Mommy Makeover Before-and-After Photos
Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What’s a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a popular plastic surgery procedure that usually includes a combination of abdominal surgery, breast surgery, and liposuction. It is typically performed to enhance a woman’s body contour, appearance, and confidence after having one or more children.
Many women choose to undergo this “do-over” surgery because it can address multiple areas of aesthetic concern during one procedure, ultimately resulting in great results and a shorter recovery period overall. While there are limitations to what a mommy makeover can accomplish, the results of the surgery make most patients feel much happier with their appearance and more confident overall.
Why Choose A Surgical Makeover?
Every woman has her own reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery, but they are all valid and deeply personal. A common note we hear from the moms we treat is that they haven’t felt or looked the same since they had their children. If you share the same sentiment, know that what you’re feeling is perfectly normal!
Women undergo a major transformation during pregnancy, and it can be nearly impossible to bounce back to your pre-baby body without surgical assistance. It’s natural to feel frustrated that your tummy isn’t firm like it once was, or to feel as if your breasts have lost all of their attractive shape and volume.
As a mother, you share your body for 9 months with your child. You want your little one to be born healthy and strong, and that alone can take a toll on your overall physique. During pregnancy, your belly and breasts go through changes that are often permanent. Abdominal muscles stretch to make room for a growing baby, leaving you with a stubborn belly pooch. This becomes even more likely if you have several children. Pregnancy causes breasts to lose elasticity and volume due to nursing and size fluctuations from milk production.
If you’re feeling frustrated that traditional diet and exercise regimens aren’t giving you the results you dream of, understand that it isn’t your fault. Even if you have time to hit the gym on a consistent basis, no amount of diet or exercise will be able to resolve sagging skin, tighten muscles that have separated, or restore breast volume. Many people are stuck on the idea that moms should be able to restore their body with a diet and exercise plan alone, which is rarely the case.
We believe that every woman is entitled to look and feel amazing. Having a baby shouldn’t rob you of your confidence. If you’re feeling self-conscious and unhappy with your appearance after one or more pregnancies, then it may be time to consider a surgical makeover with Dr. Baker.
Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Benefits of a Mommy Makeover
A combination procedure to reshape the figure offers various benefits to women whose bodies have been altered by motherhood. After surgery, patients can look forward to a slimmer, tighter look and boosted confidence on the beach, at home, or out and about. During a consultation with Dr. Baker, you’ll discuss the ideal procedures for your specific needs so you can achieve your aesthetic goals with a single surgery.
A benefit of undergoing the combination approach is that there is only one surgery, eliminating the need for multiple recovery periods. Mommy makeover procedures can address each area of the body that has been affected by pregnancy and create comprehensive rejuvenation.
Specific benefits vary, but often include:
- A tighter, toned-looking stomach and abdominal area
- Lifted, youthful-looking breasts
- Improved body contours
- A reduction in stubborn isolated fat deposits
- Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
Ideal candidates for the mommy makeover procedure are women who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy shape. Women interested in surgical rejuvenation should be done having children, as subsequent pregnancies will undo the results of cosmetic body surgery. Those interested in plastic surgery should be non-smokers who are in good health.
Candidates should have pregnancy-related and/or breastfeeding-related changes they would like to correct, such as:
- Stubborn abdominal fat
- Sagging skin on the stomach
- Loss of volume or sagging in the breasts
- Enlargement of the areola after breastfeeding
Mommy makeover before and after photos can help patients understand what can and can’t be accomplished with this procedure. Prospective patients should have realistic expectations and must be willing to adhere to the activity limitations required during the recovery period, which can be a challenge with young children to look after.
Although body makeovers can offer amazing results, it is important to note that these contouring and fat removal procedures are not intended to be an alternative to weight loss efforts, nor can they make someone look 20 years younger than they really are.
Patients should also keep in mind that pregnancy and childbirth put immense stress on the body. Dr. Stephan Baker advises that patients wait at least six months to one year after giving birth and completing their family before undergoing plastic surgery. This will give the abdominal tissues enough time to heal fully. Women should also wait to undergo surgery until they are done breastfeeding for six months and are no longer producing milk.
