Mommy Makeover included not only a Tummy Tuck, Lipo and Breast Lift, but a Fat Transfer to enhance the size of the breasts.View Patient Details
What is a Mommy Makeover?
As parents, we get to experience one of life's greatest joys when we welcome our little ones into the world. While it is hard enough adjusting to parenthood, mothers also have to adjust to the physical changes that have happened during pregnancy, child birth, breast feeding, and beyond.
Sometimes moms miss their pre-baby bodies and desire things like the fullness in the breasts they had during pregnancy or the tighter tummy they had before pregnancy. Most moms eventually lose the baby fat, however, the weight loss is not always in the desired areas (weight is typically lost from the breast and buttocks, while the waist and thighs continue to hold on to the extra pounds). This is where a Mommy Makeover can help you get those curvy proportions back!
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures that address changes in the body after pregnancy. It is a big transformation and this procedure has a very high satisfaction rate!
What problems does a Mommy Makeover address?
I want to look the way I looked before my pregnancy
For women who've had children, a mommy makeover can help address the following signs or symptoms:
- Changes in the breast shape and volume
- Separation of the abdominal muscles
- Stretch marks
- Changes in fat deposition
What are the Pre-Operative requirements?
During your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon it's important to listen to all of the pre-op instructions your surgeon gives and discuss all of the surgery and outcome concerns you have.
Your procedure should be performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in an accredited surgery center. The most highly recognized accreditation agencies are Medicare, AAAASF, and JCAHO. Be sure that your facility is accredited by at least one of these organizations! In many cases, a facility will have accreditation from Medicare, and either AAAASF or JCAHO. Our surgery center is accredited by both Medicare and the AAAASF.
- Quit smoking 2 weeks prior to surgery
- Stop taking multivitamins, herbals, and aspirin two weeks prior to surgery
- Have an Physical examination (H&P) and CBC (anemia detection) to clear you for surgery
- NPO after midnight the night before surgery
How is a Mommy Makeover performed?
A Mommy Makeover helps to flatten and tighten your tummy as well as remove any unsightly stretch marks and, in the same operative session, addresses any breast concerns.
In the image on the right, I'm explaining how a tummy tuck works to correct a separated rectus abdominis muscle. You can also read more indepth about the component parts of the Mommy Makeover in my blog post, What does a Mommy Makeover Do?
Beyond a tighter tummy, some women simply want to lift the breasts while others also want implants to give more fullness at the top, or to give them the breasts they wanted even before becoming a mommy.
The surgical choices discussed during a Mommy Makeover consultation will vary depending on your specific goals. Cosmetic surgery combinations often include:
- Tummy Tuck with a Breast Lift
- Tummy Tuck with a Breast Augmentation (silicone or saline implants)
- Tummy Tuck with a Breast Lift with Implants (usually silicone implants)
- Tummy Tuck with a Breast Reduction
- Liposuction to various areas of the body.
The credentials of your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and the surgery center are all important. I perform all of our Mommy Makeover procedures in our AAAASF accredited out-patient surgery center and we use only Board Certified Anesthesiologists. I prefer to perform the procedure with IV sedation as patients have a quicker recovery and the use of IV sedation reduces the risk of pulmonary embolism associated with General Anesthesia.
What is Post-Op Mommy Makeover recovery like?
Post-op and recovery instructions depend on the surgeries and techniques used to achieve your individual goals. You will be given very specific instructions, in writing, to follow following your surgery and as you continue to recovery.
Ironically, Mommy Makeover recovery requires a lot of rest. You can expect to take a minimum of 2 weeks off from work.
- Drains: To avoid any type of fluid accumulation, you will have drains inserted for both your breast procedure and the Tummy Tuck. These drains will be removed in the office at:
- Day 2: Post-Op for the breast
- Day 5-6: Post-Op for the Tummy Tuck.
- Wear Compression garments for stomach area
- Minimum of 3 weeks: No driving
- At month 1, month 4, and month 12: Post-Op follow up office visits
- After 5-6 weeks: Resume normal activity and exercise
In summary, the Tummy Tuck part of the procedure will require the most post operative recovery. You can read more about the details of that recovery in my blog post, How long is the Tummy Tuck Recovery?
What are the risks and possible complications?
As with any surgery there are risks involved with undergoing a Mommy Makeover. Possible complications include risks and complications associated with the individual procedures performed:
- Thick tummy scar
- Possibility of revision surgery
Finding out if a Mommy Makeover is right for you
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, you will need to speak with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience with multiple cosmetic surgery procedures. Be sure to view before and after photos of patients who have a 'before' body type similar to yours, discuss all of your specific goals, and ask a lot of questions to ensure the benefits of a Mommy Makeover outweigh the risks and scars involved. RealSelf.com has tracked over 1800 patients and finds that 98% think their Mommy Makeover was worth it.
How much does a Mommy Makeover cost?
Because a Mommy Makeover is catered to meet your specific needs, the cost of surgery can vary quite a bit. All options include the surgeon's fee, operating room fee, anesthesia fee, post-operative garments and post-operative garmentsfollow up appointments. When you are comparing prices, be sure to find out what, specifically, the fee covers.
Popular Mommy Makeover combinations and their corresponding average price ranges include:
- Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift: $14,000 to $15,000
- Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation with Silicone Implants: $16,300
- Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Silicone Implants: $17,000 to $18,000
Patient Photos, Reviews, and Testimonials
See our gallery of Before and After Mommy Makeover Photos, all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience.
You might also be interested in reading reviews and testimonials from actual patients.
Please note that all of the patients featured in our gallery have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!
Having Your Mommy Makeover in Baltimore, Maryland
Many of our surgical patients come from out of town. Baltimore is only 30 miles from BWI airport and we are only 20 minutes from the downtown Amtrak train station. We would be happy to discuss your individual needs with you and answer any questions you may have about tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and other possible Mommy Makeover combination surgeries.
Updated October 19, 2015
by Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.