We’re still a month away from Mother’s Day, but today we’d like to talk about how Moms deserve a makeover.
Nature is a beautiful thing. When a baby is born, it is so utterly helpless that it needs someone at its 24/7 disposal. Someone who will do an incredibly thorough job of feeding and cuddling it. Someone who will gladly get up five times a night to give it what it needs. Someone who will forget any kind of beauty standard they once had for their own appearance, now happily whiling away entire weeks in sweatpants and oversize t-shirts, not to mention the kind of heavy-duty lingerie that their own grandmother would find offensive. Where to find someone like that?
That Thing Called Motherhood
Enter the mother. Once you are a mother, you find yourself doing things for other people your own teenage self would never have dreamed of. As a teenager, you watch what you eat. (If you’re a nice teenager, you might even put your plate in the sink.) As a mother, you make sure everyone around you eats well, and you spend an incredible amount of time on procuring, preparing, and cleaning away food. As a teenager, your room might be messy or it might be neat, but you couldn’t care less about the rest of the house. As a mother, you spend inordinate time and energy to make sure your home is warm and clean and welcoming. As a teenager, your appearance is the most important thing in the world. As a Mom, your appearance is the last thing you have time for after all those hours tending home and hearth and baby and, perhaps, working a full-time job as well.
To add insult to injury, nature doesn’t treat us kindly for any of this. In addition to perpetual sleep-deprivation, we get a pouch on our stomach, sagging boobs, and stretchmarks. Not to mention the mild incontinence every time we sneeze.
The good news is, all of this can be fixed. Enter the Mommy Makeover.
A Flat Tummy and Full Breasts
Most commonly, a Mommy Makeover combines a breast augmentation with a tummy tuck. For many women, these two surgeries reverse the most obvious marks of pregnancy and childbirth. Women who breastfeed often lose significant volume in their breasts, as well as firmness. A plastic surgeon might recommend breast implants and/or a breast lift to restore fullness to your breasts. Or perhaps you never had the size or shape of breasts you really wanted, and this is a great opportunity to get the boobs of your dreams. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will help you forge a plan for your best breast enhancement option. If you select to have implants, you’ll be able to choose from saline, silicone, or gummy bear implants in many sizes and shapes.
As for the tummy, there are several ways a tummy tuck is the ideal makeover for a mom after childbirth. First, it removes excess skin. Often times, skin that has been stretched a lot does not shrink all the way back to its former shape. Add the natural aging process in the intervening years, and your tummy may have no chance of regaining its former shape and feel. Second, you may have remnants of fat no amount of diet and exercise has been able to remove. Adding a bit of liposuction often does the trick. In fact, minimally-invasive liposuction such as Aqualipo may be all you need if you don’t have much excess skin. However, many women experience a splitting of their pectoral muscle during pregnancy. During tummy tuck surgery, this muscle can be repaired.
By the way, you can breastfeed after a breast augmentation, and have more children after a tummy tuck. A Mommy Makeover does not have to wait until you’re sure you’re done having children, although you might prefer it that way. We should also mention that at NuBody Concepts, all surgeries are performed using IV sedation and local anesthesia to ensure a fast recovery. You will be sedated but awake during your Mommy Makeover.
Designer Belly Buttons and Other Add-Ons
As part of your tummy tuck, the belly button can also be restored to a more aesthetic shape. It may seem like such a small thing, but an aesthetically-pleasing belly button goes a long way towards getting you bikini-ready. You might have heard of a “designer belly button” and it really is a thing to consider when planning a Mommy Makeover procedure.
But wait, there is more. Remember that incontinence mentioned earlier? You might not realize you have it right after having a baby. But when your kids are a little bigger and you’re joining them on that backyard trampoline you gave them for Christmas, chances are you will know that something is wrong. If only you had done those Kegel exercises more diligently, you think.
There is good news here too, and it’s called Vaginal Rejuvenation. It’s done with a wand using temperature-controlled radio frequency energy, it’s entirely non-invasive, and it can change your life in just a few treatments that strengthen your vaginal wall and pelvic floor. In addition to reducing vaginal dryness and mild incontinence, vaginal rejuvenation can also enhance sexual pleasure.
Facial Fillers and Rejuvenation
Lastly, let’s not forget about BOTOX, facial fillers, and other facial rejuvenation options. Let’s say you are adverse to surgery. Or you don’t believe in altering your body, even though it has been plenty altered by things beyond your control.
We get it. You can still get your mommy makeover on a smaller scale. You can look years younger by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes with just a few well-placed BOTOX injections. You can fill out deeper lines and plump up your lips with an assortment of fillers, like Juvederm, Volbella, Voluma, and more. Laser and RF technology like Votiva or ThermiSmooth can do wonders for tighter skin, and you can even take care of acne scars, sun spots and stretchmarks with microneedling or DOT Laser Skin Resurfacing.