If you’re at all familiarized with the world of cosmetic surgery or celebrity tabloids, you’ve likely heard the phrase “Mommy Makeover” pop up more than once.
While the road of motherhood can be one of the most joyful times in a woman’s life, it can also come with some unwanted changes to the body during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and other such moments.
Due to these unwanted changes, mommy makeovers are an increasingly popular elective cosmetic method for helping turn back the clock on the body to a time before having children. But despite its growing popularity, there are quite a few misconceptions about the procedure. Here are a few of the common misconceptions about the mommy makeover.
For Starters, It’s Not Just a Single Procedure
When one undergoes a mommy makeover, they aren’t just undergoing one type of cosmetic procedure. In fact, it refers to a collection of multiple elective procedures performed at once. Combining these procedures saves a patient time and money. For example, oftentimes, undergoing a tummy tuck costs less as part of a package deal versus on its own. Getting a mommy makeover can include any of the following procedures:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
- Liposuction (on areas such as legs, stomach, arms, neck, etc.)
- Body lift
- Fat grafting in areas such as the buttocks or breasts
- Removal of stretch marks
- Hair removal
It is important to know that a mommy makeover is a highly customizable procedure, and none of the above is required to get, for example. A person may not desire any changes to their breasts, or others may only desire liposuction in one area versus multiple.
It Is Not a Substitute for Exercise and Diet
While it is, of course, true that living a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise is able to help with weight loss and toning your body, these can only do so much. On the flip side, cosmetic surgery is not an alternative for weight loss, and people rarely lose more than 2-5 pounds from liposuction.
Mommy Makeovers rather help to treat issues that diet and exercise can’t, such as tightening loose skin that has been stretched during pregnancy or breasts that have begun to sag from hormonal changes and breastfeeding.
Anyone Can Get It
You don’t need to be a mother to undergo a mommy makeover, and this collection of procedures is available to anyone who is eligible. Women often face similar concerns about their bodies, whether they are a mother or not, and are thus able to undergo the procedures for insecurities such as their breasts or toning their stomach.
Even men undergo their own version of the mommy makeover, more commonly known as the Daddy do-over, which treats similar concerns such as loose skin and other body sculpting while also treating concerns men have. Rhinoplasty, hair transplants, and male breast reduction (also known as gynecomastia surgery) to help flatten a man’s chest are popular options included in the daddy do-over.
Scarring Is Often Minimal
One fear that some have about undergoing multiple types of cosmetic surgery is that there will be many visible scars over their body after the procedure. While any surgery often comes with at least a little scarring, having a skilled and qualified surgeon doing your procedures will help to ensure any scarring is minimal and in discreet locations, such as in the armpits, bikini lines, and more.