A Mommy Makeover is a procedure that helps a woman’s body look, feel, and function the way it did before she had children. (1) Many women notice changes in their bodies after giving birth, and they face the pressure to snap back to the youthful figure they once had.
The good news is that there are ways to regain a more defined body. Here at Esthetica, our board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wael Kouli, has the ability to customize the Mommy Makeover to meet the specific needs of each patient. Feel free to give us a call at (858) 367-7514 to further discuss your needs, or simply fill out our online form!
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Mommy Makeovers
- 3 Benefits
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparing for a Mommy Makeover
- 7 Mommy Makeover Procedures
- 8 Recovery & Results
- 9 Cost of a Mommy Makeover in San Diego, CA
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Before and After Photos
About Mommy Makeovers
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of surgeries that can transform the silhouette of a post-baby body. It has gained popularity as more and more women decide to address their unwanted body changes following the birth of their children. Not only do they want to physically restore their bodies, but they also want to be in good health and the best versions of themselves.
Women are turning to cosmetic procedures to achieve their postpartum goals. With breast augmentations, breast lifts, and tummy tucks being the leading procedures chosen for mommy makeovers, breast augmentation continues to be one of the top five cosmetic procedures and has been since 2006. (2) According to the most recent data, breast augmentations increased 44% from 2020 to 2021, tummy tucks increased 49%, and breast lifts increased 69% from 2020. (3)
What is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is a way to improve and revamp a woman’s body after having children. To address the various areas affected by postpartum changes, multiple procedures can be safely and effectively combined. Mommy Makeovers might comprise non-surgical procedures, cosmetic surgery, or a combination of both. Because the abdomen and breasts are the areas most visibly affected by pregnancy, abdominal and breast procedures are popular.
The most commonly performed procedures in Mommy Makeovers are:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
- Buttock Augmentation
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Skin Tightening
By tailoring to your post-pregnancy needs and combining these procedures, results are optimized and you will have exactly what you need to be the best version of yourself.
Mommy Makeover procedures are beneficial for a number of reasons:
- They’re designed to help you look and feel your best as a mom.
- They’re versatile and customizable according to your personal needs
- They can help you lose baby weight and get rid of stretch marks.
- They can enhance parts of the body changed by pregnancy.
- They can restore your confidence and self-esteem
- They can help you get back into shape after pregnancy.
A Mommy Makeover can change how you look and feel. This can include helping patients find relief from the hidden effects of pregnancy such as back ache.
Each patient’s eligibility for the makeover procedure is assessed by Dr. Kouli. It is important that you are in good medical health, before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. For doctors, there are ethical considerations for this kind of surgery. The procedure is for you, and nobody else. Furthermore, the body cannot magically return to its exact former shape, even with surgery. But, we can take steps to help you achieve dramatic aesthetic results that can help your body confidence. Therefore, patients should expect to discuss realistic goals, whether you have finished childbearing, and if you have a positive outlook about surgery before scheduling you for Mommy Makeover surgery.
Once you’ve decided that a Mommy Makeover is just what you need, you will need to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Kouli. During this thorough consultation, Dr. Kouli will listen to your concerns, answer any questions, review your medical history, and conduct a physical examination. He will also take the time to address your concerns and explain expectations, touching on the risks and rewards involved, and explaining the pre and post-operative process. Depending on your needs, Dr. Kouli will suggest combining procedures into a single-stage operation to optimize your results. We will also provide digital imaging which will enable you to preview your expected results.
We believe that every woman should be able to be her best self when it comes to motherhood and beauty. Our Mommy Makeovers are just one way we help our patients do just that. Dr. Kouli will perform your procedure using the utmost care and skill so that your individual goals are met and results are effective. To schedule your consultation at one of our three San Diego locations, call us at (858) 367-7514 or fill out our online form and one of our friendly staff will get back to you!
