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By Bahar Ozbal • Medical review by Murat Gurel, MD on August 06, 2021
What is Mommy Makeover ?
A Mommy Makeover is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is designed to help women restore their pre-pregnancy body after childbirth.
Mommy Makeover procedure typically involves a combination of cosmetic surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction, to address the changes that occur in a woman's body during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
During pregnancy, women often experience weight gain, stretched abdominal muscles, and breast changes, including sagging or deflated breasts.
These changes can persist even after a woman loses the pregnancy weight, which is where a Mommy Makeover can help. By combining multiple procedures, a Mommy Makeover can help women achieve a more youthful and toned appearance, and improve their confidence and self-esteem.
Who Might Want to Get Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeover is generally sought by women who have completed their childbearing and are unhappy with the physical changes in their bodies.
Women who have experienced significant weight fluctuations and have loose, sagging skin around their abdomen might also get Mommy Makeover.
Common concerns that women seek to address with a Mommy Makeover include:
Sagging or deflated breasts
Loss of breast volume
Excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdomen area
Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
Excess fatty tissue in various parts of the body, including the hips, thighs, and buttocks
Who are the Right Candidates for Mommy Makeover?
The right candidates for a Mommy Makeover should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery to help ensure long-term results.
In general, right candidates for a Mommy Makeover:
Have completed their childbearing and are not planning to have more children
Have reached a stable weight and are within a healthy BMI range
Are in good overall health, with no pre-existing medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications
Are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery to promote healing
Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure and understand the potential risks and complications involved
Have consulted with a qualified plastic surgeon and have a clear understanding of the recommended procedures, the recovery process, and the associated costs.
How is Mommy Makeover Done?
The Mommy Makeover procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and the length of the surgery depends on the content of the surgery.
In some cases, the procedures may be performed in a single surgery or to reduce the risk of complications it may be staged over several surgeries.
The specific procedures included in a Mommy Makeover will depend on the women's individual goals and concerns, as well as her overall health and physical condition.
Some of the most common procedures included in a Mommy Makeover include:
Breast augmentation or lift: Breast augmentation or lift is performed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts, which can become deflated or saggy after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Breast augmentation involves the placement of implants, while a breast lift involves the removal of excess skin and reshaping the remaining tissue to create a firmer, more youthful-looking breast.
Tummy tuck: Tummy tuck procedure is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen area and tighten the abdominal muscles that can become stretched and weakened during pregnancy. This helps to create a flatter, more toned midsection.
Liposuction: Liposuction is the procedure which is performed to remove excess fatty tissue from areas of the body that may be resistant to diet and exercise, such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
How Should You Prepare for Mommy Makeover?
Preparing for a Mommy Makeover involves several steps. Here are some general guidelines for preparing for a Mommy Makeover:
It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience on Mommy Makeover procedures. Ask for before-and-after photos of the previous surgeries before you decide.
Be sure to share your health history, medications, and any supplements you take with your surgeon.
Quit smoking at least 4-6 weeks before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications.
Stop taking certain medications that may increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.
Arrange for someone who can take care of you for the first few days after surgery.
Prepare your home before the surgery by stocking up on healthy food, comfortable clothing, and other supplies you may need during your recovery.
Follow pre-surgery instructions such as when to stop eating or drinking before the procedure.
What Happens Before Mommy Makeover Procedure?
Before a Mommy Makeover procedure, your plastic surgeon will ask you to undergo certain medical tests. Mommy Makeover procedure tests may include blood tests, imaging studies such as X-rays or CT scans, or an electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess heart function.
Before a Mommy Makeover procedure, there will be some specific instructions that the individuals have to obey. Stop taking certain medications or supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding, quit smoking and start on a healthy dietary.
Start preparing for the after surgery process; Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and help care for you during the initial recovery period. Take time off work or arrange for childcare if you have young children.
What Happens During Mommy Makeover Procedure?
The specific procedures included in a Mommy Makeover will depend on the woman's individual goals and concerns, as well as her overall health and physical condition.
During the Mommy Makeover procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will begin by making incisions in the areas of the body where the procedures will be performed.
The specific techniques used during a Mommy Makeover will vary depending on the procedures being performed. For example:
Breast augmentation: During breast augmentation, the surgeon will make an incision in the breast area and insert a saline or silicone implant to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
Breast lift: During a breast lift, the surgeon will make an incision around the areola and down the breast, remove excess skin, and lift and reshape the remaining tissue.
Tummy tuck: During a tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdomen, remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a flatter, more toned midsection.
Liposuction: During liposuction, the surgeon will make small incisions in areas of the body where excess fat is present and use a thin tube called a cannula to suction out the fat cells.
After the procedures are complete, the incisions will be closed using sutures or surgical tape, and the patient will be taken to a recovery room to begin the initial recovery process.
What Happens After Mommy Makeover Procedure?
After a Mommy Makeover procedure, the individuals are taken to a recovery room where they will be monitored and to begin the initial recovery process. The recovery period changes due to the individuals health and physical condition beside the specific procedures performed.
During the initial recovery period from Mommy Makeover procedure, it's common that the individuals experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the areas of the body where the procedures were performed.
The surgeon will typically prescribe pain medication and provide specific instructions for caring for the surgical sites, such as how to change dressings and what activities to avoid.
