Mommy Makeover: Frequently Asked Questions

A mommy makeover isn’t about vanity, but your self-confidence and restoring your body to its pre-pregnancy state. Understanding the process of mommy makeovers is crucial from the onset. From examining your personal goals to a complete medical check-up, understanding your body is step one!  The process typically includes a tummy tuck, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction, and is customized to your unique needs and overall health. Most importantly, remember that a “mommy makeover” isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but a series of procedures tailored to enhance YOUR beautiful body. 

Below are common questions about Mommy Makeovers: 

  • Am I a candidate?
    • Mommy makeovers aren’t just for moms! Women who have never had children choose to get Mommy Makeover surgery because they have lost significant weight or because aging has taken a toll on their abdomens and breasts. Mom or not:
      • you will want to be in good overall health before heading into the operating room
      • you should be at a stable weight and avoid habits such as smoking
    • Women who have had children should not be planning to get pregnant in the future. Having additional children after the procedure can undo surgery results.
    • It is important to remember that a Mommy Makeover isn’t a substitute for weight loss. After you get a Mommy Makeover tummy tuck, liposuction and/or breast augmentation, leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and watching what you eat is the best way to maintain the results of your surgery.
  • Am I ready? Below are a few questions to ask yourself before starting your Mommy Makeover journey.
    • Am I emotionally prepared?
    • Do I have the support of friends and family?
    • Am I at my ideal weight?
    • Am I done having children?
    • Am I financially prepared?
  • How do I choose the right surgeon?
    • Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgeon- It is very important to choose a Plastic Surgeon, not a Cosmetic Surgeon. Plastics surgeons are guaranteed to have training in cosmetic surgical procedures.
    • Board Certification- Is your surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
    • Before and After Photos- Does your surgeon have Before and After photographs of their work to show?
    • Office Staff and care- Do you feel supported by the office?
  • What is recovery like?
    • Mommy Makeover post-op experience
      • Some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness.
      • Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended.
      • Limit activity for the first 2 days following surgery.
    • Mommy Makeover recovery timeline 
      • Drains may remain in place for about 10-14 days if used. Drain less options available!
      • Sutures will be removed in about 1 to 2 weeks.
      • Avoid strenuous activities for about 4 to 6 weeks.
      • Return to work in 1 to 3 weeks.
    • Mommy Makeover recovery supplies
      • Our doctors may recommend a variety of support garments be worn for a few weeks.

Our team is here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to start your patient journey, please call our Advisors at (410) 296-0414 today!  

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