At San Diego Body Contouring, we often hear the question, “When is the best time of year for a Mommy Makeover surgery?” The answer depends on a few different factors. The first criteria for having Mommy Makeover surgery requires an honest Yes for each of the following questions:
Have you completed childbearing?
Have you stopped breastfeeding?
Are you within 10% of your ideal weight?
Are you in good overall health?
If you can honestly answer yes to all of the above questions, then you’re ready to start planning when to have your Mommy Makeover. But before we discuss that, let’s talk about what a Mommy Makeover actually is.
The Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures chosen to help you feel great about your body again after having children. The specific combination depends on the concerns you want to address. A typical Mommy Makeover may include any combination of the following:
Breast surgery (mastopexy or mammoplasty)
To lift, enlarge, or restore volume to small, sagging, or deflated breasts. With breast surgery, you can go back to your pre-pregnancy shape or take the opportunity to achieve the full, round look you’ve always wanted by augmenting the size with breast implants.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
To remove excess fatty tissue and skin, and to tighten lax abdominal muscles so you get a flat tummy that looks great in all your favorite pre-pregnancy clothes.
Thigh lift / arm lift surgery (thighplasty / armplasty)
To reshape your thighs or arms by reducing excess skin or fat. It is often but not always done in combination with liposuction.
To remove those fat deposits that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. This procedure can help to balance your overall proportions and improve the contours of your hips, love handles, thighs, or arms.
So…when is the best time of year for a Mommy Makeover?
No matter which combination of procedures you and your doctor decide is right for you, you’ll need sufficient time to heal and recover. These procedures are, after all, major surgery. Exactly how much time you’ll need will depend on your chosen procedures and your body’s healing process. Generally, you’ll need about two to three months until you’re ready to show off your new figure. So the next questions to ask when planning your Mommy Makeover are:
When will you be able to take sufficient time to recover?
When do you want to show off your results?
Of course, if you can only take the time off during the summer or winter holidays, then that’s the time you’ll need to plan your surgery. But if you have more flexibility in your schedule, then you’re free to plan a Big Reveal that coincides with the date of your ex-boyfriend’s wedding, your college reunion, or your family holiday photo session.
The table below gives you an idea of approximately when to complete your surgery based on the date you want to show off your results:
Complete Surgery By
New Year’s Eve
Thanksgiving / winter holidays
This table gives a conservative general estimate based on a three-month recovery period. For a more accurate estimate of the amount of recovery time you’ll need, or if you don’t see your special date above, come see us at San Diego Body Contouring for a consultation. We’ll discuss your cosmetic goals and determine how far in advance you’ll need to schedule your Mommy Makeover surgery so you look and feel beautiful on your big day.
Isn’t it time you treated yourself? Give us a call at (619) 697-1325 to schedule your Mommy Makeover consultation today!