Cosmetic surgery for new mums isn’t uncommon at all. The “Mommy Makeover” tag has only more recently been given to a new mum getting plastic surgery post-pregnancy.
In truth, this has been happening for many years. The reason for this is that new mothers often have similar aesthetic complaints after giving birth.
Depending on the individual, giving birth and pregnancy itself can have drastic and permanent effects on a mother’s body.
The good news is you’re not the only one going through this. For many new parents, post-child cosmetic surgery may be needed to get your former shape back.
At Linia Cosmetic Surgery, this is something we are experienced and specialise in and in this post, we’ll explain what it is, why and when you might be thinking about getting it, the risks and the costs.
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Planning Your Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery
I’m not sure anything really prepares you for the changes to your body pregnancy is going to make, so post-baby plastic surgery as a thing is not particularly surprising.
Pregnancy and childbirth–not to mention actual motherhood–really does a number on your body. Some of those changes are temporary and your body bounces back. But some of those changes are permanent.
That’s especially true if you cannot afford to take work off for a month and exercise with your personal trainer for eight hours a day.
Hollywood post-pregnancy transformations are incredibly misleading–and quite difficult to achieve on your own.
That’s why many people turn to their surgeons. They’re looking for post-baby plastic surgery because, having been surprised by the changes in their bodies, they want to recapture the youth they enjoyed before parenthood.
Sometimes this post-baby plastic surgery desire is pretty instant. In other cases, it might develop years or decades after the initial onset of parenthood. Whenever that desire starts to manifest itself, the treatments that surgeons often recommend are similar.
How Does Pregnancy Impact a Mum’s Body?
Pregnancy is not going to affect every woman in the same way. But there are some common issues that tend to crop up, especially as it concerns the aesthetics of the body. Many women cite the following reasons when they’re asked about their interest in plastic surgery:
• Pregnancy can change the way your body copes with fat (in many cases, it tends to hang on to it more stubbornly)
• You might also experience a change in your metabolism, making it more difficult to eliminate areas of fat
• The orientation, shape, and size of the breasts often change drastically–and often more than once
• Pregnancy may also generate a significant amount of excess skin around the tummy that is difficult to mitigate with diet or exercise
These aesthetic changes are usually the tip of the iceberg. In many ways, pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood all conspire to accelerate the aging process. Sometimes that acceleration focuses on certain areas of the body, while in other cases it’s pretty widespread.
The problem is that many of these changes are effectively irreversible. If you have excess skin around your tummy, for example, and that skin is still there several years later, it’s not likely to leave on its own.
Diet and exercise can’t really target skin that has become too loose. That’s why many patients turn to surgery.
What is a mummy makeover?
A mummy makeover a term that is used, to not just refer to one form of cosmetic surgery, but rather to describe a series of complementary surgical procedures.
They are specially selected to help deal with the changes that happen to a pregnant woman’s body during pregnancy. The changes, as outlined above, that exercise and diet can’t solve.
Rather than attending many appointments, most if not all the procedures that make up your own specific mummy makeover are performed during the same appointment.
The most common procedures that patients look for are those that tighten, firm and generally revitalise and rejuvenate the areas most affected by pregnancy and childbirth. This includes but is not limited to:
- Breast augmentation, breast uplift or breast reduction – to help reshape, resize and reposiiton your breasts if they have become too big due to breast feeding and started to droop
- Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) – for obvious reasons, where your belly and abdominal area has stretched during pregnancy. Even if your body has returned to it’s normal size, there is a chance that stretch marks, loose skin and other signs of pregnancy that you would like to get rid of.
- Liposuction – again, this is to help resize areas where your body size and shape has changed.
- Body Lift: Thigh, arm and/or buttock lift – pregnancy doesn’t just hit your breasts and tummy. Diet and exercise can only do so much to alter how your thighs, arms and even buttocks look after the weight increase during pregnancy.
- Vaginal rejuvenation – It’s no surprise, if you’ve given birth naturally, that pregnancy, labour and childbirth could affect the look and feel of your vagina. The two biggest ways having a baby can have are stress incontinence and the loss of vaginal tone. As part of your mummy makeover, you can opt to have vaginal rejuvenation work done to reverse those side-effects.
