The colloquial term “mommy makeover” does not necessarily include a dedicated series of procedures, but does refer to more than one cosmetic surgery that is commonly desirable amongst post-partum women. At Spectrum Plastic Surgery, every mommy makeover is completely personalized to attend to the concerns of the individual patient. However, there are a few cosmetic surgeries that are regularly chosen in a mommy makeover including a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation or a breast lift. A breast augmentation enhances the shape and size of the breasts via breast implants, while a breast lift removes excess, lax skin to enhance the shape of the breasts without the use of breast implants. In some cases of extreme breast skin laxity, a breast lift may be combined with breast augmentation.

If you’re interested in learning more about the mommy makeover customized surgical procedures, schedule a consultation today. However, these FAQs can help you develop a stronger knowledge base of what this surgical series may entail:

Do I have to be finished having biological kids before getting a mommy makeover?

Not necessarily. In fact, you don’t even have to be a mother or plan to be a mother in order to be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. Common mommy makeover surgeries became popular with post-partum women because carrying a child to term tends to result in very specific cosmetic issues such as lax stomach tissue and breast tissue. However, women can also experience these concerns after undergoing a large weight loss or simply from age combined with genetics.

However, you will want to talk to your cosmetic surgeon about any concerns if you think you do want to have biological children in the future. Many women who have had a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or breast lift, and other cosmetic surgeries have gone on to have healthy pregnancies. Still, keep in mind that every pregnancy has the potential to stretch the skin, specifically in the stomach and breast areas. Some women choose to wait until they are finished having biological children to get certain cosmetic surgeries while others do not. Your surgeon can help you decide timing for your surgeries.

How is a tummy tuck different than liposuction of the stomach?

Liposuction is exclusively the removal of excess fat through a cannula (thin tube that leaves a very small scar). A tummy tuck removes excess skin from the stomach and surgically tightens the abdominal muscles. It is very common to include liposuction with a tummy tuck. Every cosmetic surgery should be personalized to your body and goals, and the tummy tuck is no different. The exact length of a tummy tuck incision depends on various factors and can often extend from hip bone to hip bone. All tummy tuck incisions are hidden below the belt line, allowing you to wear a midriff or bikini with confidence.

How long does recovery from a mommy makeover take?

Recovery for any surgical procedure is unique to each patient, and your surgeon will provide you with a timeline for your individualized recovery period. A mommy makeover is a series of cosmetic surgeries, usually performed in a single outpatient surgery. This means that it will require a longer recovery period than a single surgery. Initial recovery can take up to two weeks, and during this time you will need help around the house. The next stage of recovery usually takes around six weeks, and during this time heavy lifting, vigorous workouts, and carrying anything (including babies) more than ten pounds should be avoided. Swelling resolution and a full recovery can take up to six months.

What other surgeries can I combine with a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover can ultimately include any cosmetic surgery that is approved by your doctor. One of the most common surgeries is liposuction in areas beyond the stomach. Liposuction permanently removes unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat and can help shape and contour the body. Results from liposuction are immediate, although swelling is expected. Some women add a thigh lift or upper arm lift to their mommy makeover. Many women supplement their mommy makeover with non-surgical treatments such as Cellfina for cellulite or injectables.

If you’re interested in a mommy makeover or any cosmetic surgery (or set of surgeries), it is critical to only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is reputable and can provide you with before and after galleries so you can get a preview of what you can expect. Undertaking any kind of elective surgery is a big decision, which is why Spectrum Plastic Surgery is committed to providing you with expert care and guidance. Schedule your consultation for a mommy makeover today by calling (480) 579-2090.