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Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery: Who, What, Why?

Dr Rory Dower tells us more about the Mommy Makeover, a group of procedures that is growing in popularity.

1. What is a Mommy Makeover?

A “mommy makeover” combines surgical and/or non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures designed to get you closer to your pre-pregnancy state. These can include body contouring plastic surgery procedures, facelift surgery, breast enhancement, and other options.

2. What do you hope to offer to your patients with the Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover procedure is all about helping mothers restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy self. As wonderful as having children is, it can alter your body so drastically that no amount of exercise or diet can shift it back to the way it was before – and this affects many women’s confidence. Having said that, the Mommy Makeover procedure will not always give you back your exact pre-pregnancy self, as your body will still have scars or stretch marks – and it’s important that patients’ expectations are set correctly.

“Having a mommy makeover wasn’t something I had planned or even considered before children, but I had my third child at 38 and really struggled to tone my tummy. I was frustrated with the roll over my jeans and the way my breasts sagged. I will never regret the decision to have this surgery with Dr Dower, he always made me feel comfortable and it’s restored a confidence in myself that I had lost for some time”

3. Does a Mommy Makeover negate the need for a healthy diet or taking up exercise after having a child?

No – not at all. Ideally women should be at their goal weight when going for this procedure.

Mommy Makeover plastic surgery will flatten the anterior abdominal contour (the front of the tummy) by taking away excess skin and removing the bulge by bringing your stomach muscles together. Your breasts will also be lifted, with or without increasing their size, depending on whether or not an augmentation is done. This won’t however affect the shape and contour of other parts of your body such as your arms, back, flanks (love handles) and thighs.

4. How soon after having their child do you recommend someone has this procedure?

At least six months after giving birth and a minimum of three months after completing breastfeeding. This is because hormones affect elasticity and skin tone, so you need to give time for your skin to retract and cover.

It’s also a bad idea to have a tummy tuck at the same time as a C-section, because the skin is stretched and it’s difficult to judge how much skin to resect, because some of the skin will continue to retract over the next few months as the hormones in your body change.

5. Is everyone who’s had a child a candidate for a Mommy Makeover procedure?

Not all patients are candidates for Mommy Makeover plastic surgery, and so it’s important that patients do not have unrealistic expectations of the procedure. Some people may not have excess skin and fat, and then the procedure may have to be modified (i.e. only liposuction or a mini tummy tuck). People with major medical issues are also not good candidates.


Interested in finding out more about a mommy makeover? Get in touch with us and we will happily answer any of your questions.