Are you planning to go for an affordable mommy makeover abroad? You should be able to relate:
Two years after having her third baby, Anna Mackenzie was sure she did not want to expand her family anymore.
She was also sure that pregnancies and motherly duties had taken a toll on her physically and that she missed the joy of dressing up, or just living in her pre-pregnancy body.
“Ofcourse, I enjoyed motherhood,” Anna says. “But I didn’t enjoy my body or my clothes anymore and I miss that.”
Sagging breasts and loose tummy skin needs multiple surgeries, which are now being offered in packages called mommy makeovers.
Multiple elective surgeries can be extremely expensive, which is why many women like Anna seek affordable mommy makeover abroad.
What is a mommy makeover?
Mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that help improve the post-pregnancy appearance of a woman’s body.
Depending upon your individual requirement, the package can include:
- Breast augmentation or reduction
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Thigh lift
- Arm lift
- Butt lift
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Body contouring and liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat in any area
The term maybe relatively new, but mommy makeover packages have long gained acceptance by mothers and with 96% patient satisfaction rate—as given by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it is sure something you can seriously consider.
If you identify with the following problems after childbirth, a mommy makeover could prove useful:
- Your breasts are too big, too small, sagging, stretched, or uneven
- You have a bulging tummy, loose skin, and stretch marks around your waistline
- You have too much fat in hips and thighs
- You have loose, sagging skin on your arms
- You feel your vaginal walls have become loose (usually after normal delivery)
If you are in good general health, have no significant medical histories that can complicate the results, and have realistic expectations from the surgery, you will likely make a good candidate for mommy makeover.
Although the term ‘mommy makeover’ suggests these surgeries are performed to alter the effects of pregnancy on the physical appearance of a woman’s body, I get a lot of queries from women in their late 40s and 50s, who are looking to get this combination of cosmetic surgeries.
Number of days in hospital
(depending upon the procedures performed)
Recommended length of stay at destination
Follow up visits are usually not required
Please do not be in a rush when you plan your surgery; stay for the recommended time for complete recovery after mommy makeover to ensure there are no complications on returning home.
Mommy makeover is a not a definitive procedure. So the first step is to consult with your cosmetic surgeon and get a treatment plan, discussing in detail about the procedures that will help you achieve your desired body goals.
Remember, when you go abroad for a mommy makeover the treatment plan discussed over email/phone might have to be changed when the doctor examines you in person.
It helps to know what exactly you want and then discuss with your doctor if that can be achieved with surgery.
Some incision marks will be concealed under natural tissue and the rest will fade with time. Discuss the possibility of having the smallest post-surgery scar but remember that smaller incisions can correct only lesser degree of breast sag.
You must not compromise on surgery results for fear of big scars. A detailed discussion with your cosmetic surgeon will help you decide.
No surgery ever comes without risks.
A 2015 study published in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), studied about 25,000 tummy tucks performed between 2008 and 2013.
It was found that 65 percent of tummy tuck seekers combined the surgery with other cosmetic procedures.
It was also observed that the complication rate was highest—6.8 percent—when tummy tuck was combined with other procedures. The complications included hematomas, infection, and blood clots.
“Although the overall incidence of major complications is low, such complications can leave a potentially devastating cosmetic outcome and pose a significant financial burden on the patient and surgeon,” wrote the researchers.
The risk in plastic surgery is higher in patients who:
- Are over 55 years of age
- Are highly obese
- Have uncontrolled diabetes
- Have poor general health
Even though that might mean multiple trips to your medical destination, if it is important for your safety, plan your surgery in stages and take multiple medical vacations over a few months.
While the risks may be higher in combined procedures, the satisfaction rate is also much higher.
Patients in the above ASPS study reported to have a whopping 99 percent satisfaction when liposuction was performed with abdominoplasty, with no increase in pain.
86 percent of all patients undergoing combined plastic surgery procedures or mommy makeover reported to improving their self-esteem post the surgery. 70 percent of them said they also had an improved quality of life.
Pregnancy might reverse the effects of cosmetic surgery. Mommy makeovers are only advised when you are sure you do not foresee getting pregnant again in future.
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You must ask your plastic surgeon everything that makes you feel secure and confident before the surgery. Here’s a list of some common concerns and things to discuss with your doctor before mommy makeover:
- Would you recommend mommy makeover for me?
- Can my desired results be achieved?
- Will the surgery leave scars? Where will they be located?
- How long will it take for me to completely recover?
- When can I fly back home?
- How long after mommy makeover can I resume work?
- What are the risks and possible complications? How many of your patients have had complications?
- How are complications handled here?
- What kind of anesthesia will be given?
- What are the associated costs and its break-up?
Besides, you can also ask for before-after pictures of previous mommy makeover patients to understand what will it look like?
Hospital stay after mommy makeover varies from country to country. In countries like India and Thailand, you can expect 2-6 days of hospital stay while in the West, most hospitals will let you go sooner.
Recovery times also vary from person to person, but here’s an overview of what to expect:
Immediately after the surgery:
- You will have bandages on the surgical sites as well as drains and compression garments.
- Expect to have some pain as the anesthesia wears off. The pain will settle with oral medication and will gradually dip as the swelling subsides over the next week.
Week 1-3 after the surgery
- You will be back in your hotel or recovery house and will be able to move around comfortably.
- Having a companion at this stage is a huge plus.
- By the end of second week, you should be able to even drive around but refrain from major lifting and strenuous activities.
- Sleep in an inclined position with several pillows under your back and your legs slightly bent.
- Wear the surgical bra and abdominal binder, if provided.
- Excessive pain, redness, bleeding in the surgical area, dizziness, nausea, and chest pains must be immediately reported to your surgeon.
- After a comprehensive evaluation by the doctor, you will be allowed to fly back after 2-3 weeks of mommy makeover surgery.
- Ask the doctor for your fit-to-fly certificate before you travel back
- Avoid any kind of strenuous activity—heavy lifting, jogging, running—for atleast six weeks after the surgery
If you are looking for affordable mommy makeover abroad, you can send us a request to see the options and plan your cosmetic surgery holiday.