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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Below find a list of common Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions.

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Mommy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is a Mommy Makeover?
2. How do I know if a Mommy Makeover is right for me?
3. Will I still need to diet and exercise?
4. What are some options for the Mommy Makeover?
5. What can I expect during a consultation?
6. How do I prepare for surgery?
7. Are there any risks associated with a Mommy Makeover?
8. What happens during a Mommy Makeover surgery?
9. What are some questions I can ask my plastic surgeon?
10. How much will the Mommy Makeover cost?

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1. What is Mommy Makeover?

The toll that pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can have on a woman's body can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Even with proper diet and exercise, oftentimes it is near impossible to restore one's post-pregnancy body back to one's pre-pregnancy body.

Some of these effects include:

  • Stretching of the stomach muscles
  • Stretching and loosening of the skin in the areas of the breasts, thighs, abdominals
  • Excess fat deposits in the belly, back and thighs
  • Stretch marks on the breasts, belly and thighs

For those mothers out there who want a firmer, tighter body, even after childbirth, there is the Mommy Makeover. This revolutionary cosmetic procedure has been developed by cosmetic surgeons with the needs and desires of mother's everywhere in mind. Essentially, this procedure brings together the best of several popular surgical procedures to restore and rejuvenate the mother's body back to her pre-pregnancy body, as close as possible.


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2. How do I know if a Mommy Makeover procedure is right for me?

As with any cosmetic enhancement surgery, you should first consider your motivations for surgery to be sure that you're choosing surgery for yourself and not to fulfill someone else's' desires or expectations of you or your body. Mothering is perhaps the most important job there is and the sacrifices made by mothers everywhere deserve respect and compassion. It is a very personal matter and any decision for surgery should come after careful consideration of all the facts and emotions involved.

The Mommy Makeover may be a good option for you if you:

  • Maintain good physical health and weight
  • Don't smoke
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are frustrated by the seemingly irreversible effects of childbirth and your attempts at weight loss and firming of your body with diet and exercise alone
  • Have stretch marks
  • Have sagging breasts and/or enlarged areolas

Every woman's body is different and the needs of each women vary. A doctor can guide you along the right path in deciding which procedures will be right for you.


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3. Will I still need to diet and exercise?

This new procedure has yielded amazing results for many mothers, but it is not a replacement for proper diet and exercise. Rather, when the Mommy Makeover is used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, the results can be both amazing and long-lasting. There are some things you should consider before a Mommy Makeover, however. If you are planning on dramatic weight loss, or plan on becoming pregnant again, it would make sense to postpone the Mommy Makeover, as weight loss or pregnancy can have adverse effects on the results of the Mommy Makeover. It is recommended that you should wait at least 6 months after you stop breastfeeding before undergoing the Mommy Makeover procedure, as it will allow time for your body to heal naturally from the stress of pregnancy and childbirth. Furthermore, it allows time for the skin and muscles to 'snap back' as much as the will, naturally, which will only aid in the restoration of your body.


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4. What are some options for the Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover procedure is comprised of several different cosmetic procedures that, when used in conjunction, produce stunning results. However, because every woman has different restorative needs, the combination of procedures will vary from one body to another. The Mommy Makeover is not a 'cookie cutter' procedure, but one that can be tailored to meet your individual needs, which is one reason why the Mommy Makeover procedure is so revolutionary in its design.

Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty with Liposuction

The skin and muscle tissues in the abdominal areas stretch during pregnancy and will leave skin looser and "flabby." Even after weight loss, training and dieting, the skin may remain loose and unsightly. An abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, can revitalize your stomach and abdominal area by removing excess skin, tightening the inner walls of your stomach muscles, and removing unwanted fatty deposits through liposuction, producing a tighter, flatter abdominal profile. The use of liposuction during the Tummy Tuck portion of the Mommy Makeover allows for the removal of excess fat that develops during pregnancy as well as handle the stubborn areas that don't respond to dieting and exercise.

Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Reduction

The procedure known as mastopexy, or the 'Breast Lift' reconstructs the breast in such a way that excess fat and skin is removed, thus tightening the tissues of the breast, giving it a 'lifted' appearance, which restores the breast appearance back to that of your pre-pregnancy, youthful breast contours. The mastopexy will also address the tissue surrounding the nipple, or areola, which oftentimes becomes stretched due to the same effects.

If you desire fuller, larger breasts, the surgeon can perform a Breast Augmentation along with the lift. This cosmetic enhancement procedure uses either saline or silicone breast implants to create a bust line that is, perhaps, larger and fuller than the patients' pre-pregnancy breast size. Once again, the option of Breast Augmentation should be discussed with your doctor in your consultation prior to surgery to determine the best course of treatment.

The Breast Reduction surgery can be an option for those women who have very large breast that cause back pain and general discomfort due to childbirth or as a pre-pregnancy condition. The reduction mammaplasty is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing the excess skin, fat and tissues of the breast, alleviating any pain or discomfort.


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5. What can I expect during a consultation?

