Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back

The goal of a mommy makeover is to restore the shape and appearance of a woman’s body after childbearing.

Introduction

What is a mommy makeover?

The goal of a mommy makeover is to restore the shape and appearance of a woman’s body after childbearing. Many women notice changes in their bodies post-pregnancy. There are many areas of the body that can be addressed, most commonly the breasts, abdomen, waist, genitalia and buttocks. A mommy makeover is typically performed as a single-stage procedure. There are many techniques used to perform a mommy makeover, and many factors should be taken into consideration when choosing which techniques are best:
  • Desired amount of restoration
  • Placement of the incisions
  • Type of implant used
Candidates

Who is a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. You may be a candidate for mommy makeover surgery if:
  • You are in good medical health
  • You are at your ideal body weight
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • You are finished with childbearing
Cost

How much does a mommy makeover cost?

A surgeon’s cost for mommy makeover surgery will vary based on the chosen procedures to be performed as part of the mommy makeover as well as the surgeon’s experience and geographic location. Please consult with your plastic surgeon’s office to determine your final fee. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans for mommy makeover surgery, so be sure to ask.

Mommy makeover costs may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Implants
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests and x-rays
When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for mommy makeover surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.
Consultation

What should I expect during a consultation for a mommy makeover?

During your mommy makeover consultation be prepared to discuss:
  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries
Your plastic surgeon will also:
  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, abdomen, genitalia, and/or buttocks and take measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and skin thickness
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of mommy makeover surgery and any risks or potential complications
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions. It’s very important to understand all aspects of your mommy makeover. To help, we have prepared a checklist of questions to ask your plastic surgeon that you can take with you to your consultation. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
Questions to Ask

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about a mommy makeover?

Use this checklist as a guide during your mommy makeover consultation:
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • What specific training do you have in mommy makeover techniques?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
Risks and Safety

What are the risks of a mommy makeover?

The decision to have mommy makeover surgery is extremely personal. You’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications. The possible risks of mommy makeover surgery include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions, hematoma, seroma, loss of nipple sensation, inability to breast feed, implant leak, capsular contracture, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, unfavorable scarring, recurrent looseness of skin, fat necrosis, deep venous thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, asymmetry, persistent pain, contour deformity, fat embolization and anesthesia risks. Further information regarding risks for mommy makeover surgery can be found on the pages related to the individual procedures:
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck
  • Vaginal rejuvenation
Preparation

How should I prepare for a mommy makeover?

In preparing for mommy makeover surgery, you may be asked to:
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Mommy makeover surgery is typically performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgery setting, and will likely use general anesthesia. Some follow-up procedures may be performed on an outpatient basis, and local anesthesia with sedation may be used. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and in consideration of your preferences and your doctor’s best judgment.
Procedure Steps

What are the steps of a mommy makeover procedure?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – Surgical procedures

The steps for the various procedures that could be a part of your individualized mommy makeover surgery can be found below:
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy tuck
  • Vaginal rejuvenation
Recovery

What should I expect during my mommy makeover recovery?

Following your mommy makeover surgery, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the breasts. A compression garment may also be used to control swelling in the abdomen, waist and buttocks. You will be given specific instructions that may include:
  • How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period:
  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
  • Will there be drains? For how long?
  • When can I bathe or shower?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for follow-up care?
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases and the shape of the breasts, abdomen, waist, genitalia and buttocks improves. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
Results

What results should I expect after a mommy makeover?

The final results of mommy makeover surgery may not be apparent for several months after surgery. Over time, the implants will settle and the scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their self-confidence after surgery. When you go home, if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary. Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Glossary of Terms

What words should I know about mommy makeover procedures?

Abdominoplasty

A surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.

Areola

Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Capsular contracture

The development of scar tissue around the breast implant which may distort the shape of the breast.

Diastasis

Condition in which abdominal muscles have separated.

General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Hematoma

Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Implant

A medical device containing either saline or silicone which is used to augment the size of the breast.

Intravenous sedation

Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Liposuction

Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.

Local anesthesia

A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Mastopexy

Surgery to lift the breasts.

Saline implants

Breast implants filled with sterile salt water.

Silicone implants

Breast implants filled with an elastic gel.
Choosing a Surgeon

How do I choose a plastic surgeon for a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeover surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
  • Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
Do not be confused by other official-sounding boards and certifications. The ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with “cosmetic surgery” in its name. By choosing a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board certified by the ABPS or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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