We often get asked the question, “Is a Mommy Makeover worth it?” Our answer is invariably the same: a Mommy Makeover is one of the most emotionally rewarding plastic surgery procedures that a woman—whether or not she has kids or ever plans to have them—can undergo.
A Mommy Makeover is an opportunity for total body enhancement. Each surgical package is fully customized to the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals: whether it is to reclaim her pre-pregnancy body or target all of her “trouble areas” that are affecting her self-confidence.
Find out more about this liberating procedure below.
What Is Mommy Makeover Surgery?
A Mommy Makeover combines multiple cosmetic procedures within a single surgery. Most patients who choose this surgery have experienced significant bodily changes following pregnancy and breastfeeding, though any woman looking to enhance multiple areas of the body can benefit from this combination approach.
What Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Given the customizable nature of the procedure, a Mommy Makeover has no set or standardized rules for what is included in it. However, women commonly choose 2 to 3 procedures from among the following list:
- Breast Enhancement Procedures
- Breast Augmentation: Restores lost volume, adds firmness, and creates a pleasing shape
- Breast Lift: Corrects sagging and skin laxity and gives the breasts and nipples a more youthful positioning
- Breast Reduction: Alleviates excess strain on the back and shoulders and makes the breasts more proportionate to the rest of the body
- Body Procedures
- Tummy Tuck: Repairs separated abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin for a trimmer, firmer midsection
- Brazilian Butt Lift: Unwanted fat is transferred from a “donor site” (e.g., the thighs, abdomen, or hips) and is relocated to the buttocks for added volume and shape
- Nonsurgical Procedures
- ThermiVa®: Addresses vaginal laxity by tightening and toning the skin and muscles
Your board-certified plastic surgeon will work with you to determine which procedures will help you achieve your ideal results. Our treatment planner is also a great resource to learn more about nonsurigcal options you can include in your transformation:
- Wrinkles & Fine Lines
- Crow's Feet
- Vertical Worry Lines
- Thin Lips
- Sun Damage
- Loose Skin
- Age Spots
- Loss of Fat
- Decreased Collagen
- Cheek Volume
- Dull & Dry Complexion
- Marionette Lines
- Nasolabial Folds
- Smoker's Lines
- Acne and Acne Scarring
- Thin Eyebrows & Eyelashes
Wrinkles & Fine Lines
Among the most common signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles appear in multiple areas of the face from several causes. Whether your lines are due to lost collagen, environmental damage, or facial expressions repeated over time, we offer minimally invasive treatments to diminish their appearance.
Autologous fat injections
BOTOX® Cosmetic CO2 Fractional Resurfacing Chemical Peels Dysport®
JUVÉDERM® XC JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
Skin Care Products SkinPen® Microneedling
Do you notice thin lines outside the corners of your eyes when you squint or smile? Those are crow’s feet. Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, these lines are often the first signs of aging people notice, sometimes as early as their late 20s. Neuromodulators relax the muscles around your eyes to prevent the skin from bunching and wrinkling.
Vertical Worry Lines
Also called frown lines, glabellar lines, or “11s,” these vertical lines between your eyebrows appear with repeated frowning over time. By relaxing the underlying muscles, neuromodulator injections prevent you from frowning as intensely, allowing the skin to remain smooth and wrinkle-free.
Full, plump lips convey a healthy, youthful, and attractive appearance. Many people have thinner lips than they would like, whether as a result of aging or genetics. Injections of dermal fillers add volume and definition to the lips to create a unique, natural-looking result that harmonizes with your other features.
JUVÉDERM® XC JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC
UV exposure is one of the most prevalent causes of premature aging. Even minimal daily exposure leads to rough texture, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation over time. The best treatments achieve 2 goals: correct existing damage and stimulate collagen production for ongoing rejuvenation of the face, neck, chest, and more.
As we age, decreased collagen and elastin lead to loose, sagging skin that doesn’t have as much elasticity or ability to “bounce back” as it once did. To treat this, we stimulate new collagen production by causing microinjuries or heating the tissues, encouraging the skin to heal and regenerate itself.
Dark spots on the skin naturally occur as part of the aging process. Some are faint enough to fade with medical-grade skincare products, while others require deeper treatments such as lasers or peels to break up the pigmentation or remove the darker cells, revealing fresher, more even, and youthful skin.
Loss of Fat
Fat loss sounds like a good thing, but losing fat in certain areas of the face deflates a plump, youthful appearance. The cheeks and temples especially benefit from volume restoration through injections of dermal fillers or your own fat tissue harvested from elsewhere in your body.
