“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” – Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm
There is no doubt that being pregnant, carrying your precious babies the full 40 weeks, delivering them, and then feeding them for the first months of their lives takes a toll on every woman’s body.
Therefore, the question that begs is whether you should accept that your post-baby body is part of the sacrifice every woman makes as part of the child-rearing process. Or, whether you are allowed to consider returning to your pre-pregnancy body?
What is a mommy makeover?
Before we look at several reasons why you have earned a makeover, let’s first consider a succinct definition of a mommy makeover:
At this juncture, it is vital to note that a mommy makeover has become one of the most popular combinations of plastic surgery techniques. And, it is essentially designed to return your body to its pre-pregnancy and children-rearing days.
The phrase, “mommy makeover” is a catch-all phrase that refers to the combination of body contouring procedures based on breast and abdomen procedures. While being pregnant, the muscles, skin, and tissues of your breasts and abdomen stretch to safely accommodate your growing baby as well as making space for the breast milk needed to feed your baby in those first months of a newborn’s life.
Thus, the actual medical procedures included in this makeover are usually i-Lipo laser liposuction, a tummy tuck, a breast reduction or augmentation, a breast lift, as well as a circumferential abdominoplasty.
These are all procedures designed to return your body to its pre-baby size and shape. But they are not the only procedures you can have. There are additional surgical procedures like an arm or thigh lift as well as a Brazilian butt lift, that will return your body to normal and help you feel better about yourself.
Reasons why you deserve a mommy makeover
Practically speaking, you do not actually need a reason to schedule a mommy makeover. However, as a mother, you are so used to denying your own needs and placing your family’s needs and wants in front of your own, that it’s challenging to swap back to the mindset where you believe that your needs and wants matter. Therefore, here are five reasons why you deserve a makeover.
You have worked hard and deserve a reward
As described above, you have worked hard, carrying and raising children into successful, emotionally mature, and responsible young adults. Your body has paid the price. Therefore, you have earned a makeover.
You have excess skin flaps from the pregnancy weight gain
A woman’s body stretches to safely accommodate the baby growing inside of her. Under normal circumstances the stretched skin will shrink back to its original size with diet and exercise. However, there are circumstances where this skin does not shrink and has to be surgically removed.
Your breasts are sagging, uneven, and uncomfortable
There is nothing worse than dealing with breast discomfort as a consequence of breastfeeding babies. A breast lift and reduction will make a huge difference in reducing these uncomfortable feelings. After the operation, your breasts will look better; thereby, boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Improve your clothing fit
Once you have carried several children and breastfed them for the first months of their lives, your body will probably be stretched out of shape. And, you won’t look good or feel good no matter what you wear. This is a good time to consider a mommy makeover. Otherwise, you will be tempted to hide at home so that no one will see what you look like.
Get a makeover because you want to
There does not have to be a reason to get your post-pregnancy body sculpted and contoured to resemble your pre-pregnancy body. You can get one just because you want to. Once you have carried all the children as you and your partner want to have, then it’s a good time to start considering discussing your options with a medical specialist.
You can decide whether to have one procedure done at a time. Or, you can go ahead and book the whole package to be done at once. At this juncture, it’s vital to note that your plastic surgeon will advise you on the practicalities of having several cosmetic surgery procedures done simultaneously.