The Mommy Makeover is a highly popular procedure for its ability to correct multiple concerns with just one operation and recovery period. However, many women interested in plastic surgery at my Naples and Ft. Myers-area practice often aren’t sure if it’s the “right” time for them. Young moms worry it may be too early for them to get the best results out of the surgery, while older women are concerned it may be too late.
The good news is, neither of these scenarios is likely. However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind as you plan for your surgery, which I’ll discuss in this blog post.
Even though undergoing a Mommy Makeover won’t affect your ability to get pregnant, I typically recommend holding off on the procedure until you are finished having children. Pregnancy can cause additional stretching in the abdomen and changes to the breasts that may transform your results and require further surgical correction down the road. Waiting until you’re not planning on becoming pregnant again—no matter what age that may mean for you—will allow you to enjoy your outcome for as long as possible.
When it comes to choosing a Mommy Makeover soon after having children, it’s important to wait until you are no longer breastfeeding, because hormonal changes during this time can affect your results.
A young mom will likely get the best results from her Mommy Makeover by including:
- Breast lift with implants to improve shape while restoring volume
- Tummy tuck including diastasis recti repair to tighten separated muscles after pregnancy
- Liposuction to smooth out post-baby bulges
It’s rarely “too late” for a Mommy Makeover. If you’re healthy enough to safely be under general anesthesia for several hours, you’re likely a candidate. Combining procedures can even be beneficial for more mature patients because it allows you to enjoy the results of multiple procedures while only undergoing anesthesia a single time. Alternatively, our team offers epidural anesthesia with IV sedation, which in most cases results in a speedier recovery and less likelihood of post-operative nausea. During your consultation, we’ll discuss any current health issues and medical history to make sure you won’t be at an increased risk for any complications.
Older patients will likely get their best Mommy Makeover results by including:
- Breast lift with or without implants to address sagging
- Tummy tuck to tighten drooping skin
- Facelift to restore a youthful appearance to the face
- Dermal fillers to add volume beneath the skin
Your ‘Right’ Time
Deciding when you’re ready for a Mommy Makeover is a highly personal process. It’s unlikely you’re “too early” or “too late,” but it is important to take into account future plans and health considerations as you think about getting the procedure.
When you visit my practice to discuss your options, I’ll offer personalized recommendations based on my experience and help guide you through your decision with all your concerns and goals in mind. To see examples of the results you can expect, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about Mommy Makeover options in the Naples and Ft. Myers areas, please contact us using the online form or call (239) 262-5662 to request a consultation.