Pregnancy leaves many new mothers dissatisfied with their updated appearances. Areas that were once youthful and firm now droop, sag, and deflate. And even with all the newfound joy that motherhood brings, there is still a disappointment that their bodies do not return to the way they were before pregnancy and breastfeeding occurred. Mommy Makeover surgery is ideal for women struggling with both the emotional and physical aspects of their post-baby body transformation. A Mommy Makeover is a multi-step procedure designed to target and restore the areas most affected by pregnancy, such as sagging breasts, exercise-resistant stomach pooches, and separated abdominal muscles. Although this procedure is often tailored to the needs and desires of each patient, most Mommy Makeover surgeries involve breast augmentation with a breast lift, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.
While results are long lasting with a Mommy Makeover, they are not necessarily permanent. The quality and longevity of your results rely strictly on you and how well you take care of your restored figure. To maintain the physique you desire, it is important to keep the following in mind.
Ensure a Proper Recovery
Maintaining your surgical results should begin immediately after your surgery. The recovery period is essential to the quality and longevity of results. One of the most common mistakes patients make after a surgical procedure is rushing the process. Rushing the process means that you try to do too much too soon. By doing this, you slow the process and hinder the quality of results. And if you don’t heal the way you should, it will be more challenging to maintain your results. Follow all pre- and post-operative instructions and be sure to take the necessary time off of work, exercising, and stress.
Factors That Affect Your Results
Since it was pregnancy and breastfeeding that led to your Mommy Makeover desire in the first place, it shouldn’t be a surprise that additional pregnancies may affect the quality of your results. Just as they did before, another pregnancy may stretch and separate the stomach muscles, add extra fat pockets in the abdomen, and reduce the youthfulness of the breasts. It’s easy to desire a Mommy Makeover as soon as you’ve had a child; however, waiting may be the best option. While postponing your Mommy Makeover until after you’ve had all the children you desire is not a requirement, it is a good rule of thumb.
Additional weight gain is one of the most common reasons for any change in post-surgical results. To preserve your Mommy Makeover results, maintain a healthy lifestyle. Smart eating and dieting will contribute to not only the maintenance and quality of your results but also to your overall health. Choose a diet that is high in vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains and enjoy highly processed or sugary foods in moderation. In addition to your diet, remember to exercise. Find an activity you enjoy and stick to it, whether it is going for walks or hikes, running, riding bikes, swimming, yoga, or playing sports, just get out there and exercise.
You were advised to quit smoking before your surgery to better ensure a safe procedure and recovery. If you can turn that temporary practice into a permanent habit, you will be thankful in the long run. Smoking and other tobacco use negatively affect your results because it causes premature aging and skin laxity. You’ve gone through a lot to restore youthfulness to your appearance, and not smoking can help lengthen those results.
If you think Mommy Makeover surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Wilson at Wilson Plastic Surgery by calling (256) 551-2002 to set up a consultation.