The Mommy Makeover: What It Is & Procedures Involved

A woman’s body image is directly related to self-esteem, and how they view themselves. There is an old saying “When Mama’s Not Happy – Nobody Is Happy!” When a woman feels good, her family reaps the rewards. With today’s celebrities looking young, beautiful and youthful weeks after giving birth, it’s no wonder there is now a demand for “mommy makeover” procedures.

“I was 105 lbs before I had my kids and I gained 70 lbs with the first child… With my second daughter I gained 40 lbs… I didn’t feel confident and didn’t want to show my body. I didn’t want to see in the mirror… After surgery, I was so happy. I fell in love with my body again… I show everybody my results…” Valeska G., Beverly Hills

What is a Mommy Makeover

So what is a mommy makeover? Simply put, a mommy makeover addresses a woman’s post-pregnancy body in a single-session or multi-stage surgeries. Mommy makeovers typically combine several procedures including a tummy tuck, breast enhancement (a breast lift or augmentation) and possibly liposuction.

A mommy makeover is not meant to be done soon after giving birth however. Pregnancy and childbirth puts stress the body. Surgery soon after would be dangerous. So what’s involved in a mommy makeover?

For many celebrities, they work with personal trainers, personal cooks and nutritionists during and after pregnancy. While we suggest being at your best health for a mommy makeover, many women do not live the ideal life of a celebrity. We suggest patients:

  • Eat healthy
  • Have optimal water intake
  • Participate in healthy exercise

Even with doing this however, pregnancy often leads to loose skin and damaged muscles in the abdomen. That is where Star Plastic Surgery can help.

The Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is one way to address the abdominal area, especially the muscles. Exercise will not always get a woman back to her pre-baby shape. Instead, patients may needs a surgeon to stitch together the torn tissue between sections of her abdominal muscles. An added benefit is that loose skin and stretch marks after pregnancy will be removed during a tummy tuck.

Breast Enhancement

Mommy makeovers may also address problems that occur in the breasts after giving birth. Most women, especially in their 30-40s, need to have a breast lift after giving birth. This is because breasts tissue expands and contracts dramatically during milk production. It’s not uncommon for a woman to go up and down several cup sizes after giving birth which may require a breast augmentation, breast reduction or a combination breast augmentation and breast lift.


Liposuction in a mommy makeover will help to reduce or eliminate cellulite and excess fat a women experiences after birth. If, after pregnancy, extra fat on the hips, thighs, waist or abdomen, can be removed with liposuction.

Mommy makeovers may even take into consideration a facelift, mini facelift, filler or injectables. Whatever a new mom desires to help her feel her best, most youthful self.

Mommy Makeover

Would you like to find younger, firmer, skin and a profile similar to their more youthful, pre-baby self? Have you been considering a mommy makeover but aren’t sure if you can or should do it? We encourage you to view our patient photo gallery, or call and schedule your free consultation.

Your mommy makeover options will be personalized during your consultation to reflect your needs. Not all women need to have the same procedures and the only way to determine your needs is to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons. Call us today at (248) 735-3800.