Summary: Anne is taking a mommy makeover patient’s journey. She’s not a real patient, mind you. She’s a hypothetical person. And what’s happening to her isn’t real either, per se. But it’s based in fact—in the common experiences of Mommy Makeover patients. So if you want to know what happens during a mommy makeover, taking note of Anne’s journey is a good start!
Following a Mommy Makeover Patient’s Journey
We’ve written several times about what a Mommy Makeover patient’s journey might be like. But we’ve usually done that one little piece at a time. So we’re going to rely on a little technique we’ve used elsewhere and start crafting a hypothetical: we want to take a look at the entire Mommy Makeover patient’s journey.
There are two things we should make clear before we get started in earnest. First, we’re not following a real person, we’re following a hypothetical person—so your own experiences may vary. Second, this should not take the place of expert medical opinion. If you’re interested in a Mommy Makeover, see a surgeon! That’s the best way to get the process started.
Any mommy makeover patient’s journey is going to be unique to that patient. That’s why we’re using this “hypothetical” patient. In any case, the journey usually fits into three distinct phases.
Part 1: The Motivation
So let’s call our hypothetical patient here Anne. Giving her a name will just make things easier. Now, Anne has been a mother for a number of years. Her kids are growing up, getting older, requiring less in the way of care. She has more time to herself.
And she’s starting to feel a little less confident in her body. There are just certain aspects of her body that look a little bit older or worn out than they ought to. It’s not that Anne feels unattractive or shallow. Instead, she just feels as though things could be a little bit better. She feels not quite totally herself. She feels younger than she looks.
That’s when Anne hears about a Mommy Makeover procedure, which seems to address all of her problem areas. Anne has noticed:
- Excess skin around the tummy
- Stubborn areas of fat that don’t go away no matter the rigor of diet and exercise
- Sagging of the breasts (and loss of orientation)
Anne knows that addressing these areas could go a long way towards making herself feel more youthful and energized.
Part 2: The Procedure
Any Mommy Makeover is going to involve a complex process. That’s because, in most cases, surgeons will perform three different procedures at once. However, Anne’s first step is going to be doing a little research and finding a good Mommy Makeover surgeon in her area.
The next step is going to be a consultation with that surgeon. This is the process in which Anne will be able to ask any questions she might have and the surgeon will be able to make suggestions about how the surgery will proceed. Once the consultation process is complete, Anne and her surgeon will schedule the operation.
Any Mommy Makeover generally consists of three individual procedures performed at once (there is some variation in this, as Mommy Makeovers can be customized for each patient). In most cases, those procedures involve:
- Liposuction: Designed to eliminate unwanted areas of fat, liposuction is often a component of Mommy Makeovers because having a child can change the way your body metabolizes fat.
- Tummy Tuck: Pregnancy has a way of stretching out the belly area (for, you know, obvious reasons). That’s why Anne has noticed a lot of excess skin around the tummy. A tummy tuck can mitigate this wrinkled, loose skin, helping Anne appear more youthful.
- Breast Lift: One of those areas that also tends to suffer through motherhood is the breasts. Anne has noticed her own breasts sagging and changing orientation. They don’t feel quite as youthful as they used to. And a breast lift is designed to fix that.
The surgery itself is usually accomplished under general anesthesia and within the span of a few hours. Once surgery is complete, you can begin the recovery process.
Step 3: Recovery
Once Anne is out of surgery, she’ll spend a few hours in immediate recovery. Then, most likely, she’ll be sent home to recuperate in the long term. Mommy Makeovers are most often performed on an outpatient basis.
Mommy Makeover recovery usually takes several weeks—if not a couple of months. In Anne’s case, she’s taken a week off of work. After that, she’ll work from home for another two weeks. During that time, she’ll also be focusing on resting up and feeling better (and following her surgeon’s instructions).
Because each and every Mommy Makeover is unique, recovery times vary. But even when Anne returns to her job after three weeks or so, she’s still making sure to take good care of herself.
Some Mommy Makeover results will be immediately apparent. Others will take several months to really take stock of (swelling needs to go down, and every surgery causes swelling). After a few months of waiting, Anne is really beginning to appreciate the changes to her body from the surgery.
She feels younger and more energized as a result. Her features look more youthful, too—it’s like reclaiming all o those years that were sacrificed to motherhood. If you want to know more about what your own Mommy Makeover patient’s journey might be like, contact a surgeon and start asking questions! Anne’s journey is only the beginning.