Becoming a mother in Long Island, NY is both a rewarding and life-changing experience. Your body spends nearly 40 weeks changing in countless ways to create a human life. This process can take a major toll on your body. Deflated and sagging breasts, weakened abdominal muscles, loose skin, and extra fat are some of the noticeable changes that most mothers experience after becoming a mom.
Mommy makeover surgery uses different procedures, including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or breast lift, that are tailored to each patient’s needs. This gives them the chance to reclaim their pre-baby body. When you’re considering a mommy makeover at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery, you will want to be prepared on what you should know for before and after a mommy makeover. During a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, you could ask for more details about pregnancy after a mommy makeover.
What is a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is a customized surgery made up of different cosmetic surgery procedures that target the breasts, abdomen, arms, thighs, and other areas that may have been affected by pregnancy or childbirth. Your customized surgical plan will be discussed with you at a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at our Huntington, NY office.
Some common mommy makeover procedures include:
Breast augmentation: Many women lose breast volume after giving birth. Breast augmentation gives women the choice of what breast size they want.
Breast lift: As we age, gain or lose weight, and give birth, our skin loses elasticity and the tissue thins. A breast lift can reposition breasts to a higher position.
Breast reduction: Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin.
Tummy tuck: Because pregnancy causes the belly to extend, the skin becomes stretched. Loose, excess stomach skin can be fixed with a tummy tuck, which removes this skin and tightens the abdominal area. Liposuction is sometimes used during a tummy tuck to help remove excess fat before any tightening is done.
Preparing for mommy makeover surgery
To prepare for a mommy makeover with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev, Long Island, NY patients should:
Maintain a healthy weight: While mommy makeover procedures do remove excess fat, they aren’t meant for weight loss.
Be prepared for the recovery process: Since a mommy makeover involves many surgeries, recovery can be long and strenuous for our patients. You will need extra help at home for a while to help care for you during your initial days of recovery.
Schedule your surgery: Wait at least six months after giving birth or nursing before getting any plastic surgery. This is because it takes time for your hormones to stabilize, which affects the healing process and your skin’s elasticity.
Get necessary testing: Our plastic surgery center requires all patients to get some testing done to be cleared for surgery. During your consultation, we can discuss which tests are required.
Stop smoking: Smoking affects the healing process, so try to stop smoking before surgery.
Pregnancy after a mommy makeover
At North Shore Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend that our Long Island, NY patients are finished having children before they have a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover won’t affect pregnancy; however, future pregnancies may affect your mommy makeover results. Breast tissue may change again and lead to sagging or deflated breasts. Your abdominal muscles may separate. If any of these things occur during your pregnancy after a mommy makeover, we will need to perform additional surgery to retighten your abdomen and reshape and even re-lift your breast.
Learn how a mommy makeover can give you your pre-baby body back
At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY, we specialize in helping mothers achieve a body that they love. Ultimately, it is never too late for a mommy makeover. Some women choose to prioritize themselves after their children grow up while others choose to have a mommy makeover while their children are still young. Our board-certified plastic surgeons provide consultations where interested patients can learn about mommy makeover procedures and how they can change their bodies. To schedule a consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev to learn more about a mommy makeover, call our office today.