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Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover surgery

is a combination of at least two cosmetic procedures – normally, breast lift surgery (mastopexy) and tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) – performed on a woman who wishes to restore her figure to its pre-childbirth state. It can include other procedures if desired, such as breast augmentation or a breast augmentation/lift, or liposuction on areas that accumulated excess fat during pregnancy.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 90,769 breast lift surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2011, and 115,902 tummy tuck surgeries. The ASPS does not provide statistics on the number of patients who combined these procedures into a Mommy Makeover surgery.

Cost of Mommy Makeover

"The average U.S. cost

of tummy tuck surgery is $5,130."

According to the ASPS, the average U.S. cost of breast lift surgery is $4,107, and the average cost of tummy tuck surgery is $5,130. When added together for Mommy Makeover surgery, the average cost is then $9,237. The national average fee listed here refers to the surgeon's fee only and does not include charges for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and anesthesiologist – nor does it include any medical tests, prescriptions, or other miscellaneous costs related to any component of Mommy Makeover surgery. Most surgeons offer multiple financing options for Mommy Makeover surgery.


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While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to Mommy Makeover surgery, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering a Mommy Makeover, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use the physician locator.)


Benefits of Mommy Makeover

For women who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figures, Mommy Makeover surgery can lift the breasts to their higher, more attractive original position, and flatten the abdomen while tightening the stomach muscles that were stretched during pregnancy. The results are likely to be a boost in confidence and an improved self-image.


How is Mommy Makeover surgery performed?

The breast lift portion of Mommy Makeover surgery begins with the surgeon placing incisions. The most common method involves three incisions, one around the areola, another vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and a horizontal incision beneath the breast that follows the natural curve of the breast crease. After the excess breast skin has been removed and the breast tissue has been shaped, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which is usually stretched out in sagging breasts, can also be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast. In some cases, liposuction may be used to improve the contour, especially on the sides of the breasts. The nipple and areolas remain attached to the underlying breast mounds, and this usually allows for preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed. The result is a more lifted bustline.

"During the tummy tuck surgery

portion, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision from hipbone to hipbone."

During the tummy tuck surgery portion, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision from hipbone to hipbone. He/she then trims away skin from the abdominal area (this skin has normally been stretched during pregnancy and would result in stretch marks if not removed). Excess belly fat is removed and the stomach muscles that pregnancy stretched out are tightened. Finally, the skin is sutured and the navel is repositioned
– the result is a significantly firmer, flatter abdomen.


How much pain is associated with Mommy Makeover surgery?

Following a Mommy Makeover procedure, patients should expect some discomfort, including swelling, bruising, soreness, tenderness, and possible itching on the breasts and abdomen. These should diminish quickly, just a few days after surgery, and most surgeons prescribe medications to control any pain. If severe, unbearable pain is experienced, patients should contact their physician immediately.


Mommy Makeover Recovery

Following Mommy Makeover surgery, the breasts will be wrapped in surgical gauze covered by a gentle bra. While the gauze is on the breasts, patients must restrict their bathing to sponge baths to avoid getting the gauze wet. The surgeon will direct the patient as to how many days the gauze remains on. After this period, a surgical bra must be worn for two to three months to ensure the best possible results.

"Following Mommy Makeover surgery,

the breasts will be wrapped in surgical gauze covered by a gentle bra."

Recovery from the tummy tuck portion of Mommy Makeover surgery will require several days of bed rest. The surgeon will place a drain to draw fluid away from the incision, and the area will be covered in a surgical dressing and compression garment. Patients should follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions regarding care of the drain. If there are sutures holding the incisions closed, these are normally removed during the first follow up visit. Many Mommy Makeover patients should plan to remain at home, possibly with help for childcare, for about two weeks following surgery.


Risks of Mommy Makeover Surgery

As with any elective surgery, there are risks and complications associated with Mommy Makeover. Following the instructions given to you by your physician will minimize the chance of any risks occurring. Potential, but uncommon complications from Mommy Makeover surgery include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Rarely, a patient may require a blood transfusion during the operation if these risks occur.

Scarring is also a common concern for Mommy Makeover patients, so candidates should be prepared for scarring risks before committing to surgery. Breast lift scars will likely fade over time (most patients report scars fading after about four months), but they may still be slightly visible after fading.

"Potential, but uncommon

complications from Mommy Makeover surgery include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia."

After one year, the faded scars should represent what they will look like long-term. There is only one scar visible from tummy tuck surgery, created by the horizontal incision made from hipbone to hipbone. This too will fade with time, and is easily concealed by clothing, even a low-fitting bikini.


Who is the ideal candidate for Mommy Makeover surgery?

The most typical candidate for Mommy Makeover surgery is a woman seeking to restore her figure to its pre-pregnancy state. Normally, she is dissatisfied by sagging, “drooping” breasts and an abdomen that is larger than it was prior to childbirth and does not respond to diet and exercise. Ideally, she does not plan to become pregnant again in the future.


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