Very few experiences in life are as rewarding and amazing as motherhood. However, there are also very few experiences that are as exhausting and taxing on your body. In an effort to be the best parent possible, you spend years putting the needs of your children first. But often this comes at the expense of your own needs. It is common for mothers to neglect exercise, nutrition, and sleep in order to meet the rigorous demands of parenthood. Over time, this can take a toll on your body.
Fortunately, there is a way to restore your body to its youthful, pre-pregnancy appearance. With a mommy makeover, you can turn back the clock in order to look and feel your very best without sacrificing the time and attention necessary to be a great mother. At New Image Plastic Surgery Associates, PLC, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside can perform a customized mommy makeover to address your unique needs and aesthetic goals.
The best way to find out which procedures should be part of your mommy makeover is to speak with Dr. Gartside in person. Please call 703-742-8004 today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in McLean and Reston, Virginia.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover involves combining several plastic surgery procedures in order to address the impact on your appearance caused by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and the rigorous pace of parenthood. These factors primarily affect your breasts and stomach region, so most mommy makeover procedures are designed to focus on these areas of your body. However, you can use your mommy makeover to improve the appearance of other parts of the body as well.
A mommy makeover can improve many areas of the body, including:
Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Gartside may recommend a combination of the following procedures as part of your mommy makeover:
Your mommy makeover can achieve dramatic results, helping you restore the toned, fit appearance you enjoyed before having children. You may even find that you fit into clothes that you haven’t been able to wear in years and that you love the way you look in a bikini. Many of our patients experience a significant boost in self-confidence after their procedure as well.
Recovery and Results for Mommy Makeover
One of the most important things with a mommy makeover procedure is adhering to the proper amount of recovery time. Since a mommy makeover involves multiple procedures at once, it’s vital that you let your body rest and heal so as not to disrupt the recovery process. This can be difficult as a new mother with the many responsibilities required for raising a child. It’s important to have adequate support as it’s recommended that you avoid strenuous activities during this time.
After the procedures, Dr. Gartside will fit you with proper bandages and garments to help minimize swelling and maximize healing. She’ll also go over all post-operation care instructions so that your recovery will be as quick and painless as possible. These instructions may include:
- Care for all of the areas where you had surgery
- Medications to aid in pain relief and healing
- When you may return to work
- What to watch for during the recovery process
- How often to have follow-up appointments
The recovery period will generally last around 3-4 weeks. During this time it’s essential to avoid exercising and limit any work you may have. Results from a mommy makeover are generally long-lasting and rewarding when proper diet and exercise are followed after recovery.
Mommy Makeover Candidates
As a woman, Dr. Gartside understands the unique physical changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, she understands which procedures can best address these changes and produce pleasing and lasting results.
It’s recommended that any woman wait at least six months after childbirth before having a mommy makeover. It’s important that you are done losing weight from the pregnancy and especially important to wait until breastfeeding and lactation are complete before any breast surgeries. This may mean waiting up to a year after having your child before it’s safe to have the procedure. Dr. Gartside views your health and safety as her number one concern in helping you achieve the aesthetic results you desire.
Good candidates for a mommy makeover should be:
- Nonsmokers who are healthy and prepared for a surgical procedure
- Able to take time away from the daily demands of young children to rest and recover
- Through having children
- Willing to follow specific pre and postoperative instructions
- Aware of all potential risks and complications
It is also important that your goals are realistic and that you understand what will be required to maintain your mommy makeover results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Gartside, these and other considerations will be discussed in full to help ensure you are making the decision that is best for your body and your needs.
Contact our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Today
Whenever you undergo a combination of procedures at once, it is important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the training and experience to deliver the beautiful results you deserve with the highest levels of safety. Dr. Gartside is board certified and has more than 25 years of experience as a plastic surgeon. This background ensures you will receive the excellent treatment you deserve.
Please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates today by completing the online form or calling 703-742-8004 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation. Dr. Gartside serves women in Reston, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia, and throughout the Washington DC area.