Summary: It may seem like a small thing, but these three questions to ask before your mommy makeover can help you determine if this procedure is really right for you. There are, after all, many reasons why a mommy makeover is transformational for some and undesired for others. These questions can help you start thinking about it!
Important Questions to Ask Before Your Mommy Makeover
A so-called mommy makeover can be a complex procedure—that’s why these three questions to ask before your mommy makeover can help you make good decisions about how to proceed. After all, this procedure won’t be ideal for everyone. And it’s important to have multiple discussions with your surgeon about what you can expect.
So you may not be asking all three of these questions right in a row in the same meeting. In fact (spoiler alert) not all of these questions will even be directed towards your surgeon. However, they are all designed to get you thinking about what you want and the best way to achieve whatever that may be.
It should be noted that these three questions to ask before your mommy makeover are not meant to be used in place of professional medical opinions. They’re really just designed to get you thinking.
Question #1: What Results Do You Want?
The term “mommy makeover” is really something of a misnomer. It’s not just for moms, after all. And it’s not a single procedure. It’s a set of procedures. And while that “set” usually includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift, those are certainly not the only procedures available.
Indeed, a mommy makeover can be quite flexible and customizable. If you aren’t worried about excess fat, you don’t need the liposuction. So maybe instead you focus on adding a facelift (or partial facelift) into the equation. The breast lift is also optional—some patients opt instead for another form of breast enhancement. Other patients might be interested in a breast reduction.
Whatever types of procedures you get, a mommy makeover is designed to mitigate those signs of aging that are most closely associated with motherhood. That could mean different procedures for different people, so it’s a good idea to think about the specific results you want from your mommy makeover procedure.
Question #2: Are You Planning to Have More Children?
Mommy makeovers tend to have a pretty specific target audience: women who have had children. From a marketing standpoint, that makes sense. However, it does often bring up a common question: are you planning to have more children? There are several significant reasons to wait until you’re not planning to have more children before considering a mommy makeover:
- Maintaining Your Results: One thing that pregnancy tends to do is stretch out your skin. That’s why you’re getting a mommy makeover (which includes a tummy tuck) in the first place! A pregnancy after a mommy makeover means that your body will again stretch out the skin (among other things) and wipe away the results you worked so hard for.
- Potential Complications: In some rare instances, a tummy tuck can make a pregnancy a little less predictable. This has to do with the way the abdominal muscles are given added structure during a tummy tuck. In some instances, this can minimize a fetus’s growing room. However, most patients who have had a mommy makeover go on to have completely normal pregnancies. This is simply something to be aware of for mommy makeover patients.
Unpredictable Nature of Children
Of course, like the children they deliver, pregnancies can be rather unpredictable. You might not be planning to have more children. They might just surprise you. That happens. Your surgeon will give you information on how to handle the pregnancy and your surgical results. In other words, as long as you’re communicating with your surgeon, you’ll be just fine!
Question #3: Is Surgery Right for Me?
So, this might be the most important question: do you actually want surgery? And it’s important because this question really does tend to dictate patient satisfaction. Patients who want surgery are much more likely to love the results of their mommy makeover.
This means that you shouldn’t be looking into surgery because you feel pressure from other sources. It should be coming from your own desire to transform your body. And that desire isn’t universal—as I said, plastic surgery isn’t necessarily the best option for everybody. Finding a surgeon who really understand this can be vital. It’s a point that Orange County mommy makeover specialist, Dr. Tenley Lawton, makes abundantly clear on her website—and I wish more surgeons would follow suit.
But if it is something you want—and if you’re healthy enough for it—then by all means, discuss your options with a plastic surgeon today.
Asking the Right Questions
These three questions to ask before your mommy makeover are not meant to be exhaustive. Instead, they are intended to illustrate that asking questions to your plastic surgeon is incredibly important. If you have questions about a mommy makeover, don’t keep them to yourself! Start asking now!