As a mother, you wear many hats: full-time caregiver, house manager, chauffer, teacher, and more. So, when you find the time and strength to progress with a “Mommy Makeover,” the common-day term given to surgical procedures that target post-natal body changes, we commend and support you. But what if you’re still considering having children after a Mommy Makeover?
As medical professionals, we receive this Mommy Makeover question often here at our Beverly Hills, Michigan plastic surgery office. Our answer? While this procedure can be performed before having additional children and is not a safety issue, we don’t usually recommend it. Future pregnancies will negatively impact or may even reverse the results of your Mommy Makeover procedures.
Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts, or Breast Reductions
Breast implants can restore lost volume and fullness, while breast lifts often help relieve sagging skin and improve the overall shape. During and after pregnancy, breasts transform each time by enlarging and stretching, and no previous procedure can stop these changes from happening.
Tummy Tucks or Abdominoplasty
This body contouring procedure removes excess fat and skin, creating a smoother and firmer profile. The most common causes of this area on your body to sag are aging and pregnancy. So if you have a tummy tuck performed before pregnancy, the skin is expected to re-loosen again once baby begins growing.
So what if you’re still growing your family? Or aren’t sure if you’re ready to end that chapter quite yet? As mentioned previously, we usually do suggest placing the restorative body procedures on hold.
However, it’s important to note that this isn’t a blanket recommendation and that there are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, it depends on the patient’s individual shape, and with that said, one exception in particular comes to mind.
Several weeks ago, a younger woman came to us for a Mommy Makeover consultation. She has a hernia with a large diastasis — so large, in fact, that it causes people to ask her if she is pregnant, mistaking the bulge for a baby. Although she is unsure whether or not she will add to her family of four, in this case, the benefits outweigh the risk. We are moving forward with a tummy tuck.
You may not have a serious case like this, though, and we want you to know that placing a Mommy Makeover procedure on hold doesn’t mean having to put your appearance on hold during this time. There are a number of options that can help you feel beautiful and confident in the “in between” phases of your life. Contact Dr. Samuel Mucci at our Beverly Hills, Michigan plastic surgery location and schedule a complimentary consultation.