Summary: The mommy makeover is gaining popularity, but it’s still a pretty intense surgical operation. It’s very efficient because it groups more than one procedure together, but it can also mean a fairly long recovery period. So, make sure you’re prepared for that recovery. There are some steps you can take to get your family on board and ensure everyone knows what’s coming.

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It’s All About Mom

The mommy makeover is certainly an up and coming procedure among those seeking plastic surgery. It usually consists of liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift or augmentation, and those procedures are usually performed all at once (though, not always—sometimes you and your surgeon may prefer a staged approach). But the mommy makeover is a little bit different from many plastic surgery procedures, and the difference is mostly in the name: it’s for moms.

The Head of the Household

Now, this isn’t always the case, but often the mother is the head of the household, at least logistically. Go to any after school event, and you’ll see about 90% of those in attendance are mothers (along with those providing transportation). The importance of this role simply cannot be overstated. And it’s a role that, for as long as eight to twelve weeks, is going to have to be taken over by someone else.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

So, a mommy makeover can be several things. Essentially, it’s a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reduce the effects of child-bearing, pregnancy, and age on a woman’s body. They’re ideal for women who are not thinking of having more children (generally), and for women who would like to recapture the body of their youth. As such, they generally consist of a tummy tuck, breast augmentation (or sometimes a breast reduction and lift), and sometimes liposuction or other corrections. According to Dr. Polsen, a Clear Lake plastic surgeon practicing in Texas, because every woman is different, every mommy makeover will consist of a different combination of procedures.

The Road to Recovery

Because Mommy Makeovers usually consist of a multitude or procedures, they often also require an extended period of recovery. In fact, many women still report feeling pain and soreness—and therefore, limited movement—eight weeks after surgery. This isn’t unusual, and isn’t necessarily cause for alarm (though you should always report pain to your surgeon). Your body has been through an ordeal, and it’s going to take time to feel like you again.

Unique Pressures of Recovery

But it’s important to be aware of some of the unique pressures that mothers especially might feel during a prolonged recovery. Even with all the support you’re sure to have, sometimes that support can wane. Your husband or your kids or the special people in your life might start to wonder when you’ll feel like yourself again, when showering won’t take all out coordination, when you’ll be able to open the trunk. And you’ll want to do more than you can. This is the nature of the mommy makeover.

But here are some steps you can take to ensure good recovery:

  • Schedule your mommy makeover for a slow time of the year (for example, not during hockey season)
  • Designate what “mom jobs” will be designated to what family member ahead of time
  • Make a chore list for your helpers to follow while you’re resting
  • Emphasize to your family that they will be expected to pick up the slack
  • Ensure some of your helpers know how to cook—you’ll get sick of frozen pizza really quickly
  • Give yourself permission to relax

But when it’s all over, it’ll be worth it. And the vast majority of women who undergo a mommy makeover are thrilled with the results. The important thing is that if you’re ready for it, your recovery will go more smoothly, and it’ll be over before you know it. If you’re thinking about a mommy makeover, contact your plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation today.