For many Dallas women, motherhood is one, if not the most, rewarding experiences of their lifetime. But as enjoyable as raising children and watching little people grow into strong, independent adults is, it’s a simple matter of fact that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a toll on a woman’s body. After all, when pregnant, a woman’s belly grows, her breasts swell, and often her body stores excess fat in areas that were slimmer before pregnancy.
For some Dallas moms, getting close to or back at a pre-pregnancy silhouette seems almost effortless. Other moms struggle to regain their former figure, despite their diet and exercise routine. For this subset of moms, a popular combination of plastic surgery procedures called a Mommy Makeover might be just what the doctor ordered!
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a series of plastic surgery procedures including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift and sometimes liposuction to help restore a postpartum mother’s body back to its former shape. Performed as one surgical event, a Dallas Mommy Makeover streamlines all surgery and recovery times into one process, allowing moms to save money on hospital and anesthesia fees, as well as streamline the recovery time period from all the plastic surgery procedures into one event.
During a Mommy Makeover, the following plastic surgery procedures are performed as one surgical event:
The abdomen grows significantly during pregnancy. It’s designed to “shrink back” to size, but some Dallas moms find that, despite a healthy diet and exercise routine, they still have loose abdominal skin that hangs from their belly. This skin can all be surgically removed via a tummy tuck. Other moms may have what appears like a pooch in their belly that just won’t go away. This is often caused by diastasis recti, also known as separated abdominal muscles, which is a common side effect of pregnancy that many times doesn’t repair itself. By stitching up your abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck, Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery can help you say “Goodbye!” to this unwanted bulge for good!*
Whether a pregnant Dallas woman intends to breastfeed or not, her breasts will swell while she’s pregnant and immediately after giving birth as milk production takes place. This natural change associated with pregnancy and childbirth can leave moms with breasts that have lost volume or sag lower than they used to before they had children. Moms who breastfeed, especially for extended periods of time or breastfeed multiple children, seem to notice this change even more dramatically. A breast augmentation with either silicone or saline breast implants can help restore the lost breast volume that often comes with motherhood, or even allow a mom to go to a bigger size that she may have always desired.
More than deciding on silicone or saline, there will be several other factors to consider when choosing your breast implants, such as shape, volume, profile, and placement. Dr. Hopkins will also determine which type of incision will work best for your specific case, so be sure to fill him in on all of your concerns and desired outcomes for your Mommy Makeover. For example, if you choose to have a Mommy Makeover before you’re done having children, and you know you’ll want to breastfeed in the future, he will need to use a particular incision to ensure your milk ducts are not cut. Or, while all of your scars will be hidden by clothing or swimwear, if you’re concerned about scars that will be left on your breasts, let him know so he can choose an incision with minimal visibility.
Lost breast volume isn’t the only postpartum change that happens to a mother’s breasts. Sagging breasts are also often a concern for Dallas moms who seek a Mommy Makeover from Dr. Hopkins. A breast lift, which removes excess breast skin and repositions the nipple to a perkier position, can be performed to help moms have a more pre-pregnancy shape to their breasts.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Hopkins, he will perform a simple test to determine the degree of your breast sagging, also known as breast ptosis. Based on this test, he will be able to determine the best incision to use to get your breasts to a more youthful position.
Many pregnant women, despite eating a healthy diet throughout their pregnancy, find that their bodies start to store fat in places it never did before. After childbearing, these Dallas women can find that despite their best efforts to lose the fat, stubborn fatty deposits remain that just won’t go away. While not intended to be a weight loss procedure, but rather a surgery to remove these small pockets of excess fat, liposuction can be a vital part of a Mommy Makeover to helping moms regain the silhouette they once had.
During a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Hopkins most often performs liposuction to improve love handles and “back fat,” but he can also address excess fat on the thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and chest area if required in order to provide his patients with the trim silhouette they desire.
When Is The Best Time to Get a Mommy Makeover?
Many Dallas women who consult with Dr. Hopkins about getting a Mommy Makeover often inquire about when the ideal time is to have the procedure performed. While everyone’s case is different and unique, Dr. Hopkins’ go-to response is, “When you know you aren’t going to have any more children, and when you have a solid birth control plan in place to prevent future pregnancies.” This isn’t because having a Mommy Makeover makes it unsafe to get pregnant again. Dr. Hopkins has performed several Mommy Makeovers on women who go on to have a successful, healthy and full-term subsequent pregnancy. Dr. Hopkins’ reasoning is more related to ensure you get the full value out of your procedure.
You see, a Mommy Makeover may offer dramatic results to your body.* However, if you get pregnant again, you’re at risk for losing the benefits of the procedure, such as a trimmer abdomen, fuller and perkier breasts, and removal of stubborn fatty deposits. Because Dr. Hopkins’ wants you to get the most benefits as possible out of your procedure, he often recommends that Dallas moms delay the procedure if they think they may want to have additional children in the future.
If you’ve decided it’s the right time to have your Mommy Makeover, there are other criteria to consider before undergoing the procedure. Dr. Hopkins requires his Mommy Makeover patients to:
Be in good, general overall health
Provide Dr. Hopkins with their full medical history, including any medical conditions, current medications, and prior surgeries
Listen to Dr. Hopkins explain the procedures for their specific Mommy Makeover, and communicate back to him an understanding of the surgery
Be a non-smoker, as smoking can affect both the Mommy Makeover procedure and recovery
Have never had an allergic reaction to general anesthesia, if used in the past
Communicate realistic expectations for their final results
Be in good overall psychological health
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can all take a toll on a woman’s body. If you are ready to restore lost volume to your breasts, tone your abdomen, and slim your thighs, call Dr. Hopkins to learn more about how a mommy makeover can help you achieve all of your body image goals.
Recovering From a Mommy Makeover
Dallas women who undergo a Mommy Makeover should understand that this is a major surgery, and as such, should prepare well for their recovery period. While the benefit of having multiple procedures performed at once means you’ll only have to recovery once, it will still take time. Most Dallas Mommy Makeover patients will be able to resume their normal daily routines within 2-4 weeks; however, you should avoid strenuous exercise for about 6 weeks.
It’s important to note that not all women recovery at the same rate. Your particular recovery time will be based on several different things, such as:
- Your overall health before your Mommy Makeover
- The amount of augmentation required on each procedure
- How many procedures you choose to have
To improve, and potentially speed up recovery, Dr. Hopkins recommends his Mommy Makeover patients:
- Enlist the help of family and friends to assist at home and with children
- Clear their social and work calendar for 2 weeks after surgery
- Follow his post-op instructions to a “T”
- Take their prescribed pain medication for a minimum of 3 days post-op, and on the recommended schedule without missing a dose
- Do not smoke for at least 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after surgery
- Avoid lifting anything that weighs more than 5 pounds
How Do I Know a Mommy Makeover is Right For Me?
If you’re certain you’re done having children, and you haven’t been able to regain your pre-pregnancy physique despite your diet and exercise plan, then a Mommy Makeover may offer you significant benefits.*
To know whether or not a Mommy Makeover is right for you, the best thing you can do is call J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery to book a consultation with Dr. Hopkins. During your appointment, Dr. Hopkins will spend time talking to you about your overall medical history, your ultimate goal for the procedure, and why you’re considering a Mommy Makeover. Your overall health and wellbeing are the most important thing to him, and he wants to ensure you have all the facts and answers to all your questions before you make your decision.