5 Most Common Mommy Makeover Questions Answered by the Makeover Masters

May 16, 2022 | Body, Body Contouring, Health and Wellness

Have you ever wondered whether a mommy makeover is for you? Check out some of the most common questions asked by our patients when considering this popular set of procedures! 

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a viable option for improving and creating a youthful appearance in women who have given birth to one or more children. While a mommy makeover can’t fully restore the impact of pregnancy and childbirth, it can be an effective tool for improving any areas of concern that you may have for your post-pregnancy body. 

A mommy makeover is a body-contouring treatment plan that strategically combines various skin tightening and fat reduction treatments to address your needs and desired outcomes. The combination of cosmetic procedures can vary based on a patient’s anatomy, areas of concern, and goals but often includes breast surgery (augmentation, lift, and/or reduction), abdominal contouring (tummy tuck, liposuction, BODYtite, and/or CoolSculpting® Elite), and vaginal rejuvenation (Votiva or FEMtite). In addition, a mommy makeover treatment plan can also incorporate nonsurgical procedures that address other areas of the body and/or skin.  

The Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, has a team of experts who will help you choose the most effective cosmetic procedures to achieve your goals. A mommy makeover treatment plan can address most areas affected by nursing or pregnancy weight gain. 

It is vital to work with the medical team and be realistic about your expectations and outcomes of any cosmetic procedures and possibilities for reclaiming your previous aesthetic. Mommy makeover procedures will help you turn back the biological clock but only to a certain extent. Still, you will be empowered to choose a treatment plan that removes frustration and restores self-confidence and physiological comfort. 

Let’s Answer the Most Common Questions about Mommy Makeover!

1: Am I the Ideal Mommy Makeover Patient?

An ideal candidate for a mommy makeover is close to her goal weight, is engaged in a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet, and has finished having children. 

Most ideal candidates have assessed and want to improve pregnancy-related imperfections, including deflated breasts, excess skin, loose abdominal skin, and unwanted fat pockets and tissue in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.

In addition to your own self-assessment, your candidacy for a mommy makeover will be assessed in partnership with Dr. Vinyard and his expert team. This assessment will help you clarify and align your goals, potential procedures, and what a mommy makeover treatment plan could entail. This consultation and assessment will include a physical exam and a detailed discussion of your options, which will be essential in determining if you’ll be an ideal patient for a mommy makeover.  

2: Will the Mommy Makeover Cause Any Scars?

Dr. Vinyard is well known for his clean incision lines and minimal scarring. He will create small incisions so that most of the scars will be such that undergarments or swimsuits can hide them. In addition, Dr. Vinyard and a member of his expert team will ensure that your recovery process includes care for your scars to help them gradually fade away.

3: When Will I See My Mommy Makeover Results?

Mommy makeover surgery entails a gradual healing process dependent on your treatment plan. Of course, everyone’s timing for results is different, but your expert team will take post-op photos at every visit, followed by a round of after photos at the three-month marker and then another post-op round of photos when you’ve fully healed and are close to your final results.

4: How Long Will My Mommy Makeover Recovery Period Be?

Similar to the timing of your results, everyone’s mommy makeover recovery period is tailored and determined by your procedure. It is important to note that most cosmetic body contouring procedures are invasive treatments that require board-certified plastic surgeons and general anesthesia. This means that your recovery will initially begin in an office setting for a period and then at home with clear post-operative instructions. 

The recovery and healing process is gradual, and in the first weeks of being home, it will be important to have support as moving and walking will be a challenge. That said, your step-by-step healing protocols will be a guide that will help you and any supportive caregivers with clear instructions to kick off your healing journey in a way that allows incisions to heal properly. It typically takes several weeks before you and your new body is healed. However, most patients can return to everyday routines that include sedentary work and light household tasks within a couple of weeks. Heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and activities such as exercise need more time, but usually, you can return to those activities within one to three months.

5: What is the Average Mommy Makeover Cost?

The costs will be an important aspect of investing in yourself and determining if a mommy makeover is right for you. Numerous factors go into determining your treatment plan. In addition to the procedures of your choosing, surgeon fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees will all go into your final cost estimate. As the mommy makeover is a significant investment in reclaiming your body after pregnancy and childbirth, your customized treatment plan must be centered on the outcomes and results for your body vs. what a mommy makeover cost may be for you. Keeping this in mind, VIPS can support you with a financial plan and payment options so that you have both an affordable and optimal treatment plan!

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard and find out if a mommy makeover is the right aesthetic approach for you. You can also read our blog to learn more about the treatment plans available at our office!

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