounding communities, and he has a perfect solution for you: mommy makeover surgery, which will restore your body to its pre-pregnancy glory.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
Pregnancy creates unwanted changes to a woman’s body parts, including:
- The abdomen
- The hips
- The thighs
- The breasts
Each woman is affected differently by pregnancy, depending on these factors:
- Weight gain
- Number of pregnancies
- Twin or triplet births
- Pre-pregnancy physical condition
Most women experience permanent body changes after pregnancies that include:
- Loss of abdominal muscle tone
- Stretch marks
- Breast deflation or droop
- Excess fat and skin on the abdomen
Many mothers experience guilt about electing cosmetic surgery to help return their figure to one’s pre-pregnancy condition. When Dr. Stubbs meets with women for consultations, they often apologize about their requests, but we remind them there is absolutely nothing selfish or wrong about wanting to have a mommy makeover procedure. The mothers that visit our facility put others’ needs ahead of their own while putting themselves last. However, how a mother feels about herself as a wife and woman is a vital part of her self-esteem and body image. It is not vain or self-centered for a mom to want to feel sexy, confident and youthful by taking care of herself with a cosmetic procedure.
A mommy makeover is a set of procedures that focuses on rejuvenating a woman’s abdomen, breasts, and other body areas after she has completed childbearing. While most women want to have their pre-pregnancy bodies back, it is also possible for them to look better than they did before having children. Our mommy makeover patients are uniformly thrilled with the results of their procedures, and we recommend looking at our testimonial section to read about our patients’ experiences in their own words.
A few fortunate women do not need an extensive surgical procedure to feel rejuvenated after completing their pregnancies. Non-surgical rejuvenation of the body, skin or face is appropriate for some mothers while other patients need both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. For more details concerning skin rejuvenation cosmetic procedures, please look at that section of our website.
What Changes Does Pregnancy Create in a Woman’s Body, and How Does a Mommy Makeover Correct Those Changes?
Due to a decrease in breast fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women feel the need to wear a padded or push-up bra to feel feminine or normal. A woman’s breasts typically become saggier or deflated after each pregnancy even without breastfeeding. At Signature Surgical Arts and Med Spa, a loss of breast volume or increased sagginess is repaired by breast lifts or augmentations.
Depending on how a woman’s body changes after pregnancy, combined with her specific aesthetic goals, rejuvenation of the breasts as part of a mommy makeover can include breast reduction, lift or augmentation. The recovery time for these procedures is three to four weeks, and patients can read more about each of these surgeries in our breast enhancement section.
Many mothers find that their abdominal areas have permanent changes, such as loose skin, fatty deposits and stretch marks after pregnancies. Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, most women will not experience a complete recovery of their body’s pre-pregnancy condition.
Women who undergo an abdominoplasty as part of a mommy makeover definitely enjoy a slimmer silhouette along with firmer muscle and skin tone in the abdominal region. Patients can reverse aging by correcting a saggy and protruding abdomen with a tummy tuck procedure, and for better results, Dr. Stubbs may also recommend liposuction along with an abdominoplasty to remove excess fatty deposits from stubborn areas.
A woman’s abdominal muscles are frequently stretched apart after pregnancy, creating a permanent separation that fills with scar tissue or rectus diastasis. A twin pregnancy or multiple births can amplify these changes, leading to a hernia because the rectus muscles are stretched too far apart, and women often notice a hernia in the abdomen while doing sit-ups.
Hernias are repaired routinely as part of a standard abdominoplasty, along with reconstructing the core of your body, tightening up your muscles and removing any excess tissue, such as fat or skin. There is no substitute for this incredible cosmetic procedure performed by Dr. Stubbs. Even our patients who work as personal trainers are astounded by their results, so this means that even professional fitness experts need a little help from a cosmetic surgeon after they become mothers.
Dr. Stubbs might also suggest liposuction to remove excess fat from your abdomen, your flanks, and pubic area, along with contouring your tummy. The procedures needed to improve your abdomen depends on each woman’s physical condition and aesthetic goals. The recovery time for abdominal rejuvenation varies between three to six weeks. Women wanting additional information about these procedures can view our website’s tummy tuck and liposuction section.
