According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 62% of women say that they would consider undergoing this procedure to enjoy the wonders of motherhood without sacrificing their physical appearance.

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What exactly is a Mommy Makeover? In recent years the term has become more and more present, and more women are wondering what all the buzz is about. These are (several) things you need to know if you’re thinking about a Mommy Makeover, and why it could work wonders for you!

Pregnancy is a beautiful and tough process the female body goes through. You’re hosting a new life inside you, and that inevitably takes a toll. From sharing nutrients to carrying weight to breast-feeding, there’s no denying that childbearing can be an exhausting albeit joyful experience. Many women wish they could get back to their pre-childbirth bodies but simply lack the time to do it due to newly found motherhood, or find that it is harder than before because of the changes in their physiology.

The Mommy Makeover is basically designed to get your pre-baby body back. It targets specific areas that are affected by pregnancy(s) and breast-feeding in a single session (though this can vary.) Usually a makeover of this kind consists in a tummy tuck, a combination of breast procedures like a lift and/or an augmentation, and fat removal (if necessary) through liposuction.

During surgery, the breasts are lifted, and in case of volume loss, implants are added. The muscles in the abdomen are strengthened and tightened, and the excess lower skin where stretch marks may be is removed. It’s important to note that these procedures should be completely tailored for your specific case, and that you’re sure that you won’t be going through pregnancy again soon, because a Mommy Makeover is a serious procedure.

Since several things are being done at once, you have to make sure that you are in the right place, at the right time in your life and have the right doctor for your specific case. Any experienced plastic surgeon will be board certified, have documentation of previous surgeries, before & after pictures, online reviews, and will make sure your needs are met from the get-go and that you are comfortable with every aspect of this experience. This is totally about you, so make sure to ask a ton of questions, everything that’s on your mind is worth having answered, as with any surgical procedure. This is your precious body we’re talking about!

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Pricing varies depending on what facility or surgeon you go to. Since this procedure package classifies as elective surgery, general insurance does not cover it. Some people decide to do it in the States or close to where they’re located, and other people choose to travel to have access to more economic prices for the same or even better quality. Medical tourism is all the rage these days, and for good reason. It’s entirely commendable to access plastic surgery forums like RealSelf and consult the reviews to see what these international experiences were like for other moms going through the process you’re considering.

The recovery period varies from person to person, and you have to make sure you’re fully healed before you jump back into your busy mommy routine. Becoming too active too soon can increase the risk for bleeding, increased bruising, pain and general wound healing. Consult your doctor on how long to hold off from intense physical activity and any doubts you may have before doing anything that might set back the procedure’s development.

Ultimately, mommy makeovers can be wonderful experiences that reset your comfort level with your body and general confidence. According to RealSelf, the “Worth It“ rating in 2014 was that 98% of women who underwent this treatment feel happier overall. Who says you have to give up on your body after motherhood? You can definitely have the best of both worlds.

Here at VIDA Hospital in Tijuana, we pride ourselves on working with our patients and giving them the exact experience they need to reset the vitality in their lives. Don’t hesitate to ask us all the questions you have about this or any other procedure you might be thinking about.If you’re thinking about it, make sure to research thoroughly, ask all the questions and be ready to get your body back to all its glory!