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Mommy Makeover: Is having children necessary to get one?

Becoming a mother entails many physical changes that can greatly affect your self-esteem. And while maintaining a healthy lifestyle does help you resolve the undesirable outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth, it can still fall short at times. However, thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, these aesthetic concerns can now be effectively addressed through a Mommy Makeover.

A Mommy Makeover is a term that pertains to a combination of modern procedures that can restore a woman’s figure to the way it was before childbirth. Typically, the procedures include:

  • Liposuction

  • Tummy Tuck (Full and Mini Tummy Tuck)

  • Breast Rejuvenation procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction

  • Vaginal Rejuvenation (Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty)

However, the question remains: is it necessary to have children in order to get a Mommy Makeover?

The simple answer is no.

Having children is not a requirement to get a Mommy Makeover. Cosmetic surgery procedures included in a Mommy Makeover can be done separately or combined depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient, without the need to call it a Mommy Makeover.  

What prompts women who do not have children to get a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy and childbirth are not the only circumstances that can trigger drastic physical changes to a woman’s body. Other conditions can cause similar aesthetic issues that may also leave you unhappy with the way you look. These conditions are:

  • Weight Gain and/or Loss

Fluctuations in weight depend on food intake, physical activity, and metabolic efficiency. Eating more calories than what your body burns will lead to weight gain. However, any energy deficit due to eating fewer calories or increased physical activity (which burns more calories) results in weight loss. These instances cause notable physical changes, such as an increased body size due to unwanted fat (weight gain) and excess and sagging skin (weight loss).

  • Hormonal Changes

Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate the majority of body functions. Hormonal imbalance may cause weight gain or loss, vaginal changes including dryness and loss of elasticity, and breast changes such as sagging and nipple displacement.

  • Aging

Aging is a natural process that changes the entire body. Its effects, among other things, include fat and tissue loss in the breasts, loss of skin elasticity, increased body fat, and even loss of shape and elasticity in the vagina.

  • Inactivity or Lack of Exercise

A sedentary lifestyle affects body shape, size, and composition. Inactivity leads to loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass is responsible for effective calorie burning, so its loss leads to increased fat storage, hence, weight gain.

  • Genetics

Genes play a primary role in determining physical appearance, including body shape and size, the quality of skin, and the amount of fat stored in the body. It also influences how the body responds to external and internal factors, such as exercise, diet, pregnancy, and aging.

It is important to understand that these physical changes are sometimes unavoidable and may not be resolved through a healthy lifestyle alone. That said, you can always explore alternatives such as the Mommy Makeover, which can effectively address aesthetic issues and improve your form and appearance, while boosting your confidence at the same time.

A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine the right combination of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures that can address your needs and achieve your goals and desired outcome. Under the expert advice and care from a board-certified plastic surgeon, these procedures can provide you with satisfying and lasting results that will improve your self-esteem and well-being.

 

Author: Dr. Kendall R. Roehl

Short Bio: Dr. Kendall Roehl is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving at Memorial Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas. She specializes in breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast reconstruction, and facelift, among others.

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