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Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can change a woman’s body, making it hard to return to her pre-baby self. A mommy makeover typically describes a combination of a tummy tuck with a breast lift and sometimes liposuction, designed to counteract pregnancy’s effects on the body. While many women consider rejuvenating their bodies with a mommy makeover after having children, the decision to have plastic surgery should depend on your unique goals and situation. These are five questions you should ask yourself before scheduling this procedure.
It’s important for you to be at a healthy weight before having this procedure, since gaining weight can ruin the effects of the surgery. Before moving forward, you should attain a comfortable weight through diet and exercise and maintain the weight loss for at least six months.
Because the weight gain of pregnancy would disrupt the results of a mommy makeover, it’s important to have a conversation with your partner first to make sure you’re happy with the size of your family before having this surgery.
If you have recently had a baby and are still breastfeeding, then you should postpone the procedure until several months after the infant weans. This gives your body time to recover before the stress of surgery and prevents complications such as excess bleeding.
After having an abdominoplasty and breast lift, it’s important to rest for several weeks so the body can heal. This means no household chores, no work outside the home, and no lifting children. You should make sure to have a support system in place for recovery before having the procedure.
In addition to practical preparation, it’s critical to be emotionally prepared for this major physical change. You should opt for a mommy makeover because of a desire to look and feel your best for yourself, not because of pressure from a partner or judgment from external sources.
If you have examined these questions and feel ready for a mommy makeover, you can consult with Dr. Donaldson to create a personalized surgical plan. Our website features testimonials from real women in the Columbus area who have had positive experiences with Donaldson Plastic Surgery. Call our office today at (614) 442-7610.
Tummy tuck, liposuction and breast lift (with or without breast augmentation) are all considered part of a mommy makeover.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding lead to very predictable physical changes for many women: abdominal bulging, belly button distortion, stretch marks, love handles and deflated breasts. The mommy makeover treats each of these problem areas. The tummy tuck flattens the abdominal bulge and allows the “six-pack” to emerge. It also refines the belly button into a more attractive shape and position, and it eliminates all stretch marks that occur between the belly button and the pubic area. Liposuction removes the love handles and provides a more feminine, curvy “hourglass” shape above the hips. The breast lift elevates sagging nipples and skin, and is often combined with breast augmentation using implants to create more fullness and cleavage.
You’ve put so much into your children that it’s often difficult to find time for yourself. Good nutrition and regular exercise are important, but they usually don’t fully correct the bulging, sagging and stretching — these corrections require plastic surgery. Mommy Makeover procedures are safe and very effective for restoring pre-pregnancy contours; they can be done separately, or at the same time in one operation. You should wait at least six months between your last pregnancy or breastfeeding and your surgery date, and if you become pregnant again after surgery, you might need a touch-up.
Columbus, Ohio women seek Dr. Donaldson’s advice about how to restore their bodies after having children. It is a team effort between patient and surgeon. Dr. Donaldson works one on one with you, listening to your goals and discussing your concerns. Together, you will develop a personalized plan to give you the body you’re ready to reclaim. Visit Donaldson Plastic Surgery, Columbus, OH, for the latest techniques and beautiful, natural results.
At 19, Tarah Carr had it all. She recently married her high school sweetheart, Adam, a U.S. Army Green Beret, and gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy, Noah. By her own admission, she should have been happy. Instead, she felt very self-conscious. At 5’2, Carr weighed 162 pounds.
With her husband routinely traveling for work, she sunk into spiraling depression. She rarely left the house. It was time for a change. It was time for a mommy makeover. Through diet and exercise, she lost 49Ibs in 90 days dropping from a size 14 to 3.* Her confidence sizzled, and yet she had come as far as she could on her own. It was time for the finishing touches and she called the office of Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson, a Columbus, Ohio plastic surgeon.
In her blog Tarah openly discusses why she flew from her home in Japan to Donaldson Plastic Surgery to get a breast augmentation with silicone implants, a mastopexy (breast lift) and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). She notes that he publishes scholarly articles, completed prestigious fellowship programs, teaches medical students, serves as media consultant for top news programs, and even played college football. Tarah wanted the best possible surgeon and outcome, and she felt that selecting Dr. Donaldson was an easy choice.
Today, at 105Ibs, Tarah is a size 00, and is featured on numerous successful workout video series. Her newfound confidence and look has also led to magazine features and infomercials. She credits most of her success to hard work and a little help from her favorite plastic surgeon: Dr. Donaldson!
“This was a personal decision.” Tarah summarized, “ A cosmetic decision. A confidence decision. One of the best one’s I’ve ever made.”
