There’s no denying the fact that having children changes a woman’s body. While the miraculous event of birthing a baby is beautiful in and of itself, many women longingly dream of getting their pre-baby body back once they are able to hold their little bundle of joy (and they have finished breastfeeding). However, there are times when no amount of nutrition or hours in the gym are able to coax a woman’s body back to its original shape. In those cases, a mommy makeover performed at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio, TX may be just the thing.
Many women have undergone mommy makeover procedures with outstanding results. One of the most frequently asked questions is “When will I see results?” While each case is different (because every woman is different), there are some overarching guidelines that should help you manage your expectations.
When Will I See Results from a Mommy Makeover?
Many women who have undergone this procedure are happy with their results right away. At every post-operation appointment with our staff, we will review your progress and check in with you to see how you’re feeling about things and make adjustments as necessary.
The recovery period is essential to being able to see results sooner rather than later. The more you are able to rest and take it easy for the first two weeks, the better. Most women are able to return to a sedentary job after two weeks and physical exercise after four weeks of recovery. However, many women begin to feel good after a week and try to do too much at that point. Even if you’re feeling great, be sure to take the recovery protocols seriously so that you don’t needlessly delay your ability to see (and show off) your results!
Each procedure is different because it is customized to each woman’s goals and needs so the timeline will be slightly different for everyone. The staff at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas are dedicated to giving you the best possible experience and will make sure that you understand what is happening and what is coming up next. Taking care of yourself once you’ve resumed your normal levels of activity will also be important. Proper nutrition and appropriate exercise will be essential to keeping your body looking the way you want it to for years to come.
What Is Involved with a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeovers are a combination of procedures that are most commonly requested by women after childbirth and focus predominantly on the breast and abdominal areas. With a board-certified surgeon, you can discuss what areas you most want to focus on and what procedures will give you the best results. Typically, this type of surgery involves a couple of different procedures from the three most popular categories: a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift or augmentation.
The Tummy Tuck
The common term “tummy tuck” is used to describe a surgery called an abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, a surgeon will remove the excess flesh from the abdominal area. Many women who have children become unsatisfied with their abdomens after delivery. The skin has stretched for nine months and even after the baby is born, it may not revert back to its original shape and size.
Common concerns in this area include a lack of a belly button or a stretched out abdomen that result in a woman feeling incredibly self-conscious about her stomach. A tummy tuck is one of the most effective methods of getting your stomach area back into swimsuit shape. During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon will not only remove excess skin and fat, but they will also tighten the abdominal muscles. When combined, these will result in a thinner stomach, boosting your self-esteem and accentuating your slimmer appearance.
Another type of tummy tuck is the “reverse tummy tuck” which focuses on the upper abdomen area. Some women who have previously had a tummy tuck or have lost a great deal of weight have excess skin at the top of their abdomen. The reverse tummy tuck takes care of this unwanted skin by pulling the skin upwards (the reverse of a traditional tummy tuck, where the skin is pulled down) and gives your abdomen the tighter look that you’re craving.
Many women have pockets of fat that just won’t disappear no matter how well they eat or how many hours they spend on a treadmill. While this can be very frustrating, there is no need to despair! Liposuction may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
During a liposuction procedure, the doctor will remove fat from under the skin in specified areas that you deem as most important to you. Some of the most common areas where liposuction is performed include the abdomen, the buttocks, upper arms, the hips, the back, and the thighs. Your doctor will work with you to make sure that you are getting the best possible result from the areas you designate for this procedure based on the look you’re trying to achieve.
The best part about this procedure is that the change that occurs to your body is permanent, as long as you are able to maintain your weight, so you don’t have to be nervous about having to do another procedure on that area in the future.
Breast Lift or Augmentation
Getting a breast lift is one of the most effective ways to lift and accentuate a woman’s breasts. We all know that breasts tend to sag as you get older, especially after having children. But if you’re looking for a way to perk your breasts back up on your chest, then a breast lift is the way to go.
An increase in breast size is another commonly requested procedure. Many women want to have a larger bust size and this procedure is known as a breast augmentation, or mastopexy. This advanced procedure will not only rejuvenate your bust line, but it will give your self-esteem a lift too! The surgeons at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas provide the best breast augmentation San Antonio has to offer.
Every woman is different and we understand that. That’s why we are committed to ensuring that your goals and wants are always taken into consideration with every procedure. With personalized and compassionate care from start to finish, a breast lift or augmentation procedure may be just what you’re looking for.
What Types of Moms Get Makeovers?
The short answer is all types of moms get makeovers with us! We have worked with hundreds of moms with children of all ages, from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds. Each woman’s body is as unique as she is, so we take extra care to make sure every woman knows exactly what they want and what will be involved in the process.
Any woman who is interested in this procedure will need to be cleared for surgery and already in good health. We will also be very clear and upfront about timelines and what will be occurring so that you have realistic expectations every step of the way. Candidates for this surgery must also be completely finished with their latest pregnancy and no longer breastfeeding. Candidates for these procedures are women that have already tried nutrition and exercise and just can’t seem to get the results they are looking for. That’s when they come to us. And the results speak for themselves!
If you have any concerns about undergoing this procedure, we encourage you to speak with your doctor beforehand so that you can discuss any relevant medical history or questions you have as early in the consultation process as possible.
What Is the Recovery Time Like?
One of the things that sets the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas apart is our dedication during aftercare. Any woman who gets a mommy makeover is automatically taken care of for 24 hours by our compassionate and experienced staff. We are not going to send you home right after surgery. We partner with the Drury Inn to give you overnight accommodations that are not only comfortable but equipped to handle whatever needs you may have during the first 24 hours of your recovery.
We know your family loves you and wants to take care of you, but they can’t do it like we can right after surgery. With a procedure of this magnitude, we need to make sure you are taken care of properly and safely, and the best way to ensure that is to do it ourselves. And you don’t have to worry about taking care of your family because the Drury Inn will also provide dinner and breakfast for your loved ones. This will allow you to just focus on recovering and resting.
Everyone’s recovery is going to be different and depends on a number of factors. The more you can follow our discharge recommendations and recovery suggestions, the sooner that you’ll be able to get back to your normal life. We recommend planning on having at least 2 weeks of time where you can just focus on letting your body recover and avoid activities that could set your progress back. If you have concerns about the recovery period, you should discuss this with your doctor during your consultation and keep an open dialogue going through every phase of the process.
Should I Book a Consultation?
Women who are interested in this or similar procedures can schedule a consultation to learn more about their options and personal health history. Any woman who wants to undergo a procedure must be medically cleared ahead of time and should already be at a healthy weight. A woman who is looking to do a makeover should, ideally, be done having children before signing up to be considered for this surgery. If you have concerns about this, you should discuss it with your doctor as early in the process as possible.
Before booking a consultation, make sure you are working with a board-certified surgeon that has experience in the procedure you’re most interested in considering. Talk with the staff and determine whether or not you feel comfortable being in their office. It’s also important that you feel like your particular needs are being addressed.
Women who want to have some form of liposuction or tummy tuck should first do a dedicated effort to a healthy, nutritious diet and appropriate exercise before undergoing surgery. These procedures are designed for women who have already tried a healthier lifestyle and can’t seem to get rid of stubborn areas of fat on their body. Some doctors will recommend a nutritionist or physical trainer prior to having a procedure booked.
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If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio, TX today and take a big step toward reclaiming your body!