What is a mommy makeover (+video)

In 2017 there were a bit over 300,000 breast augmentation procedures and 105,209 breast lifts, a rise of 3 and 4% from 2016 respectively.

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From a cosmetic standpoint having a mommy makeover is undoubtedly one of the most popular ways to address post-pregnancy changes in your body.

Though, depending on the case, it may be staged into more than one operative session and typically combines the following:

  1. Breast enhancement (augmentation, lift, reduction)
  2. Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)
  3. Liposuction

Many surgeons are suggesting these multiple procedures to handle body issues in a single-session surgery, performed mainly on women who stand overall good health after childbearing.

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“In general, patients want one recovery and one healing period away from their kids and this why I think the mommy makeover is so powerful: the procedure strives to improve all of the areas at the same time in one safe surgery with one recovery,” says James F. Boyton, an MD specialized in mommy makeovers.

Thousands of women acknowledge that they may need a little help besides a healthy diet and regular exercising.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover rejuvenates the breasts and abdomen. The idea is to correct some physical changes that follow childbearing.

The changes experienced after giving birth include sagging and deflating breast and excess skin with stretch marks and bulges on the abdomen.

While mommy makeovers are not a category to get data from, we can surely take into consideration the increasing number of breast, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgeries performed over the last couple of years.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) latest report, these three mommy makeover core procedures are on the rise.

For instance, in 2017 there were a bit over 300,000 breast augmentation procedures and 105,209 breast lifts, a rise of 3 and 4% from 2016 respectively.

Tummy tuck accounted for almost 130,000 (+2%), and liposuction peaked at 246,354 for a 5% increase from the previous year data.

Breast Surgery

There are hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding, which affects the breast.

“Once these hormones decrease, the tissue deflates,” says Orlando, FL, plastic surgeon Armando Soto, MD, leaving a sagging breast.

The mommy makeover becomes the best option for women in which they can choose to have a breast lift to achieve a more youthful and a pre-pregnancy perkiness.

Breast augmentation -implants- is used to restore fullness and add projection. There are two different options to choose: saline or silicone.

Related: 7 Differences Between Saline and Silicone Implants

However, in cases whereby excessively large breasts bring about some level of discomfort, the size can be reduced (Realself.com, 2018).

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy alters a woman’s weight and leads to excess skin.

A tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles.

Here are the various types of tummy tucks you may consider either as part of your Mommy Makeover:

  • Traditional Tummy Tuck – full abdominoplasty
  • Extended Tummy Tuck – belt lipectomy
  • Mini Tummy Tuck – a short scar or small incision abdominoplasty
  • Reverse Tummy Tuck – the incision is made from the breastbone to the stomach

After surgery, you still need to maintain a proper weight, a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Don’t put yourself in a position to diminish the results of this procedure.


The ASPS states that a liposuction (also known as liposculpture) “is a surgical procedure that breaks down and removes the subcutaneous fat layer (fat just under the skin) in parts of the body that are notoriously and stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise.”

Liposuction is NOT a weight loss procedure; instead, it is a way to remove a pocket of fat that is not responsive in otherwise healthy individuals.

For a mommy makeover, the procedure is performed along the tummy tuck as a way to accentuate the waist and add definition to the abdomen.

A much-narrowed waist complements the changes made by the breast procedure.

In this video, Dr. Byron Poindexter breaks down the patients go through from before the consultation all the way through the post-op and final transformation.