Mommy Makeover: Things to Know

It’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on your body. And those physical changes can sometimes make new moms feel uncomfortable. The good news is there are ways to restore your confidence and look like yourself again.

But before we talk about that, let’s first take a moment to appreciate your body. Even though you may not like the post-baby changes to your belly or breasts, it’s important to take a moment to acknowledge what your body just accomplished with pregnancy and childbirth. It’s served you well. Be patient and kind to yourself— healing and getting your body back into shape, takes time.

When you’re ready, diet and exercise can help your body shift back to the way it was before you had your baby. But if you just aren’t getting the results you want — and it’s affecting how you feel about yourself — it may be time to talk with a doctor. A cosmetic surgeon can help you pinpoint the procedures that are right for you, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or mastopexy.

Tummy Tucks

During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make one incision across your lower abdomen. The incision will heal and slowly fade after a few months, allowing it to be virtually unnoticeable. A tummy tuck can allow your plastic surgeon to:

  • Correct connective tissues issues, including hernias
  • Remove excess skin or fat
  • Tighten abdominal walls

Breast Augmentation

Breastfeeding and pregnancy can create many changes to your breasts. Breast augmentation can address several of those issues — including loss of volume, lift and shape — and is a straightforward procedure. Your surgeon will make a small incision and place a breast implant into a pocket above or below your pectoralis muscle. Implants are filled with either silicone gel or salt water, both of which are safe for surgery.

If your breasts have become saggy, you may also opt for a second procedure, called mastopexy. Usually done at the same time as your augmentation, mastopexy allows your surgeon to reposition your areola and reshape your breast.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

Your recovery will depend on which procedures you have and can vary from person to person. In most cases, you’ll be able to get up and walk around immediately after your procedures. It’s also likely you’ll be able to go home immediately after your stay in the recovery room. Should you need more personalized nursing care for any reason, luxurious overnight suites are available at the Emory Aesthetics Center. The decision to stay overnight is made together, between you and your surgeon.

Of course, with any surgery there are risks. With mommy makeovers, however, significant complications are uncommon since patients are typically young and healthy. Infection can happen but is extremely rare.

You can expect to take 1-2 weeks before returning to work and should avoid exercises that target abdominal muscles for 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. You may gradually increase your activity over a 3-month period, after which there are no limitations.

Get the Results You Want at Emory Aesthetic Center

Learn more about Mommy Makeovers at the Emory Aesthetic Center. Our highly qualified expert plastic surgeons are committed to helping you bring out your very best. We offer a wide range of procedures that help you look and feel great.

About Vincent Zubowicz, MD

Dr. Vincent Zubowicz, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, is a renowned leader in the Atlanta medical community where he has practiced for over thirty-five years. He is triple board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Zubowicz is not only a leader in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery, but also a leader in patient communication. He is one of the Top 50 Contributors on Real Self, the nation’s premier online communication resource for patients, where he serves on the national media committee.

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