Am I a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

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Who is the ideal candidate for a mommy makeover?

The ideal candidate for a mommy makeover is in good health, frustrated by damaged skin and stubborn fat on the abdomen, and looking to add volume and/or shape to their breasts.

Typically, mommy makeovers are best for those who are done having kids or don’t plan to have children in the future. As we’ve mentioned and as you’re likely aware, pregnancy and breastfeeding have a major impact on our bodies. 

For most, it’s not worth going through the surgery, recovery, and dishing out the money only to have your results affected by pregnancy later. 

If you’re considering having kids in the next year or so, it’s probably better to wait on your mommy makeover. As always, lean into your plastic surgeon's expertise.

You'll discuss your unique risks and benefits based on the procedures included in your mommy makeover, your lifestyle, and your anatomy in your consultation.

Despite what the name suggests, mommy makeovers aren’t just for moms.

“Mommy makeover” is just a marketing term to describe breast and body cosmetic surgery done at the same time.

Because combination surgery saves time, recovery, and costs, many women, not just mothers, opt for a mommy makeover. 

Common mommy makeover procedures are:

  • breast lift or breast augmentation
  • breast reduction
  • tummy tuck
  • liposuction

You can deep dive into the specifics of the individual procedures in the free Bustmob Academy app.

Not sure what procedures you're interested in? Get an idea of what different mommy makeover combinations look like using the Bustmob GoalFinder.

You can filter thousands of mommy makeover after photos by patient stats like height and weight along with procedure(s) to see results on a frame like yours.

Save your favorites to a personalized collection so your wish pictures are ready and organized for your consultation.

Do's & Don'ts When Considering a MMO

Do have a conversation with your surgeon. 

Planning to have kids later, but want a mommy makeover now? If kids are in your future, a mommy makeover isn’t necessarily off the table. 

However, it does usually involve a longer conversation with your plastic surgeon about your perceived timeline for children and your specific risks and benefits. 

It’s always helpful to have some general plastic surgery knowledge before your consultation, but your one-on-one conversation with your plastic surgeon will be the way to know your best course of action.

Don’t forget to check your BMI.

Many plastic surgeons will say if your BMI, body mass index, is over 34-35, you’re probably not a good candidate for a mommy makeover. 

Here’s why. Typically, the further away you are from your goal weight and the higher your BMI, the less likely you are to love your results.

No one would want you to waste a bunch of money and go through surgery to still not be anywhere close to your goals.

You can learn more about goal weight and mommy makeovers in the free Bustmob Academy app

Do your research.

As we mentioned, the more you know before your consultation, the more empowered you’ll be to ask informed questions and lead a focused conversation with your surgeon. 

Knowing up front the potential risks and general terminology and having a strong idea of your aesthetic goals will help ensure the time with your surgeon is optimized. 

The Bustmob Academy app, home to hundreds of videos like the one above, is just one of Bustmob’s free resources to make your plastic surgery research easy.

With podcasts, live Q&A sessions with plastic surgeons, and endless emotional support, Bustmob is here to support you no matter where you are in your journey. 

Connect with other women on their plastic surgery journey in the Bustmob Community and get expert advice from the plastic surgeons of Amelia Aesthetics who volunteer their time to answer questions from the group.

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Do you have realistic expectations? 

Honesty is the best policy and the truth is, if you’re looking for perfection, plastic surgery may not be for you. 

Even after a successful mommy makeover, your skin will fold, you’ll have some asymmetry, and you will continue to age. Plastic surgery doesn’t stop the aging process, nor does it leave your skin perfectly symmetrical and taut. 

Your skin moves and folds so you can move, bend, and live your life. Our bodies start with some asymmetry and will still have some after surgery. 

All of that aside, you’re probably still going to love your results. Browse through some mommy makeover before and after photos–chances are you’re going to see a beautiful result over any imperfections. 

mommy makeover before and after photo
Mommy Makeover by Dr. Jeremy Pyle of Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh Before and After Photo
This is an important one to understand: Mommy makeovers are not a weight loss tool. 

Depending on the procedures you choose, you may see some changes in body weight and body contour. However, the goal of a mommy makeover is not to facilitate weight loss. 

On the other hand, diet and exercise alone cannot bring back your pre-baby body.

Factors like loose skin and abdominal muscle separation can only be addressed by a tummy tuck. No amount of crunches or a healthy diet can remove that skin. 

Diastasis Recti Before and After a Tummy Tuck
Diastasis Recti Before and After a Tummy Tuck

Mommy makeovers can replace lost volume in the breasts, address areola placement, remove excess skin, repair diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation, and in some cases remove stretch marks. 

But if you’re looking to lose weight, a mommy makeover isn’t the answer. You can learn more about what a mommy makeover is and isn’t in the free Bustmob Academy app. 

Found this helpful, but want more? 

Good news! This is just one of hundreds of fun, factual videos on the Bustmob Academy app to make your plastic surgery research easy.

From commonly told myths and FAQs, to recovery time and costs, Jenny Eden, founder of Bustmob, and Gretta Nance, lead educator at Amelia Aesthetics, break down your plastic surgery research into bite-size, binge-able pieces. 

Pair the Bustmob Academy app with support from the Bustmob Community and you are well on your way to being empowered and educated before you even set foot in your consultation.

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