**Note: Patient results will vary. All of the above claims are based on the accounts of this specific patient and their mommy makeover experience, before and after the surgery. Testimonials or statements made by any person(s) within this site are not intended guarantee outcomes.
A mommy makeover can help you reclaim your body after pregnancy. Generally, this term refers to any combination of procedures that helps to address areas of the body that are affected by the process of pregnancy and childbirth. It commonly includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, labiaplasty and liposuction around the midsection or thighs.
Because there is no set number of procedures included in a mommy makeover, there is also no set recovery time. A patient who has breast augmentation and labiaplasty may recover much more quickly than a patient who undertakes tummy tuck, liposuction of the flanks and thighs and breast lifting at the same time. Each person recovers differently and recovery times vary.
Most patients recover within two to six weeks. Factors such as the number and pattern of procedures, individual anatomy, age and weight, physical fitness, pain tolerance, medical condition, post-operative behavior and healing complications will all influence the speed of recovery. Patients often taper off prescription pain medications after a long weekend and try to return to work within a week or two. It can take several months before recovery is completely finished and normal activities resume “without thinking about it.”
The importance of choosing the right surgeon and staff cannot be underestimated when determining recovery. Dr. Donaldson uses a gentle surgical approach and minimally-invasive methods to minimize discomfort and maximize healing. His compassionate staff has many years of experience taking care of patients, and they will “hold your hand” throughout the entire process. Post-operative instructions will be very clear, and an open dialogue is encouraged. Together, the surgeon, the staff and you will closely monitor your results so that you start feeling like your best self as soon as possible.
Call Donaldson Plastic Surgery today to discuss your options for a mommy makeover. We are ready to help you start looking and feeling your best!
A mommy makeover typically encompasses several operations, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, labiaplasty, breast lift, and breast augmentation. Many patients elect to have a combination of these procedures performed at the same time to decrease cost and to enjoy a single recovery period. This approach is usually quite safe, but it is not for every patient. It is critical to discuss the pros and cons with your board-certified plastic surgeon.
Age, fitness level, smoking status, medications, previous operations and previous medical conditions are strongly considered when deciding how much surgery to perform at one time. Many surgeons and anesthesiologists prefer not to surpass six hours of general anesthesia in an elective outpatient setting.
The estimated amount of liposuction and the scale of each individual procedure must be factored as well. The surgical team uses these parameters to evaluate each patient’s fluid requirements, breathing abilities and need for pain medications.
At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, our team will evaluate your pre-operative status and discuss all your options with you. A safe procedure with great results is our top priority!
Pregnancy and childbirth are usually among the most momentous events in any mother’s life—emotionally, but often physically as well. After having a baby, it’s common to want to get back to a former weight and wardrobe; however, the transformation back to normalcy takes patience and time. While many new mothers are eager to achieve a pre-pregnancy body, the timing of a mommy makeover is important.
To optimize the results of plastic surgery, it is important to wait for approximately six months after giving birth. Some surgeons would consider operating after three months, and others recommend a full nine months to give hormones a chance to return to normal levels. Regardless of the exact timeframe, it is prudent to give a new mother’s body a chance to recover from pregnancy and childbirth so that surgical goals may be precisely calculated. Women who are breastfeeding should similarly wait for several months after weaning their babies. This delay allows breasts to stop producing milk and to finalize their “new normal” shape.
Parents should consider whether they plan to have more children. Mothers who anticipate future pregnancy despite having plastic surgery should expect a surgical revision at some point. For durable, long-lasting results, patients are advised to complete childbearing before proceeding with a mommy makeover.
Surgery can be immensely helpful to a young mom’s sense of self and confidence, and it often takes tremendous patience to wait until the circumstances are right.
After giving birth, many women struggle with their appearance and consequently, their self-confidence. A mommy makeover is a plastic surgical approach to the breasts and body which restore form and bring sexy back!
Many women feel less attractive after pregnancy. Most turn to diet and exercise to shed excess weight, but these steps do not address loose skin, stubborn fat, stretched labia or sagging breasts. While some women are blessed with the enviable genetic ability to “rebound” as if it never happened, most struggle with lingering problem areas. When a mother sees partial progress from nutrition and fitness, but is still unhappy with specific parts of the body, a mommy makeover might be worth it!
A mommy makeover is a catch-all term for several different procedures rolled into one. This surgery can include one or more of the following:
These treatments target the areas of the body that are most commonly affected by pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding.
A mommy makeover combines procedures into a single operation to reduce overall cost and minimize recovery time. This leads to a faster return to work and to parenting (also known as work).
Mothers may consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine whether a mommy makeover is the right solution.
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