Autologous fat injections
JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA XC Restylane®
As we age, we naturally lose collagen in our skin. This results in thinner, less elastic skin that sags and causes a deflated look over time. We offer treatments that address this issue at the source by stimulating new collagen production as well as correcting cosmetic issues to turn back the clock.
Full, defined, and lifted cheeks help us look young and healthy. Unfortunately, depleted collagen and facial fat cause cheeks to flatten, fall, and even appear sunken over time. Injectable treatments replace that lost volume to restore plumper, rounder cheeks and a more vibrant, refreshed look.
Autologous fat injections
JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA XC Restylane®
Dull & Dry Complexion
Dullness and dryness are often caused by sun damage, pollution, and natural imbalances in the skin. Get your best skin with medical-grade skincare products designed to hydrate and exfoliate and medical spa treatments that refresh and slough away dull or damaged cells.
These lines run from the corners of the mouth down to the jawline, similar to the lines you see on a marionette. We treat them either by adding volume below the skin to fill in the lines or by resurfacing the skin to encourage collagen production and create a tauter, smoother skin.
These deep-set folds run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth, creating an aged appearance. We typically treat these folds by injecting dermal fillers beneath the skin, filling in the sunken area and evening out the skin’s surface. Laser skin resurfacing may also help to treat less severe folds.
These thin vertical lines around the mouth are not always caused by smoking. Sometimes called kissing lines, they may also result from using drinking straws or simply from a natural loss of collagen over time. We treat them either by filling them in with injectable dermal fillers or by stimulating collagen production with microneedling.
Acne & Acne Scarring
Acne is a common but frustrating skin concern, and the acne scars left behind are often especially difficult to treat. In addition to recommending medical-grade skincare products to treat acne and lighten scars, we perform peels and laser treatments to minimize pigmented, pitted, or raised acne scars for a clear and even glow.
Thin Eyebrows & Eyelashes
Frame your eyes with sculpted, natural-looking brows and thick, dark eyelashes. Microblading semi-permanently “tattoos” a custom-designed brow with small strokes that look like real eyebrow hairs. Prescription eyelash growth treatments develop fuller, longer, and darker lashes with long-lasting results.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Since every Mommy Makeover is customized to the patient, cost estimates will always be variable. You will need to pay for each individual procedure; however, you will only need to pay the surgical fees (i.e., anesthesiology and facilities fees) once.
The exception to this rule is if your Mommy Makeover needs to be spread out over two different surgeries. If the list of desired procedures exceeds the six-hour window that patients can safely be under anesthesia, the patient may need to schedule a second procedure after they have had sufficient time to heal from their initial surgery.
Our related blog post provides a more detailed breakdown of the various Mommy Makeover costs that you can expect.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
The amount of downtime required following a Mommy Makeover procedure and the different movement restrictions will depend on which procedures you have undergone. Most patients will need at least 2 weeks away from work or school to recover.
Although any pain and discomfort are easily managed using over-the-counter medication, post-surgical swelling and bruising will take time to dissipate. In fact, it can take up to 6 months for your final results to develop as your body heals and your implants (if you have them) “drop and fluff” into a more natural positioning.
Patients with young children will need additional support during the first weeks of recovery. We advise these parents to have an active and well-prepared support system in place to help with looking after the children and performing any household activities that would cause undue strain.
Although the renewed body confidence and patient satisfaction are undeniable—95% of Mommy Makeover patients on RealSelf give their procedure an unequivocal “Worth It” rating—there is an emotional toll that must also be considered.
For example, being unable to pick up your children due to weight and movement restrictions can be distressing for both mother and child—as can the feeling of being a “burden” on others. However, giving yourself permission to rest, heal, and be taken care of by others means that you will be back to your regular routines sooner rather than later.
How Long Do Mommy Makeover Results Last?
Most women can enjoy their Mommy Makeover results for 10 years or more, provided that they maintain a stable weight. Women who have had a breast augmentation with implants may choose to replace their implants after 10-15 years for quality control reasons or to reflect their new aesthetic preferences.
Although your body will continue to change and age, you will still look younger than if you had never undergone your procedure. The longevity of the results, paired with the liberating feeling of having the body of your youth (or the one you’ve always wanted!), makes the Mommy Makeover one of the most emotionally satisfying cosmetic procedures.
You can see the beautiful, personal results that this procedure can create in our Mommy Makeover before and after photo gallery. If you are ready to take the next step toward full body confidence, please request a consultation or call us at (770) 421-1242.