5 Signs You Are Ready for a Mommy Makeover
When Winter fades into Spring, a lot of women start to wonder if they are ready for a Mommy Makeover. Are you reminiscing about the days before “mom jeans” and tankinis? If you feel grateful for the little ones in your life, but just a bit frustrated when you look in the mirror, you are not alone.
Maybe it is because the C-section shelf makes pants and tops fit differently. Maybe your deflated breasts do not fill out your clothing like they did before. If you are a mom and wondering if you can “get your body back,” stop wondering.
Let me tell you, mom to mom, with my unique perspective as a female plastic surgeon, what is really possible. Can plastic surgery reverse the clock? No. Can plastic surgery help you feel proud to be who you are, happy and confident in your own skin? Absolutely.
In fact, that is what gets me excited to come to work and help women from all over North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and beyond. They’re looking for the best plastic surgeon to help them feel like the best versions of themselves, and sometimes a Mommy Makeover is the solution. Read on to learn the 5 signs you are ready for a Mommy Makeover.
Ready for a Mommy Makeover, Sign #1: Babies
The babies are why we are here in the first place! To start, have an honest discussion with your partner to decide if you are ready for a Mommy Makeover. Do some soul-searching about what is right for your family.
First thing’s first. If you are still toying with the idea of having another baby, hold the phone, sister! Be honest with yourself about what is bothering you about your body. Think about what you envision for your family moving forward.
Let me explain. If you know for sure you are done having kids, then that is the best time to consider a big decision like a Tummy Tuck and muscle repair. On the flip side, if you are on the fence about kids, but wanting to improve your breasts, do not sweat. It is very reasonable to have gummy bear breast implants and then have pregnancies afterward.
In some cases, I may recommend waiting until after you finish breastfeeding the last of your brood. As always, if you want honest guidance from a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon (who also happens to have breastfed her own two little ones!), I’m here to have that conversation. The timing for different surgeries that make up your Mommy Makeover (like Abdominoplasty and Breast Augmentation, for example) depends on what specifically you want to address on your body.
Ready for a Mommy Makeover, Sign #2: Support System
Having a strong support system nearby makes the Mommy Makeover procedure and recovery process so much smoother. Tummy Tuck with Liposuction or Breast Surgery like Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Breast Reduction are major surgical procedures. You want a good, dependable helper on standby.
Now, your partner is a great option. Kids can be great too, depending on their ages. You may want to recruit some additional helpers like extended family, neighbors and friends in your pod. When determining your support people, take into account the help you may need. This might include cleaning, cooking, housework, lifting (kids and items), driving, and assistance with your medical needs.
If you are a caregiver for a loved one, we should take that into account as well. You might need to plan for your temporary replacement. We can talk through all of this with you during your consultation.
Ready for a Mommy Makeover, Sign #3: Flexible Work Schedule
Here’s a question for my mamas who work both inside and outside the home. Do you have time available to take off from work?
If you are working from home, or can flex your time, then you might be ready for a Mommy Makeover! If you work from home, we recommend taking 7-10 days after surgery off from non-strenuous work. For those that drive to an office job, you can expect to be back approximately 10 days after surgery.
Depending upon the Mommy Makeover surgery components you undergo, your time off may differ. Tummy Tuck surgery requires a little bit more time than say Liposuction or Breast Augmentation only.
For full details and to compare different surgical recoveries, check out our Plastic Surgery Recovery Calculator. If you want a week by week playbook of recovery after Tummy Tuck or Breast Augmentation Surgery, then check out my posts on those topics, too!
Ready for a Mommy Makeover, Sign #4: Before and After Gallery
Most women getting ready for a Mommy Makeover have done their homework. A great way to do that is by browsing Before & After photo galleries and finding inspirational screenshots for yourself.
Review before and after breast implant pictures to find someone who has results you like. Finding the Tummy Tuck images that most closely resemble your before pictures will help you get the most likely expected result. Remember though, every patient has a different body type and thus a different result.
Pay attention to shapes, proportions, and general body weight when looking at photos. Think about where scars may be placed on your body. Consider what scars look like on people with similar complexions as you.
It is good to be informed and review images of scars while they are still healing. We know you want to be rid of the belly pooch. We want you to be willing to trade the pooch for a scar. If you haven’t already, look through our Before & After Photo Gallery to prepare for your visit!
Ready for a Mommy Makeover, Sign #5: Do This for You
This may seem like an obvious question in determining if you are ready for a Mommy Makeover, yet I would say it is the most important one. Are you considering a Mommy Makeover for you?
A Mommy Makeover is a major surgical procedure. The only way to maintain the mental and emotional strength through this process is to know that you are doing this for you. You have goals! Not hiding your body under layers of Spanx any longer. Renewing confidence in your hips and waist. Having your blouses drape better and show off those sexy arms in halter tops. Thowing out the padded Wonderbras and rocking a bikini.
Remind yourself of who you are, where you have been and who you have become! You worked hard to get here. If you want it, you deserve to do this for you. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile, not frown. Smile from the inside out. We are here to lift you up and help you walk through life confident in your own skin.
Are you Ready for a Mommy Makeover?
So after all the guidance we’ve shared in this post, are you ready for a Mommy Makeover? Only one person can answer this – you!
We take time to answer a lot of top questions on our blog. Now, to have a proper evaluation of your unique medical history, personal goals and needs, you should see a board-certified plastic surgeon to be sure.
During the consultation, we size you for breast implants or figure out how much tissue to take off of heavy, large breasts. We go over pros and cons of saline v silicone gummy bear breast implants. You might have questions about areas we can treat with liposuction. We also figure out the right time for surgery.
If you are not sure, and want more information, then a consultation is the best place to start. In the meantime, enjoy my blog. Real people like you inspired the questions that I answer here. I look forward to meeting you, and helping you figure out if you are ready for a Mommy Makeover!
Are you ready for your Mommy Makeover? Call (919) 797-0996 now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tannan.