Most Common Reason to Get Mommy Makeovers?

i am curious to know what your patients say is the reason they are undergoing all the surgeries for a mommy makeover. is it to be attractive to their husbands? other reasons? i want a makeover but can't get the courage

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Mommy's reasons...

Most surgeons refer to a "mommy makeover" as a series of cosmetic surgery procedures intended to restore a woman’s figure after pregnancy. I perform these procedures as part of a “mommy makeover” for patients who want an improved figure after having children. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can take a serious toll on a woman’s body, and many moms find that no amount of diet and exercise can restore their pre-baby figures.

Procedures commonly performed during mommy makeovers include:

Abominoplasty (tummy tuck)Breast Augmentation +/- Lift, or Breast Lift only without implants, liposuction

These procedures can be performed in one stage or multiple stages depending on the patient's goals, health status and other screening criteria. After pregnancy, breasts can lose their youthful position and shape, the tummy can become stretched and lose its tone, and extra fat may get deposited in areas that are not so flattering. The plastic surgery procedures above are intended to correct those conditions and help restore your pre-pregnancy figure.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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About the Mommy Makeover Procedure

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed.  #MummyTummy is a term given to modified tummy tucks which can use liposuction and skin tightening with radiofrequency such Vanquish, Vela3, thermage, thermiRF and others.  The actual fat contouring can be done non-surgically as well with #UltraShape or Cool-Sculpting. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair.  The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.  

#Combined operations are often performed with our #Gynecology colleagues. Tubal ligation is a common post pregnancy procedure which is done at the time of many of the surgeries included with a #MommyMakeover. If you require a gynecologic operation or study (laparoscopy) and are considering a plastic surgery procedure, discuss these issues with your physician and board-certified plastic surgeon. Also, combining these #procedures may decrease anesthetics, costs, and recovery time.

These procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Mommy makeover

Every woman has different motivation different goals and different anatomy; therefore each mommy makeover is unique and costumized  to benefit each individual woman’s needs. Mommy makeovers are designed to counteract the physical effects of childbearing and nursing or breastfeeding.  I have found that the best candidates for surgery are "self-motivated" wanting to feel better about themselves etc.

Best wishes.  

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Most Common Reason to Get Mommy Makeover?

Re: "curious to know what your patients say is the reason they are undergoing all the surgeries for a mommy makeover. is it to be attractive to their husbands? other reasons? i want a makeover but can't get the courage"

As much as a mother loves her child / children it is hard to look in the mirror on at photographs and wonder WHERE did the "Old you" go. It is grossly unfair that the cost of motherhood is a "Mommy Tummy", "Muffin Top" and stretch marks. Most women hate being photographed from the side and spend a lot of energy "sucking it in". Many resort to wearing baggy clothes to cover these imperfections.

In my practice, the vast majority of woman presenting for a Mommy Makeover want their "Before Baby Body" back. In most cases, a Tummy Tuck narrows the waist, flattens the tummy, raises a sagging Mons pubis and smooths Cellulite dimpling of the front thighs. Combined with liposuction of the back ("Back Scoop Surgery") the buttocks are greatly enhanced and appear larger and sexier. Breast Lift with or without Augmentation nicely rejuvenates sagging, deflated breasts.

Good Luck.

Dr. Peter A. Aldea


Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Mommy Makeover

My patients WANT TO GET THEIR BODY BACK.  Most of the mommy makeovers are for a breast lift or augmentation and a tummy tuck. 

Jay H. Ross, MD, FACS
Palm Harbor Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Reasons for Getting a Mommy Makeover

Here are the most common reasons for a Mommy Makeover:

1.  Loose skin of the belly

2.  Laxity of the abdominal muscles causing a buldge

3.  Loss of volume in the breasts after breastfeeding

4.  Drooping of the nipples/areolae after breastfeeding

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 201 reviews

Pregnancy inevitably affects a woman's body.

You are undoubtedly familiar with some of the changes which occur with pregnancy and by extension, with age: a) Breast volume loss, sagging, nipple growth, stretch marks, disassociation of skin brassiere with breast tissue, etc. b) Abdominal wall weakness resulting in a bulge, stretch marks, umbilicus shape changes, fatty degeneration of the pubis; c) Facial hyperanimation wrinkles, fat accumulation under chin, jowls, fat wasting from the face, laxity of neck skin.  In polling prospective "Mommy Makeover" patients about their motivations for considering surgery, most observe that while they have worked to regain their bodies by diet, exercise, stress reduction but these "problem" areas are not responsive to diligent efforts.  They are not self-absorbed.  They simply want some "repair" work and undertake these "makeovers" with full realization that it's impossible to restore a "prepregnancy" appearance, yet the changes they see bother them enough to proceed.  Hope this helps.

Lavinia K. Chong, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Makeover for personal reasons

Each patient is different in their desire to have plastic surgery. Most just want to have the body that they had before becoming pregnant.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Mommy makeover is for pesonal reasons

Like all plastic surgery, my patients who have the mommy makeover do it for personal reasons and not to please someone else, which would be a poor reason. They may say things like "I just want my old body back" or "now it's time to do something for me." Often their husbands will say "I love her the way she is" but that she wants to do it so they support her. If you do get up the courage, you will find what most mommy makeover patients do, which is that it is a very positive life change.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Reasons for mommy makeover

Most my patients choose the mommy makeover because they are unhappy with the changes pregnancy has had on their body.   They desire their pre-pregnancy body back.     In addition, my patients feel that they have given so much of themselves to their children and loved ones, that they want to do something for themselves to improve their self esteem and confidence.  

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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