After a mother has achieved her optimal weight with regular exercise and a healthy diet, then liposuction can help you remove stubborn deposits of excess fat. We recommend waiting at least six months after giving birth to have liposuction. This gives your body ample time to heal.
Liposuction is performed along with other mommy makeover procedures or on multiple areas of your body at the same time. The most common areas that women request liposuction for include:
- The buttocks
- Pubic area
- Bra roll
The recovery time for liposuction varies and depends a lot on an individual woman’s healing process, but averages about two to three weeks. See our liposuction section for additional information about this fantastic mommy makeover option.
Reasons for Considering a Mommy Makeover
- Repairing sagging breasts
- Removing flabby skin to improve stretch marks
- Repairing bulging abdominal walls
Who is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
Dr. Stubbs recommends mommy makeovers to women in good physical condition who don’t have any major health issues. For the best outcome, a woman should be at her ideal body weight or at a stable weight following major weight loss.
When is the Best Time to Have a Mommy Makeover?
Women should wait at least six months after the birth of their last child to have mommy makeover surgery. This gives the mother’s body a chance to fully recover as much as possible on its own with routine exercise and a healthy diet.
New mothers, pregnant women or those planning to have additional children are welcome to visit Signature Surgical Arts and Med Spa for an educational consultation to learn more or to plan for the future. Women are asked to return to our facility for a second visit after their body has completed its postpartum changes to allow us to reevaluate your personal aesthetic goals with you and to plan your mommy makeover surgery.
We encourage each patient to become as physically fit as possible before undergoing surgery at our facility, as an athletic patient accustomed to strenuous workouts will have a healthy heart and lungs with increased natural endorphins, making the surgery less stressful for your body. Alternatively, a patient who is not physically active has a more difficult recovery process due to the stress the surgery places on your body.
Planning is paramount to ensure a smooth recovery after your mommy makeover procedure. Mothers with babies need help at home during the postoperative phase after surgery. To prevent discomfort, recovering patients are restricted from performing strenuous activities, such as lifting children, for two to three weeks.
How Do I Know Whether a Mommy Makeover Procedure is Right for Me?
At your first mommy makeover consultation, we carefully gather your complete medical history and Dr. Stubbs spends as much time with you to answer any questions you may have. He will get to know you personally, making it as comfortable as possible for you to discuss your body, as well as your self-esteem and personal aesthetic goals.
As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Stubbs understands why a female’s anatomy changes after pregnancy, often requiring a mommy makeover to improve the condition of the abdomen, breasts, and other body areas. In addition to a thorough physical examination, we will discuss your emotional reasons for wanting cosmetic procedures. If a woman is an appropriate candidate for a mommy makeover, then Dr. Stubbs will discuss the available options in detail.
Recovering from Mommy Makeover Surgery
After a mommy makeover, a woman’s breasts and abdomen will be bruised and swollen. Dr. Stubbs offers several methods to help minimize the discomfort felt by his patients.
Post-surgery, mommy makeover patients need plenty of rest and relaxation during their recovery phase. Avoid lifting, straining and bending, including picking up and carrying children, as this is not advised while the body heals from surgery. Dr. Stubbs schedules several follow-up appointments with patients to check their healing progress before permitting them to return to work and normal daily activities.
What Does A Mommy Makeover Cost in Greater Grand Rapids?
The price of a mommy makeover depends on factors such as the number of procedures selected along with the degree of correction that you uniquely require. A combination breast augmentation and lift is more expensive than having only one of these procedures performed. In addition to answering any questions you may have, Dr. Stubbs will provide you with your own customized price quote after discussing your desired procedures during your complimentary consultation. Signature Surgical Arts and Med Spa offers financing through CareCredit®, and we also accept most major credit cards.
Dr. Jason Stubbs is a highly-skilled board-certified facial plastic surgeon and board-certified full body cosmetic surgeon. For more information on Dr. Stubbs click here. You can feel completely confident that you are only receiving the very highest quality care at Signature Surgical Arts and Med Spa.