Summary: If you’ve ever wondered where the term “mommy makeover” came from, you aren’t alone. It’s true, plastic surgery is no stranger to using flashy copy in order to draw attention to a procedure or to convey an idea. Mommy makeover is another example of this, but there are some reasons why it’s a particularly apt example.
Figuring out, Why Do They Call it a Mommy Makeover?
If you’ve been paying attention to plastic surgery recently, you may have stumbled on a certain term that’s been gaining in popularity: the Mommy Makeover. Now, this is an interesting marketing terms, but it’s also quite descriptive of what can be accomplished with modern plastic surgery. That said, if you haven’t been following plastic surgery—and many people haven’t—it can beg the question, what exactly is a mommy makeover? For that matter, why do they call it a mommy makeover? The name is meant to be both memorable (for marketing purposes) and descriptive. So let’s take a look at the mommy makeover and see what’s really involved.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that the mommy makeover is not one procedure. It’s actually composed of several procedures. Sometimes these procedures are performed all at once, and sometimes they’re spread out. Much depends on the desires of the patient (and, frankly, the health of the patient). Whether you get everything done all at once will depend on your physician and your condition—in other words, everyone will be different and it will depend on exactly what your “Mommy Makeover” is comprised of.
The Procedures of a Mommy Makeover
At its most basic, a Mommy Makeover is designed to address some common complaints from women who happen to be mothers. Usually coming in a set of three procedures, a Mommy Makeover is designed to address three different areas that are almost universally affected by going through motherhood. This does not mean that only mothers can get these procedures—rather, that the issues these procedures address are relatively common among mothers. The procedures that usually comprise a mommy makeover include:
- Breast Surgery: One of the areas most strongly affected by motherhood are the breasts—they’re used for nursing, they go through all sorts of changes, and they’re affected by the usual aging as well. Most women who undergo a Mommy Makeover will then opt for either a breast lift, which re-orients the breasts in a more youthful, perkier position—or a breast augmentation. The latter is less common, as it increases the size of the breasts, but it’s always an option for patients. The goal of either procedure is to make the breasts look more youthful.
- Liposuction: As you age, you can develop areas of fat that are difficult to eliminate via diet and exercise. This is especially true if you’ve been through a pregnancy or have to deal with raising children (the stress alone, let me tell you). Of course, this is not exclusive to women or to mothers, but it is also not uncommon to them. The purpose of liposuction is to restore the body to a more youthful appearance.
- Tummy Tuck: This procedure often goes hand in hand with liposuction. Losing weight or variations in weight can cause you to have excess skin. That excess tissue isn’t really going anywhere—you can’t make it go away with diet and exercise. The expansion and contraction inherent in pregnancy is a huge factor in creating that excess skin. A tummy tuck is designed to eliminate this excess skin and restore a firmer, more youthful looking appearance to the belly area.
Mommy Makeovers sometimes include other procedures or subtract some of those procedures, depending on the patient, but these are the staples. That said, a Mommy Makeover in Houston might be different from one in New York.
Why Get a Mommy Makeover?
As with any plastic surgery procedures, there are many reasons why one might want to get a mommy makeover. Perhaps first and foremost, the reason is simple: to look and feel more youthful. Pregnancy and motherhood both can take quite the toll on the body, aging it a bit more quickly than it otherwise might. This can result in excess skin, stubborn areas of fat, and changes to the orientation of or tissues in the breast. All of these artifacts of motherhood are “coded” to communicate one thing: age. So patients who are looking to appear more youthful will often choose to head towards the Mommy Makeover.
And I suppose that largely explains the question of why do they call it a mommy makeover. It’s not because it’s for mothers exclusively; it’s simply because it addresses many of the common complaints that seem to accompany pregnancy and being a mom. So if you’re looking for a mommy makeover, it’s important to remember that you aren’t alone. If you were, this procedure would be nowhere near as popular as it is.