A mommy makeover typically includes abdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast enhancement such as implants or a breast lift—but it’s not limited to these procedures. The beauty of a mommy makeover is that each surgery enhances the result of the others, and you can customize it to your overall aesthetic goals. If you also want to address facial sagging or volume loss, for example, you can include a facelift or fat transfer to give your face a boost too.
A mommy makeover isn’t just for moms, though. Anyone who wants to comprehensively reshape their body can benefit from this combination of procedures. In this post, let’s discuss the rewards of a mommy makeover and some procedures that typically complement each other.
Most women experience sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles after pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. Although you can lose fat in your abdomen and other areas through diet and exercise, you can’t improve excess skin or weakened muscles. If you feel discouraged because of your flabby midsection and “belly pooch,” an abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, can help.
During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and repair separated ab muscles so you can enjoy a firmer, flatter, and more contoured midsection.
During and after your pregnancy, you may notice changes to your breasts, such as drooping or changes in size. Breastfeeding can also impact the appearance of your breasts. Breast augmentation and breast lifts are often included in a mommy makeover, restoring breast shape and size and helping you feel more confident in your clothing.
Breast augmentation adds volume to the breasts and can improve breast asymmetry, while a breast lift creates perkier breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping them. Breast reduction surgery is also an option for women who feel their breasts are uncomfortably large.
After pregnancy or as you get older, you may notice increased pockets of fat on your lower abdomen and waist that are hard to get rid of, even with a dedicated exercise regimen. While a tummy tuck can remove some excess abdominal fat, it’s not usually a solution for fat reduction on the hips or waist. Liposuction effectively diminishes these stubborn pockets of fat, complementing a tummy tuck’s results by contouring the waist or smoothing the hips to create an attractive silhouette. Liposuction can also reduce fat on the back, bra area, thighs, and buttocks–all areas that enhance the flat abdomen your tummy tuck will create.
What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?
If you are feeling hesitant about combining several procedures, that’s understandable. However, when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who puts your safety first, mommy makeover surgery is generally safe. It also offers several advantages over having your surgeries separately:
- Single recovery period
- Cost savings
- Undergoing general anesthesia only once
The single recovery period can make your life easier, especially if you need to make child care arrangements. You will also benefit from cost savings as you will have single operating room and anesthesiology fees when you combine procedures.
Many people find that a mommy makeover is uniquely satisfying, combining procedures that build on the results of the other and creating a dramatic transformation in body shape. You can see one of my patients’ remarkable transformations in their before and after photos.