All of these factors will be discussed during your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Baker at his Miami office to determine if you are a good candidate.
The Mommy Makeover Procedure
Dr. Baker performs combination procedures under general anesthesia for patients’ safety. The makeover procedure may take up to 4 hours, but the estimated length and surgical techniques involved with your specific procedure will be addressed during your consultation. Dr. Baker may combine the following procedures:
Breast surgery for moms typically includes a breast augmentation. A breast lift, or breast reduction should be staged as a separate procedure to avoid unnecessary risk. A lift or reduction procedure involves removing excess skin and lifting the breasts into a more youthful position after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Augmentation surgery can add fullness to the breasts and improve a woman’s breast-to-hip ratio. Many women find that getting breast implants after having children greatly improves their self-confidence. On the other hand, those who suffer from back pain due to heavy breasts may want to consider a breast reduction instead.
Incisions are made in discrete areas to keep any visible scarring to a minimum. Common incision locations include the edge of the areola or in the fold under the breast. The incision pattern will vary depending on the procedure and the patient’s anatomy. View our breast augmentation page for more information.
As a baby grows, the mother’s abdominal wall and skin get stretched out, an umbilical hernia may occur, and the muscles in the middle of the abdomen often separate (known as diastasis recti). A tummy tuck corrects these issues and creates a flat, slim body contour in the abdominal region.
To begin this procedure, a long, curved, ‘smiley’ incision is made below the underwear/bathing suit line. Excess skin and abdominal fat are removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened to create a smaller, firmer waist. The skin is then re-draped over the muscle.
Patients who are concerned only about the lower abdomen can receive a partial or “mini” tummy tuck. This reduces the length of the recovery time.
Liposuction is designed to remove pockets of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Women with significant excess skin may consider liposuction with a tummy tuck. This procedure is intended for patients who are at or near their goal weight, with isolated areas of stubborn fat.
To perform the procedure, Dr. Baker makes small incisions in the treatment area and inserts a cannula (suction tube). Fat is then suctioned out using a vacuum. You can learn more about this technique on our liposuction page.
Aftercare & Recovery
Right after surgery, patients are taken to a recovery room where they will remain for about an hour before being discharged into the care of a family member or friend.
Detailed postoperative instructions will be provided before surgery. Patients need to follow the doctor’s orders closely and take all the medications he prescribes, including painkillers and antibiotics to prevent infection.
Swelling and bruising can be expected for several weeks after major surgery. Some discomfort is normal but pain medication will help manage it during the first week. A compression garment and/or surgical bra must be worn for up to 4 weeks to help ensure proper healing and to support the new body contours.
Patients typically return to work after 10-14 days. Lifting, bending, and strenuous activity will need to be postponed for about 4-6 weeks. Following Dr. Baker’s instructions carefully will help to prevent complications and promote optimal healing and results.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
The cost of a mommy makeover is always different as it is a completely custom procedure involving several different surgeries. During your consultation with Dr. Baker, price and financing options will be discussed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Body contouring surgeries are considered cosmetic and are therefore are not covered by insurance. However, financing options are available. Call us for more information.
No, you should wait to get plastic surgery until you’re sure that you are done having kids. Another pregnancy would almost certainly ruin your mommy makeover results.
The ideal time to undergo a surgical makeover is after you’re done breastfeeding your last child and have had time to lose the majority of the weight you gained during pregnancy. Waiting until your weight is stable will help ensure optimal, long-lasting results.
Choosing a reputable, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, to perform your mommy makeover is crucial to ensuring the best results. Do extensive research ahead of time and look at the before and after photos of previous patients to help you make a decision
Why Choose Dr. Baker
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, Doctor of Medicine
- General Surgery: Five-Year Residency/Chief Residency, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Four Year Residency/Chief Residency/Fellowship with Dr. D. Ralph Millard Jr., MD, FACS, Hon. FRCS England, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, Florida
- University of Miami, School of Business Administration, Miami, Florida, Exec. MBA-Health Administration, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society