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Becoming a mother is a rewarding and life-change experience, but it’s a body-altering experience, as well. Pregnancy affects each woman’s body a different way, but becoming a mom does not mean you can't regain your youthful, pre-pregnancy shape. Exercise and dieting are important, but often aren’t enough to fully undo the changes that can take place during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Read on below, and call us at (212) 661-2563 to set up a consultation and learn more about what a Mommy Makeover can do for you today.

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Natural-appearing improvement in breasts and tummy after mommy makeover.

If rejuvenating multiple areas of your body after having children sounds appealing, then you may be a perfect candidate for a mommy makeover. It's never too late to feel proud and confident about your body again, especially if your pregnancy has resulted in some unappealing changes.

Your mommy makeover procedure can target any combination of the following areas:

  • Stomach & Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Butt Lift
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation

Combining Multiple Procedures

"The popularity of mommy makeover surgery has been increasing over the past few years, as more and more photos of all aspects of a person's life are being placed on social media. A simple picture taken at the beach can instantly be shared onto hundreds of people's Facebook and Instagram accounts, so people are much more aware of their appearance today.” says Dr. Elliot Heller, M.D., of Allure Plastic Surgery located in New York, NY.  

“Also, plastic surgery has become much more commonplace as many celebrities write about their experience, which is read by millions of people, possibly making them more comfortable about seeking out plastic surgery themselves.”

A “Mommy Makeover” is a common term used to describe a combination of plastic surgery procedures that your surgeon will perform at the same time. These procedures target the body areas most affected by giving birth, with you and your surgeon working closely together to determine the optimal choice of procedures, based on your body and your personal goals.

The Mommy Makeover Checklist

The Mommy Makeover is ideal if you find that you match the following criteria:

  • You’re in good overall health. This is a general prerequisite for most surgeries, elective or non-elective.
  • You don’t intend to have more children. While you may elect to have children after performing a mommy makeover, doing so will put your body through the same stresses as your previous pregnancies, and may reverse the results from your mommy makeover procedure.
  • You aren’t currently breastfeeding. It is recommended to wait until you’ve fully stopped breastfeeding, or at least three months after giving birth, if you elect to not breastfeed.
  • You’ve reached a healthy weight, which you intend to maintain. Weight fluctuations can negatively impact the results of your Mommy Makeover, so you’ll want to keep them to a minimum, with proper dieting and regular exercise. Excess weight gain OR weight loss will diminish the effectiveness of your mommy makeover procedures, so achieving your desired long term weight prior to your procedure is important.
  • Be sure you can commit to the recovery period. Your recovery time will depend on your individual body, and which procedures are performed, but you must be able to commit to the recovery period your surgeon advises.

Breast Enhancement

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women will see a decrease in their overall breast size, often accompanied by stretched breast skin and enlarged areolas. A breast enhancement procedure can help your breasts regain that pre-pregnancy bounce and firmness, often better than ever.

Breast Lift

A mastopexy, otherwise known as a breast lift procedure, restores the youthful, pre-pregnancy shape to your breasts by removing excess skin, while also adjusting the position of the nipple and areola to a higher and more centered position on the breast. Enlarged areolas can optionally be reduced and reshaped as well during the procedure. This procedure is a very common choice for women experiencing drooping breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation enhances the volume of the breast through the placement of saline or silicone gel implants. This procedure can restore your breasts to their former size or enhance them, to achieve the body shape you’ve always wanted. Implants also fill out the upper portion of your breasts for a firm and youthful contour.

Breast Augmentation with Lift

A breast augmentation with lift is a combined procedure, enhancing both the size and shape of the breasts. This is an ideal solution for women who wish to address sagging skin and/or drooping breasts while also enhancing their volume and firmness.

