Many women wonder if they are the “right” age for a mommy makeover, with some feeling it may be too soon after childbirth and others feeling they may be older than ideal for the surgery. In reality, there is no “right” age. Women considering mommy makeover surgery in the Long Beach or Torrance, CA, areas can trust our board-certified plastic surgeons to personalize each procedure to best serve their individual age-related needs and concerns.
Whether you’re an older mom or recently had children, there are few considerations to keep in mind as you move forward in your plastic surgery journey.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a personalized combination of surgical procedures designed to address many concerns commonly related to pregnancy. The combination often includes a tummy tuck, a breast enhancement procedure such as an augmentation or a lift, and liposuction.
Mommy makeovers provide the benefit of creating a dramatic transformation in just one surgery and recovery period. This saves both time and money on getting back the pre-pregnancy body.
Considerations for Younger Moms
One of the main concerns for young moms to consider is breastfeeding. Most surgeons recommend women stop breastfeeding 3 to 6 months ahead of surgery since hormonal changes can affect the size and shape of the breasts, making it difficult to perform an ideal breast enhancement procedure.
Another component is planning for childcare during recovery. It’s essential to avoid lifting anything, including your children, for several weeks after surgery. Make sure you’ll be able to secure help during this time. This also includes transportation for you and your kids, since you won’t be able to drive for a few weeks. Learn more about recovering while caring for children in this blog post.
Finally, young mothers should consider whether they would like to have more children in the future. Pregnancy can affect and even reverse the improvements created by the surgery. It’s typically best to wait until you’re finished having children to opt for a mommy makeover.
Considerations for Older Moms
Overall health is a big consideration for older mothers. While there is no specific age limit, it’s important to make sure you’re in good health and can safely undergo the surgery. Consulting with your doctor is essential for this reason.
One benefit for older patients is that mommy makeovers allow you to achieve the benefits of multiple surgeries while only going under anesthesia once. This may be a positive consideration for women who would otherwise choose to have each procedure done separately.
The procedures included in a mommy makeover may vary slightly between younger and older patients. Many women with aging concerns focus on lifting procedures, such as a breast lift or facelift, to address lost skin elasticity.
To see examples of the specific procedures that can be combined into a mommy makeover, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about mommy makeover options in the Long Beach or Torrance, CA, area, please contact us online or call (310) 784-0644 to request a consultation.