Pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to many permanent changes in the body. This means it’s not uncommon for mothers to wish that they had their pre-baby body back for many different emotional, cosmetic, and medical reasons. A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures that address the changes that commonly occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding. These typically include surgeries for the abdomen, breasts, and labia. Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine offers comprehensive mommy makeovers for our patients in Martinsville and Livingston, New Jersey.

Mommy Makeover Candidates

Good candidates for a mommy makeover are moms who have seen significant or unwanted changes in their bodies due to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Before you undergo a mommy makeover, you should be generally healthy and fully recovered from childbirth. It’s best to be a nonsmoker, avoid taking blood thinners, and be at or near a healthy weight. For best results, you should be finished having children so that future pregnancies won’t affect your results. If you think you’ll get pregnant again in the future, you can explore some non-surgical options.

How is a Mommy Makeover Performed?

A mommy makeover includes two or more surgeries at once for the breasts, abdomen, or labia. You can choose to address as many or as few areas as you want and, at Reflections Center, a qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon will help guide you toward the mommy makeover that’s right for you. Mommy makeover procedures are performed under general anesthesia.

Breast Procedures

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for the breasts to droop or look deflated. They can also become smaller or larger than you would prefer. A few different breast procedures can rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts:

  • Breast augmentation uses breast implants to restore lost volume and create a larger, firmer breast.
  • Breast lifts reposition the existing breast tissue for a more youthful profile.
  • Breast reductions create a smaller breast size by removing excess tissue, which often alleviates pain in the back, neck, or shoulders.

Stomach and Body Procedures

The skin stretches a great deal during pregnancy, and it’s common to be left with stretch marks or areas of loose and excess skin and tissue throughout the abdominal region. There are a few procedures available to address the varying degrees of skin laxity and changes in this area.

  • Tummy tucks are a popular option for removing excess skin and stretch marks after pregnancy. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed through an incision made low across the pelvis.
  • Mini tummy tucks are a less extensive version of a traditional tummy tuck that uses similar techniques but only addresses the area below the belly button.
  • Liposuction can be used to permanently remove stubborn areas of fat that remain after diet and exercise.

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a procedure which addresses medical and cosmetic concerns related to enlarged or damaged labia, which can commonly occur during childbirth. During labiaplasty, a plastic surgeon will carefully remove excess tissue using either a “trim” or “wedge” technique, in which a pie slice-shaped piece of tissue is removed to maintain the natural edge of the labia. Dissolvable sutures are then put in place to close the incision.

What is Mommy Makeover Recovery Like?

Recovery from a mommy makeover varies based on the individual procedures you opt for and which areas of the body you choose to address. Generally, you can expect swelling, redness, and bruising in your treatment areas. Swelling can usually be alleviated using compression garments and ice, as well as anti-inflammatory medications. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications to help with any discomfort.

Most mommy makeover patients require at least a week to rest and recover before returning to work and other normal day-to-day activities. Be sure you have arranged for help with caring for your children as you recover. Your plastic surgeon will advise when you can return to more strenuous activities, such as an exercise routine. This usually occurs at about four weeks.

FAQs

Is a mommy makeover covered by insurance?

Mommy makeovers are typically not covered by insurance since they are considered cosmetic procedures. Certain components of a mommy makeover, such as breast reduction, may be deemed medically necessary or beneficial and are therefore covered by certain insurance plans.

How much does a mommy makeover cost?

The cost for a mommy makeover is something that can vary greatly from patient to patient and will ultimately depend heavily on which procedures you choose. With other costs associated beyond just the procedure itself, it’s best to consult with your plastic surgeon to determine your final pricing.

Is a mommy makeover right for me?

A few factors go into determining your candidacy for a mommy makeover procedure. You’ll first want to consider that your results are better maintained if you’re done having children. Secondly, you shouldn’t be breastfeeding or lactating leading up to the procedure. It’s recommended to wait six months to a year after childbirth to give your body time to recover. If you otherwise have a normal healthy life, those will be the main considerations when discussing this procedure with your plastic surgeon.

Can I get pregnant after a mommy makeover?

Physically, most women still can bear children after a mommy makeover procedure. However, the risk of reversing your mommy makeover results is higher since pregnancy comes with the potential for weight gain and stretching of the skin.

How soon after childbirth can I get a mommy makeover?

It’s recommended to wait for six months to a year at the earliest for a mommy makeover procedure. Mothers can become candidates for this procedure after they’ve stopped lactating or breastfeeding their children. When consulting with your plastic surgeon, the timeline for when to complete this procedure will be discussed.

Is it safe to breastfeed after a mommy makeover?

It’s possible to breastfeed after a breast augmentation, but with certain incisions there is a risk of impairing nerves and ducts in the breasts that could impair your ability to do so. As with the entire procedure, it’s recommended to be done having children and finished breastfeeding before completing a mommy makeover procedure.

How can I maintain my mommy makeover results?

To maintain your mommy makeover results, be sure to invest in long-term healthy habits. This includes maintaining a stable weight through diet and exercise, avoiding smoking, and taking care of your incisions during the early part of your recovery journey. It’s also highly recommended to be done having children since future pregnancies can reverse your mommy makeover results.

Will having a cesarean section or hysterectomy affect mommy makeover results?

If you’re an otherwise healthy candidate, these past surgeries shouldn’t exclude you from having a mommy makeover. It’s important to note that every patient is different and including these procedures in your patient history is important to ensure your plastic surgeon has all the right details during your consultation.

Is a mommy makeover surgical or non-surgical?

The mommy makeover is a combination of procedures in which not all of them are necessarily surgical. Some patients opt for more non-surgical approaches to certain areas that are addressed in a mommy makeover. Ultimately, your plastic surgeon will help determine if there are non-surgical options that may work better to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Is mommy makeover surgery all done at the same time?

This is dependent on each patient and the recommended set of procedures for the mommy makeover procedure. For safety reasons, sometimes long, complex surgeries can be spread out over multiple surgical sessions, but these factors won’t be determined until you’ve had a consultation and discussion with your plastic surgeon.

When can I resume normal activities after a mommy makeover?

Each stage of a mommy makeover recovery will be different based on the procedures completed. Most patients can expect to return to their normal routines within 3-4 weeks and resume physical activity after 5-6 weeks of recovery. What’s most important to remember is everyone’s healing process is different, and the healing time you endure is temporary.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at

Dr. Figlia is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. For 20 years, he has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Jefferson (recently renamed Meridian Health) Hospital. He is very well-respected by his peers, and has been a proud resident of Livingston for many years. We’re so happy he’s decided to join forces with the Reflections Center team of physicians.