Mommy Makeover: Treating Yourself After Pregnancy


Among the most common types of patients we see in our practice are women who have had children, and would like to restore or improve their appearance.  Pregnancy and breast-feeding cause significant physiological changes, many of which are difficult to reverse, even with an excellent diet and exercise regimen.  Several of these changes occur in the abdominal region and the breasts.  In the abdomen, these may include: Striae (stretch marks), excess abdominal skin and soft tissue, and laxity of the abdominal wall muscles.   Many patients also notice changes in the breasts after lactation, which may include an overall decrease in size or projection, or sagging and deflation. 

A Mommy Makeover procedure generally refers to any of a combination of procedures performed to enhance and rejuvenate the appearance of a woman who has had children.  The goal of surgery is to provide patients with a pleasing, natural-looking appearance.  The types of procedures performed may include: Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Breast Augmentation and/or Breast Lift, Liposuction, Injectables (Botox, Juvederm, etc.) and Skin Enhancement procedures.  The number and type of procedures selected depends on an individual patient’s goals and needs.

The patient who is an ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover procedure is in good overall health and is not planning on having more children.  In general, patients who have finished having children will have more predictable and long-lasting outcomes.   While enhancement procedures are certainly an option for patients who may have more children, the body changes related to pregnancy may recur with another pregnancy.  Also, mothers who have breast-fed their children should wait a period of a few months after lactating ends prior to having breast surgery.  This allows the breast tissue to settle for more precise surgical planning, and also helps to prevent complications related to milk production.

Many Mommy Makeover procedures can be performed as an outpatient and one can generally expect downtime of a couple of weeks for most work and light exercise, and 4-6 weeks for heavy exercise.  For longer or more involved procedures, patients should plan for an overnight stay in the hospital. 

As mentioned above, the type and number of procedures chosen depends on patient desires and needs.  Dr. Ridha tailors each treatment plan based on patient goals, and will work with you at your consultation to customize a procedure that will make you look and feel your best.  Call our office to schedule your complimentary consultation today!