Whether they work outside the home or not, all moms are hardworking. But when it comes to plastic surgery, stay-at-home moms and career moms may have very different needs and goals.
In both cases, a surgery called Mommy Makeover can be used to address cosmetic concerns related to pregnancy and childbirth. Stretch marks, sagging breasts, and loose skin are no match for the scalpel and skill of a qualified plastic surgeon. But the goals for surgery, and even the individual procedures themselves, may be different for stay-at-home moms vs. career moms. Here’s how.
- Goals: Like all moms, stay-at-home moms choose Mommy Makeover surgery to improve their appearance and increase their confidence. Devoting their days to their children and maintaining a home, they often put their own needs last and are left with little “me time.” A Mommy Makeover may then serve as a form of self-care–something they want to do for themselves to improve body image and self-esteem.
- Considerations: Because moms who work within the home are often the primary care providers for their children, arrangements will need to be made for childcare during the recovery period, which can last up to 6 weeks. However, according to the website of Dr. Peter Lennox, a plastic surgeon offering Mommy Makeover in Vancouver, most moms require 1 to 2 weeks of rest. Lifting heavy objects like groceries or toddlers is also a no-no, so plan accordingly.
- Procedures: Stay-at-home moms can benefit from a number of plastic surgery procedures, but may be inclined to target those areas affected by pregnancy and childbirth, such as the breasts and tummy. Breast surgery along with a tummy tuck and liposuction are popular among stay-at-home moms. Specifically, breast augmentation or a breast lift can be particularly helpful for moms whose breasts look “deflated,” which is often the result of breastfeeding. A tummy tuck can remove unwanted skin and fat and also tighten the abdominal muscles, which are stretched and weakened by pregnancy.
- Goals: In addition to improving their looks, many working moms want to stay competitive in the workplace, and unfortunately, the physiological effects of having children may not be conducive to workplace confidence and success.
According to a study conducted by sociologists at NYU, weight gain for women after pregnancy resulted in decreased prestige at work as well as reduced income. Men, on the other hand, suffered no such consequences (talk about a double standard!).
- Considerations: Working moms will have to take time off work and home responsibilities. Depending on the procedures chosen, some moms may be able to return to work after 1 week, but others may require more time for procedures that result in visible bruising (such as facial surgery). The type of work will also impact how quickly working moms can return to their careers. If you can work remotely from home, you may feel good enough to hop on a conference call or respond to a few emails just 1 or 2 days after surgery. More physically demanding work will require the standard 1 to 2 weeks, or possibly more.
- Procedures: Because working moms have to put their best face forward, they may choose facial plastic surgery or medical spa treatments to target a tired-looking appearance. Procedures like facelift, dermal filler injections, and BOTOX Cosmetic® can erase signs of long days and sleepless nights. Liposuction, breast enhancement, and tummy tucks also remain popular with working moms.
Each Mom Is Different
Ultimately, all moms want to look great and feel confident–regardless of whether they stay home or have a career. A Mommy Makeover can help achieve that by using customized procedures that target specific concerns. By improving how you feel both inside and out, you’ll have more energy to devote to your most important job–raising healthy, happy kids.