More often than not these days, it seems when a group of Mom’s are conversing at a girls night out, book club or any common mommy social event it is likely the term ‘Mommy Makeover’ may be thrown around.
At ForeverHer, when it comes to age-wellness we are passionate about starting with health from the inside out. Although, even with the best nutrition, supplements and a healthy exercise regimen; many women still feel uncomfortable, self-conscious and sometimes frustrated with their post-baby body.
Over the years, many comments have been voiced from fellow Mom’s such as, “I can do 150 sit-ups a day or Pilates until I am blue in the face but I cannot get rid of this darn skin.” Another common complaint, “My kids sucked the life out my boobs they just are so deflated or hang so low I don’t feel comfortable wearing my favorite top or dress.”
Every individual is different and has their own reasons for exploring options for a Mommy Makeover. ForeverHer sat down with leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon and mommy makeover expert, Dr. Nathaniel Holzman who shared the top 5 most common questions he is asked when it comes to Mommy Makeovers.
ForeverHer: What is a mommy makeover?
Dr. Holzman: While pregnancy and becoming a mother are amazing experiences for women, these may leave lasting effects on a woman’s body. A mommy makeover is a combination of various surgical procedures that help restore a woman’s figure back to the pre-baby shape. The procedures are focused to address the areas most impacted such as the tummy, waistline, and breasts.
ForeverHer: What procedures does a mommy makeover include?
Dr. Holzman: The surgical plans vary significantly from person to person as each plan is designed for the specific individual’s goals. For concerns about the abdomen or waistline, many women choose a tummy tuck and/or liposuction. These can be combined with breast procedures such as a breast augmentation to restore volume, or a breast lift. Other procedures rejuvenate the face such as relaxing injections, facial fillers, or laser therapy.
ForeverHer: What is the recovery following a mommy makeover?
Dr. Holzman: Recovery following a mommy makeover will vary based upon a person’s overall conditioning prior to surgery, and the extent of the surgical procedure itself. Most individuals will begin to return to non-strenuous daily activity within approximately ten to fourteen days. Swelling usually resolves within the first month, but it will take several months to see the final results.
ForeverHer: Is it safe to have multiple procedures performed at one time?
Dr. Holzman: It is safe to have several procedures performed at once. At your surgical consultation, the surgical plan will be designed to meet your goals safely and effectively. By combining procedures, patients can coordinate one recovery period and minimize cost with one surgery.
ForeverHer: Should I consider a mommy makeover if I desire to have more children?
Dr. Holzman: A mommy makeover can be performed at any time. However, pregnancy can affect the results of the surgical procedures. To optimize results, most surgeons advocate to wait until after a woman is done having children, to pursue a mommy makeover.
About: Nathaniel L. Holzman, MD, FACS: Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., and by The American Board of Surgery
Dr. Holzman received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland. He completed a residency in general surgery at Tufts Medical Center (TMC) in Boston. Dr. Holzman then went on to complete a second residency and research fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the esteemed Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Massachusetts. He currently is the Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
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