Many women whose bodies have changed with motherhood and age are interested in finding that ideal way to look as good as they imagine. When the mirror depicts something far different than what you see in your mind’s eye, you may suffer unnecessary dissatisfaction and even a sense of self-consciousness. A Mommy Makeover can change all that. “Mommy makeover” is a term that is used so frequently that it is easy to overlook the details involved in a woman’s cosmetic improvement. Here, we outline the steps taken to help our patients feel their best.
Step 1: Personal Goals
Long before surgery day and even before consulting with a plastic surgeon, a woman’s work begins. The desired outcome of a Mommy Makeover cannot be achieved without a clear idea of what that is. Personal goals may include specifics such as wanting breasts to look fuller and perkier or they can be broad, such as creating better proportions and feeling better about self-image. If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, take some time to write down a list of goals that pertain to your body and lifestyle.
Step 2: Consultation
A meeting with your board-certified plastic surgeon can now be set. During this face-to-face meeting, you can tell your doctor all of the items you have listed as your personal goals. Why do you want a Mommy Makeover? We want to know! The consultation appointment gives you the opportunity to ask important questions, too, such as how many Mommy Makeovers your surgeon has performed and what the expected outcome is for your treatment protocol. Dr. D’Amico provides details regarding the procedures he recommends just for you so you have the best idea of how your body will improve.
Step 3: Preparing for Recovery
We cannot skip over the vital aspect of planning before a Mommy Makeover. The more prepared you are for your recovery process, the better your overall experience will be. We suggest that patients pick up necessary prescriptions before their procedure and that they take care to make their home as comfortable as possible. This can include anything from purchasing extra pillows and a cozy blanket to borrowing books to making a movie and song list to keep you occupied and keep your spirits up. A strong support system is a must after a Mommy Makeover. Patients may need to have a list of “helpers” to drive children to school and other activities, prepare meals and take care of pets.
Step 4: Surgery Day!
This step needs no explanation. By this time, your questions have been answered and you are as ready as you’ll ever be to step into your new body.
Step 5: Recovery
Many women who schedule a Mommy Makeover do so when they can take up to 4 weeks off of work and other obligations. Normal activity resumes slowly and gradually after a Mommy Makeover. This can be emotionally taxing, which is one reason why a strong support and adequate emotional preparation is necessary. Initially, the swelling, bruising, and grogginess from medication may stand in the way of seeing the gorgeous results you want. They’re in there, don’t worry.