What Are the Top 3 Most Effective and Efficient Skin Tuck Procedures After Childbirth?

Which mommy makeover skin tuck procedures have the largest tangible effect with the most minimal surgery?

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The Procedures Typically Included with a Mommy Makeover

The 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. A #mastopexy or breast lift operation is designed to improve the shape and position of the breasts without reducing their size. It's suggested to wait at least 6 months after pregnancy to undergo a Mommy Makeover. Additionally, your weight should also be stable for at least 6 months.  Also, such #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 Mommy Makeovers. Therefore, if you require a gynecologic operation or study (laparoscopy) and are considering a plastic surgery procedure, discuss these issues with your doctor.

Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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What Are the Top 3 Most Effective and Efficient Skin Tuck Procedures After Childbirth

That is a difficult question to answer as it is up to interpretation. When one tries to satisfy both of those desires there will usually be a compromise. Depending on what the patient would benefit from, the surgeon might be able to give a list of options from least to most invasive and explain the limitations of each. At that point then you can determine, based on what is important from your perspective.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift, tummy tuck, and labiaplasty for Mommy Makeover

Breast lift, tummy tuck, and labiaplasty for Mommy Makeover are probably the most skin for the buck after childbirth.

Other plastic surgeon's might pick a different three.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift are the most effective, efficient skin tuck Mommy Makeover Procedures

There is no question that the Tummy Tuck and the Breast Lift or Dermal Mastopexy are the most helpful effective Mommy Makeover procedures following childbirth.

As to a third skin tuck procedure, it depends on the individual patients needs and desires.

The Medial Thigh often gains weight during pregnancy but a Thigh Tuck is delayed as a second procedure as is an Arm Tuck or Brachioplasty.

Actually in terms of a third procedure performed during Mommy makeover in my practice, Blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation is most common.

The Top 3 Effective and Efficient Skin Tuck Procedures after Childbirth

The 3 most common and the 3 that give the best results typically are the full tummy tuck, the breast lift, and the arm lift. Every woman's needs are slightly different post partum but overall, these 3 procedures seem to address the essential needs of women after childbirth.

Robert Heck, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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What R Top 3 Most Effective & Efficient Skin Tuck Procedures After Childbirth?Answer:

Breast Lift. Of the 2 main ones (tummy and breast...I can think of a third to fully answer your question!!!) I think it gives the biggest Bang for the least amount of surgery. The recovery is not anywhere near like a Tummy Tuck and you are really up and about much faster. Now the downside is the implant which is used in most cases. There is a commitment to maintenance for years to come with an implant so always take that into account!

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Best Mommy Makeover Results

Women may experience many different changes with their bodies with pregnancy (which are well worth it when you hold that beautiful baby!) , and the most common areas of concern are the breast and abdominal area.  The breasts can be improved with a combination of breast augmentation (small incision) with or without a breast lift,  depending on the amount of skin laxity present.   Or, one might consider a breast lift alone, if they are pleased with their breast volume or size.  The abdominal area can be contoured with liposuction and a mini or full abdominoplasty depending on the amount of skin laxity present.  Although there are other areas that may be of concern, the most dramatic impact can be usually be achieve with a combination of breast and abdominal contouring surgery.  The procedure that is best for you to give you the results that you desire are discussed at the time of an initial consultation when you can review your concerns and goals with your surgeon.

Diane L. Gibby, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover Requests

Pregnancy affects women's bodies differently but most women have a great deal of change in both their abdomen and their breasts. A "Mommy Makeover" is intended to address these areas primarily.   A tummy tuck removes extra skin and tightens the abdominal wall.  A breast lift or breast reduction is commonly requested to restore breast shape.  Some wish to improve breast volume or shape with breast implants.  Sometimes liposuction is used in areas of excess weight carriage. Lots of women feel dowdy after pregnancy.  A Mommy Makeover can help post partum blues.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Top 3 mommy makeover procedures

Every procedure plastic surgeons do is designed to give the maximal benefit with the most minimal approach, so the best operation for each individual is based on their condition. The mommy makeover almost always involves a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and some version of a breast lift. Often the breast procedure includes augmentation with an implant to replace lost volume, which in turn affects the type of lift. So the top 3 are tummy tuck and minimal scar breast lifts, either vertical pattern or periareolar (Benelli.)

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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3 most effective postpregnancy skin tuck procedures

The stretching of the torso (abdomen and breasts) from pregnancy and breast feeding can be well treated with three procedures depending on your anatomy and exam with a real plastic surgeon.  These three are:

1. Full tummy tuck (mini's are super rare in well selected cases)

2. Breast lift (with or without augmentation)

3 Both together (mommy makeover)

Good luck!

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