What’s is a Mommy Makeover?

Posted February 04, 2022
Pre baby body after having kids

There is nothing like the joy and miracle of getting pregnant and having children. But the aftermath of giving birth can sometimes suck out the joy inside of you because you're left with deflated boobs, a flabby mid-section, and a belly pouch. Thank goodness there is a way to bring back the joy and self-confidence into your life with a Mommy Makeover.   

A mommy makeover is a clever phrase representing a combination of cosmetic surgeries that address the most problematic areas a woman faces after giving birth. The most common procedures included in a mommy makeover are a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or breast lift, and possibly liposuction. 

It may sound like many procedures to have done at once but working with a highly trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in performing mommy makeovers is vital. The surgeon must know how to perform each body-enhancing procedure skillfully and efficiently. 

But before you select a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your mommy makeover, let's go over the most common procedures that are involved. 

What Procedures are in a Mommy Makeover? 

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of body enhancing procedures addressed in a single surgery. The most common procedures that are included in a mommy makeover are: 

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Liposuction 
  • Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

We provide a description of each procedure, and they help address it with a mommy makeover. 

Tummy Tuck with a Mommy Makeover

Tummy Tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that removes extra skin tissue from the upper and lower abdominal area while tightening the abdominal muscles. An abdominoplasty addresses two main issues from a pregnancy, skin laxity caused by the stretch of the skin and the separation of the abdominal muscles from labor delivery. 

With a tummy tuck, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon makes an incision from one side of the hip to the other side, ensuring the incision is made below the underwear line and near the groin area to avoid any visibility of the scar. The surgeon trims the excess skin and re-drapes it over the new curves, making it taut and smooth again like how your midsection was before giving birth. 

Pre-Baby Body: Liposuction 

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that sucks out stubborn pockets of fat that are diet and exercise resistant. This procedure is not a way to lose weight but can help remove the last bit of fatty tissue around your midsection, thighs, or flanks (love handles) that aren't disappearing, even with a healthy and active lifestyle.

Traditional liposuction involves the plastic surgeon making small incisions around the treated areas to insert a long thin tube called the cannula to suction the fat from the body. A special solution of saline, lidocaine (local anesthetic), and epinephrine (a drug that contracts the blood vessels) help loosen the fat from the skin and tissue. Different amounts of solution can be used during a liposuction surgery; wet, super wet, and traditional tumescent. Each liposuction method can affect post-surgery swelling and recovery time. 

It is recommended that patients wait at least 6-9 months post-delivery before having a liposuction procedure. This waiting period allows the body to heal from the labor and an opportunity to lose any excess weight gained during the pregnancy. Any patient looking to have liposuction should be at their ideal weight and is only looking to get rid of pockets of fat around the body.  

Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

Breast Augmentation with a mommy makeover is a cosmetic surgery that involves a patient getting a breast lift with implants or a fat transfer to reshape the size of the breast. The rigorous breastfeeding process can stretch out the skin, or the fluctuation of weight can cause the breasts to lose fat- leaving women with deflated and saggy boobs.  

Breast lift is also known as a mastopexy, a surgical procedure that raises the breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipples to project upward. With a standard breast lift, the surgeon creates an incision around each areola (the border around the nipple), continues down the breast's center, and goes underneath the folds of the breast, making an anchor shape. The excess skin is trimmed off, making the breasts taut and lifted. 

However, some patients aren't only addressing the breast's sagginess but would like to increase the size too. A breast lift with implants can be done safely in one procedure. Patients have the option of selecting the size and type of implant used for the augmentation. Before closing the incisions, the implant is inserted into the breast. The breasts are lifted, and the implant increases the patient's cup size and fills out a rounder shape overall. 

And for moms looking for a natural alternative to implants, a fat transfer to the breasts is an organic filler injection that can add some volume and fullness to the breasts. 

Fat transfer to the breasts involves fat transferred through liposuction from another part of the body where the patient has pockets of fat, such as the abdomen, flank (love handles), or thighs. The liquified fat from the liposuction is injected into various areas of the breast to restore a sublet fullness and volume naturally. With any fat transfer procedure, only 40-50\\\% of the transferred fat cell survive during the process. But once the fat cells take to their new region of the body, they can last for several years without dying. 

Final Takeaway - Mommy Makeover Procedures

A woman's body goes through so much during pregnancy and giving birth. They deserve cosmetic procedures that help restore the shape of their body and breasts to what it was before they had kids. 

It's never too late to have a mommy makeover, but you can't perform these procedures too soon after giving birth. It is recommended to wait at least 6-9 months after giving birth to allow your body to heal and an opportunity to lose weight. Liposuction and tummy tuck should only be performed after the patient's ideal weight.  

If you are interested in learning more about a mommy makeover, consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to help guide you on which body enhancing procedure is right for you. 


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