Body Sculpting & Contouring

Skin changes are common after pregnancy, but the changes that tend to be most offensive to women are stretch marks accompanied by loose, hanging skin. These are typically seen on the breasts, abdomen, posterior, and thighs, and can itch as well. Stretch marks are generally caused by a breakdown of collagen (the connective tissue that supports the skin) in areas where the skin has undergone rapid growth, such as during pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty, often referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgery designed to correct damage to the abdominal area caused by pregnancy, and which generally cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. In addition to tightening loose, stretched skin, your surgeon can also repair your abdominal muscles along the midline for a flatter belly, increased abdominal strength, and even enhanced workouts! Additional benefits of a tummy tuck include C-section scar diminishment, as well as the removal of stretch marks, spider veins, and varicose veins.

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

Liposuction is a procedure that addresses pockets of fat around the body, which often follow pregnancy and are can be very difficult to eliminate entirely, even with aggressive diet and exercise. Liposuction can be applied to various areas of your post-pregnancy body, including your waist, buttocks, bra-line, and thighs. Liposuction will reduce bulges and diminish or eliminate the appearance of cellulite, for a smoother, more feminine and youthful appearance.

How Does the Mommy Makeover Process Work?

Your first step is selecting your surgeon. There is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon, and it is recommended that you select a highly-experienced plastic surgeon for your mommy makeover procedures. An experienced surgeon will have many years of experience doing thousands of these procedures, which is important to learn all the intricate points of every patient’s case.

Assure that your procedure will be performed at a fully accredited & certified plastic surgery procedure room, hospital, or ambulatory surgery center. Verify that the facility is certified by either the JCAHO, AAAASF, or AAAHC as you want to be sure your procedure is performed in a safe, clean, regulated environment. Those regulatory agencies inspect facilities for cleanliness and safety, as well as verify the training of the personnel involved in patient care.

Once you feel confident with your selected surgeon, you will have a full consultation to get to know your surgeon and go over the procedure options available to you with your mommy makeover. Your surgeon will discuss your medical history and a physical examination will be performed.

Vaginal and Labia Rejuvenation

Although not as common in most Mommy Makeovers, additional procedures are available to reconstruct and rejuvenate your vaginal area: vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. A vaginoplasty is a procedure that targets a slack or loose vagina from vaginal childbirth or aging, with the goal of “tightening up” this area.

A labiaplasty is surgery on the labia (the “lips" surrounding the vagina), which can be performed alone or in conjunction with a vaginoplasty. This procedure can address either the labia majora (the larger, outer vaginal lips), or the labia minora (the smaller, inner vaginal lips), modifying their size or shape, often making the lips smaller and/or correcting asymmetry between the two.

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Brazilian Butt Lift

With either a Brazilian butt lift or buttock implants, you can achieve a shapelier behind that enhances your overall silhouette.

These are some of the most common procedures included in a mommy makeover, however many of our patients opt for other surgical procedures as well as minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedures to create a more comprehensive result. During your private consultation, your surgeon will provide detailed explanations of the options available to you that will help you achieve your body goals.

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Your In-Person Consultation

You will, of course, talk with your surgeon about your body goals and the improvements in appearance you would like to attain. This is the most exciting part! During this time, you will describe your goals, reviewing before-and-after photos of prior patients, going over your preferences and concerns, and talking through specific details about each procedure, including the cost, potential complications to be aware of, recovery time and any other elements unique to you. This is the time to ask questions! You should be encouraged to take your time in this important decision making process.

The goal is to create a highly-personalized surgical plan that will result in all the improvements you wish to experience for your body.

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What Can I Expect During Recovery After My Mommy Makeover?

Your recovery time will vary, depending not only on the details of your individual anatomy, but based on the number of procedures you’re having performed, as well. Before your procedure, your surgeon will discuss recovery times in detail with you, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. In the meantime, here are some general recovery guidelines you can refer to:


  • The first one to two hours after surgery will be spent in the recovery room.
  • During the first few days, you'll experience soreness and swelling, which your doctor will assist in alleviating by prescribing pain medication. You’ll need to limit your movement to basic walking (to maintain circulation), keeping physical activity to a minimum and expect to be mostly immobile during this time.
  • Within two weeks of your surgery, your stitches will be removed and you’ll be able to notice the improvements in your overall appearance. Your surgeon will provide guidance on safe and proper healing, based on the procedures you included in your Mommy Makeover.
  • Two to four weeks after surgery, you’ll still need to be careful and avoid strenuous lifting or situations that could potentially interfere with proper healing, but will likely find that you’re able to comfortably return to work and resume daily activities, all while enjoying your incredible new body.
  • After four to six weeks, more strenuous exercise and activities can be performed, as your body continues to heal. You’ll notice your scars continuing to heal, along with other signs of surgery diminishing.