In the days and weeks following the Mommy Makeover surgery, the individuals will need to follow specific guidelines for recovery, including:
Rest and recovery: It is important to rest as much as possible during the initial recovery period from Mommy Makeover surgery. During this period, avoiding any strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting is recommended. Patients may need to take time off work. The first week period you may need someones support.
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled.
After Mommy Makeover surgery wearing compression garments or special bras will help to support the surgical sites and reduce swelling and discomfort.
Taking pain relievers will manage to take under control any discomfort.
After Mommy Makeover surgery the individual’s will need to care for any incision sites, keeping them clean and dry, and applying any prescribed ointments or creams to minimize scarring.
In general, the full recovery period for a Mommy Makeover surgery can take several weeks to several months. It is important to follow the surgeon's instructions carefully.
How Much Does Mommy Makeover Cost?
The average cost of a breast augmentation procedure is around $4,000 to $5,000, while a breast lift typically costs between $4,500 and $6,500. A tummy tuck can cost around $6,000 to $8,000, while liposuction costs around $3,500 to $7,500.
The individual's needings will figure how much a Mommy Makeover surgery will be. Therefore the cost varies widely. Beside the average costs of the procedures, the surgeon's experience and qualifications, the geographic location, and other factors effects the total budget of a Mommy Makeover surgery.
Insurance typically does not cover the cost of a Mommy Makeover procedure, as it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure.
How Long is Mommy Makeover Recovery Period?
The length of the recovery period after a Mommy Makeover surgery varies depending on the specific procedures performed, as well as the individual's health and physical condition.
In general, the recovery from Mommy Makeover surgery, period can range from several weeks to several months.
The initial recovery period from Mommy Makeover surgery lasts around 2-4 weeks. During this period, the individuals generally experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the areas of the body where the procedures were performed.
It is recommended to rest as much as possible during this time. The individuals must avoid any strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting.
In the weeks and months following the initial recovery period after Mommy Makeover surgery, the individuals will need to continue to follow specific guidelines for recovery, including:
Continue to rest and avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting
Wear compression garments or special bras to help support the surgical sites and reduce swelling and discomfort
Follow a healthy diet and exercise plan to maintain weight and improve overall health
What are the Pros and Cons of Mommy Makeover?
Here are some of the pros and cons of Mommy Makeover:
Mommy Makeover surgery helps to restore the body by addressing multiple areas of concern, such as the breasts, abdomen, and thighs,
Mommy Makeover surgery helps to improve confidence and self-esteem,
Mommy Makeover procedures can be tailored to each patient's individual needs and goals.
As with any surgical procedure, Mommy Makeover carries risks of complications such as infection, bleeding, and anesthesia-related issues,
The recovery period for Mommy Makeover can take from several weeks to several months,
Mommy Makeover procedures can be expensive,
Is Mommy Makeover Painful?
During a Mommy Makeover surgery thanks to the general anesthesia the individuals will not experience pain. After the procedure the level of pain and discomfort changes according to the individual's pain threshold.
It is common to experience some degree of soreness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the areas of the body where the procedures were performed. Your surgeon will recommend some pain medication to help manage discomfort during the initial recovery period.
What is the Ideal Season for Mommy Makeover?
The ideal season for a Mommy Makeover would depend on the individual's circumstances and the procedures involved.
Generally, it is recommended to undergo Mommy Makeover procedures during cooler months, as tight clothing and sweating can irritate the incision area during warmer weather.
How Long Does a Mommy Makeover Last?
In general, a Mommy Makeover can take anywhere from 3 to 7 hours or more to complete, depending on the specific combination of procedures.
Some procedures, such as breast augmentation or liposuction, can take as little as one to two hours, while more extensive procedures like abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can take longer.
Recovery time after a Mommy Makeover also varies depending on the procedures performed and the individual's health and healing process.
Recovery can take several weeks to several months, and it is essential to follow your surgeon's postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results.
What are the Stages of Swelling After Mommy Makeover?
After a Mommy Makeover surgery, swelling is a normal part of the healing process. There are three stages;
The first 48 to 72 hours, the swelling will be at its peak, and it is common to fell tight, firm, and uncomfortable on the areas effected.
Between 72 hours and two weeks the swelling will gradually begin to decrease.
Starting from two weeks to several months. The swelling will continue to decrease, but it may still be present in small amounts.
What are the Complications and Side Effects of Mommy Makeover Surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, a Mommy Makeover carries some risks and potential complications. Some of the most common complications and side effects of Mommy Makeover surgery include:
Infection is a risk with any surgery. Signs of infection may include fever, redness, swelling, or discharge at the incision site.
Hematomas or seromas are collections of blood or fluid that can occur after surgery. They can cause swelling, pain, and discomfort and may require drainage.
Excessive bleeding can occur during or after surgery, leading to complications.
Poor wound healing can lead to scarring, delayed recovery, and other complications.
Some women may experience temporary or permanent numbness or changes in sensation in the treated areas.
Does Insurance Cover A Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is an elective surgery, which means that it is not covered by insurance.
What Happens If You Become Pregnant Again After Mommy Makeover?
It is best to wait until you decide that you won't have more children before getting a mommy makeover.
Even so, if you plan to have a baby after your procedure, the mommy makeover doesn’t affect pregnancy but pregnancy may affect the results of your procedure.
So, after giving birth, you may consider additional surgeries to reshape your body.
Written on 01/01/2018
Last Update: 30/05/2023
Mommy Makeover Before & After Photos
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