Mommy Makeover Featured on TODAY Show

It can be a struggle for moms to get their bodies back to their pre-pregnancy look, even with diet and exercise. Fatma Rice, mother of a five year old, shared with the TODAY Show how she got her body back with plastic surgery.

Rice had a “mommy makeover,” which refers to moms who undergo multiple cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to restore or improve their post-pregnancy bodies.

Before pregnancy Rice was fit and happy with her body. While she was pregnant, she gained about 48 pounds, and even after she lost her pregnancy weight she says her breasts and stomach were saggy. She tried various workout routines to try and get rid of the stubborn fat, but nothing helped. “My confidence level went down,” she said.

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She chose to get a mommy makeover to get back to what she used to look like and how she used to feel about herself.

Rice had three procedures — liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast lift — and appeared on the TODAY Show two weeks after the surgeries to show off the results. “I’m ready to start 2011 in a new beautiful body,” she said.

Rice’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Loren Schechter, said she was a great candidate for the procedures because she’s healthy and she works out. “Not everyone is a candidate to combine surgeries,” he stressed.

How long should new moms wait before having plastic surgery? “We do advise women to wait until the changes associated with pregnancy have resolved. Usually at least six months, if not a bit longer so that swelling from pregnancy can go down,” said Dr. Schechter.

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