Mommy Makeover FAQ

What are the advantages of a Mommy Makeover vs individual procedures?

The benefits of having a combination Mommy Makeover procedure, as opposed to scheduling separate procedures, is the reduced overall recovery time and cost savings. “A Mommy makeover is convenient because several procedures can be combined into one surgery, resulting in only one anesthesia and one recovery period,” adds Dr. Heller. “The total costs will be a little less when procedures are combined as well.”

How long should I wait after having children to undergo a Mommy Makeover?

If you’re interested in a Mommy Makeover procedure, we typically recommend that you wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding, or a minimum of three months after giving birth.

How do I prepare for a Mommy Makeover?

Your surgeon will provide you with detailed guidelines and instructions on proper preparation leading up to your procedure. These instructions will include a list of medications to avoid, dietary restrictions, medical conditions that must be addressed, and how to properly plan for your recovery period. One of the most important aspects of your surgery is the recovery time. It’s critically important that you arrange for a helper at your home, for at least the first week after your surgery. If you are currently caring for younger children, it’s essential to have someone assist with your child care duties during this time. You’ll have restrictions on lifting, which includes babies and toddlers. Arranging for assistance with your daily life duties, especially child care duties, will speed up your recovery and healing time and minimize the possibility of complications that could delay your recuperation.

How long will the results of my Mommy Makeover last?

Most patients who have undergone a mommy makeover find their results lasting indefinitely if they avoid significant weight fluctuations, maintain a healthy diet, and participate in an active lifestyle. Of course, it is impossible to fully halt the natural aging process, but the results of your mommy makeover will last for many years following your procedure with proper self-care.

How much does a Mommy Makeover Cost?

A mommy makeover contains many different factors that can impact the price, and generally range between $7,000 and $20,000. The final cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the procedures you elect to include, your geographical location, the experience and expertise of your surgeon, facility fees, anesthesiologist fees, and additional optional services. Now that you have an idea of the costs, you should understand that making decisions based on costs is not in your best interests. You should select the plastic surgeon that you feel the most comfortable with and that you feel is most qualified to safely perform your procedures. If your surgeon’s fees are out of your budget, you should consider reducing the procedures performed or postpone your mommy makeover until you have the budget available to afford the surgeon of your choice.

Who can I talk to about a Mommy Makeover?

We recognize that as a mother, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. For more mommy makeover information, questions or clarifications, please contact Allure Plastic Surgery in Staten Island, NYC at (212) 661-2563 today to schedule your consultation with an experienced New York plastic surgeon. We welcome patients throughout the Manhattan, New York City, and Long Island areas. During your consultation, we will discuss your specific goals for your mommy makeover and which procedures will help you reclaim your youthful appearance.

I am a 23-year-old mom who has extreme breast and abdominal sagging following a 50+ lb weight loss. How can I improve my silhouette?

Simply looking at photos and considering the issues you have described, we would recommend a “mommy makeover.” It’s great that you’ve lost as much weight as you have, but unfortunately this can result in sagging skin because of its loss of elasticity. That means the breast skin may not be able to support an implant without the addition of a lift. There are many different types of breast lifts so it’s possible that the incisions can be minimal in nature. A mommy makeover also includes liposuction and a tummy tuck. The liposuction will resolve the excess fat while the tummy tuck will address excess skin and lax muscles, leaving you with a much smoother abdomen. The breast lift will take care of the saggy appearance of your breasts, allowing breast implants to fill them out and recreate a more youthful shape.

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A combination of procedures like this requires a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in body procedures. A thorough consultation with your surgeon should give you a clear understanding of what level of improvement can realistically be achieved. For more information, please contact Allure Plastic Surgery online or call (212) 661-2563 today for a consultation at our Manhattan office.

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