Most women considering a mommy makeover at my South Jersey practice may think about their decision for months or years before actually scheduling a consultation. The choice is intensely personal and one that often comes at a time when they’re raising a young family. Not something to jump into on a whim.
If you find yourself in the midst of looking for plastic surgeons in the South Jersey area to perform a mommy makeover, I hope you can use this blog post to prepare for your consultation. I know that a consultation can be intimidating, and patients who arrive prepared with questions and some fairly specific concerns and goals typically feel more confident about the choices they make.
Mommy makeover surgery can be as transformative as any cosmetic surgery available. That’s because it involves multiple areas of the body in a single operation to address the physical changes experienced by women who have had children. The physical toll taken by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can’t be reversed at the gym, by altering your diet, or through other lifestyle changes. Leading an active, healthy lifestyle is great, but it won’t restore volume to the breasts or tighten the excess abdominal skin that most women have after being pregnant.
But before going to your consultation, you should know the following 3 things that I’ve outlined to help ensure you get the best possible results:
- Visualize Your Desired Results: A plastic surgeon’s job during the consultation is to listen closely to the patient describe the concerns she has about her appearance and how she wants to look after surgery. This helps ensure patients and surgeons are on the same page and enables surgeons to customize surgical plans to meet the patients’ specific needs. I take pride in collaborating with my patients to help them understand which procedures are best-suited to attain their goals. Most mommy makeover surgeries include a tummy tuck, liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery, such as a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both.
- Don’t Skimp on Researching Surgeons: Even though combining procedures in a mommy makeover is safe, it’s important to find a surgeon with training and experience performing these types of surgeries. Find out how often the surgeon performs mommy makeovers. If the answer is less than 5 times a year, it’s probably best to consider other surgeons. It’s also a good idea to browse a surgeon’s before-and-after photos in their online galleries to get an idea of the types of results that he or she represent as their best work. I encourage anyone considering elective plastic surgery to choose a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) because it requires much more experience and training than “cosmetic surgery” boards certifications.
- Go in With Realistic Expectations: You may see photos online of celebrity moms showing off their post-baby bodies and wonder what their secrets are. Trust me: there’s no magical workout or diet to getting a flat stomach if you have excess abdominal skin. A mommy makeover performed by a skilled surgeon will create transformative results, but the body is still yours. The patients who understand that and have realistic expectations prior to their surgery are usually the most satisfied.
If you’re researching cosmetic plastic surgeons in South Jersey to perform a mommy makeover, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call our office at (856) 362-8898 to schedule an appointment.