Female model on a beach for mommy makeover. Pregnancy and motherhood can be rewarding on so many levels. With that said, becoming a mom does have a few unwelcome side effects. Among them, the process of giving birth and then nurturing a baby can take its toll on the body. Simply put, many moms simply want to have the same physique they had before they had kids.

This goal can be achievable through a plastic surgery procedure known as the mommy makeover. In order to get the best results from your mommy makeover, it is important to know what the process entails and to follow the right guidelines for aftercare and recovery.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Actually, a mommy makeover is not a procedure so much as a series of procedures combined into a single surgical session. The specific components of a mommy makeover can change from one woman to the next, depending on her needs and goals. Basically, your mommy makeover will include the treatments you need to look and feel your best and reverse some of the aftereffects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Specifically, mommy makeovers often include some combination of the following:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Brazilian Butt Lift

As you discuss your cosmetic needs and goals with your plastic surgeon, you can gain greater clarity about what your personalized mommy makeover should entail.

How To Maintain Your Mommy Makeover Results

How long your results will last is largely incumbent on the patient. If you are inattentive to your physical health or if you do not follow the aftercare instructions, your results may not be what you expected. But if you follow the guidelines you are given, you can enjoy beautiful results for a long time to come.

Specifically, here are a few tips to help you maintain the results of your mommy makeover.

1) Allow yourself some time to rest and recover.

You may be tempted to jump back into your regular life and normal activities as quickly as possible. However, the quickest way to ruin your mommy makeover results is to try doing too much too soon.

Caring for your body means having someone around the house to help you for a little while. It means spending at least a week, and ideally, two or three weeks, resting and healing. It is also important to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a solid month.

Your body needs time to heal. If you rush through your recovery, you may find that your results are not what you had hoped for.

2) Maintain a healthy body weight.

Another important way to ensure optimal results is maintaining healthy body weight, ideally through the tried-and-true methods of sound nutrition and consistent exercise.

We recommend sticking to a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Ingest processed foods as infrequently as possible. While there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, we want to emphasize that keeping a healthy, stable weight is one of the best ways to sustain the results of your mommy makeover.

3) Develop a workout routine.

Once your initial recovery period has concluded and your surgeon gives you the green light to resume working out, we suggest incorporating a consistent exercise routine. Develop a regular rhythm of physical activity, whether that means walking, jogging, biking, swimming, or doing group fitness classes at the local YMCA.

Exercise will not only help you maintain a steady body weight, but it can also help you realize a more toned physique.

4) Protect yourself from the sun.

You will naturally want your surgical scars to fade as much as possible, to the point that they are virtually invisible. Direct sunlight can actually have the opposite effect, causing the skin around your scars to thicken or darken, becoming more conspicuous.

Keep your mommy makeover scars out of direct sunlight especially when your scars are still healing.

5) Avoid tobacco products.

Before you can have a mommy makeover, you will need to stop smoking for a few weeks. 

Tobacco products can present a number of complications to your healing process, to say nothing of their overall unhealthy effects on your physical health. For optimal mommy makeover results, not smoking at all is highly recommended.

6) Plan against future pregnancies.

Generally speaking, we recommend mommy makeover procedures for women who are done having babies. This is simply because pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can all undo the effects of your plastic surgery.

With that said, if you do become pregnant again, simply schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss some options for “touching up” your results.

Learn More About Maintaining Your Mommy Makeover Results

A mommy makeover can totally change the way you look and feel about yourself. If you follow the guidelines you are given, those results can prove long-lasting. Learn more about the mommy makeover procedure and recovery from MP Plastic Surgery.