What does a Mommy Makeover Consist of?

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One of my cousins recently got something called a ‘Mommy Makeover’, and she had some amazing results from the procedure. I know it consists of different procedures, often performed at the same time, but I don’t know how many I need, or if I pick what procedures are the most important to me right now. If so, for me it’s probably a breast lift and getting rid of the fat on my belly. The plastic surgeon would probably tell me I need more than this. We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted after the consultation. Does anyone have any experience with this? 

majestimm

F, 35, Ohio

I do! :)  I had a Mommy Makeover and I'm so glad I did. To give you a little bit of background information about myself, I am a mother of 2 wonderful children (a boy 10 and a daughter 12). 4 years after having my last child, I decided that I could no longer stand my hanging belly and breasts. As a youth, I was always very physically fit, frequently exercised and ate healthy. After 2 children, each of whom I breastfed for nearly 2 years, my body certainly did not look like it used to. At the time, a friend of mine had had a Mommy Makeover and she looked amazing. I decided to consult with several doctors, and ultimately decided to have a breast lift, aug and tummy tuck (FYI - A Mommy Makeover is any group of procedures that return your pre-pregnancy body). At first I was quite worried with the amount of surgery 3 procedures would entail, but I was happy that all of them could be performed at the same time. However, I'm not going to lie. These procedures we're not cheap (~$23,500). Fortunately, I have done quite well for myself and had the money, but still, I was a bit sticker shocked. Once the time finally came for surgery, I was nervous, but the doctor I picked was extremely warm and comforting. The procedure was performed at an outpatient surgical facility, that felt much warmer than a regular hospital setting. After the procedure, oddly enough, I did not feel much pain. Unfortunately, that was not the case during the night. As the night after my surgery approached, I started to feel pain along the incision lines of my breast and abdomen. Fortunately, the doctor gave me some painkillers which quickly dulled the pain and made it very bearable. To make a long story , it took me about 2.5 months until I felt completely normal again (i.e. not sore, etc.). I had dull pain for 3 days after the procedure, and took things slowly until 3 weeks after the procedure, where I began increasing my activity and returning to normal activities. Now that it's been 6 years since my surgery, I can happily say I do not regret it at all. My body looks almost as good as it did when I was in my early 20s. My scars have virtually disappeared (took about 2.5 years for them to completely fade) and my overall attitude has greatly improved, as I feel like my old self again. I hope everything I've written helps you with your decision! 

 

When I had my mommy makeover, I had a breast lift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. I chose procedures that focused on the areas I was most concerned about: my breasts and belly. My doctor helped me focus on the areas that would bring the biggest change. After my kids, my breasts were completely deflated. I had full C-cup breasts, but after breastfeeding they all but disappeared. Push up bras weren’t helping; the fullness I had lost was in the top of my breasts and push up bras created a wide cleavage line that I didn’t love. I also chose to do a tummy tuck and liposuction. After I lost the baby weight, I concentrated on diet and exercise to regain my pre-baby shape. I did lose the weight, but I had rolls of loose skin around my lower belly and stubborn “love handles” on my hips. The extra skin and stubborn fat was keeping me from getting back into my pre-baby clothes, so I knew a tummy tuck and liposuction were the right procedures for me. 

Well, yeah lol. Probably a surgeon will want you to go for more, AKA put more money in their pockets. But I know my doc let me pick and choose so to speak. And it might not be what you think. It focuses more on lifts and tucks than lipo and implants. I got a lower body lift (worth it!! <3) and breast lift. I don't have any regrets at all. I waited until after I was done weaning my baby girl (obviously!) to get it done. I hope it goes well. Please keep us updated!

Mommy Makeovers generally consist of surgically repairing the areas affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding--abdominoplasty, commonly known as a "tummy tuck", breast lift with or without implants. Less frequently, liposuction and vaginal rejuvenation procedures may be offered in the package, but generally it is just the first two procedures mentioned. To begin with, I would find a board certified plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns with him/her. While you obviously don't want unnecessary procedures (and most reputable surgeons do not try to push additional surgeries on their patients in my experience) you also want an outcome you will be satisfied with. For instance, if you've lost significant volume in your breasts after pregnancy/breastfeeding your surgeon may recommend implants along with the lift in order to give the desired outcome and size that you want. 

It is important that you are on the same page as your surgeon, so make sure you are comfortable enough with whomever you choose that you can fully discuss what you want to achieve from your surgery.