A Mommy Makeover involves the combination of aesthetic enhancement procedures performed in tandem, or over a series of appointments. At your initial consultation, Dr. Steven Holzman, our board-certified plastic surgeon, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that incorporates the procedures that will be most beneficial to your needs.
- What Is a Mommy Makeover?
- Mommy Makeover Options
- Mommy Makeover Preparation
- Mommy Makeover Procedure
- Mommy Makeover Recovery
- Mommy Makeover Scars
- Mommy Makeover Cost
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a cosmetic procedure designed to return the body to its pre-pregnancy shape and beauty. The process of pregnancy and childbirth can lead to many changes in the shape, volume, and appearance of the breasts and body. Many women, after having children, wish to restore their contours. Mommy Makeover surgery combines two or more procedures that can be customized to suit your unique goals. While this treatment often includes a breast lift and tummy tuck surgery, each patient can include the techniques that best apply to their desired outcome.
What Techniques Does a Mommy Makeover Include?
One of the many benefits of this procedure is the ability to customize the treatment plan to address your concerns. Tummy tuck surgery and a breast lift are the most common two techniques used, but many women opt for breast augmentation instead, or they may prefer liposuction instead of a tummy tuck. You can learn more about each of these popular options below:
A tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) addresses one of the most visible signs of physical change after pregnancy: the abdomen. This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and lifts the overlying skin, eliminating excess skin and pulling the remaining skin taut for a smoother, more athletic-looking midsection.
Excess fat and skin that accumulate in the breasts during pregnancy often linger after childbirth, giving the breasts a sagging appearance. Breast lift surgery addresses this by lifting the breasts to a higher position and eliminating extra skin, giving them a smoother, perkier aesthetic.
New moms who would like to take breast enhancement one step further than a breast lift and add volume and new contour to the bust line may benefit from breast augmentation with implants. Often breast augmentation is combined with a breast lift, or mastopexy, to restore both volume and shape. Our plastic surgeon can give you fuller, more sensual-looking breasts that are more proportionate to your body frame.
One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today, liposuction can get rid of stubborn, excess fat pockets in virtually any body area. This procedure is especially useful for areas of fat that have been unresponsive to even the most rigorous diet and exercise regimens.
How Should I Prepare for a Mommy Makeover?
To help achieve a restful recovery after a Mommy Makeover, it is beneficial to plan ahead for day-to-day responsibilities and extended coverage so you can focus on proper healing. A few measures to consider include:
- Arranging transportation with a loved one to and from surgery
- Asking family and friends for help with child and pet care
- Seeking assistance with household chores
- Preparing a safe and comfortable recovery space at home that is easily walkable and accessible
- Stocking up on groceries and necessities ahead of time
- Completing any errands that would normally occur during recovery time
- Trying to fill your prescriptions before surgery
Other steps can include eating a healthy diet with nutritious foods to prepare your body for the healing process and temporarily discontinuing use of NSAIDs and anti-inflammatory medications. Additionally, refraining from tobacco products four weeks before and after surgery is vital to a safe and successful recovery.
How is the Mommy Makeover Procedure Performed?
Generally, Mommy Makeover treatments are performed as outpatient procedures under general anesthesia. In most cases, the patient can return home the same day, however, there may be an overnight stay required in certain cases. Mommy Makeovers are customized to meet the goals of each individual and, as such, the surgical details will vary for each patient. During your personal consultation with Dr. Holzman, the combination of chosen treatments will be decided and Dr. Holzman can help determine whether your Mommy Makeover can be completed all at once or over multiple sessions. Dr. Holzman works closely with his patients to ensure they are informed and comfortable every step of the way, so the procedures go as smoothly as possible. The team at Holzman Plastic Surgery will be able to provide an exact timeline of your treatment plan and instructions before and after surgery. Our team is happy to review any questions or concerns you may have prior to your procedures.
What Is Recovery After a Mommy Makeover Like?
Recovery following a Mommy Makeover will depend on the particulars of your treatment plan. Different techniques have different healing times, and Dr. Holzman will review the estimated downtime of your program with you during your initial consultation. It’s important to note, multiple procedures could require a longer recovery than a single procedure—or they may not. Everyone heals at their own rate. We will review what to expect in detail so you are well-prepared when making a decision.
Will I Have Scars After a Mommy Makeover?
Scarring after a Mommy Makeover is dependent on the chosen procedures for your treatment. As with any surgery, the incisions made will have a chance of leaving a residual scar, however, Dr. Holzman makes every effort to minimize their appearance. In general, the smaller the incision or surgical area required, the smaller the scar will be. When possible, Dr. Holzman will perform the incisions in the natural contours and creases of the body or in concealed locations with lower visibility. For example, liposuction incisions are often quite small and unnoticeable upon healing, whereas tummy tuck and breast augmentation incisions are usually made in areas normally covered by swimsuits and undergarments. The team at Holzman Plastic Surgery can help direct you to effective skincare products and high-quality scar creams after surgery that can help further diminish the appearance of scarring.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
The price of a Mommy Makeover will depend on which procedures you combine for your treatment plan. To give you a general idea of the potential cost, the average price of tummy tuck surgery was $13000, the average price of breast lift surgery was $11000, and the average price of liposuction was $6000. Please keep in mind these numbers are approximations and reflect the total cost of the surgeon’s fee and anesthesiology and hospital facility fees. To give you access to the best and most complete information, it is our practice philosophy to provide a full breakdown of expected costs for your treatment plan at your initial visit. We also welcome your questions and can assist you in finding plastic surgery financing as needed.