Preparing for a Mommy Makeover
Like any procedure, it is important that you are properly prepared and know what to expect before your makeover. The instructions we provide before your procedure include:
- Cease the use of nicotine products (smoking, vaping etc.).
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin.
- Stop taking supplements that increase bleeding (e.g. ginkgo biloba, fish oils).
- Maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and restrict alcohol use.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure.
- Arrange for someone to help you care for yourself in the days following.
Mommy Makeover Procedures
You will be under general anesthesia and depending on your selected procedures, the operation could take a few hours. A Mommy Makeover at Esthetica can include any combination of the following procedures.
Breast augmentation with or without implants can help restore shape to your breasts, and even add volume. You can work with Dr. Kouli to find the right texture, size, shape, and projection implant for your aesthetic needs. And, if you don’t want implants and prefer a more natural look, you can discuss a breast augmentation with fat transfer.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A mastopexy procedure addresses excess skin sagging in the breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s a way to achieve a perkier breast angle and helps women who are unable to restore their natural breast position through diet and exercise.
Some women feel different about having larger breasts following pregnancy. And, every woman should feel comfortable with the shape of their body. Where the breasts have become pendulous and are causing discomfort following pregnancy, a breast reduction can remove excess tissue and achieve a more conservative breast size.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An abdominoplasty procedure can trim excess skin, remove excess fat, and repair damaged abdominal muscles following pregnancy. In many cases, the navel is apso repositioned once the excess skin has been removed. Mothers choose abdominoplasty to smooth and slim the abdomen following the birth of their child.
Some women notice their thigh contour change after having a baby. A thigh lift procedure reduces excess skin and fat in the legs. It smooths contours, resulting in better-proportioned thighs compared to the rest of the body.
Liposuction permanently removes stubborn fat from various areas of the body, including the abdomen, breasts, thighs, and hips. Liposuction can be used to refine your contours after pregnancy, the results of which would be difficult to achieve through exercise and lifestyle changes alone.
BodyTite is a minimally invasive way to achieve tightened, smoother skin. It’s a type of liposuction that uses radiofrequency energy to enhance results. Because it’s less invasive, recovery time is significantly reduced compared to abdominoplasty.
Recovery & Results
Your recovery depends on the procedures you have chosen to undergo. Patients should anticipate a recovery time comparable to the most thorough surgery you’re planning to have. A great example of an extensive surgery is an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. Since a tummy tuck may involve surgery on the core muscles, the recovery period is longer than it is for other procedures at around 6 weeks total. You will receive detailed after-care instructions so that you know how best to care for yourself after your procedure is completed.
Cost of a Mommy Makeover in San Diego, CA
Esthetica accepts a variety of payment methods. We’re flexible, so if you have any questions or concerns about financing your Mommy Makeover, read about our financing options for more information and give us a call at (858) 367-7514. If you would prefer to reach us electronically please fill out this form to make an inquiry.
What is the goal of a Mommy Makeover?
The mommy makeover is a single-stage procedure that allows women to regain their bodies and enjoy the most important part of motherhood: raising their children. The benefits of this procedure include mothers feeling more confident and positive about their bodies, restoring youth, and improving overall quality of life.
What procedures can I choose for my Mommy Makeover?
Mommy makeovers are customized to the patient’s needs. A patient may elect to have cosmetic surgery, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, or non-surgical procedures, such as skin tightening, or a combination of the two.
Can I still have children after my Mommy Makeover?
Typically, it’s best to wait until you’re finished having children before undergoing the surgical process of a mommy makeover, however, non-surgical body contouring and skin treatments can be a more cost-effective interim treatment if you plan to become pregnant again.
- Mommy Makeover. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/mommy-makeover
- PLASTIC SURGERY STATISTICS REPORT 2020.; 2020. https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2020.pdf
- Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Databank. https://cdn.theaestheticsociety.org/media/statistics/2021-TheAestheticSocietyStatistics.pdf