After pregnancy and childbirth, a woman’s body undergoes many changes. While maintaining a good diet and exercise routine can help, often it’s difficult or impossible to regain your pre-childbirth body. A mommy makeover can help you to feel confident in your appearance once more.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures designed to help you regain a shapely, proportionate body. While a mommy makeover is usually performed on women who have had children, it can be done on anyone who needs a combination of breast and body procedures.
Common mommy makeover procedures include:
Your surgeon will discuss your goals with you during your consultation in order to determine the best combination of procedures for you. Each mommy makeover case is different, and we want to make sure you get the results you want.
How much weight can you lose with Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover process is not intended for weight loss. To enjoy the best and longest-lasting results, patients are encouraged to schedule surgery once they have maintained a stable weight for about six months. While the primary objectives in the Mommy Makeover are to restore optimum breast shape and body contouring, patients may notice a 5 to 7-pound drop in weight after their procedure.
Candidates for a Mommy Makeover
Typically, candidates for a mommy makeover have some combination of the following:
- Breasts that have lost volume
- Breasts that have started to sag or deflate
- Abdominal muscles that have loosened and separated
- Sagging skin in the abdominal area
In addition, the ideal mommy makeover candidate:
- Is finished having children
- Is at least six months out from having her child
- Has lost most of her baby weight
- Is in good general health
- Has realistic expectations
While having a mommy makeover will not prevent you from having more children, we recommend waiting until you are done building your family. This is not for health concerns, but for cosmetic ones. Another pregnancy and childbirth will likely ruin your results and require a second mommy makeover to get them back.
You should also wait for at least six months (preferably a full year) after having a child to undergo cosmetic surgery. Your body needs time to get its hormones back under control, and your results will be better if you wait until you’ve lost most of your baby weight.
How many hours does the procedure take?
If you plan to have a mommy makeover, you can expect to be in surgery for four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half hours. Surgeons generally prefer to complete this series of procedures in no more than six hours. After your surgery, you will remain in a monitored recovery area for a short time. Nursing staff will assist you in being ambulatory. Once you are alert and able to walk with minimal assistance, you can have a loved one drive you home.
How many procedures can go into a Mommy Makeover?
Your procedure is planned around your needs and desired outcome. In many cases, patients have two or three procedures included in their treatment plan. Examples include breast augmentation with a breast lift and abdominoplasty. Some patients have liposuction to remove stubborn fat so their tummy tuck looks even better. We plan Mommy Makeover treatment with great care so each of our patients achieves satisfying results.
How can I prepare for a Mommy Makeover?
Before a Mommy Makeover, you may have specific instructions to follow based on your situation. In general, we advise patients to:
- Have a pre-operative physical to ensure they can safely undergo general anesthesia.
- Take at least two weeks off work.
- Arrange a comfortable place in the home to rest during recovery.
- Arrange for help with children, pets, and household duties for one to two weeks.
- Prepare healthy meals that can be easily heated.
- Fill prescriptions ahead of time so pain medication is ready when needed.
- Discuss all medications and supplements with the surgeon well before surgery. If changes are necessary, you may need to contact the prescribing physician and allow time for a new prescription to begin.
- Blood-thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, Gingko Biloba, and other products must be avoided in the two weeks prior to surgery.
- Smoking, tobacco use, and nicotine should be strictly avoided in the four weeks before surgery.
- Avoid alcohol in the week before surgery.
How is a Mommy Makeover performed?
Mommy Makeovers are usually performed in an outpatient surgery center. Before the procedure begins, the surgeon meets with the patient to review the different techniques that will be performed and the expected time and outcome. The patient is moved to the operating room, where a board-certified anesthesiologist starts the administration of general anesthesia. This works quickly to put the patient into a sleep state in which the brain does not register pain. The surgeon performs each aspect in a precise order according to the patient's treatment plan. After surgery, the patient is moved to a recovery area where trained staff continue to monitor vital signs and alertness.
"Dr. Boschert is THE BEST! And his nurse Tina is so accommodating and understanding of ALL your questions and concerns. The entire staff is great! I chose to do a “Mommy Makeover”. Full tummy tuck & Breast Aug….(plus)hip lipo and lipo under my chin. Dr. Boschert is so meticulous…quite frankly, he’s OCD about his work and that’s EXACTLY what I was looking for in a plastic surgeon. My surgery was end of October 2021. It’s Nov 18 and I feel incredible! My recovery has gone SO smoothly! My scars are healing beautifully. I can’t wait for my final 3mo results once all the swelling is gone because I’m already really pleased!! If you’re looking for the best of the best in the STL area, call Dr. Boschert at Renaissance plastic surgery."
What is recovery like from a Mommy Makeover?
Patients should adequately prepare for their recovery first by wrapping up important projects at home and at work. Next, they should create a quiet space in the house where they can move safely from bed to chair or sitting area and also to a bathroom. Pain medication should be taken at regular intervals during the first week of recovery.
Maintaining a schedule a directed can prevent unnecessary pain. After the first week, patients are encouraged to switch to over-the-counter pain medication as approved by the office.
Combining procedures does not increase recovery time, but it may increase post-operative side effects and limitations. Generally, it is the tummy tuck that takes the longest to heal after a Mommy Makeover. Patients can expect to be off work for two full weeks and to have restrictions on strenuous activity for six weeks. A post-op visit occurs one week after surgery. At that time, the doctor can answer questions and discuss the level of activity that is appropriate for that phase of recovery.
Cost of a Mommy Makeover
The cost of a mommy makeover will depend on how many procedures you want and how complex they are. Each patient is different, so it is impossible to predict how much your mommy makeover will cost without seeing you in person for a consultation.
During your consultation, your surgeon will examine you and discuss your goals in detail to find the best mommy makeover plan for you. He will then be able to give you an exact quote. Insurance typically does not cover cosmetic surgery, but we offer cosmetic surgery financing plans if you are concerned about paying upfront.
Please feel free to ask us about financing your mommy makeover. Benefits include:
- Flexible repayment schedules based on your income and budget
- 0% or low APR
- No need to wait to save up for the procedures you want
We’ll be happy to walk you through your options during your consultation. You can also call us at any time if you have questions about our financing services.