What is a Mommy Makeover?
The term “ Mommy Make-Over” gets used often, but some of my patients are a little confused as to what it actually means. And while any procedure that makes Mom look younger could essentially be included, a true Mommy Make-Over more specifically applies to those procedures designed to correct the changes that occur with child birth. And the two areas of the body that change the most are the abdomen and the breasts. So let’s start there.
Motherhood is undoubtedly one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Unfortunately, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can take a toll on a woman’s body. If you are unhappy with the way your body looks after having children and nursing, True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine can help. Our La Jolla plastic surgery practice offers a special treatment called mommy makeover, which combines body contouring and breast enhancement procedures that aim to restore a woman’s pre-baby body. Every mommy is unique and so is every mommy makeover; our expert team will customize your treatment plan to meet your specific aesthetic needs and goals.
Brian Reagan, MD, FACS
Dr. Brian Reagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Dr. Reagan is renowned for his surgical skills and commitment to patient satisfaction. Dr. Reagan has been featured on local media outlets, including ABC 10, and recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and “Best Plastic Surgeons in La Jolla” by La Jolla Light Newspaper.
What Does Mommy Makeover Address?
Mommy makeover addresses common pregnancy-related changes to the body and breasts, including:
- Breasts that have lost volume or become deflated due to weight fluctuations after pregnancy and nursing
- Breasts that have lost their youthful and perky position
- Oversized or downward-pointing nipples
- Asymmetry between the breasts after nursing
- Stubborn fat deposits and loose, excess skin on the abdomen
- Separated abdominal muscles
- Small deposits of fat on the buttocks, thighs, hips or lower back
For optimal results, we recommend you wait to undergo mommy makeover until you are finished having children, as weight gain from future pregnancies can sabotage the results of treatment. You must also wait at least six months after giving birth before undergoing the procedure and six months after you are no longer breastfeeding your children. This allows your body ample time to fully heal from pregnancy and stabilize in weight.
Depending on your areas of concern, your mommy makeover may include a combination of the following procedures:
Fullness and volume are restored to flat and shapeless breasts with the placement of saline or silicone implants. Breast augmentation can also be used to improve symmetry between the breasts.
Breast lift eliminates excess skin and re-sculpts the breast tissue for a more youthful position and shape. The procedure can also be used to relocate the nipples and areolas higher on the breast mound and correct downward-pointing or oversized nipples. Breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation to create fuller and perkier breasts.
Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck eliminates loose, saggy skin, repairs separated or weakened muscles, and removes excess fat from the abdomen. In some cases, tummy tuck can improve the appearance of stretch marks below the navel. The belly button can also be relocated higher on the abdomen.
Liposuction is used to eliminate localized pockets of excess body fat that are resistant to weight loss efforts. The procedure can be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, back and even underneath the chin and on the neck.
Mommy Makeover Recovery
Your mommy makeover recovery plays an important role in the success of the procedure. You should anticipate taking one to two weeks off from work, exercise and other normal activities that can strain your body. Engaging in certain activities too soon, including bending and lifting, not only may affect your cosmetic results, but can put you at risk of a serious complication. Dr. Reagan and the True Beauty team will provide you with a detailed list of instructions to follow during your recovery. They will also schedule several follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
Should I wait to have mommy makeover until after I am done having children?
While pregnancy and breastfeeding are safe after mommy makeover, there are several advantages to postponing your surgery until you are finished having children. Getting pregnant after your surgery can cause pockets of fat to return to the body and the breasts to lose the sculpted shape and volume gained during mommy makeover. In other words, weight gain and fluctuations like those caused by pregnancy and nursing can reverse the cosmetic effects of mommy makeover. Waiting to have the procedure until after you are certain you are done having children increases your chances of long-lasting results and may possibly help you avoid additional plastic surgery in the future.
How do I maintain my mommy makeover results?
The best way to maintain your slimmer and more attractive mommy makeover physique is through good lifestyle habits. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly helps you maintain a healthy and stable weight and thus your beautiful results for years to come.
How visible is mommy makeover scarring?
Mommy makeover does involve scarring. However, an exceptionally trained and skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Reagan knows how to create and place incisions in such a way as to produce the least amount of visible scarring. The surgeon is known for his superior incision techniques. For tummy tuck, Dr. Reagan creates the incisions low enough on the abdomen that they can be easily concealed by natural creases or underwear. The incisions he makes for liposuction are typically short and he places them in natural creases of the body or other discreet areas to conceal scarring. For breast procedures, Dr. Reagan uses incision patterns that leave minimal scarring. With time and proper care, your scars should fade to the point that they are practically invisible. Our team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your scars so they heal quickly and properly.
What are the risks of mommy makeover?
Dr. Reagan is a highly trained and experienced mommy makeover surgeon with an excellent success rate. Risks are rare but possible, as with any plastic surgery treatment. They include: blood clotting, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection and asymmetrical results. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Reagan will discuss all potential risks and complications. He will also explain the steps he takes to minimize these risks, as well as how he handles complications, in the rare case that one occurs.
What is the cost of mommy makeover?
The cost of mommy makeover varies based on a number of factors, including the specific procedures performed during surgery. Dr. Reagan and the team at True Beauty can provide you with a cost estimate after meeting with you in person and discussing your aesthetic needs and goals.
How long should I wait after childbirth before mommy makeover surgery?
The first step in choosing mommy makeover is to allow your body time to bounce back after pregnancy. Dr. Reagan recommends waiting at least six months after childbirth to see how much of the weight and shape of pregnancy was temporary, and how much might need a surgical solution.
This also allows time for the skin, muscle, and uterus to regain their typical size and shape, and for weight to return to baseline.
Genetics and, to some degree, lifestyle will largely determine whether you return quickly to your pre-baby profile, or need some help in reclaiming the shape you remember.
Does mommy makeover include C-tuck?
C-tuck is when tummy tuck is performed right after a Caesarean birth.
Although the idea has gained popularity in recent years, Dr. Reagan recommends that tummy tuck be delayed for several months. Your body needs time to recover from the stress of pregnancy and to heal.
The stretching of the abdomen and uterus can make it difficult for a surgeon to determine the extent of the tightening you will need. After labor, you will feel weak and exhausted. Dr. Reagan advises that expectant moms wait until mind, emotions and body have all fully recovered.
If you later decide that you would like to have more children, it will be appropriate to wait until your family is complete, as a subsequent pregnancy will reverse the muscle strength, tightness and integrity gained from tummy tuck.
Contact True Beauty about Mommy Makeover
For more information about mommy makeover and how it can restore, or even improve upon your pre-baby body, True Beauty invites you to schedule a consultation. Contact us by calling (858) 454-SKIN (7546) or emailing us today.