Very few women regret the joyous experience that is motherhood, but many will tell you without hesitation that they long for their pre-baby bodies. Nine months of pregnancy and nursing can take its physical toll on the body. The Mommy Makeover is a specially designed treatment plan made for mothers who want to reclaim their pre-childbirth bodies. With every attention paid to the specific issues and changes faced during pregnancy, this treatment is tailored to help mothers achieve their most beautiful, natural selves.
A woman’s body goes through a countless number of physical and emotional changes after pregnancy. Doctor Ashruf can get you back to your pre-pregnancy body with a personalized Mommy Makeover.
What Does The Mommy Makeover Consist Of?
The mommy makeover is a combination of many different surgical and non-surgical techniques, each designed to tackle and rejuvenate a different area of the body affected by pregnancy. The two main areas that we focus on are the abdominals and the breasts.
The abdominals are targeted with abdominoplasty, liposuction, and body contour treatments. These procedures can help remove excess skin and stretch marks that may linger long after a pregnancy has been brought to term. Different breast enhancements are performed depending on the individual patient’s cosmetic goals and the aesthetic problems they wish to address. Depending upon the patient’s ideal body, the breast enhancement could consist of a breast lift, saline implants, silicone gel implants, or a combination of the three.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
The physical effects of pregnancy on the body can also have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-esteem. That’s why the benefits aren’t just aesthetic, as they can extend to a more positive life view due to a renewed sense of confidence. Some of the other benefits of a Mommy Makeover are as follows:
- Clothing fits better
- While some people choose to have separate surgeries, the main benefit of the Mommy Makeover is that you typically get all the benefits from one procedure—which also means only having to go under anesthesia one time
- You can turn back the clock even further by adding facial treatments such as dermal fillers and/or Botox under Dr. Ashruf’s care
- Patients can bid adieu to exercise- and diet-resistant fat rolls with body sculpting via liposuction
- Those who choose the tummy tuck as part of their Mommy Makeover will restore loosening abdominal muscles and enjoy a slimmer, tauter profile
- Breast enhancement patients can restore breasts to a perkier, more youthful position and size, which can be a very welcome change for those who nursed their babies
Is A Mommy Makeover Right For Me?
If you’ve recently undergone a pregnancy, you know how beautiful and rewarding it can be. You also are probably well aware of the toll it can take on your body. The most frustrating thing about these changes is that many of them cannot be reversed through diet and exercise alone. Breastfeeding can pose an additional problem, leading to a loss of nipple sensitivity, natural breast lift, and fullness.
If you notice that the physical effects of your pregnancy have not improved over time, a mommy makeover might be exactly what you need to feel like yourself again. You’ve done so much for your children and your family: why not do something just for you.
What many probably think is the biggest benefit of the Mommy Makeover is that it is highly customized to the patient’s problem areas. During your consultation with Dr. Ashruf, you can express your surgical goals and develop a treatment plan that is fully catered to restoring your particular body to its pre-baby state. However, the most common procedures included in the Mommy Makeover are liposuction, breast enhancement, and the tummy tuck.
A breast lift—also known as mastopexy—raises a woman’s breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This is done to reshape the breasts and support the new contour. A side benefit is that the often-enlarged areola (a result of pregnancy and childbirth) will also be reduced. The sagging is usually the result of pregnancy but can also be a result of aging, heredity, and gravity. As Dr. Ashruf will explain, however, breast lifts cannot alter the size of the breast so, if you are seeking an increase in size, a breast augmentation will often accompany this procedure.
A breast augmentation uses either breast implants or a fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. It restores the volume often lost during pregnancy, improving symmetry and attaining a more rounded shape to the breast. Breast augmentation cannot help with breasts that severely sag, however, so in these cases a breast lift often accompanies the procedure.
Breast reduction has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of all cosmetic surgeries, as it relieves the physical and mental anguish that can accompany overly large breasts. The surgery removes excess skin, breast fat, and glandular tissue to bring your breast size in proportion with your body.
Liposuction is a surgical body contouring procedure that uses suction to remove fat from specific areas of the body. The treatment areas are typically the hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, neck, and/or arms. Because it’s not meant to be a weight loss procedure, it’s best for those at a stable weight who have excess fat pockets in certain areas.
This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and eliminates excess skin, leaving you with a flatter midsection and improved profile. It is often performed on people who have had dramatic weight loss that has resulted in a lot of sagging skin.
As with any extensive medical procedure, Dr. Ashruf will assess that you are in good overall physical and mental health before even allowing you to consider this. Other characteristics he will look for in ideal candidates for the Mommy Makeover are as follows:
- You have realistic expectations for the procedure(s)
- You are finished with childbearing and breastfeeding, as returning to either of these would surely undo the Mommy Makeover results
- You are at a stable body weight
Because the Mommy Makeover is so customizable, the procedure will depend on the goals and the treatment plan you come up with during your consultation with Dr. Ashruf. For the most part, however, the Mommy Makeover is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. You’ll be able to recover in Dr. Ashruf’s state-of-the-art recovery room under the care of his professional and attentive staff. Once you’re ready, you’ll leave with the person you’ve asked to drive you home post-procedure. You’ll go home with very detailed instructions on how to best recover while at home.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
The recovery from these sets of procedures requires a lot of advanced planning on your part. It’s a bit of legwork, yes, but you’ll be so glad that you prepared in order to ensure your recovery goes off without a hitch. Here are some tips on recovering well from your Mommy Makeover:
- Stock your fridge with foods that are easy on the stomach
- Pick up any necessary prescriptions that you will need for your recovery ahead of time
- Make sure to take any medications as prescribed while also avoiding anything that’s anti-inflammatory
- Arrange for your ride home from the surgery and for this person or someone else to stay with you for at least one night post-procedure
- Take the necessary time off of work and strenuous activities (most patients need about 10-14 days to recover), as returning too soon can cause complications
- Follow Dr. Ashruf’s recovery suggestions with precision
- Stop using any nicotine products for six weeks before and after your Mommy Makeover
Once again, the results of your Mommy Makeover are dependent on the procedures you and Dr. Ashruf choose to achieve your aesthetic goals. You should notice nearly immediate improvement, but full results will become apparent within 2 – 6 months of your Mommy Makeover. Not only that, but as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, results should be long-lasting.
The consultation is an ideal way for you to get on the same page as Dr. Ashruf for your surgical goals, so make sure to be as honest as possible. In addition to these goals, you should be prepared to discuss the following:
- Any previous surgeries
- Current medical conditions
- Your alcohol, tobacco, and drug use (if any)
- Current medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements
- Any allergies, including drug allergies
For his part, Dr. Ahsruf will evaluate your overall health, including any pre-existing conditions that could put you at risk.
Do I Have To Schedule A Consultation?
Before you can undergo any treatments, you must first schedule a complimentary consultation appointment with Dr. Ashruf. During this appointment, Dr. Ashruf will examine the current state of your body and ask you about the aesthetic goals you’d like to meet through a mommy makeover. Based on your current and goal body type, the doctor will recommend a comprehensive set of procedures that best suits your needs.
You will leave with a date for the procedure and detailed instructions on how to best prepare. While Dr. Ashruf will obviously be very active during your consultation, please remember that this is also your time to ask as many questions as you’d like. Dr. Ashruf wants all his patients to feel totally confident and comfortable with their treatment.