"Mommy Makeover" Helps Women Get Their Pre-baby Bodies Back
Childbirth and breastfeeding take a permanent toll on women’s bodies, but “mommy makeover” procedures can help women reclaim their pre-baby bodies in a way that diet and exercise alone cannot achieve.
Meet Our Expert
What is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover is an expression that describes a combination of body-contouring procedures intended to revitalize a woman’s body. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) board certified plastic surgeons perform these procedures in a single staged operation, addressing the areas you desire to change, such as:
Breast augmentation or lift
Buttock augmentation or lift
“The number one thing that I hear from patients considering a mommy makeover is that they want to have more confidence in themselves when they look in the mirror,” says Randolph Wojcik Jr., MD, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, with LVPG Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “That kind of confidence is powerful both physically and psychologically in all parts of our lives."
Am I a mommy makeover candidate?
Deciding to have a mommy makeover is a personal decision that requires careful consideration. “This is elective surgery, so safety should be the top priority,” says Wojcik, who along with LVHN’s other plastic surgeons have performed more than 24,000 procedures over the past decade. “It’s important to feel comfortable talking with your surgeon about your goals and your concerns.”
When you decide it’s time for a mommy makeover, there are several factors that will produce better results:
Good medical health
A healthy lifestyle (no smoking, proper nutrition, regular exercise)
Stable weight for six months
Completed breastfeeding/childbearing (Mommy makeover procedures do not preclude a woman from having more children, but subsequent pregnancies and breastfeeding will diminish the body contouring.)
From better, to great, to fabulous
Mommy makeover patients should expect one to three weeks of recovery time, depending on the number and types of procedures performed. Driving and lifting, including lifting small children, are generally res- tricted for at least one week. Bruising, swelling and tightness are common immediately after surgery.
“At three weeks, you’ll feel and look better – and you’ll look great by three months,” Wojcik says. “It may take up to a year, though, to see the final, fabulous results.”
Need a little boost? Visit lvhn.org/mommymakeover for more information or call 888-402-LVHN (5846).