What is a Mommy Makeover?
Having children can be a transformative experience for countless reasons. One of the changes associated with childbearing includes the physical transition that the body undergoes as a result of pregnancy and nursing. The abdominal musculature is typically stretched and separated from its original position in the midline, skin begins to lose elasticity and loosen, localized fat begins to accumulate around the body, and the breasts often lose volume and experience some degree of ptosis (drooping).
A Mommy Makeover is a comprehensive treatment involving a series of personalized procedures designed to restore your pre-pregnancy figure, or improve the cosmetic concerns that often result from childbearing. If you wish to reverse the physical changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD can achieve your aesthetic goals with a treatment plan tailored to address your unique concerns.
What Does a Mommy Makeover Consist Of?
A Mommy Makeover is customized according to your needs and cosmetic goals. In general, the abdomen and the breasts usually experience the most changes throughout pregnancy and nursing, making abdominoplasty and breast surgery popular options in a Mommy Makeover. Upon an initial consultation, Dr. Leber will ask you about your reasons for surgery, review your medical history, and examine your areas of concern. Together, the two of you will formulate the most ideal treatment plan to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
One of the most prominent effects of pregnancy is the appearance of a protruding abdomen, which typically results from stretched abdominal muscles combined with loose skin and fatty deposits. If you wish to achieve a slimmer and smoother look in the abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the solution to your concerns. Medically referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can improve your body contour by bringing together separated musculature, removing excess skin on the abdominal wall, and tightening remaining tissue for a more rejuvenated aesthetic.
After pregnancy, it is not uncommon for the breasts to lose volume and appear flat or “deflated.” Breastfeeding—compounded by the natural effects of gravity, aging, skin laxity, and weight fluctuation—can also cause breast sag and a loss of youthful projection. Dr. Leber offers a variety of surgical procedures to rejuvenate the breast aesthetic for an improved silhouette and natural-looking results.
If you wish to restore lost volume and/or correct asymmetry, breast augmentation is a popular treatment that can be customized to attain your ideal breast size and shape. A breast lift is also frequently pursued as part of a Mommy Makeover to reshape the breasts and raise them to a more youthful positioning on the chest wall. Dr. Leber often performs both treatments in conjunction with each other, combining the benefits of both surgeries in a comprehensive breast lift with implants procedure.
When stubborn fat pockets remain unaffected by dieting or exercise efforts, liposuction can be an excellent treatment option to remove targeted areas of localized fat for a smoother, leaner aesthetic. The procedure involves gently suctioning out excess fat through a narrow tube called a cannula for meticulous and targeted removal. Common treatment sites include the abdomen, flanks, upper back, thighs, and arms, with liposuction capable of improving the contour in virtually any body area.
If your cosmetic goals include refreshing a tired, stressed, or aged appearance, surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation can act as an effective complement to other Mommy Makeover procedures. Minimally invasive treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable dermal fillers can smooth away pronounced facial creases, such as frown lines, nasolabial folds (parentheses wrinkles), marionette lines, and other common indicators of age, for a more youthful aesthetic achieved without surgery or downtime. For patients seeking more enduring results than can be achieved with non-surgical treatment, facial fat grafting is often utilized to restore volume in the cheeks, tear troughs, or other regions that lack youthful fullness for long-lasting results.
What is Recovery After a Mommy Makeover Like?
The recovery period for a Mommy Makeover is different for each patient and usually depends on the details of your treatment plan, including whether each treatment was performed in one surgery or separated out in multiple stages. Dr. Leber will provide detailed recovery instructions for your Mommy Makeover in person, but most patients typically require one to two weeks of downtime before making a full return to their daily routines. To allow a smoother healing process, Dr. Leber recommends arranging for assistance in childcare duties that involve supervision of toddlers, driving, or heavy lifting, as mobility will likely be limited in the first few days after surgery. Arranging for assistance around the house immediately after your treatment can also give you the opportunity to receive plenty of rest as you recover.
How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?
Since each Mommy Makeover is tailored to an individual’s unique concerns, the cost of a Mommy Makeover will also vary from patient-to-patient. Factors that can affect your cost estimate include which procedures your Mommy Makeover consisted of, whether breast implants were utilized, and the overall complexity of your surgical plan. While the exact cost of this series of treatments is impossible to estimate without knowledge of your unique needs, patient reviews from Realself.com approximate the average cost of a Mommy Makeover near Scottsdale at around $16,125, with the price ranging anywhere from $11,400 to $22,100.
After you see Dr. Leber in a consultation, our office will be able to provide you with a personalized quote of your Mommy Makeover expenses. To make the cost of treatment more affordable, Dr. Leber works with some of the leading plastic surgery financing companies in the nation, including CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. These options can make it possible for qualified applicants to pay for their Mommy Makeover over time, rather than in a lump sum, with a number of low- to no-interest financing plans that can be chosen to accommodate your budgetary concerns. If you have any other questions about the cost of a Mommy Makeover or our accepted payment methods, please reach out to our practice to speak to a friendly member of our team.
Questions? Please contact our practice to learn more about a Mommy Makeover, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leber.