What is a mommy makeover?

I always hear about celebrities getting back into shape after having kids with a mommy makeover.  What is it and how much does it cost?


F, 40, Illinois

A mommy makeover refers to surgery to address the changes to the body after pregnancy.  Typically surgery is performed an the abdomen, usually a tummy tuck to remove extra fat and skin and to tighten the underlying muscle which get stretched with pregnancy.  This is usually combined with either a breast augmentation to restore lost breast volume with or without a breast lift to address drooping of the breast.  The fees will vary with regard to the procedures necessary.

Hello, and thank you for your question.  A mommy makeover is any combination of procedures that addresses the breasts and abdomen.  For instance, a woman may have sagging breasts, and loose abdominal skin.   She would have a Breast lift and a tummy tuck.  Another woman might have small breasts with no sagging, and also have excess abdominal skin.  She would have a Breast Augmentation with implants, and a tummy tuck.  Both women would be having a mommy makeover surgery, just in a different variation according to her needs.  I hope this information was helpful to you.  

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

Thank you for the question.

A mommy makeover is a term coined for a combination of procedures safely performed at the same time that include different parts of the body like the breasts, the tummy, back, and sometimes the thighs or buttocks. 

The needs are different from one body to the next but most commonly it involves the breasts whether to augment with fat or an implant or lift them. Sometimes a reduction is what is needed.

The advantage of combining the procedures it to take less time away from family and work by having one rather than multiple procedures and can also have the added benefit of less cost.

The cost depends on what is needed and city location and surgeon experience 

Ideally you should start seeing board certified plastic surgeons in your area who are experienced and discuss your goals and expectations with them. 

Best of luck!

Dr. Khuthaila 



Hi- Cost can be vary depending on surgeon and geographical location as well as what procedures your looking to have done. A mommy makeover can be a breast procedure combined with a body procedure including either a tummy tuck or brazilian butt lift. It all depends on what your looking for. Be very careful when listening to celebrities as you may not ever be sure what the whole story is. Good Luck!

Dear User1206617 (what an interesting name!),

The definition of a "mommy makeover" often depends on who you ask but it typically refers to surgery on the breasts and abdomen to correct issues arising from one or more pregnancies. These include stretch marks, loose skin, lax muscles, drooping breasts, and/or loss of breast volume and shape. There are a number of procedures that can be included in such a makeover. The abdomen can be dealt with by liposuction and/or a tummy tuck. Breasts can be lifted and/or augmented with implants. A new technique, called autologous fat grafting can take fat from the abdomen (or other areas) and put it into the breasts, however, this procedure is fairly new and there are still some unresolved issues related to it so it is not something I am offering my patients. There are surgeons who want to be the "first on the block" with the newest and latest procedure and those who take a more measured approach. I am one of the latter. The only way to know what you might be a candidate for would be to see a board certified plastic surgeon for a face to face visit and examination. Then they can advise you properly. When you speak of getting in shape, I hear this as you trying to get back to your old level of fitness, weight, etc. There are things you can, and should, do before ever seeking plastic surgery. Work to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight or, at least, to a healthy weight for your height. Also get into a regular exercise program that includes some cardio, resistance (body weight, free weights, or machines), and flexibility. Try for at least 1 hour three times a week. More is better. Exercise is truly a magic bullet for your health and no plastic surgery can replace that. 

Richard T. Bosshardt, MD, FACS

Tavares, FL