Is a Mommy Makeover Just for Mommies?
Many of the women considering a mommy makeover at my Fort Worth, Texas, practice want to address changes to their bodies caused by having children. But the name is a little bit misleading because the combination of procedures typically performed during a Mommy Makeover can benefit just about anyone who’s undergone significant weight fluctuations.
Because a mommy makeover can be customized to include a range of procedures or treatments, I’ll explain in this post what the phrase generally includes — and talk a bit about what we call the “Daddy Do-Over.”
What is a mommy makeover?
A traditional mommy makeover combines some type of body contouring procedure with cosmetic breast surgery. Those often include a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, and/or breast reduction. Some women also may benefit from vaginal rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa®. ThermiVa is a nonsurgical procedure that helps tighten vaginal tissue after childbirth.
Combining these surgeries is safe, but only when performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. I encourage all potential mommy makeover patients to do their research before jumping into anything. Before-and-after photos and a surgeons’ credentials posted on their websites are great tools to check out before choosing your plastic surgeon.
As I mentioned, I may recommend combining surgical procedures for men who want to address body–or facial–changes that occur as they age. The Daddy Do-Over may include liposuction for body contouring and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to minimize wrinkles, for example. It of course depends on the individual and their goals. As more men consider aesthetic treatments, 67% increase from 2010 to 2016 (ASAPS), the possibilities are endless.
Who are good candidates for the procedure?
I recommend that my patients are done having children before having this procedure. Though it is safe and possible to have children after the surgery, getting pregnant will almost certainly undo the results of the mommy makeover. Bottom line: Wait until you are sure you are done having children to schedule a mommy makeover.
Women who already lead healthy lifestyles that includes frequent exercise and nutritious diet choices are the best candidates for mommy makeovers. The cosmetic procedures included in the operation are designed to address concerns that can’t be corrected through diet and exercise alone. Not only should you be close to your goal weight, but you should be at a stable weight for several months before surgery. This will help you maintain optimal results.
What is the recovery like?
Everyone recovers at a different rate, especially because mommy makeovers and Daddy Do-Overs can be made up of different combinations of procedures. Every plastic surgeon provides detailed post-op instructions based on an individualized treatment plan. Having a good support system of close friends and family to help you during your recovery is a must. Do not try to do this alone. You will be out of commission for a while, so preparing for your recovery is critical—transportation for your children, meal prep, and other arrangements.
The mommy makeover procedure can be life-changing, restoring both a patient’s pre-pregnancy body and her confidence. In fact, 97% of women on RealSelf said that the procedure was “worth it,” an extraordinary level of satisfaction.