- Scar removal – although pregnancy is a very natural process, if there are any complications along the way, you may be left with unpleasant looking scars, either around your belly or even in the groinal or genital area. Scar removal treatments can help eliminate or at the very least, reduce those scars.
Depending on your specific needs and desires, there may be other treatments and procedures you may be interested in having done at the same time.
The general goal of a mummy makeover is to achieve a more attractive body shape. As beautiful and awe-inspiring as it is to have baby, the physical toll pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can have on your body can also affect you emotionally and psychologically.
When the right kind of cosmetic surgery is used to target the most affected parts of the body, your self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth can get a real boost.
Risks and Complications of Mummy Makeover
For the most part, modern cosmetic procedures are relatively safe. However, as with all forms of surgery, mummy makeovers carry several risks and complications you should be aware of being booking your treatments.
While it is difficult to say the specific problems, you could face due to your mummy makeover consisting of many different procedures, there are common downsides and negative impacts to all surgery in general, such as:
- Pain and discomfort in the areas treated
- Anaesthesia allergic reaction
- Blood loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood clots
- Numbness or loss of sensations and feelings
- Embolism or fat necrosis
There may be some more specific side effects and complications associated with the individual treatments that make up your makeover. You should also consider that if you choose to have as many procedures done at the same time as possible, the risks associated are increased because you are going under anaesthesia for longer.
During your consultation appointment, one of our qualified, experienced and, gifted surgeons will discuss these in greater detail with you.
Types Of Mommy Makeover Procedures
Post-baby plastic surgery is often dubbed a “Mommy Makeover.” It’s a cute little title for what is effectively a grouping of procedures aimed at helping women achieve a pre-baby body again. Usually, a Mommy Makeover consists of the following three procedures:
• Tummy Tuck: This procedure is designed to mitigate excess loose skin around the tummy area. In other words, it will make your tummy appear slimmer and more fit. The excess skin often appears much like an area of fat, so it can be difficult for people to know how to go about treating it. A surgeon will be able to tell you whether the issue is actually too much skin.
• Breast Lift: Pregnancy can often change the appearance of the breasts, starting with the orientation. Breasts are left looking saggy and worn out. A breast lift returns a more youthful-looking orientation to the breasts, emphasizing a perky appearance that’s associated with a pre-baby body. This procedure can sometimes be replaced or combined with a breast augmentation or even a breast reduction, depending on the patient.
• Liposuction: As mentioned above, pregnancy is going to mess with the way your body handles fat. Sometimes fat becomes much more stubborn in areas than you ever thought possible. That’s why liposuction is often included in a mommy makeover. Now, it should be noted that liposuction is not really a weight loss tool–it’s a body contouring tool. It’s designed to target specific areas of fat.
These procedures are, to a certain extent, interchangeable. Mommy Makeovers are intended to address the needs of each individual patient, after all.
How much does a mummy makeover in the UK cost?
As highlighted above, the exact mummy makeover surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments you need and want for your mummy makeover will be unique to your own goals and desires.
Although all new mummies are affected by pregnancy in some way, some are affected to a less extent than others.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for your makeover procedure. It may be that you need a lot of work done on your breasts, either in the form of alteration to the breast shape or you need more work carried out on your stomach area.
Therefore, it is difficult to give an estimated price. The best way to get a good sense of just how much it is going to cost is by contacting our Harley Street practice and booking a mummy makeover consultation appointment.
Being Happy With Your Body
At the end of the day, these procedures (or the lack of these procedures) are supposed to help make you feel comfortable in your own body.
It’s entirely possible that you might not need these procedures to do that. But many mothers often feel a strong desire to reclaim their youthful looks.
Sometimes that desire appears two months after giving birth. Sometimes its two years or two decades.
Whenever that feeling hits, post-baby plastic surgery is there to help you try to achieve your goals. It’s not for everyone–but if these procedures interest you, it’s definitely worth taking some time to talk to our plastic surgeon.
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