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Mommy Makeover Checklist: What You'll Need Before Surgery

Becoming a mother is usually a great experience. A woman’s body spends nearly 40 weeks changing to create a human life. This process, however, takes a toll on her body. Weakened abdominal muscles, deflated breasts, loose skin, and added fat are just a few of the noticeable changes that most mothers experience after giving birth. A mommy makeover allows women the opportunity to reclaim their pre-baby body by using a set of procedures that are tailored to each woman’s specific needs to give dramatic results. Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. James Romanelli and John Layliev can help Long Island, NY women prepare for mommy makeover surgery and help set expectations for their mommy makeover results during a consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery.

What is a mommy makeover?

What does a mommy makeover consist of? A mommy makeover is a personalized set of cosmetic surgery procedures that can target the abdomen, breasts, and other parts of the body affected by pregnancy and childbirth. Each patient has unique goals for their mommy makeover. Therefore, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will customize each surgical plan to fit each patient’s needs. The number and combination of procedures selected vary from patient to patient.

Common procedures performed during a mommy makeover include:

  • Breast augmentation: Some Long Island, NY women lose breast volume after becoming a mother. Breast augmentation allows you to choose the breast size you desire to create a fuller bustline.

  • Breast lift: Over time, the skin loses elasticity and tissue thins. A breast lift lifts the breasts to a higher position.

  • Breast reduction: Breast reduction surgery removes breast tissue and excess skin for women with large breasts.

  • Tummy tuck: Since pregnancy causes the belly to extend, the skin gets stretched. It’s natural for the elasticity to go away after giving birth. Loose, excess stomach skin can be addressed with a tummy tuck. It trims away this skin and leaves a tighter abdomen.

  • Liposuction: Liposuction can be used with a tummy tuck to remove excess fat before the tightening process begins.

Checklist for preparing for mommy makeover surgery

To prepare for a mommy makeover, patients in Long Island, NY should:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: While mommy makeover procedures can remove excess fat, they aren’t meant to be a weight loss procedure. This is why it’s important to be at a weight you’re comfortable with before you have your mommy makeover at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery.

  2. Save money: A mommy makeover is extensive and can include many surgeries. The average mommy makeover can cost anywhere from $7,500 – $15,000. The cost will depend on the procedures chosen and how much liposuction, if any, is required during surgery.

  3. Think about the future: Since a mommy makeover is an investment, you will want to decide if you will want more children in the future. If you are unsure, you may want to wait to have your mommy makeover since another pregnancy can alter the results of your surgery.

  4. Be prepared for the recovery process: Since a mommy makeover involves many surgeries, it can take between four to six months, and sometimes longer, to recover. You will need extra help at home to care for you during your initial days of recovery.

  5. Schedule your surgery: You will want to wait at least six months after giving birth or nursing before getting plastic surgery. This is because it takes some time for the hormones to stabilize, and they affect the rate of the healing process and the elasticity of the skin.

  6. Get necessary testing: Our plastic surgery center will require you to have some testing done in order to clear you for surgery. During your consultation, we can provide more details on which tests are required.

  7. Stop smoking: Smoking impedes healing, so you will want to stop smoking before your plastic surgery.

Learn more about how a mommy makeover can revitalize your body

At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we specialize in helping mothers to achieve the body that they love. It’s never too late for a mommy makeover. Some women need time to prioritize themselves after their children grow up. Others may wait even longer. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, both offer consultations where you can learn about the cosmetic surgery procedures we offer and how they can change your body. To learn more, call our Huntington, NY office today to schedule an appointment.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.