Nearly all of us need help at one time or another to achieve the smooth, svelte body we desire. Losing wobbles on our own isn’t always possible, and when it comes to flattened or sagging breasts, a push-up bra only does so much. A mommy makeover from Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, can tackle all of these concerns in one surgery. But this procedure isn’t just for moms. In fact, it can be tailored for anyone.
Is a Mommy Makeover Only for Moms?
The catchy name of this personalized, whole-body makeover might lead you to believe it’s designed exclusively for moms, but it’s not. The issues we address with this procedure – which typically includes a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction – can affect anyone. We’re talking about concerns like stubborn fat pockets, a protruding belly, loose skin, and sagging breasts.
Although motherhood brings a number of unwanted changes to the body (and every one of those changes is completely worth it), all people of all ages can experience similar changes. From weight gain to aging, the body is not immune to the effects of daily living. So, just to reiterate, those procedures packed into the mommy makeover can be delivered to anyone, regardless of parental status.
Tracing Its Origins
The mommy makeover package has become wildly popular in the last 10 years or so. As the name implies, it’s intended to rejuvenate targeted areas of the body following childbirth. Patients who choose this procedure are usually between the ages of 24 and 37, although this is not a hard and fast rule, and seek to restore their previous confidence in their bodies.
As new moms increasingly sought cosmetic procedures to correct stretched abdominal skin and other concerns, it became obvious multiple procedures were necessary to deliver the desired results. But rather than separate them over an extended period, providers realized these surgeries could be rolled into one large, rejuvenating procedure that is equally ideal for other patients – including those who haven’t given birth.
A Tailored Treatment Plan
And that brings us to our next point: while this makeover routinely encompasses procedures aimed at slimming the tummy and restoring contours to the breasts, it can be customized to meet your individual needs (and anatomy).
The key is in choosing the right combination of procedures to achieve the results you desire. Men, for instance, can substitute a breast lift with breast reduction, if appropriate. More mature women may likewise add an arm or thigh lift. These are but a few examples of the tailoring available with a full-body makeover.
How Does It Work?
When you arrive at Galanis Plastic Surgery, we’ll review your body and discuss the changes you’ve undergone as a result of childbirth, weight loss or gain, age, or menopause. You should use this time to tell us about specific body parts you want to address, such as unwanted fat in your thighs or sagging skin in your abdomen. After we’ve thoroughly discussed your concerns, we’ll craft a makeover package that’s unique to you.
Most women choose a tummy tuck and breast augmentation as part of their package. We can additionally use liposuction to target unwanted fat in your arms, thighs, and other areas. A facelift or other rejuvenation procedure can also be included – again, the choices are nearly limitless and should reflect your personal goals. Common procedures for men include:
- Body lift
- Arm lift
- Breast reduction for gynecomastia
- Pectoralis muscle enhancement
- Dermal injectables
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
- Tummy tuck
Reviewing Your Treatment Plan
We’ll go over the treatment plan with you to answer any questions you have and explain each procedure in detail. An estimated cost will also be provided. Once you feel comfortable with the package, we’ll schedule your procedure.
Reasons for a Full-Body Makeover
To say your body undergoes dramatic changes during pregnancy is a gross understatement. You’ve given birth, so of course your body will look and feel different. Many times, the abdominal muscles partially or completely separate and can result in poor posture and lower back pain. You might also have a c-section scar, but the good news is a tummy tuck can rectify these issues.
Throughout pregnancy and after delivery, milk causes your breasts to become engorged. After breastfeeding, however, they can shrink compared to your pre-pregnancy size. They’re also subject to volume loss that can cause breasts to sag. But these changes can be reversed. Combining a breast augmentation with a lift can simultaneously add volume and put your breasts back, or close to, their former position.
The Family Gene Pool
For women who haven’t given birth, you may simply have less elastic and/or thinner skin. And if you’ve inherited your mother’s sizable bust, you likely have breast sagging regardless of your age. This is another instance when a breast lift can completely change your body’s contours and help you look younger, thinner, and shapelier. A breast reduction may also be beneficial for some patients.
We briefly mentioned fat deposits earlier but need to circle back to them. Because a woman’s body is biologically programmed to hold fat for feeding and nourishing a baby, certain pockets are notoriously hard to lose. They usually develop around the outer thighs and waist and remain even after losing the baby weight.
These same scenarios are true for women who have never had children. Likewise, men can also develop stubborn fat pockets, usually around the abdomen, that don’t respond to diet and exercise alone. Keep in mind you cannot dictate to the body how to use fat. Leg lifts and sit-ups will build muscle in targeted spots, but they do little to burn unwanted fat. Instead, liposuction can quickly and effectively eliminate these rolls and wobbles.
The way we store fat is largely attributed to genetics. To illustrate, many patients have mildly protruding bellies or lower abs despite being in great shape. These patients, some of whom have never given birth, can also benefit from a tummy tuck with liposuction – a classic mommy makeover combo.
Weight Loss and Age
Sagging breasts and loose abdominal skin are just as common following weight loss as they are after pregnancy. The aging process can yield similar changes, and in all of these cases, a whole-body makeover helps get your body where you want it to be.
Combining multiple procedures into one surgery means a more affordable package fee and one recovery period. These factors are equally important for patients with and without children. You can get back to your family, work, and your daily routines much more quickly – and enjoy the appearance of a fully rejuvenated body.
The Recovery Process
Preparing for recovery needs to start before surgery. Create a special rest area for yourself, whether that’s in a corner of a room, on the couch, or in your bedroom. A full-body pillow can be especially comforting, along with extra pillows that will support your weight as you rest. Also place a table near your rest area to hold everything you’ll need: a water bottle, snacks, books, magazines, and the television remote control.
You’ll need someone to drive you to and from surgery, as you’ll not be able to operate a vehicle. If possible, this same person should stay with you for a few days to assist with children, care for pets, and perform tasks around the house. You’ll want to spend those first few days out of surgery focused on your recovery, and having help around the house will relieve stress and allow you to rest.
One Week After Surgery
At the one-week milestone, you can plan on resuming light duties around the house. This includes cooking and helping children with homework. You won’t be cleared to lift more than five pounds, however, until after six weeks. And if a tummy tuck was part of your makeover package, you’ll need to follow special post-surgery instructions. Don’t worry – we’ll provide all the details you need. Also plan to sleep on your side or back during recovery.
Six Weeks Later
At Galanis Plastic Surgery, we understand you’ll be anxious to resume your normal activities. But we’ll exercise caution for several weeks to ensure your body heals optimally. You will likely be allowed to return to work after two or three weeks, but compression garments will need to be worn throughout this time. And exercise will remain off the table.
After Six Weeks
Around two months out of surgery, you’ll likely be approved to return to your normal schedule, including exercise. The results of your surgery should also be visible, making this a highly anticipated time for most patients. As you’re healing, keep in mind your reward is just around the corner: smoother contours, a flatter tummy, and tighter, firmer skin (depending on the procedures you choose).
Customize Your Package
A mommy makeover beverly hills is not limited to moms; thanks to the ability to fully customize your package, we can create the full-body makeover that’s right for you. Male or female, parent or not, we can remove stubborn fat bulges and lift, tighten, and volumize certain body parts. Schedule your consultation today by calling Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA.