Photo of a woman with 2 toddlers; a good candidate for a mommy makeover.

3 Things To Know Before Getting Your Mommy Makeover

Photo of a woman with her two toddlers. She may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover.

If you’ve ever had children, you’ve experienced first-hand the physical toll it takes on your body.  The entire process is miraculous, but some women look and feel ‘deflated’ afterward.  The phrase ‘life isn’t fair’ doesn’t have to apply here, though.  A mommy makeover can be restorative, both physically and emotionally.  It’s best to have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Kunkel, but until then, here are a few important things to know before getting a mommy makeover!

  • Who Is A Good Candidate For Mommy Makeover? 

The most important thing: are you in good health?  A woman who has a lot of medical problems like heart disease and diabetes, or who is substantially overweight, is not a good candidate to undergo a mommy makeover.  A woman who leads an active lifestyle, does not take a long list of medications, and has realistic expectations is likely to be a good candidate.  Here are a few other things that may make you a good candidate to undergo a mommy makeover:

  • Non-smoker
  • Stable weight.  It’s fine if you’re trying to lose weight, but your weight should be stable for a month or two before undergoing this surgery.
  • You have extra skin, loose skin, and maybe stretch marks as well.
  • You desire a change of the appearance of your breasts.
  • You are not actively breastfeeding.
  • What Are The Common Procedures In A Mommy Makeover? 

As every mom is unique, so too is every mommy makeover. The goal is to return you to you.  There are many potential combinations of procedures.  If you visit with Dr. Kunkel, he will examine you, listen to what you are hoping to achieve, and give you some options.  However, before your consultation, here’s an idea of some of the options:

  • Tummy Tuck
    • This results in removal of loose skin below the belly button.  Often women complain of having a ‘pooch’ over their C-section scar, and that can be addressed.  Muscles may also be pulled together to help flatten the central part of the abdomen.
  • Breast Surgeries
  • Liposuction
    • Helps target fat removal at specific areas, often including the flanks and back.  The arms and thighs may be addressed as well.
  • How Long Is Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Since different combinations of procedures are possible, recovery will vary a bit depending on the specific procedures done.  In general women will want to take two or three weeks away from work.  We also suggest that you have someone help with your young children for two or three weeks as well.  You can get back to mommy duties after this but must abstain from strenuous activities for about six weeks.

It’s important to note that rest doesn’t mean laying in bed with a wet rag over your forehead! The quicker you’re up and moving (within reason), the quicker you’ll recover.

Have More Questions? 

If you’re looking for understanding, compassion, and expertise in the Fort Worth area, look no further than Kelly R. Kunkel MD! Our entire staff is ready to support you! Being a mommy is tough, hard work, but looking your best shouldn’t be! Call us at 817-335-5200!

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