Mommy Makeover

It’s very common for mothers to develop sagging and less full breasts, excess stomach skin and fat, and separated abdominal muscles due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many moms report that it’s difficult to shed abdominal fat and that their breasts look and feel different, or droop more, after pregnancy.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Mommy makeover benefits:

  • Restore breast volume and fullness after breastfeeding

  • Lift the breasts into a more youthful and natural position

  • Tighten the skin in the abdomen, reducing sagging and dimpling

  • Treat diastasis recti to improve abdominal muscle function and appearance

  • Address irregular or asymmetric body contours and/or breasts

  • Improve self-confidence

What is a Mommy Makeover?

The traditional mommy makeover combines two cosmetic procedures that are done during the same operation: a tummy tuck and a breast lift. Today, however, it’s very common for patients to add on a breast augmentation, breast reduction, arm lift, thigh lift, or liposuction. At our practice, we provide discounts for subsequent cosmetic procedures, which makes booking a mommy makeover much more affordable than standalone surgeries, while minimizing recovery downtime. We also work with Care Credit, which provides interest-free loans for up to 12 months to help our patients cover procedural fees.

What to Expect

Our goal is to rejuvenate, lift, and tighten your breasts and abdomen so you feel more confident in your skin after pregnancy and breastfeeding. We want to accentuate your natural curves and proportions to achieve noticeable, yet realistic-looking results.

Before your procedure, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified surgeons to discuss your goals and medical history. We’ll examine your anatomy, take photographs and measurements, and recommend a personalized treatment approach. We’ll also talk about the procedure itself, recovery and aftercare, potential risks and complications, anesthesia, medications, and what you can expect.

If you’re getting a breast augmentation as part of your mommy makeover, we’ll also do a sizing trial, discuss appropriate implant types and sizes based on your anatomy and goals, review the implant manufacturer’s handouts, and answer any questions you have.

Mommy Makeover Surgical Overview

First, an anesthesiologist will administer IV sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort, and we’ll prep and clean the surgical areas. Your personalized mommy makeover will vary based on the procedures we’re combining, your unique anatomy, and desired outcomes.

Mommy makeovers typically combine two or more of the following cosmetic procedures:

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): Tummy tucks restore abdominal muscle function while firming up lax or sagging stomach skin and fat. During a tummy tuck, we’ll make an incision along your bikini line. Sometimes, we’ll make an additional incision around the belly button if we need to reposition it. Through these incisions, we’ll repair your diastasis recti if necessary by pulling your abdominal muscles back together. Next, we’ll pull down any excess stomach skin, create a new belly button opening, and close the incisions.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy): It’s common for breasts to sag and lose their projection and volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast lifts help elevate the breasts into a more youthful position. We can also address asymmetry and reposition the areolas and nipples if necessary. During a breast lift, we’ll make one round incision around your areola, a second vertically down from your areola to your breast crease, and potentially a third hidden under the crease of your breast. The incision pattern we use will depend on your unique anatomy and goals. Next, we will lift and reshape the breasts by removing excess skin, and restoring their youthful appearance.

Breast Lift and Augmentation (Mastopexy Augmentation): Many women lose breast volume post-pregnancy and opt for a breast lift and augmentation to restore breast fullness, shape, and projection. We typically use similar incision patterns to a traditional breast lift but also use a dual-plane approach to insert the implant partially underneath your chest muscle and breast tissue. This approach has the lowest rate of complications and camouflages the implant nicely. To learn more about the types of implants we use, and implant sizing, please read our Breast Augmentation resource page.

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty): There are many reasons why patients opt to reduce their overall breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some are diagnosed with macromastia, or disproportionately large breasts, which means their reduction may be covered by insurance. During your reduction, we’ll make an incision around your areola, a second vertically down to your breast crease, and potentially a third in your breast crease. Through these incisions, we will remove excess breast glandular tissue, fat, and skin. Our goal is to maintain an appealing and youthful breast contour while achieving your desired breast size.

Liposuction: Many mommy makeover patients also want liposuction to permanently eliminate stubborn fat deposits on the hips, thighs, stomach, chin, flanks, breasts, back, and arms. Liposuction is minimally-invasive and effectively removes adipose tissue, or fat cells, for good. First, we inject a diluted local anesthetic solution into the areas we want to target. This tumescent solution helps us safely remove fat tissue while also reducing bruising, bleeding, and soreness. Next, we’ll insert a thin tube into small incisions and loosen the fat cells up by moving the cannula back and forth. Dislodged fat cells are then suctioned out of the tube and permanently removed from the body.

Mommy makeovers usually take three to four hours, and you can go home after the procedure. You will need somebody to drive you home, as you won’t be allowed to drive a vehicle after anesthesia. We perform mommy makeovers at our accredited Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Mommy Makeover Before and After Photos

For privacy, we reserve the majority of before and after photos for viewing during in-office consultations. The cases presented are representative and shared with permission.

Mommy Makeover Recovery and Aftercare

You may feel some soreness and swelling after your mommy makeover, but you should feel ready to return to work and everyday activities within two weeks. Please take it easy while you recover and listen to your body. Everybody heals at their own pace.

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: Please keep your incision areas clean and be gentle with them. You can shower after 48 hours, but please avoid hot water and don’t submerge your body in water while swimming or bathing for six weeks to reduce infection risk. Try to sleep on your back, and avoid applying direct pressure to the breasts or abdomen while your incisions are healing.

  • Compression: We’ll give you a special compressive bra and abdominal garment to wear continuously for 6 – 8 weeks. The garment applies gentle pressure that reduces swelling and helps promote better healing.

  • Medications: We’ll usually prescribe pain medications to help you feel more comfortable as you heal.

  • Exercise: It’s important to move around after surgery. Going on easy walks as soon as you feel well enough is recommended, but please don’t push yourself – especially for the first few weeks after surgery. After six weeks, you should feel ready to resume pre-operative activities, high-intensity exercise, and lifting weights.

  • Scar Massage: After two weeks, once your incisions are fully healed, we’ll advise you to gently massage the scar areas. This can improve the appearance of your incision lines and promote healing. Don’t worry about buying an expensive scar cream. Any gentle moisturizer, like Aquaphor or cocoa butter, will do the job.

  • Sun Protection: Wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure on the incision areas to help keep your skin healthy and improve scar healing.

  • Laser Treatments: Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help improve the appearance of scars, and based on how you’re healing we may perform these during your follow-up appointments.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Every plastic surgery practice offers different pricing, based on their location and fee structures. The national average procedural fee for a mommy makeover is around $20,000, plus the cost of anesthesia, surgical facility costs, and medications. Please set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized quote.

We generally perform mommy makeover procedures on patients who:

  • Are generally healthy.
  • Nonsmokers.
  • Do not have medical conditions that impede wound helping.
  • Are not planning to have more children.
  • Are within 10 pounds of their goal weight, and are not planning to gain or lose a substantial amount of weight.

BMI is also a consideration. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your mommy makeover consultation, we will discuss your goals and anatomy to determine which cosmetic procedures are best suited to meet your unique needs.

Mommy makeovers will help you feel tighter, slimmer, and more toned after pregnancy. However, getting a mommy makeover will not make you lose substantial weight, and it’s not a good weight loss strategy. On average, you can expect to lose 4 – 15 pounds of excess skin and fat if you’re combining a tummy tuck with liposuction, but every patient is different.

Your safety is our top priority. This answer varies based on the patient, but in general, the maximum amount of fat that we would remove during liposuction would be five liters. Repeated procedures may be warranted in certain situations.

At our practice, we offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

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