What a mommy makeover isn’t
Having realistic expectations about your mommy makeover is crucial for being happy with the results, especially in the long run. It’s important to know what a mommy makeover can’t do for you.
- It can’t save your marriage. If your marriage is already strained, going through the surgery won’t help and might even put more stress on your relationship. I always discuss this aspect with my patients. I explain that at the end of the day, it’s your body. If you’re trying to look like the hot young secretary at his office, that won’t happen. That’s not a good motivation for surgery.
- It’s not weight loss surgery. A tummy tuck is meant to remove an overhang, not remove large amounts of abdominal fat. Before I do a tummy tuck, I recommend that you be within 10 percent of your ideal body weight—that’s where you’re going to have the best results. Liposuction only removes small amounts of body fat in select areas. Of course, losing weight is easier said than done, and sometimes women will choose to go through the surgery a little bit before they get to that 10 percent ideal body weight level; some just can’t ever get there.
- It’s not magic. You’re trying to look and be the best that you can be. I can’t turn you into somebody else.
- It won’t turn the clock back 20 years. A mommy makeover can do a lot to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy shape and give you a more youthful appearance, but we can’t make you look like you’re a teenager again.
The results can still be good, if not excellent, but some patients are willing to accept that.
If you are interested in restoring your body after childbirth, consider your reasons for surgery, visualize your goals, set realistic expectations and schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.