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. Having children can be a transformative experience for countless reasons, one of them being 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).
If you wish to reverse the physical changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, board-certified plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD can develop a treatment plan tailored to address your unique concerns at his Scottsdale practice.
- Mommy Makeover Candidates
- Mommy Makeover Options
- Mommy Makeover Recovery
- Mommy Makeover Cost
- Mommy Makeover Scars
Who is a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover can be an effective treatment option for women who wish to reverse the aesthetic changes caused by pregnancy and/or nursing, such as deflated breast volume, loose skin, stretched musculature, and excess fat. Those interested in any type of cosmetic surgery should also:
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery
- Be in good enough physical health to contend with recovery
- Have no unmanaged medical conditions that can inhibit the healing process
Dr. Leber generally recommends postponing a Mommy Makeover until approximately six months to one year after having children. While many patients are eager to regain their pre-pregnancy figure as soon as possible, this waiting period usually allows your body time to properly recover after the stressors of pregnancy and childbirth. Depending on which procedures you’re interested in, you may be able to undergo less invasive procedures like liposuction and facial rejuvenation relatively sooner. Dr. Leber will help you assess this possibility during your consultation.
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.
Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips
Our team understands that most Mommy Makeover patients are used to juggling the responsibilities of having a child around the house, which can make their recovery period more demanding when compared to other individuals. To help ensure you receive the rest your body requires after surgery, Dr. Leber recommends arranging for assistance in childcare duties that involve the supervision of toddlers, driving, or heavy lifting for the first few days of recovery. Since mobility will likely be limited, this help can be invaluable—especially immediately when you are in the initial stages of healing. Other recovery tips following a Mommy Makeover include:
- Meal prepping before your surgery to minimize the need to cook during recovery
- Lightly ambulating (walking around, standing, etc.) as soon as you are able to
- Enlisting childcare to keep your kid(s) occupied and entertained while you rest
- Not attempting to prematurely resume your everyday responsibilities before you are ready
Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Leber or our office for advice or additional information about what to expect after a Mommy Makeover.
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.
Will I Have Visible Mommy Makeover Scars?
Every surgical procedure will leave some extent of scarring, but the exact appearance of your Mommy Makeover scars will depend on which treatment options are incorporated into your treatment plan. If you plan to undergo liposuction, the incision is typically very short and discreetly placed near the area(s) targeted for fat reduction. All scars from breast surgery can usually be concealed under a bra or bikini top, with some breast enhancement techniques even confining the incision around the borders of the areola. In most cases though, breast surgery scars often resemble a keyhole or anchor-shaped incision over the breast. Scarring from abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is unavoidable but appears very low on the pubis in an area covered by most types of underwear. Facial injectables typically do not leave any noticeable or significant scarring.
Questions? Please contact our practice to learn more about a Mommy Makeover, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leber.