By Sacha Obaid
The mommy makeover is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around—and for good reason. Through a combination of breast surgery, liposuction, and a tummy tuck, mommy makeovers allow women of all ages to restore their post-pregnancy bodies to their pre-pregnancy beauty.
Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation abounds, making it harder for women to make an informed decision about the procedure. To clear things up once and for all, we’ve dispelled some of the most common myths about mommy makeovers.
All or Nothing
Perhaps one of the biggest myths about mommy makeovers is that the three component elements of the procedure—breast surgery, liposuction, tummy tuck—must all be performed. The great thing about a mommy makeover is that it can be specifically tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs. While the procedure often combines work on the breasts to correct sagging with liposuction and a tummy tuck to restore the pre-pregnancy contour of the stomach and remove excess skin, your mommy makeover can involve as many of the above elements as you desire. The choice is entirely up to you and your doctor.
Although many of the patients who seek out mommy makeovers are in fact the mothers of multiple children, the procedure is definitely not “just for mommies.” The procedure’s combination of modern cosmetic techniques, intended to rejuvenate the breasts and abdomen of women between the ages of 30 and 50, can provide your body with the same transformative effects whether or not you’ve recently had a child.
The process of recovering from any medical procedure can be challenging, but there are ways to significantly minimize pain and discomfort. Rather than dividing your cosmetic surgery into multiple procedures, for instance, which can lengthen recovery time by three or four times, having your mommy makeover procedures done simultaneously enables a swift full recovery within a month.
Modern plastic surgery techniques have had great success with minimizing incisions and reducing the visibility of scars or concealing them completely. Breast incisions, for example, are typically concealed on the underside of the breast, while tummy tuck incisions usually fall very low on the abdomen and are covered by clothing and most swimsuits. Meanwhile, liposuction scars start out small and typically fade out completely over time! A talented plastic surgeon will have no problem concealing your scars and making sure your new fabulous body catches the eye of everyone around you.