In order to create the best possible results from your Mommy Makeover surgery, it is important that your surgeon consult with you to discuss your desires and expectations, as well as how the Mommy Makeover surgery will impact your health, lifestyle and general well-being. It is a good idea to prepare by considering the following before your consultation:

  • General medical history, including the results of laboratory work and past surgeries
  • A detailed account of current prescription medications, supplements (vitamins or others) that you take
  • Any use of tobacco or other drugs
  • What are your motivations for surgery? What are your expectations?

At the consultation, your surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your current health
  • Photographically document your body, for before and after comparisons
  • Based on the information gathered, your surgeon will discuss your surgical options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Disclose the risk of common complications associated with the Mommy Makeover surgery and the use of anesthesia
  • Cover what to do the day of surgery
  • Cover post-operative care and recovery

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6. How do I prepare for surgery?

In the weeks before surgery, your surgeon may request:

  • Further laboratory testing or medical evaluations
  • Adjusting current prescriptions
  • That you avoid the consumption of alcohol, drugs and abstain from smoking for a certain period surrounding surgery

Finally, your surgeon will go over the options you may have regarding the location of your surgery. Typically, the Mommy Makeover procedure is performed in an accredited surgical center, outpatient ambulatory surgical center or a hospital.


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7. Are there any risks associated with a Mommy Makeover?

Ultimately, the decision to undergo the Mommy Makeover procedure is yours alone. After careful consideration of both the risks and benefits of surgery, you'll have to weigh the risks against the potential benefits to make an informed decision that you can live with. Your health care professional will go over all potential risks of surgery and will make themselves available to answer any and all of your questions.

Here is a listing of some of the risks associated with the Mommy Makeover surgery:

  • Adverse scarring
  • Excessive bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Complications associated with scar healing, including pain associated with surgery
  • Fluids aggregation
  • Necrosis, or fatty tissues deep within the affected area may die
  • Leg swelling that won't go away
  • Skin loosening persists
  • Potential risks of anesthesia use
  • Blood clots

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8. What happens during a Mommy Makeover surgery?


Depending on your individual circumstances, your doctor will suggest either intravenous or general anesthesia.

The Incisions

Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty with Liposuction

Surgeons today have almost perfected the art of the abdominoplasty incision, so that scarring is minimal and is located between the pubic hairline and the belly button where it can be covered by bathing suits or underwear. Of course, the length of the incision will be determined by your surgeon, based on the nature of your individual surgical needs. The incision itself is the portal through which the surgeon will remove excess fatty tissues and repair sagging, weak abdominal muscles. A second, smaller, vertical incision may be required between the pubic hairline and the belly button to remove excess skin left by the removal of the fatty tissue.

Liposuction incisions are small, round incisions that, with time, fade to become almost unnoticeable. Once the incision is made, a sterile saline solution is injected with the fatty deposit to loosen the fat and prepare it for abstraction. Then the fat is sucked out of the body with a surgical vacuum in a methodical back and forth motion, through a thin tube called a cannula.

Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Reduction

Three options for locations of incisions:

  • Circumference of the areola
  • Circumference of the areola and straight down from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease
  • Circumference of the areola, straight down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Reshaping your breasts

Let the reshaping begin! The process is tailored to every individual's needs, however these steps are common to most breast lift surgeries:

  • The breast tissue beneath the skin is lifted and reshaped
  • Any excess skin is removed to tighten the skin around the breast
  • The nipple and areola are repositioned to match the proportion and scale of the newly reconstructed breast

Closing the incisions

The Mommy Makeover surgery can be performed in either one or two surgeries, each one ranging in time from either 3 to 6 hours. Once the procedures have been completed, the incisions are closed with with a combination of layered sutures, clips and surgical tape.

See the Results

The immediate results are oftentimes difficult to see through the swelling and discoloration caused by the procedures themselves. However, within a week or two you'll be fully ambulatory, able to stand-up straight and appreciate the new, slimmer, tighter you!

Be careful

After any surgery, it is important to closely monitor how you feel, especially directly after surgery. Varying degrees of pain are certainly to be expected, however, if you experience any kind of tightness or shortness of breath, pains deep in your chest or an irregular heart beat you should go to the doctor immediately. To avoid complications, it is of paramount importance that you strictly follow your doctor's post-surgical instructions and be careful!

My recovery

To maintain shape and pressure, special bandages will be used which will control swelling in the affected areas. Temporary drainage tubes may also be used which will allow for drainage of excess blood or fluid.


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9. What are some questions I can ask my plastic surgeon?

Here are some important questions to ask your doctor before surgery:

  • Where will I recover directly after surgery?
  • Will I be prescribed any post-surgery medications?
  • How often do my bandages need to be changed and when will they be removed permanently?
  • When will the drain tubes be removed (when appropriate)?
  • How soon will I need to return for a follow-up visit?

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10. How much will a Mommy Makeover cost?

Cost depends on many varying factors, including the experience of the surgeon and the location of the procedure. Be sure to interview several surgeons when doing your research so you can get a clear picture of your options. Oftentimes, higher cost is not indicative of higher quality; but, it can also be said that you get what you pay for. Shop around and do your homework.

Costs you can expect to incur:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Facility fee
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Medications
  • Laboratory tests

In addition, many plastic surgeons offer their own patient financing plans, so be sure to ask your doctor!


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