I need a Mommy Makeover. What advice can you offer?
I had triplets in 2009 and gained a lot of weight (210 lbs). I’m currently very overweight. In the last few years I've managed to lose around 40 pounds, but I still feel that I need to get that number down to 150. I asked some of my acquaintances for referrals to doctors, but not of them could point me in the right direction. Most of the referrals were to high profile doctors, and I can't currently afford to spend 18,000 dollars just for a tummy tuck and a breast lift. Does anyone know what a reasonable price for these procedures is? What do you recommend I do? I don't want to have my procedure performed by a lowly skilled doctor that doesn't charge much and end up paying the price later, but I don't even know what's a reasonable price from a good but not celebrity-level plastic surgeon. Please help give me some direction!
First of all, congratulations on your triplets and weight loss efforts! Losing weight is never an easy thing to do, and it can be markedly harder if you are also raising with three young children. You state that you are not at an ideal weight yet, so it would probably best best to get within 20 pounds or so of your goal weight before having surgery--if you have a tummy tuck and breast lift and then lose a lot more weight, it may leave you with even more skin or sagging, undoing much of the surgery that you paid for. I know it is hard to be patient, but I would advise you to join a gym and speak with a nutritionist (sometimes they are available with the cost of membership) if you have not all ready done so. He or she could set you on the right path to losing the rest of the weight as well as help you find an exercise schedule that is doable for a busy mom. Remember, even after these procedures and weight loss, it will have to be maintained, not to mention that it is easier to recover from surgeries if you are in optimal health.
Regarding your estimated cost of $18,000--that seems high. The average cost for a Mommy Makeover is around $12,000, for the procedures you are interested in. Some surgeons include liposuction and/or breast implants as part of the makeover, which of course would significantly add to the total cost. I believe that it is absolutely possible for you to find a reputable surgeon for well under $18000. I recommend that you search for board certified plastic surgeons in your area/surrounding area that offer Mommy Makeovers, read their patient reviews online, and schedule a few consultations prior to making your final choice. Good luck!
I was in a similar situation a few years ago. A mommy makeover usually consists of a tummy tuck, breast lift and possible a breast augmentation (if needed), and potentially some liposuction for body contouring purposes only. I will tell you that $18,000 is pretty expensive. Depending on the doctor I think you could get a mommy makeover in the $12,500 - $15,000 range. Although it does depend on how many procedures that you have done. For my mommy makeover, I had a lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and a small amount of liposuction around the abdominal area are paid $13,000.
Make sure you do not settle for an unqualified surgeon in order to get these procedures done. When I was doing research I made sure to only look for Plastic Surgeons in my area (I was even willing to travel 150 miles to ensure it was the right fit for me). Another alternative is to get a tummy tuck first and wait some time while you save up for a lift. Or vice versa. Good Luck!