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What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?

Published by DR. Bradley Ashpole

Are you unhappy with your post-pregnancy body? If so, a mommy makeover might be the right choice for you.

A mommy makeover combines procedures that help restore a woman’s body after childbirth. This cosmetic procedure can include various surgeries designed to help you look and feel your best.

So, what does a mommy makeover include? Keep reading to find out!

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of different cosmetic surgeries to help restore a woman’s body after she has given birth. These surgeries may include a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or liposuction.

Mommy makeovers are customizable and can be tailored to each woman’s needs and goals. Here is a closer look at some of the most common procedures that are included in one of these makeovers:

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach area. It can also help to tighten the abdominal muscles. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to achieve the best results.

Breast Lift:

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts. This procedure can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction to achieve the desired results.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves placing implants in the breasts to increase their size. This procedure can be combined with a breast lift to achieve the best results.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is also a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the breasts. This reduction can also help to minimize the size of the areola.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the body. It can target specific areas such as the stomach, thighs, hips, or arms.

Mommy makeovers are often performed as a single surgery. However, they can also be done as multiple surgeries depending on the individual’s needs and goals. The best way to determine what type of mommy makeover is right for you is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

Many benefits come with having a mommy makeover. Some of the many advantages include the following:

Boost in Self-Confidence

One of the most common benefits of a mommy makeover is a boost in self-confidence. After having a baby, many women are unhappy with their bodies and feel they do not look their best. A mommy makeover can help to restore your confidence and help you feel like yourself again.

Improvement in Appearance:

Another benefit is an improvement in appearance. Childbirth can take a toll on a woman’s body, causing changes that she may have difficulties correcting with diet and exercise alone. A mommy makeover can help to improve the appearance of your breasts, stomach, and other areas of your body that have been affected by pregnancy and childbirth.

Better Overall Health

A mommy makeover can also lead to better overall health. After having a baby, many women are so focused on caring for their families that they neglect their health. By taking the time to focus on your health, you can improve your overall health and well-being.

Restore Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

A mommy makeover can also help to restore your pre-pregnancy body. Childbirth can cause lasting changes to a woman’s body, such as stretched skin and weakened muscles. A mommy makeover can help to tighten the skin and muscles in the stomach area, giving you back your pre-pregnancy figure.

What Are the Risks of a Mommy Makeover?

As with any surgical procedure, some risks come with having a mommy makeover. These risks include:

  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Scarring
  • Skin Loss
  • Swelling and Bruising
  • Unsatisfactory Results

These risks are typically minimal and can be reduced by working with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

What to Expect During a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery. The length of the surgery will depend on the number of procedures done at that given time. Most mommy makeovers take between two and four hours to complete.

Before surgery, you may take general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will begin the mommy makeover process.

First, the incisions will be made. The incisions for a mommy makeover are usually in inconspicuous places, such as along the skin’s natural creases. That is so they will be hidden once you have healed.

Next, the surgeon will lift and reshape the breasts. The surgeon can do this with a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both. The goal is to create breasts that are youthful in appearance and shape.

After the breasts have been lifted and reshaped, the surgeon will move on to the stomach. Liposuction may remove excess fat from the stomach area. The surgeon will then tighten the remaining skin with either surgical stitches or a tummy tuck.

Once the stomach has been contoured, the surgeon will move on to other areas targeted pre-operatively. Those areas may include the hips, thighs, or arms.

Liposuction may remove excess fat from these areas. The skin will then be tightened as needed.

After the doctor has finished contouring the body, the incisions will be closed with either surgical stitches or staples. He will then place a compression garment over the treated area to help minimize swelling.

The doctor will take you to a recovery room to monitor you for any complications. Once you have recovered from the anesthesia, you can go home. It would be best if you planned on having someone drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after your surgery.

What is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?

The recovery process will vary depending on the procedures completed. However, most women report feeling well enough to return to work and their normal activities within two weeks.

You will need to take it easy for the first few days after your surgery. You may experience some pain and swelling during this time. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort you may feel.

You should avoid strenuous activity for at least four weeks after your surgery. That includes lifting heavy objects, exercising, and sexual activity. In addition, you will need to sleep on your back for at least the first week after your surgery to minimize the risk of bleeding and swelling.

Following your surgeon’s instructions during your recovery is essential to ensure that you heal correctly.

When Will I See the Results of My Mommy Makeover?

You will see some immediate results after your mommy makeover. However, it can take up to six months for the full effects to be visible. Swelling and bruising will gradually improve during this time.

It is important to remember that a mommy makeover is not a weight loss procedure. It would be best if you were at or near your goal weight before having surgery. If you are planning on losing a significant amount of weight, it is best to do so before having surgery.

A mommy makeover can help you regain your pre-baby body and improve your self-confidence. If you are unhappy with your post-pregnancy body, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about this life-changing procedure.

Schedule a Consultation with Ashpole Plastic Surgery 

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, there’s no better place to go than Ashpole Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bradley Ashpole is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Illinois. He specializes in mommy makeovers and other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

He has helped countless women achieve their goals and regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. Contact us today at 847-231-2863 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ashpole. We look forward to hearing from you!

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