Many of the women who visit us here at the Cosmetic Surgery of Indianapolis practice are concerned about their bodies post-baby. Some of them gave birth to their last child less than a year prior to our consultation, while others have grandchildren. It’s never too late to think about restoring your body!
Although babies are wonderful, they can certainly wreak havoc on a woman’s body: stretch marks, sagging belly, breasts that hang, are too big or that shrank after breastfeeding. Many women spend the rest of their lives looking into the mirror at a body that displeases them. They hide their bodies under baggy clothing, they keep trying to find “just the right bra” to lift up their breasts, and they give up on sexy beachwear and lingerie.
Well, there’s no need for any of that with today’s advances in cosmetic procedures that can bring your body as close as possible to its pre-baby silhouette. A Mommy Makeover is a two-procedure process that addresses all of the above problems: a breast enhancement and a tummy tuck, sometimes with the addition of liposuction. Depending on your needs, a breast augmentation with a lift will work for you; some women need a breast reduction (which includes the breast lift as well). A Tummy Tuck will go a long way to restoring your self-confidence, not to mention the way your clothing will fit you. The final touch, a bit of VASER liposuction, will trim away any little pockets of fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise.
Here are the steps we recommend for those considering a Mommy Makeover:
- First, lose all the weight you need to, prior to any plan to resculpt your body. No sense undergoing liposuction or a tummy tuck if you still have 20 or more pounds that you’d love to get rid of because you won’t be happy with your results.
- Make sure you really are finished building your family. Getting pregnant after a Mommy Makeover will undo all the work that was done.
- Be as healthy as possible. You don’t want to have surgery if you’re still smoking or if you’re too busy and worn out with family and career concerns to take care of yourself during your recovery.
- Make sure the family is on board. This is similar to the above–be sure you have your family’s support in this because you’ll need someone to watch the kids (if you still have young ones), do the grocery shopping and help with housework and meals for at least a week afterwards. I don’t want my patients lifting children or heavy grocery bags for at least 4-6 weeks.
- Schedule a consultation with us to see what we can do for you. There is no charge for this private meeting with me, during which we’ll discuss all the available options.
- Once your procedure is scheduled, be sure to arrange for enough time from work, ie, a week, to recover.
- Go shopping for new lingerie! Wait until your post-op swelling has gone down in your breasts to buy new bras but before your procedure, treat yourself to some new negligees. You might not feel up to wearing them til you’re completely healed but when you are ready to spice things up in the bedroom, you’ll be ready!
It’s important for us women to take good care of ourselves–not just for others, but also for ourselves!
To your health & beauty,