What Are the Basic Elements of a Mommy Makeover?

Can I chose to have only part of the recommended surgeries during a mommy makeover?

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Elements of a Mommy Makeover

As a plastic surgeon and mother myself, I understand the difficulty many mothers face trying to return to their previous shape after having children. That's why I am dedicated to empowering mothers to look and feel just the way they want through a Mommy Makeover.  If the physical effects of pregnancy have left your body misshapen with sagging breasts, stretched stomach or bulging hips and thighs, Mommy Makeover surgery, which may include breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck or other body sculpting procedures, can help you take back your figure. Rather than a set formula of procedures, a Mommy Makeover involves a highly individualized approach to achieving a patient’s desired outcomes with optimal safety and comfort in mind.  As always, it is important to set up a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon in order to understand your options, not just in terms of the procedures themselves but other important issues such as cost and recovery as well.

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Mommy makeover procedures

It is totally up to you what you'd like to have done for your mommy makeover. Common procedures performed include a tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast augmentation. Liposuction is also popular.

The Mommy Makeover: Combination of Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

The mommy makeover is one of the most popular operations performed by plastic surgeons. This operation has been designed to correct changes in the body that are associated with pregnancy. The procedure is a combination of cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction, and abdominoplasty. Although the majority of mommy makeover patients will require all three of these operative procedures, some patients may need lesser combinations. This is dependent entirely upon the patient’s unique anatomic deformity.

There are multiple advantages when these procedures are performed in combination. These include an improved overall result, lowered cost, and a single recovery. Patients typically report increased self-esteem, self-image, and an overall improvement in the quality of their lives. For these reasons, the mommy makeover is one of the most popular operations that is currently performed in plastic surgery.

What Are the Basic Elements of a Mommy Makeover?

The basic elements of a mommy makeover include a tummy tuck procedure (sometimes with liposuction) and a breast surgery procedure (such as a lift, augmentation with implants, implants and a lift, etc.).  You can chose to have 1 part or a combination of parts.  Set your goals with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to create a plan that work for both of you for optimal outcome and safety.

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What is mommy makeover surgery?

Mommy makeover is any combination surgery for moms.  As you know, our body changes  during and after pregnancy.  Most times, moms have deflation of breasts and excess skin/fat as well as stretched out muscle of the abdomen.  Mommy makeover often times entails breast augmentation with/without lift and tummy tuck.  You can elect to have part of the surgery or combination of surgery depending on your desire.  Please visit with board-certified plastic surgeon to see whether you are a good candidate for mommy makeover surgery and what type of mommy makeover is right for you.

Mommy Makeover What Is Included?

Thank you for your question.

Yes many women decide to have only one element of a Mommy Makeover, usually a Breast Augmentation with Implants or a Tummy Tuck.

As originally described by Dr Stevens a Mommy Makeover was procedures designed to correct Breast and Tummy changes that occur during pregnancy.

Most commonly it combined a Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation with Implants and a Tummy Tuck. The Tummy Tuck can be a Mini, or in the case of split abdominal muscles a Full Abdominoplasty with repair of the Diastasis Recti.

For many women a Breast Augmentation with Implants and a Mini Tummy Tuck are all that is required

What Are The Five Elements That Usually Make Up A Mommy Makeover?

The five elements that are normally discussed in a Mommy Makeover are:
     1.  Tummy tuck with correction of separated muscles
     2.  Liposuction of one or more areas (baby fat)
     3.  Breast enhancement (lift, augmentation or both)
     4.  Labiaplasty
     5.  Dealing with the mask of pregnancy
Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with lots of experience in the Mommy Makeover.  You can certainly choose to do all of these procedures at once or break these up into multiple surgeries based on the good advice of your plastic surgeon. 

Mommy makeover

Great question!  Generally speaking, a "mommy makeover" is a set of surgeries designed to correct the changes that happen after pregnancy. But every women's body is different and every women's body responds differently to pregnancy, so the best thing for you to do is meet with at least one board certified plastic surgeon who will examine you and discuss your goals and desires with you. Then, the two of you can create a plan that works for you.  It will usually involve at least a tummy tuck with liposuction and a breast augmentation, with or without a lift. I hope that helps and wish you the best of luck!

Mommy makeover

The term "mommy makeover" was coined to address the trauma to the body brought on by pregnancy and the surgery to correct this trauma.  Pregnancy may result in loss of volume in the breasts, sagging of the breasts, loose skin and stretch marks on the abdomen, and increased fat in the hips and thighs.  Surgery to correct these issues include breast lift and/or breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction.  These are all procedures that are frequently done individually.  When done collectively, however, we usually refer to them as a mommy makeover.

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

The term Mommy Makeover includes combining cosmetic enhancement of the breasts and tummy in one operation.

The name Mommy Makeover comes from the common request for restoration ("makeover") of the aesthetics of the breasts and abdomen after the changes to those body parts after pregnancy.

The breast procedures may entail any of the following individually or in combination:

  • breast augmentation
    • implants
    • fat grafting
  • breast lift
  • breast reduction
  • nipple-areola enhancement
    • reduction
    • repositioning
    • release of retracted nipple

The tummy procedures may include:

  • abdominoplasty
    • numerous techniques, from mini- to full- to extended
  • C-section scar revision
  • liposuction
  • reshaping of the umbilicus (belly button)
  • treatment of stretch marks

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