Finding The Right Surgeon For Your Mommy Makeover
Few moments can compare to the one when a mom holds her child for the very first time. All of the discomfort of labor is forgotten and thoughts turn to the hopeful journey ahead. In the days ahead, her body may tell a different story. Changes to breasts, waistline and an extra layer of fat can prompt moms weary of failed exercise programs to seek cosmetic solutions, including surgery, to restore their post-pregnancy figures to pre-pregnancy firmness.
Mommy makeovers are becoming increasingly popular, rising 15 percent since 2014. One reason for this rise in the U.S. is women are having children later. In 1980, the average age for first-time mothers was 22.7. Today, it’s 26.7. Women with college degrees and careers are starting their families even later at 31.1. With age comes decreased resiliency. Cosmetic treatments, including injectables and surgery, can speed up the post-pregnancy “bounce back” and even help moms go beyond the level of pre-pregnancy.
Cosmetic procedures, though, are not one-size-fits-all. Each woman must decide the right course of action for her age and resources. That’s why it’s critical to find the right surgeon.
Make Sure Your Surgeon Is Accredited
Doctors do not need “board certification” to perform cosmetic surgery in the United States. Certifications, though, are definitely helpful. One certifying body, the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS), requires candidates to complete six years of surgical training, a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training, comprehensive oral and written exams, and adherence to a strict Code of Ethics. ABPS certification is one way to ensure your doctor has been vetted and is staying up-to-date on the latest advancements.
These advancements are really useful. With procedures adapting to new technologies and surgical advancements you can be sure you are getting the best option for your body and recovery time.
How Experienced Is The Surgeon?
A plastic surgeon’s continued experience can also give potential patients insight on whether to work with that doctor or not. You want to ensure you are getting someone who has done this procedure regularly. Things to investigate to ensure patient confidence are:
- How frequently, over a year, does the surgeon perform the mommy makeover procedures – such as breast augmentations or tummy tucks?
- What is their medical background? Do they have credentials? How long have they been practicing?
- In which hospitals or surgical centers do they perform procedures? Research those places to ensure they have great safety records and have high standards of hygiene and care.
What Do Other Patients Say About Them?
Look up patient reviews on Yelp. Ask your primary care doctor or internist about the surgeon you’re considering. Online searches can help you understand what’s needed for your particular procedure. Talk to other women who have had the surgery, particularly with the surgeon you’re considering. Facebook community pages are a great place to ask questions too.
Check For Before And After Photos
Look at the website for your surgeon’s practice to see before-and-after results of the mommy makeover procedures you are considering. These results can give you a clear idea of the skill of the surgeon and what kinds of outcomes to expect.
Speak To Different Surgeons
Make sure you find a surgeon sensitive to your concerns and who is willing to give you recommendations for surgical and non-surgical options so you can weigh potential choices for each aspect of your refreshed body before coming to a decision. You don’t have to like them, but you need to feel comfortable and confident in their abilities.
Go To Your Consultation Prepared
Come prepared with questions and take the time you need to feel comfortable with the surgeon. Be sure they have the experience required to help you feel confident when it comes to your mommy makeover. Expect to receive an examination, review your full medical history and discuss the surgical options to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Be sure to bring someone you trust with you to provide insight and raise discussion points during the consultation. Two heads can definitely be better than one.
Does the surgeon have a 3D Imaging Machine? This is a great tool to show you how you will look after the procedure and help you decide if you want breast implants or a lift, what size implants you would like, what your waist line will look like. This is a great visual aid.
Are you considering a mommy makeover? We invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses to explore whether you would make a good candidate. To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.
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