Our Approach to the Mommy Makeover

For many women, having a child is a pivotal event. It can come at a cost, though, and we understand that choosing to restore your body and self-confidence can be a pivotal event, too. That’s why we strive to customize your mommy makeover procedure to your individual goals in order to provide the plastic surgery experience that fits you best. Your body is unique, and so is our approach.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Most moms experience radical changes in the body during pregnancy, childbirth, and afterwards. These changes are not always easily reversible. The mommy makeover procedure is one that aims to restore the areas of the body most commonly affected by childbearing through a series of plastic surgery techniques that can be combined into one treatment session. Every woman’s body is different, so the mommy makeover is a highly-customizable option for moms looking to restore their body to its pre-pregnancy state.

Can a Mommy Makeover Benefit Me?

Patients that benefit most from a mommy makeover procedure are those that are unable to restore commonly-affected areas of the body with only diet and exercise. These areas can include the breasts, abdominal area, and lower body, which are prone to stretching of the skin and underlying tissues. This stretching and loosening cannot be effectively corrected with non-surgical means, and these tightening techniques can have medical benefits for postpartum women, like relieving back pain or preventing urinary incontinence.

If you’re considering a mommy makeover procedure, you should first determine your candidacy. You should be fully recovered from the childbirth process and no longer nursing, since these factors can affect your ability to recover. During your consultation, you’ll also discuss your plans for having more children, since additional pregnancies can reverse your great results. We also recommend that you be actively following a diet and exercise routine to maintain your results. We generally prefer patients to be at or near their ideal body weight.

What Can I Include in My Mommy Makeover?

There are no hard and fast rules about what you can include in your mommy makeover package because it’s unique to you and your goals, although there are limits on how many procedures can be performed in one session. Most mommy makeover procedures focus on the breasts, stomach, and lower body with these plastic surgery procedures:

Breast Surgery

Because of the body’s anticipation for breast feeding after pregnancy, the breasts undergo radical changes during the childbearing process. This looks different for every woman, but most patients can benefit from a breast procedure to restore and reshape the breasts according to their goals. Most commonly, a breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction. This method can effectively reshape, enhance, or reduce the breasts.

Abdominal Surgery

Commonly known as the tummy tuck, this procedure can have many benefits for post-pregnancy women. It uses surgical techniques to tighten abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, and flatten the stomach. Many women experience overall sagginess and laxity of the stomach, but exercise and diet can’t correct the stretching of skin and muscle that occurs during pregnancy and childbirth. This muscle-tightening process can be very effective at reducing back pain and urinary incontinence, which are common experiences for new mothers.

Body Contouring

Gaining weight is a common accompaniment to pregnancy, and it’s normal to struggle with losing baby fat afterwards. Liposuction can be an effective method to remove stubborn fat pockets from the lower body or other areas. Additionally, this can be used for fat transfer techniques to restore fatty volume to areas that lack it. Surgical lift procedures like the brachioplasty are also an option for removing excess skin as a result of weight gain.

During your consultation, we can recommend the best mommy makeover to help you achieve your goals and feel like you have your body back. Additionally, many moms opt for non-surgical or skin treatments for rejuvenating the face for an extra boost of confidence. We’ll also take high-quality photos of your treatment areas so that we can compare your results and accurately plan your procedure.

Your Mommy Makeover Procedure

Since no two mommy makeover procedures are alike, your surgical session will be completely customized and planned during your consultation. Your mommy makeover will be performed at our small and private accredited surgical facility, meaning our professional medical staff can provide customized, safe care before, during, and after your procedure.

A mommy makeover is performed under general anesthesia, which is administered after you’re comfortable and prepared with the help of our medical staff. The appropriate procedures are then performed according to the plan outlined during your consultation. After the procedure, you’ll be observed inside our recovery facilities by our medical staff who will ensure you’re recovering properly and are safe to return home.

What Can I Expect After My Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover procedure can be one of the lengthiest plastic surgery procedures performed, with basic mommy makeover procedures taking around four hours or longer. After your surgery and monitoring period, you will be required to be taken home by a family member or close friend who should assist with your recovery during the first few days. Because the mommy makeover is an extensive procedure, your recovery can take several weeks and require a few follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. Depending on your procedure, you may be required to wear compression garments during your recovery to aid with swelling and helping your skin adhere to your new contours. Our medical staff will ensure you have prescribed medications and leading-edge post-operative methods to manage pain and swelling during the first few days, and we can also supply scar-reducing product packages to ensure your skin recovers successfully.

Although a mommy makeover or any plastic surgery procedure cannot stop the process of aging, you can achieve long-term results with your mommy makeover procedure. Avoiding weight gain and additional pregnancies, as well as an effective skincare regimen, can be some of the best ways to extend and enjoy your confidence-boosting results. As always, our professional medical staff is here to address any concerns you may have about your life after plastic surgery.

Your Consultation at Corewell Health Plastic Surgery

Your consultation at Corewell Health Plastic Surgery is one of the most important parts of your mommy makeover procedure. During this appointment, we can create the best treatment plan for you and your intended results, as well as answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon, contact our St. Joseph office by calling or filling out our online form.


How much does a mommy makeover cost?

The cost of your mommy makeover procedure will depend on many different factors. These can include the cost of materials, facilities, surgeon’s fees, and appointments. It can also include the cost of the procedures that you include in your treatment package. Major insurance companies do not generally cover the cost of cosmetic surgeries, but you will receive a full estimate of the cost of your mommy makeover during your consultation.

How soon after childbirth can I get a mommy makeover?

Every patient recovers at a different rate, but most plastic surgeons recommend waiting at least six months after giving birth before undergoing surgery. This is to make sure your body is fully recovered and has returned to its pre-pregnancy hormonal state, so that it doesn’t affect your results. This is also to make sure that your body can fully recover from the surgery without complication, since a mommy makeover can require a lengthy recovery period. There is no upper limit on mommy makeover procedures, however, and new mommies and seasoned ones alike can benefit from a mommy makeover.