Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Skin & Laser Center
Women who have had children understand how pregnancy, while being one of life’s greatest gifts, can cause a number of physical changes to the body that are not easily reversed through diet and exercise. A mommy makeover can often restore much of your body to its pre-pregnancy condition. Dr. Richard Zeff offers an array of procedures that can give you beautiful, natural-looking results.
A mommy makeover is a procedure custom-tailored to your specific needs. Mommy makeovers can include a number of cosmetic enhancements that can restore your body following pregnancy. These options can:
Contact our practice to schedule a consultation for a mommy makeover. Dr. Zeff will discuss your concerns and your options with you and help you decide the optimal course of action.
Those interested in customized mommy makeover surgery are women who want to address changes in their appearance caused by the combined effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and aging. Good candidates must be in good health to enhance safety during anesthesia and surgery, as well as support proper healing. Dr. Zeff also evaluates patients’ expectations to ensure they align with the results that are possible for their desired procedures. To determine whether a mommy makeover is the best approach for achieving your goals both safely and effectively, a consultation with Dr. Zeff is necessary. During this appointment Dr. Zeff will perform a physical examination, evaluate your health, and review your medical history, in addition to listening to your cosmetic concerns and treatment goals. Based on his understanding of your desired outcome and the findings of his evaluation, he can then provide procedure recommendations and describe a personalized surgical plan designed to enhance your appearance.
Mommy makeover procedures involve a number of options that can rejuvenate body areas affected by pregnancy. Some of these treatments can be combined into one surgery, or staged over time. Mommy makeover procedures can include:
Breasts often lose their “perkiness” and begin to sag after pregnancy. Breast lift surgery elevates and tightens the breasts resulting in a more youthful appearance. The latest techniques can provide a very natural lift that restores your breasts and achieves an enhanced shape.
Breast augmentation offers new moms greater volume and fullness, restoring or even improving proportion. A variety of breast implant sizes, shapes, and types are available to help you meet your goals. Breast enlargement procedures can provide you with better contoured, more sensual-looking breasts that look both natural and beautiful.
Liposuction is designed to address excess fat deposits in many areas of the body, including the back, arms, thighs, love handles (flanks), hips, abdomen, chest, breasts, buttocks, and even under the chin. After pregnancy, extra fat in certain areas of the body can be difficult to get rid of, even with careful diet and rigorous exercise. Liposuction can address this effectively.
During pregnancy, muscles in the abdomen are pulled apart and sometimes permanently separated. Dr. Zeff can perform tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to pull these muscles taut and tighten the skin of the midsection at the same time, giving your stomach a flatter, fitter appearance.
Childbirth, aging, weight fluctuations, and hormonal changes can affect the appearance, comfort, and health of the female genitalia, specifically the tissue external to the vaginal opening referred to as the labia majora and labia minora. Enlarged, damaged, or asymmetrical labia can create emotional and/or physical discomfort for many women. To address these issues, Dr. Zeff can use surgical labiaplasty techniques to reduce and reshape the labia for enhanced comfort and an improved appearance.
Lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging and fatigue can be treated with a variety of cosmetic injectables. Popular treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet; and other injectables are used as fillers. JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® can significantly rejuvenate the face and add volume to the lips and other facial features for a more youthful appearance. Results from injection of JUVÉDERM and Restylane can last up to a year, and follow-up treatments can help maintain the effects.
The process used to complete your mommy makeover treatment plan will depend largely on the type and number of procedures you desire to undergo. In some cases, Dr. Zeff is able to perform multiple procedures during a single surgery—and other times, he may require that your procedures be completed using a phased approach for safety and optimal results. At the end of your consultation, Dr. Zeff will detail the process he wants to use for your mommy makeover and describe each step of the plan so that you are fully informed about the journey ahead. Dr. Zeff always takes the time to ensure that you know what to expect and feel comfortable with the plan he has outlined for your care.
The recovery process from mommy makeover procedures will depend on the number and types of procedures you undergo. With more invasive procedures, patients should expect some bruising and swelling in the treatment areas and should make plans to rest and recover after surgery. Less invasive procedures, such as injectable treatments, typically require little or no downtime and normal daily activities can usually be resumed right after treatment. Our surgeon will explain all aspects of procedures, including risks, benefits, and recovery details, at your initial consultation.
Because the specifics of the mommy makeover recovery period can vary, Dr. Zeff will provide personalized aftercare instructions as part of your treatment plan. That said, no matter the specific procedures you choose to include in your mommy makeover, it is important to reserve time and space for sufficient rest. We understand that this can be especially difficult if you have young children; for this reason, many of our patients arrange childcare prior to the procedure.
Depending on the treatments included in your makeover, you will likely be discouraged from partaking in strenuous exercise right away; however, Dr. Zeff may recommend that you practice light exercise (e.g. walking) after a few days have passed to encourage healthy blood flow. If any of your treatments require the use of a post-surgical compression garment, we advise you to wear this garment as directed in your aftercare instructions.
If you have additional questions about mommy makeover aftercare, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Zeff.
Due to the customizable nature of a mommy makeover, the longevity of the results will depend on the procedures you choose to include. Each of the surgeries we offer at our practice is designed for long-term cosmetic enhancement, and the best way to preserve the results is generally to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. For instance, the effects of breast lift or liposuction surgery are most likely to last longer if you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. As the effects of non-surgical treatments, such as injectables, generally do not last more than a few months at a time, patients can often benefit from multiple treatment sessions.
It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so please view our mommy makeover before-and-after photo gallery to see examples of what can be achieved with this procedure.
While you may choose to have a mommy makeover starting at six months to a year after childbirth, it is important that your body be fully recovered and at a stable weight before surgery. You should also be finished breastfeeding. For women who are still planning to have more children, Dr. Zeff strongly recommends waiting to have a mommy makeover until childbearing is finished. Though it is typically safe to have children after plastic surgery, another pregnancy could potentially reverse some of the progress made with the initial procedure. In extreme cases, an additional surgery may be required to restore an optimal appearance. A consultation with Dr. Zeff is the best way to determine if the time is right for your mommy makeover.
There is currently no procedure that can compare to the comprehensive effects of a mommy makeover. Keep in mind that this treatment can include multiple procedures – both surgical and non-surgical – depending on your cosmetic goals.
If you are interested in contouring your physique after losing a significant amount of weight, you may be better suited for post-bariatric surgery. Like the mommy makeover, this procedure can involve the reduction or removal of excess skin. Dr. Zeff can help you choose the best treatment for your needs during your first appointment.
The price of a mommy makeover will depend on which treatments you choose to combine, the complexity of your program, and potentially other details unique to your needs and goals. Dr. Zeff and our medical team will review your entire program and discuss the total cost with you, so you are well-informed from the beginning. We want you to be an active partner in all stages of your care, and we are dedicated to patient education. If you would like to consider plastic surgery financing to help pay for your treatment plan, we work with a number of reputable lenders. We can go over your options at your initial consultation, if desired.
Mommy makeovers can help rejuvenate your body after pregnancy with effective procedures that can make you look great! For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.