Pregnancy and weight gain can take a physical toll that can be difficult to overcome. The pressure to “bounce back” physically after having kids frustrates many women. When they learn about the mommy makeover, they are excited to get back their pre-baby body. This combination of popular procedures (such as a breast lift and a tummy tuck) has produced great results for my Los Angeles patients.
Even though a mommy makeover can transform your body, there are a few questions to ask before scheduling an appointment. Most doctors recommend being at your “ideal weight” before undergoing surgery. But why is that important? And what happens if you find yourself unable to shed as many pounds as you’d like?
Knowing Your BMI
Good news: weight loss may not be necessary if you’re already at a normal BMI (Body Mass Index). A BMI chart is a tool used by doctors to calculate a person’s body fat based on their current height and weight. BMI is a useful way to distinguish between a “healthy weight” and an “ideal weight.” While you might not be at your ideal weight loss goal (which may be unrealistic), being within a healthy range means surgery is still an option.
But why does weight matter in the first place? The main reason is safety. For patients with a BMI over 30, there is an increased risk of complications during elective surgery (especially when undergoing multiple procedures at the same time, such as during a mommy makeover). If you fall into the “overweight” category, you can discuss those potential risks your surgeon during your consultation.
If you’re only partway through your weight loss journey, it might be tempting to get surgery before crossing the finish line. But losing a significant amount of weight after body contouring can actually compromise your results. Skin elasticity plays a major part in procedures like a tummy tuck. If you lose weight after your makeover, your midsection might develop new folds of unflattering, saggy skin.
Planning to get a mommy makeover can be a motivator to get in better shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will get the best results and fewest complications by being within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight.
Making Your Decision
Ultimately, the decision of when to get a mommy makeover is between you and your surgeon. Patients who are overweight before surgery may want to have their procedures performed at different times. By splitting up time-intensive surgeries such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, you can help avoid the risks of a longer operation. Discuss these options with your doctor to see which solution is safest for you.
Weight is only one factor to consider when thinking about the timing of a mommy makeover. When it comes to surgery and family planning, there are many factors to keep in mind. If you have any questions or concerns, schedule a consultation either online or by calling (310) 300-1779. Together, we can help plan the best experience for obtaining your body goals.