For women considering a mommy makeover after having children, it can be difficult to lose weight. It’s often said that patients should be at their “goal weight” before scheduling surgery. But why is this the case? And how does your weight impact your surgery?
Feeling satisfied with your appearance and your body is an important goal. In this blog post, I’ll discuss how our plastic surgery practice in Round Rock and Austin handles body contouring procedures, and help you decide your best mommy makeover options.
What does a mommy makeover involve?
There are multiple procedures involved in a mommy makeover. During a one-on-one consultation, I can help you decide which options best suit your lifestyle, your body, and your aesthetic goals. A few common choices are:
There is no set combination of procedures required—we specifically choose whichever are best for your goals. Because there are multiple treatments happening at once, mommy makeover surgery is a bit more complicated and involves a longer recovery period. This is part of the reason why it’s best for patients to already be close to their goal weight.
Why is it important to be at my goal weight?
There are 2 main reasons patients should be at their goal weight before surgery: increased safety and better results.
A mommy makeover combines multiple surgical procedures and involves general anesthesia. There are additional risks for patients who are overweight, such as a higher chance of postoperative complications. Your safety is our highest priority and we take these concerns seriously. Because of this, we suggest waiting until your BMI (body mass index) is within a healthy range. This is an issue our surgeons discuss with patients during the consultations.
Another reason your goal weight is important is to ensure your results will last. Just as pregnancy changed your body beforehand, another drastic change in weight could alter the outcome of body contouring surgery. We strongly recommend that patients wait until they are at a stable weight and are finished having children.
Can body contouring help me lose weight?
Body contouring procedures such as liposuction are not weight loss surgeries. While contouring procedures can shape your figure, they are techniques to sculpt the body. No significant weight loss occurs after a tummy tuck or liposuction.
Who is an ideal mommy makeover candidate?
Body contouring with a mommy makeover is a great way to improve areas most affected by pregnancy. Ideal mommy makeover candidates are
- Close to a stable weight for their bodies and lifestyles
- Preferably have a BMI of 30 or less
- At least 6 months past the birth of their child
- No longer breastfeeding
The best way to know if you’re a good mommy makeover candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real patient results, and contact us either online or by calling (512) 244-1445.