Mommy Makeover FAQ

What Changes Does Pregnancy Create in a Woman’s Body, and How Does a Mommy Makeover Correct Those Changes?

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Breasts
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.

Abdomen
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.

Body
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
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Bra roll
  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Abdomen

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.

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.

How Much Does Facial Surgery Cost in Grand Rapids?

Signature Surgical Arts and Med Spa works with CareCredit® to offer you convenient financing options for your facial surgery, body contouring, and skin rejuvenation procedures. We also accept most major credit cards. Special low-interest financing is available on approved credit.

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