If you've ever given birth, then you're probably aware of how pregnancy can take a toll on your body, affecting your stomach, breasts, and legs. Luckily, plastic surgeons have begun to offer what's called the "mommy makeover" that addresses post-pregnancy body issues in a single surgery. Typically, a mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, and liposuction.

Everything you need to know about the traditional mommy makeover Everything you need to know about the traditional mommy makeover

The traditional mommy makeover involves invasive plastic surgery that has considerable downtime. For instance, a tummy tuck permanently restores firmness to the stomach, removing loose skin. During the procedure, an incision is made at the pubic bone through which your muscles can be tightened and excess skin removed. It can take a month to recover after surgery.

With a breast enhancement, you may opt to get breast implants, a breast lift, and a breast reduction. A plastic surgeon will be able to fill your breasts out just a little or make your breasts significantly larger using saline or silicone implants. Most women choose both breast enhancement and a breast lift to restore their breasts to their pre-pregnancy look. It can take up to six weeks to fully recover from breast enhancement surgery.

The third and final treatment is fat removal. While liposuction can remove fat, it can't treat stretched muscles or excess skin. But, liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck can accentuate your waistline and add definition to the abdomen. It takes roughly two weeks to recover from liposuction.

Are there non-invasive alternatives? Are there non-invasive alternatives__

Yes, rather than undergoing invasive plastic surgery, there are several non-invasive alternatives to choose from. If loose skin on your stomach is a concern, Thermage can tighten it without any downtime. It's a radiofrequency treatment that uses laser technology to stimulate the body's natural production of collagen to contour and tighten skin. Results last up to several years, too.

CoolSculpting is another non-invasive body contouring treatment that is specifically designed to destroy fat cells, reshaping your body permanently. Finally, if you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite, VelaShape can help. It uses advanced technologies to significantly minimize cellulite and reshape the body after a series of treatments.

What's the bottom line? What's the bottom line_

The bottom line is that, when it comes to restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy glory, you have a lot of different options depending on your specific concerns. You can either choose traditional plastic surgery that does involve substantial downtime or you can try out a few non-invasive alternatives that require little-to-no downtime. Whichever route you choose, you'll be pleased with the results.

  1. "Mommy Makeover," NewBeauty, n.d.
  2. "What to Know Before Getting a Plastic Surgery 'Mommy Makeover'," USA Today, March 2, 2017.


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