Plastic surgeons, you may have noticed, are pretty adept at naming things. The “Vampire Facelift” is proof enough of that. But those names sometimes require a little more explanation and depth than is common. For example, what’s in a mommy makeover? It’s a good question, and one that bears answering. After all, the words “mommy makeover” could mean just about anything.
Because, let’s face it, it’s not like motherhood really leaves any particular part of your body intact. But there are some common areas that pregnancy and motherhood tend to damage more than others. Not coincidentally, those are the areas that mommy makeovers tend to favor.
Procedures Covered by a Mommy Makeover
Let’s take a look:
- Breast Sag: The breasts take something of a beating during motherhood, thanks in large part to the strains of nursing and expressing milk. The breasts can either “deflate” or become larger than desired, depending on the individual. Additionally, the breasts can start to sag significantly. That’s why many times a breast lift is included as part of a mommy makeover.
- Stubborn areas of fat: The human body likes to hang on to fat. That’s just a fact of life. That can be especially true if you happen to be a mother. Sometimes, the only solution is to simply remove or mitigate that fat. Liposuction is a great way to do that. In fact, often, liposuction is the only way to get rid of these stubborn areas of fat (they tend to resist diet and exercise-based remedies).
- Areas of excess skin: Pregnancy tends to pull and stretch, and the skin doesn’t always bounce back. That’s why women who have been pregnant often have significant amounts of excess skin around the tummy area. The solution for this is usually a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck can return the belly area to a more youthful, more fit look. The skin will look tighter and the abdominal muscles will look a little more structured.
Not Just for Mothers—But Preferred by Them?
To be sure, a mommy makeover isn’t only for mothers. Sure, what’s in a mommy makeover is comprised primarily of procedures designed to treat issues that mothers commonly complain about. But sagging breasts, stubborn fat, and excess skin are also simply signs of aging. It’s just that mommy makeovers tend to speed up the process a bit.
So if you want to learn more about the procedures included with a mommy makeover, you should talk to a surgeon. You can talk about these procedures individually or all at once—just the same as how you can have them performed. Either way, talking to a surgeon is a great place to start!