When Is the Right Time for a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover La Jolla CAHaving a baby is tough on a woman’s body. Of course, the 18 years or so to follow aren’t necessarily a piece of cake either! But the aftereffects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding definitely take a toll on a woman’s body.

As we discussed in last month’s blog, a mommy makeover can address some of the changes created by the localized weight gain — enlarged (and then decreased) breast size, and the accumulation of pockets of stubborn fat. And when they realize the way their bodies have changed, many women are eager to have a mommy makeover with Dr. Kearney.

But when is the right time?

What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a name for a combination of surgical procedures that specifically target changes in a woman’s body after pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. A tummy tuck targets the abdomen, where localized weight gain may have separated the stomach muscles and left a pooch that doesn’t respond to exercise. A breast lift with or without augmentation targets breasts that have flattened and sagged due to the increase and subsequent decrease in size, coupled with breastfeeding. If the woman wants to return lost volume, or even gain some size, she can opt to have implants placed along with the lift. Liposuction is used to address stubborn pockets of fat that may be leftovers from the weight gained during pregnancy. This is usually used on the abdomen, upper thighs, and possibly the flanks.

When is the right time to have a mommy makeover?

Most women are less than thrilled by the changes wrought by pregnancy and childbirth, and they can be eager to reverse the effects with a mommy makeover. But Dr. Kearney notes that a degree of patience is necessary.

First, if you’re considering a mommy makeover, you have to be sure you’re not going to have any additional children in the future. Why is this important? Another pregnancy will reverse all of the changes made by these surgeries. Plus, gaining weight can place extra stress on the scars from the procedures, making them more noticeable.

Second, you’ll need to have finished breastfeeding for at least a couple of months to allow your breasts to return to their natural size. And you should have lost basically all of your pre-baby weight and be at, or close to, your ideal body weight.

If you’re less than pleased with the changes having a baby made to your figure, a mommy makeover could be a good option for you. Call Dr. Kearney at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation.

Comments are closed.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well

 

How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kearney and staff

858.677.9352

https://www.kearneymd.com/