Because of its name, we often associate the mommy makeover as a post-pregnancy surgery for women. And that is in theory what it is. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic the majority of mommy makeovers that we perform are on women who have experienced major transformations to their bodies due to pregnancy.
These include sudden weight gain and weight loss following pregnancy, but also other transformations such as changes to the breasts after pregnancy and nursing, and torn abdominal wall muscles that may have come about as a result of childbirth—yup, sounds bad, but it happens a lot and shows just how powerful a woman’s body is to be able to withstand labour and childbirth.
Despite its name the mommy makeover is not just for “mommies.” It’s also an extremely effective surgery for patients who have experienced massive weight loss.
What is great about the mommy makeover is that because it’s a combination procedure your recovery time ends up being shorter than if you had all of these procedures done separately. That said, it still is one of the more extensive procedures that we perform here at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, and you need to be prepared for a relatively long recovery time.
How Can the Mommy Makeover Help After Massive Weight Loss?
First off, if you’re reading this and you’ve lost a lot of weight, we just want to say congratulations! We’ve seen many patients who have overcome years of struggle with changes to their weight and we really understand the physical, mental and emotional strength that it takes to lose significant amounts of weight. You are truly amazing to have gotten this far! And if you’re not quite where you want to be yet, keep going! You’ve got this!
We also understand that if you’ve experienced massive weight loss, you still may not have the body that you envisioned and that you deserve. You may be dealing with a lot of excess skin that besides not looking how you were probably hoping, can also be very uncomfortable, and you may also have some stubborn pockets of fat that remain really resistant to diet and exercise.
How can the mommy makeover help? Well, the mommy makeover combines procedures that we also perform on patients who have experienced massive weight loss. Many patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss will often lose the bulk of their weight around the abdomen, and no matter how hard you exercise you cannot get rid of excess skin without surgery.
The tummy tuck is an extremely effective procedure that removes excess skin around the middle and lower abdomen, and reveals the beautiful flat tummy that patients have worked so hard for. Liposuction will remove fat and add contour to target areas like around the abdomen and thighs.
As for breast surgeries, after dramatic weight loss some women may find that they also have excess skin in the area, or that their breasts now sag excessively, have deflated, or are not proportionate to their new body; any one of our procedures from a breast lift to a breast reduction can address whichever issue may be problematic for you.
Am I a candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
If you’ve experienced dramatic weight loss, whether from pregnancy or not, you are likely a good candidate for the mommy makeover. Our ideal candidates are in good health and have more or less achieved their goal weight and feel like they can comfortably maintain it. If you were pregnant, ideally you’ve also stopped nursing and your body has returned to a modified pre-pregnancy state.
That said, the best way to know if you’re a good candidate for the mommy makeover is to come chat with us. All of our consultations are free. We never want our patients to feel pressured into any kind of surgery they aren’t ready for, so our free consults are always an opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have and help you determine if this is the right path for you.
How much does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Everyone is different and has different needs. The cost of your surgery will be dependent on what your needs and goals are. After a consultation with one of our surgeons, we’ll be able to give you a firm quote. And we offer a number of financing options that can help to relieve the financial burden surgical costs, if that’s something that would be beneficial to you. We really want to do anything we can to make your dreams come true. So if you’re ready, get in touch, because we can’t wait to meet you!