Understanding The Cost of A Mommy Makeover
Being a mother is one of the most valuable, rewarding, and beautiful roles a woman can find herself in. Motherhood is marked with self-sacrifice, from the moment a positive sign appears on a pregnancy test to the final walkthrough of your teenager’s new dorm room you’ll be driving away and leaving them in. Of course, being a mother doesn’t end there, and the sacrifices still continue to be a way of life.
There are some significant physical changes that are the result of a woman giving up her body to be the bearer and sustainer of a new life! Stretch marks appear as the body gains weight to sustain and carry the new baby, and breasts engorge and deflate throughout the breastfeeding journey. At the end of the day the new mom is left with a body that she may not recognize, or even feel confident about. Absolutely this new body is one to be grateful for and indeed celebrated, because it has enabled this precious new life to come about. But you may find yourself working endlessly to shed some stubborn pounds of the baby weight that refuse to budge, or sighing as you catch sight of your once perky breasts in the mirror.
More and more mothers are looking into “Mommy Makeovers”, as they finish their postpartum seasons and find themselves hoping for a little help in enhancing their bodies and bringing them back to where they used to be. The term “Mommy Makeover” is a fairly well-known term, but if it’s finding its way onto your to-do list, you probably have more questions.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is not a whole new procedure (or set of procedures) that has been come up with to address postpartum body issues, but rather an all encompassing term to describe the most common surgeries moms are choosing to undergo. Essentially, a mommy makeover is a breast surgery (either a lift, reduction, or augmentation) and an abdominal surgery (liposuction or tummy tuck). Many women, as busy mamas, choose to have both procedures done at the same time, to allow for simultaneous recovery time.
How Much Do Mommy Makeovers Cost?
While the exact cost of each of these procedures is impossible to directly state, it is possible to briefly sum up the purpose of each surgery and list their average price points from lowest to highest. It is important to take into account that this list uses estimates that do not include things like office fees, anesthesia, and any other surgery-related costs. To find out more specific prices, it is recommended that you set up an initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon near you who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
It’s important to be wary of third party coupons or deals that seem far too inexpensive to be possible, however your doctor may be able to assist with financing or may be running a special promotion that is perfect for you and your situation. Total costs also vary dramatically depending on how many procedures you choose. These are the most common choices for a Mommy Makeover listed from least to greatest average price.
Liposuction, which is a procedure that dissolves and removes fat from your body, is one of the least expensive options if your desire is simply to target stubborn pockets of fat cells that are refusing to budge. Liposuction is not meant to be an ongoing way to achieve weight loss, but may be helpful if no amount of dieting or exercise is getting your body to the contoured shape you are striving for. Depending on the size and placement of the area you will be having Liposuctioned, the procedure can be as short as 45 minutes or as long as 2 hours. Recovery time generally is about one to two weeks, with a compression garment being worn for the following four to six weeks.
Consider: Breast Augmentation
Next on the list, a breast augmentation is a great option to do away with saggy breasts. Surgery duration is anywhere from one to two hours, and your implants will last for years to come. It’s important to note that there is a significant difference in the cost of saline verses silicone implants. Silicone implants are usually a bit more pricey, but they tend to give you a bit more natural feel, while saline implants are filled with a fluid that causes your breasts to be a bit more firm to the touch.
Consider: Breast Lift
The next best way to bring back a perky nature to your breasts is a breast lift. This surgery will remove extra skin, lift up breast tissues, and the areola and nipples are moved or possibly even reduced. Most patients require about two weeks of recovery time.
Consider: Breast Reduction
If you are experiencing discomfort in your neck, back, shoulders, or from your bra straps, you may be a prime candidate for a breast reduction. This surgery simply does what it says, and reduces your breast size.
Consider: Tummy Tuck
To deal with another area of the body, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is used to remove sagging skin and tighten the abdominal wall. Both the surgery itself and the recovery time are on the longer side of things, but you will love finally having lost that “pooch”, and the trim figure you have as a result.
Time To Schedule Some Serious Self-Care!
These are the most common surgeries that are components of a mommy makeover. If you are interested in more than one of these operations to get your pre-baby bod back, speak to your plastic surgeon about preparing a Mommy Makeover package specifically tailored to your needs.