Few women have four-time mom Heidi Klum's metabolism or post-birth rebound rate (or pre-birth body, for that matter). When diet and exercise can't lessen the physical toll of pregnancy, a breast lift or reduction, abdominoplasty (a tummy tuck), and liposuction may help. The suitably named mommy makeover is also called a "mom job."
What It's Good For
During pregnancy, breasts often increase in size, then deflate after birth and breastfeeding. This can cause the breast tissues to droop and the surrounding skin to become overstretched and lax. The abdominal skin and tissues also stretch with pregnancy. This can leave the skin around the stomach flabby after giving birth. Age is a factor as well.
Who it works for: Women should wait about six months after childbirth before undergoing a mommy makeover.
Recommended age range: The older you are at the time you give birth, the harder it is for your body to recover from all the stretching, pulling, and tugging from pregnancy. It's also easier to recover after your first child than your second, third, or fourth.
When will I see results?: Results of a mommy makeover can be seen a week or two after surgery, once the swelling has subsided.
How long it lasts: While your breasts can still succumb to age or gravity with time, the tummy tuck and liposuction are potentially permanent with proper maintenance.
Key benefits of mommy makeover: The mommy makeover is quickly becoming as popular as Thomas the Tank Engine - it's the fastest and surest way to regain your pre-birth body. In 2007, 59% of surgeons belonging to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported an increase in cosmetic procedures aimed at reversing the physical effects of childbirth.
Did you know?: Breast augmentation to restore postpartum deflation was popular during the 1970s and 1980s, during which time insurance actually paid for it.
Who's Done It?
The co-host of , Dayna Devon, pared two inches from her waist with a mommy makeover. Her husband, plastic surgeon Brent Moelleken, was the surgeon. After giving birth, the mother of two lost the weight, "but not the belly flab."