Having children can be a source of joy in a parent’s life. But between balancing the demands of motherhood and other daily responsibilities, it can be hard for moms to find the time to maintain their cosmetic goals. Likewise, pregnancy can cause significant changes to the body, making some women unhappy with their appearance.
If you are concerned with the way that your body looks after having children, you are not alone. Many local women are now seeking mommy makeover treatments, a form of body contouring procedure to restore what childbirth and pregnancy have altered. Dr. Eric Desman from the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery offers different kinds of Mommy Makeover in Northern Virginia and Alexandria, from surgical to non-invasive, to help moms like you who want to feel comfortable with their bodies again.
The beauty of a mommy makeover is that you’re able to choose as many or as few cosmetic procedures as you’d like, allowing you to have a truly customized treatment plan. Whether you’d like to restore a toned, sleek appearance to your tummy, or you want your breasts to look full and symmetrical again, Dr. Desman can create a treatment framework that aligns with your needs and preferences.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
In general, patients seeking a mommy makeover usually have the following cosmetic complaints:
Fine lines, wrinkles, and deep creases on the face
Breasts that have lost volume, shape, perkiness, and symmetry
Sagging abdominal area
Stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise
Additionally, ideal patients for this operation are over the age of 18, in good health, and are unhappy with the cosmetic changes that pregnancy and childbirth have caused. Some mommy makeover procedures are non-invasive, making them a suitable option for many patients. For more invasive treatments like breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, Dr. Desman will assess a prospective Alexandria or Northern Virginia patient’s situation to determine whether a mommy makeover would work for them.
What to Expect from a Mommy Makeover Consultation
Your journey toward a more rejuvenated appearance through a mommy makeover starts with consulting Dr. Desman. Depending on your cosmetic needs, you may just want a non-surgical treatment like injectables or a skin peel. Or perhaps you might prefer a surgical procedure for optimal enhancement. Whichever form of mommy makeover treatment you are interested in, our team in Alexandria and Northern Virginia will outline your options and help you decide which procedure is best based on your health, needs, and cosmetic goals.
What Procedures Could a Mommy Makeover Involve?
The term Mommy Makeover refers to many different procedures that women use to rejuvenate their physical appearance, especially after pregnancy. There are a host of various treatments associated with this term, including:
Unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise is something that many women suffer from, especially after pregnancy. Liposuction can remove fat from nearly anywhere on the body, including the thighs, buttocks, stomach, neck, chin, love handles, and knees. This procedure, when integrated into a mommy makeover, is an excellent option for smoothing out stubborn fat and achieving a more sculpted shape.
Giving birth can have serious, long-lasting effects on the abdominal area that can’t be corrected with dieting or exercise. Muscles and skin stretch, and no matter how much you work out, this area doesn’t always return to its pre-pregnancy appearance. Fortunately, a tummy tuck not only removes excess skin and fat, but it also tightens the abdominal muscles, giving you a flatter, sleeker tummy. And when paired with a healthy diet and exercise, you can maximize the results of your operation.
Unhappiness with breast size and shape is a common complaint from women after pregnancy. Often, breasts tend to have a deflated appearance after breastfeeding, with a less defined shape, which can have a significant impact on a woman’s self-esteem. Thankfully, breast augmentation during a mommy makeover can restore fullness and shape to breasts while keeping them looking and feeling natural, allowing moms to feel comfortable with their figure again.
In addition to loss of fullness, many women experience sagging breasts after pregnancy. While a breast augmentation can’t provide lift, a breast lift is the perfect way to make the chest look perky again. A breast augmentation performed in conjunction with a breast lift is a popular surgical combination for women undergoing a mommy makeover.
Botox® Cosmetic Injections
For many local moms, Botox® Cosmetic remains one of the most popular cosmetic treatments to rejuvenate the face. Mommy makeover patients are drawn to this treatment because it requires no surgery and virtually no downtime, and it is very effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. If you’d prefer a non-surgical procedure for your mommy makeover, Botox® Cosmetic may be exactly what you need to refresh your appearance.
Like Botox® Cosmetic, dermal fillers are another popular choice for mommy makeover patients in Alexandria or Northern Virginia who prefer a non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation. If the stress of daily life has caused your face to lose its youthful fullness, then dermal fillers like Juvéderm®, and Volbella® may benefit you. These injectables are effective against stubborn creases on the face, like the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. When a dermal filler is injected in just the right spots around the face, they can promote the production of collagen and fill in creases and lines without looking “done.” They can also be used to achieve full, attractive lips.
For busy moms, skin care often gets pushed to the bottom of daily tasks. However, with the right selection of products, many women can transform their skin and restore its natural glow. Dr. Desman has a number of different skin treatments at plastic surgery practice including a line of professional skin care products suitable for all skin types. Whether you choose an Alexandria or Northern Virginia mommy makeover or you’d prefer to use products in the comfort of your own home, you can achieve beautiful results that will leave your skin looking vibrant, clear, and younger.
After childbirth, some women experience changes in appearance and function in the vaginal area. This may include things like vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, labia laxity, and more. These issues may lead to difficulties in their personal and romantic life or physical discomfort. Dr. Desman can sensitively address these issues and can offer a range of treatment options customized to a specific concern.
