What Are Some Mommy Makeover Options That Don't Involve a Knife?

Surely there are great ways to look better (and also feel better) without surgery after having kids and experiencing a less perky shape?

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Liposonix and CO2 for a non surgical mommy makeover - Los Angeles

CO2 laser resurfacing has been used to tighten skin around the belly button and abdomen areas. Another option is Liposonix, which is non invasive. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nonsurgical options for Mommy Makeover

The best option before even considering surgery is diet and exercise.  Occaisionally, lax abdominal skin  and breast will not contract and then surgery is the most viable option.

Rondi Kathleen Walker, MD
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Looking and feeling good after pregnancy is complicated

It always amazes me that any of our bodies can withstand the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth. Amazingly our bodies typically respond well to a consistently healthy diet and daily exercise that involves strength and conditioning. I would recommend that prior to entertaining any surgical options. Unfortunately sometimes surgery is the only way to restore your pre pregnancy body.

Laurie Casas, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover without surgery


You cannot go wrong with diet and excercise.  You may need to employ a trainer to have him/her guide you to an ideal diet and muscle building/fat burning regimen.

From the plastic surgery standpoint the following may also assist you with non surgical body contouring:



They are both non invasive and do have measurable results, although not nearly as much as surgery.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Non-invasive mommy makeover options

Mommy make-overs involve improving the abdomen and breast after pregnancy. Certainly, exercise and diet can help, but if you have excessive skin and laxity of the abdomen muscles and breasts, the only option to tighten the muscles and skin and lift the breasts is surgery.

Donna Rich, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical Mommy Makeover

Diet, exercise and strength training are the best thing to do with or without having surgery. Get a personal trainer to help get you on the right track. Yoga and pilates are great too. There are some "laser" technologies that might tighten the skin a little but I caution you not to expect too much.

Mommy makeover surgery does what other things don't

The mommy makeover typically involves a tummy tuck and breast surgery, and in both instances they do what you can't accomplish on your own with diet and exercise or noninvasive treatments. Be especially wary of liposuction procedures that sound minimally invasive and promise to tighten skin with lasers or ultrasound; liposuction is surgery but not an alternative to a tummy tuck where there is skin laxity.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Cool Sculpting

If you are absolutely against surgery you may have no alternatives to help with your breasts, however you may see nice results in fat reduction to your abdomen and back with Cool Sculpting.  Keep in mind this procedure helps reduce pocket areas of fat but will not help at all with loose skin.

Renato Saltz, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Make over

If you are looking for non surgical options to address your breast or abdomen...there are very few.  If you have some local areas of fat you might want to look into Zerona, however, I am  not at all convinced that it is effective.  Of course, diet and excercise are very important and can be very helpful.

Steven S. Carp, MD
Akron Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover Without Surgery

Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to improve the shape and appearance of post-pregnancy breasts or abdomen without surgery. Diet and exercise will help, but excess skin or stretch marks will not go away no matter how much you exercise. 

As long as you are happy with your shape then surgery can be avoided, otherwise there is no proven alternative.

Best of luck,

Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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