Pregnancy has a profound impact on nearly every part of a woman’s body. Some of these changes can be addressed through postpartum diet and exercise. Others – such as weakened stomach muscles, excess deposits of fat, and loose or sagging skin – may prove nearly impossible to address on your own.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Chatson is pleased to offer the mommy makeover procedure to help women struggling with the physical changes brought about by pregnancy. This procedure focuses on those areas most altered during the course of pregnancy to help women restore a better contoured, more comfortable, and more desirable appearance.
If you would like to learn about postpartum cosmetic procedures that can restore a balanced and appealing look to your body, please call our Nashua office at 603-882-2103 or our Andover office at 978-687-1151 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today.
- What is Included in a Mommy Makeover?
- How Long Does Mommy Makeover Recovery Take?
- Are Mommy Makeover Results Permanent?
- How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
- Am I a Good Mommy Makeover Candidate?
- How do I Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation?
Postpartum Plastic Surgery Procedures
Your mommy makeover will be customized to improve the appearance of those areas you are most dissatisfied with following pregnancy and nursing. This may include:
- Breast augmentation to address volume loss, improve projection, and restore symmetry
- Breast lift to remove excess sagging skin and restore a perky and firm appearance
- Liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits from all areas of the body
- Tummy tuck surgery to reattach separated abdominal muscles, reduce stretch marks, remove stubborn fat deposits, eliminate loose and sagging skin, and tone and tighten the entire midsection
- Neck and facelift to restore definition and produce a rested and youthful look
Your mommy makeover procedure will be tailored to address your concerns and produce the look you find most appealing. Which treatments will best help you reach your goals can be determined during your initial consultation at our Andover or Nashua office.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Initial recovery from mommy makeover surgery can take five to seven days depending on factors including which procedures were performed and your body’s natural healing response. During this time, it is important that you take it easy and not strain or stress the body. This initial phase is essential for lasting results.
It is a good idea to have help around the house for this first week especially. You will want to avoid doing anything physically demanding during this time, though several short walks during the day can help to reduce swelling and may speed the recovery process.
Most women are able to return to work within seven days and to resume a majority of their normal activities within two to four weeks, though more demanding activities may need to be avoided for six to eight weeks depending on your needs.
You will visit our Andover, MA or Nashua, NH office for follow-up visits during your recovery. These allow Dr. Chatson to provide you with personalized recommendations and individualized instructions that address your specific needs and work to provide you with the most pleasing results.
Mommy Makeover Results
Results from your procedure will start to be apparent during your recovery, but full results may take a few months to be realized. Swelling and settling will occur both during the initial recovery phase and in the months that follow. Once these things have subsided, your newly restored contours will be apparent. These results will not last forever, however, unless steps are taken to ensure they do.
It is important to remember that breast enlargement procedures are not considered permanent. Breast implants may need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years depending on multiple factors. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chatson can discuss this with you in greater detail to help ensure you are choosing the best type of breast implant for your long-term goals.
Body contouring procedures performed as part of the mommy makeover are permanent to the point you make them. Fat and skin that has been removed will not come back. New fat can accumulate and skin can once again expand, however, if you don’t take steps to prevent it.
You can help maintain your results by:
- Choosing whole foods
- Avoiding processed/boxed options
- Exercising daily
If a healthy diet eludes you, consider working with a nutritionist who can help make the transition easier. A personal trainer can help with the exercise portion as well to help ensure you are getting the right amount of cardio and strength-training for your body-type and eventual goals.
Mommy Makeover Financing
Included in the cost of your mommy makeover surgery will be surgeon’s fees, hospital fees, and all associated expenses. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chatson is able to perform mommy makeovers at Orchard Surgical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, and Saint Joseph Hospital where your health and safety are guarded by highly trained medical staff. During your initial consultation, fees associated with the procedure can be discussed in detail to help you plan appropriately.
If paying out of pocket for your mommy makeover is not an attractive option to you, we are pleased to offer various financing options – including SurgeryLoans and CareCredit® - that can help make mommy makeover more affordable. We will cover all financing options during your initial consultation to help ensure you are making the best decision for your family.
Considerations Before Your Mommy Makeover
To be a good candidate for a mommy makeover you should be satisfied with the number of children you have. While this procedure will not complicate future pregnancies, having more children will significantly impact results. If you are undecided on future children, Dr. Chatson may recommend stand-alone body contouring options such as SmartLipo™ to help you reach your interim goals.
In addition to being at a place in your life where mommy makeover surgery makes sense, good candidates for this procedure must be:
- Nonsmokers or willing to quit well in advance of surgery
- In generally good health
- Prepared for a surgical procedure
- Able to rest during the recovery period
- Willing to closely follow Dr. Chatson’s pre and postoperative advice
- Realistic with goals and expectations
Lastly, good candidates for a mommy makeover must be within reach of their goal weight. As with all body contouring procedures, a mommy makeover can be used to tone and slim the body, but is not a safe or effective form of weight loss. Dr. Chatson can discuss this in greater detail during your initial consultation.
Contact Us for Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
If you are ready to reclaim your pre-baby body, Dr. Chatson welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you determine if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Please call our Nashua office at 603-882-2103 or our Andover office at 978-687-1151 to set up an appointment with Dr. Chatson. We serve the Lowell, Lawrence, and surrounding areas of Massachusetts along with Salem, Manchester, and surrounding areas of New Hampshire.