Full, lifted breasts and a tighter, more ideal shape
Augmentation clients usually recover in 72 hours instead of 14 days. SAFELipo® is much easier on the body than traditional liposuction
Extra weight around the hips and thighs
Body contouring treatments like liposuction, which removes stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
A sculpted, trim body that makes you feel comfortable wearing a bikini again
Dr. Desman is one of only a few doctors who offers SAFELipo®, which has many advantages over traditional liposuction
Loose stomach muscles and a “pooch” tummy
Tummy tuck, which is a tightening procedure that can restore a firm look to your abdominal area
A smooth, trim tummy that will allow you to fit into more clothing styles
Using advanced techniques, Dr. Desman is able to significantly reduce pain during the recovery process
Added weight around the tummy area
Even after abdominal muscles are tightened, a little bit of SAFELipo® can remove additional weight after pregnancy
A fully rejuvenated look with a slim, toned waist. Patients have excellent long-term results when paired with proper diet and exercise
SAFELipo® provides you with natural looking results with a quick recovery time
Options include topical applications that can reduce redness and improve appearance. Tightening procedures allow Dr. Desman to restore a tight tummy that is free of unsightly stretch marks
You can wear a bikini with confidence and have a tight, toned tummy that is smooth and stretch mark free
Our team performs cosmetic enhancements with a comprehensive approach. By utilizing SAFELipo® and other advanced methods, patients have optimal results
Talk With Dr. Desman and Pursue a Mommy Makeover in Northern Virginia
If you are a busy mom who is struggling to achieve your desired appearance after pregnancy, a mommy makeover in Northern Virginia and Alexandria might be the procedure you need to feel like yourself again. During your consultation, Dr. Desman can answer questions, outline your options, and help you figure out which combination of procedures would be best for your cosmetic goals. To get started, reach out to our practice today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
The recovery process after your mommy makeover will depend on which procedures you’ve undergone and how your body responds to them. For non-invasive treatments like Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, patients can expect to have little-to-no downtime, with minimal swelling or redness to the areas treated. For breast augmentation or breast lift procedures, you should expect to avoid strenuous movement for about four weeks, but most patients will be able to resume regular activities within a few days after their surgery.
If you had a body contouring procedure like liposuction, you will probably be sore and have bruising or swelling for the first few days. To help your body heal and adjust to the new contours, you might also be fitted with a snug, elastic garment. Within about a week, liposuction patients will be able to return to work, and strenuous activity can be resumed in about a month. When it comes to abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Desman utilizes an advanced numbing agent that significantly reduces pain during recovery. But since abdominoplasty is one of the more invasive procedures seen in a mommy makeover, it may take several weeks or a couple months before you can resume all of your regular activities.
How Soon After Giving Birth Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?
Many mothers are understandably eager to get their pre-pregnancy body back as soon as possible. However, for best results, it’s important to wait until your hormone levels have returned to normal. This is usually at least 6 months after giving birth and completing breastfeeding. You should also be at a stable weight, and if you plan on getting pregnant again in the future, Dr. Desman may recommend you postpone your mommy makeover until you’re done having kids. If you get pregnant again or gain a significant amount of weight, this can undo the effects of some mommy makeover procedures.
Will I Have Any Scarring After a Mommy Makeover?
Scarring all depends on which procedures were performed, and how your body responds to them. For non-invasive treatments like injectables or skin peels, patients should not have scarring. But for surgical procedures like breast augmentation or abdominoplasty, patients can expect to have scars. Fortunately, most of the scars from breast surgery are either minimal or very well camouflaged. A tummy tuck will leave a horizontal scar above the pubis, but this can be hidden by most clothing. Once liposuction scars heal and flatten over time, they become hardly noticeable in most cases.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover in Virginia?
Women whose breasts and abdomen have experienced undesirable changes as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, including flattened or elongated breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, loose skin, vaginal laxity, and unwanted pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise can consider a mommy makeover to turn back the clock and restore their pre-pregnancy silhouette. Ideal candidates for mommy makeover surgery are nonsmokers who are in good overall health and have no risk factors that might create complications during surgery or the healing process.
What Is the Ideal Age for a Mommy Makeover?
Your eligibility for a mommy makeover surgery is based on your health, not your age. There is no rule that says you can only have a mommy makeover while your children are young. Many women prefer to wait until their children are relatively self-sufficient before getting this procedure. It’s common for us to see mommy makeover patients whose children are in high school or college.
Can I Get a Mommy Makeover If I Am Still Nursing My Baby?
Because the hormones associated with breastfeeding, as well as the act of nursing itself, can cause further changes in your body, it’s smart to wait at least six months after you’ve stopped breastfeeding your baby to get a mommy makeover.
How Long Will I Need Help Taking Care of My Family After a Mommy Makeover?
After a mommy makeover, you will need to plan for a few weeks of recovery time, during which you’ll be restricted in the activities you can do. While you are healing, you will need to take it easy and refrain from bending over, lifting young children or performing regular household chores. Ideally, you should postpone your mommy makeover until you have secured trustworthy help around your home that allows you to focus exclusively on your health and well-being for at least one to two weeks, though it may take up to six weeks before you are ready to return to exercise and all other regular activities.
Why Do You Combine the Procedures Instead of Doing Them Individually?
We know how busy you are, which is why we advise you to combine the procedures to minimize recovery time. If you get these surgeries separately, you will need to go through more than one healing process. With a mommy makeover, there is only one downtime necessary.
If I Had a C-Section or a Hysterectomy, Will That Affect My Mommy Makeover Results?
The incision for the tummy tuck is at the same level on the lower abdomen. Some women have bothersome extra skin that hangs over the scar from their C-section or hysterectomy. An abdominoplasty can remove this scar and skin to smooth the contour.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Due to the countless approaches to mommy makeover treatment plans, the cost of your Virginia mommy makeover will not be determined until after you meet with Dr. Desman in a consultation.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Mommy Makeover are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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