What is a typical mommy makeover price range?

I would like to get a standard mommy makeover, including a breast lift, augmentation, liposuction and a tummy tuck. What is the typical mommy makeover price range that most doctors will charge for all of those procedures together? You save some money if you get them at once, rather than breaking up the procedures, correct?

LolaJo

F, 44, New York

A mommy makeover combines a range of procedures that help restore a woman's physique to its pre-baby body shape. As you are already aware, a standard mommy makeover includes surgery that rejuvenates lax breast tissue and slims and contours the abdomen and waist. Women also have the option of including other procedures to address areas of concern, such as saggy buttocks or droopy upper arms.

Determining the average cost of a standard mommy makeover is difficult because there is a diverse range of factors that contribute to the final cost. However, you can expect to pay from $20,000-$25,000. Be sure to confirm with your surgeon what is included in the cost: sometimes, you may need to pay for preoperative medical checks and postoperative medication and garments separately.

Also confirm the quality of treatment you are receiving: anesthesia and the surgeon's fees will likely be more expensive if both professionals are board-certified and very experienced. Cutting corners to save money on an extensive surgery such as a mommy makeover is not advisable, as you may end up with sub-optimal results or even need revision surgery. Shop around for an excellent surgeon with an impeccable reputation, and compare prices before settling. In the long run, a great surgeon is essential to an optimal outcome.

Mommy makeovers generally combine the procedures into one surgery to decrease overall recovery time and enable the patient to get back on their feet more quickly. Another advantage of combined procedures is that the cost of surgery can be reduced, making it more financially feasible for some women. However, surgery can only be combined if your surgeon deems you a good candidate for a combined surgery. In some cases, staging the procedures represents a safer option, as being under anesthesia for extended periods of time can increase the risk of complications occurring.

Mommy makeover surgery addresses the physical changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. A standard mommy makeover combines abdominoplasty and lipo with breast lift and augmentation. A tummy tuck excises loose skin and fat, while liposuction contours the abdominal region. Breast augmentation surgery adds volume to flat or sagging breasts, while a breast lift restores their youthful appearance and position on the chest.  Some women include additional procedures such as a Brazilian butt lift, thigh lift, nipple or areola reduction, or vaginal rejuvenation.

The average national cost for breast implants is $3719, $4636 for breast lift surgery, $3200 for liposuction and $5798 for a tummy tuck. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) gives the average cost for mommy makeover surgery as ranging from $9000 to $20,000. Be aware that the price range depends not only on the combination of procedures you undergo but also:

  1. Geographical location: expect to pay more in cosmopolitan hot spots like Beverly Hills, Miami, Dallas and Manhattan because of higher associated overhead costs.
  2. Surgeon fees: The surgeon you select is one of the strongest influences on both the cost of your surgery and the outcome you can expect. Ideally, find a surgeon with American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) accreditation as you are then assured of his or her training, credentials and experience. Do not cut corners to save money -- with surgery as extensive as a mommy makeover, it’s important to find a surgeon who has an excellent reputation and with whom you have a very good rapport.
  3. Surgical facility fees: A mommy makeover can be performed in a hospital where your surgeon has operating privileges, an ambulatory center, or a surgical suite. Procedures performed in accredited facilities may cost a little more, but are better equipped to care for you should something go wrong as there are qualified personnel and surgical equipment on hand.
  4. Additional surgical expenses: The cost of your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, pre-surgical tests, postoperative medicines, pain medication, compression garments, and postoperative consultations may be calculated separately and added to the cost of the procedures you undergo.

You are correct in your statement that performing the procedures at the same time is generally more cost-effective. Most clinics offer a discount to incentivize patients to undergo the abdominal and breast surgery at the same time. In addition to the financial saving, many women generally prefer to have one large procedure and then recover, allowing them to achieve all their aesthetic goals in one surgery.

Schedule an appointment with a board-certified surgeon to discuss your surgical goals and gain a comprehensive idea of the financial investment required. Many clinics also offer financing options to help make surgery financially feasible.

Mommy makeover costs can vary dramatically from one patient to another. Even if you are interested in the standard mommy makeover, it’s very difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate without a face-to-face consultation.

The standard mommy makeover procedure includes body contouring of the problem areas that are most affected by pregnancy and childbirth: the abdomen and breasts. Abdominoplasty with liposuction contours the waist by removing stubborn fat and repairing separated abdominal muscles. Breast lift and augmentation surgeries add volume to the breasts and relocate them to a more elevated 'perky' position on the chest.

However, there can be great variation in a standard mommy makeover. The breast reduction technique your surgeon chooses, the type of tummy tuck you undergo, and the extent of liposuction you require will all have a significant influence on the final cost.  

Your surgeon's professional fees, the cost of the surgical center where your mommy makeover is performed, and the geographic location of your surgeon's practice all figure in the final cost as well. The total cost of a standard mommy makeover in the US ranges from $15,000 to $22,000.

Try to schedule consultations with a few different surgeons in your area to gain a realistic idea of the financial investment required to achieve your cosmetic goals. As you mentioned, mommy makeovers are generally performed as a single operation rather than staged as separate surgeries, which helps to reduce the cost.

As you mention, a mommy makeover generally focuses on surgical improvement of the breasts and abdomen. A standard mommy makeover includes a breast augmentation or lift or both, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. On average, you can expect to pay approximately $20,000 for this combination of procedures.

However, there is a considerable scope in how they are performed and the cost will vary based on the specific surgery that you undergo. There is always a degree of customizability, which means costs can vary: some women, for example, may opt for breast reduction and breast lift instead of breast augmentation surgery. Liposuction could be focused solely on the abdomen and love handles, or also include the hips and flanks.

There are options with abdominoplasty too: some women are good candidates for a traditional tummy tuck which requires longer incisions to remove stubborn fat deposits and excess skin, while others a good candidates for a mini tummy tuck if the majority of abdominal laxity is concentrated below the navel. Because the procedures can be tailored to your needs, it’s very difficult to give a conclusive answer concerning average costs. A board-certified plastic surgeon would need to examine you in person, discuss your concerns and goals with you, then provide you with a quote.

Other factors that influence the final cost are the professional fees of your surgeon (expect to pay more for a board-certified surgeon with excellent credentials and a great reputation), the surgical center where your operation is performed, the cost of anesthesia, and any additional costs such as postoperative garments. These can all vary considerably as well.

Combining the procedures into one surgery will help make your mommy makeover more cost-effective than staging the procedures separately. However, a combined surgery can only take place if your surgeon decides that your health is sufficiently robust and you do not suffer from any medical conditions that could cause complications.

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Elective cosmetic procedure are typically divided into 3 main components: 1. Professional fees for the surgeon 2. Professional fees for the anesthesiologist 3. Facility fees for the operating room and overnight stay There are many variables to this. For example, there are some geographical differences in fees. There may also be differences in professional fees. Facility fees may vary widely depending on the setting for surgery. For example, if the procedure is performed in a hospital, the fees will generally be higher than having the procedure performed in a surgery center owned by the doctor. Fees will generally run from $15K to $25K depending on the exact scenario. This is an involved procedure, so I would recommend using a board certified surgeon with adequate credentials and have your procedure done in a facility that prioritizes patient safety rather than cost cutting.

The prices will vary depending upon location and surgeon and what needs to be done, but it will typically cost about $20,000 - $22,000 for everything, including OR and anesthesia.  It generally does cost less if you have them all done together.  You can start an online consultation here on zwivel to get recommendations and estimated fees from doctors in your area.  Just click "ask a cosmetic doctor".

Dr. Gary Breslow has 10 Mommy Makeover before & afters:

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