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Many mothers find that the effects of childbirth and breastfeeding change the shape and size of their breasts and abdomen. After women are finished having children, many opt to restore their natural look by having the “Mommy Makeover,” which typically consists of a breast augmentation, lift, tummy tuck, and occasionally, liposuction. Our board-certified plastic surgeon offers a number of advanced treatments that can be combined in a Mommy Makeover to help you restore your appearance and renew your self-confidence.

At Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Wesley Schooler can meet with you in a consultation to evaluate your concerns, discuss your goals, and explain the most ideal Mommy Makeover timeline to achieve your desired outcome. Non-surgical treatments, such as facials, microneedling, or fillers, can also be added to your treatment plan to further improve signs of aging and exhaustion.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is a personalized combination of procedures performed to address the aesthetic changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding. After having children, it’s not uncommon for women to have flatter and softer breast contours, stretched out abdominal muscles, and pockets of stubborn fat around the body. Dieting and exercise may improve certain developments, but natural solutions typically cannot correct issues such as loose, excess skin and weakened musculature. By undergoing a Mommy Makeover, patients can reverse the tissue changes caused by childbirth to restore their pre-pregnancy figure. A Mommy Makeover can also be pursued to simply enhance your confidence after having children. Dr. Schooler is skilled in achieving the best possible outcomes with a Mommy Makeover and will work with you to develop a treatment plan custom-tailored to resolve your concerns.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Achieve?

As a multi-procedure treatment plan, a Mommy Makeover is completely personalized to achieve a patient’s unique aesthetic goals. The benefits vary from patient to patient based on the nature of their concerns, but treatments can be chosen to:

Non-invasive facial rejuvenation options like injectables and dermal fillers can also be added to your Mommy Makeover to give you a more youthful, renewed look, if desired. By undergoing a combined surgical plan, patients can often treat multiple concerns while only contending with one operation and recovery period. That said, more extensive Mommy Makeovers may be completed in stages rather than all at once. Dr. Schooler will assess your needs and ensure you have a good understanding of what to expect during your procedure.

Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?

This combination of procedures can benefit a wide range of patients who may be unhappy with the body changes caused by pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, including individuals who are:

We recommend undergoing a Mommy Makeover only after your family is complete, as future pregnancy can alter your results and potentially recreate the same concerns you originally sought to improve. Dr. Schooler would be happy to speak with you in more detail about the most optimal Mommy Makeover timing for your needs.

Mommy Makeover Procedure Options

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation with implants can give you larger, fuller breasts that are more proportionate to your body frame. Silicone or saline breast implants can provide you with more fullness and volume to the bustline, offering results that look natural and beautiful.

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Breast Lift

A breast lift is designed to address sagginess in the breasts that can develop after having children. Dr. Wesley Schooler can tighten the skin of the breasts, eliminating the excess to form a “perkier,” more youthful-looking bustline.

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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) addresses the abdominal region, which becomes stretched and lax after pregnancy. The procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and pulls the surrounding skin taut, giving it a firmer, flatter appearance.

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Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. This Mommy Makeover option can eliminate excess pockets of fat virtually anywhere on the body, providing a more contoured appearance.

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Excess labial tissue can cause physical discomfort and self-consciousness about your appearance. With labiaplasty, our plastic surgeon can remove stretched, enlarged, and loose labial skin with advanced vaginal rejuvenation surgery.

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What Can I Expect From the Mommy Makeover Recovery Period?

The recovery period varies from person to person, as the nature of each patient’s treatment plan differs. With all options in a Mommy Makeover, individuals can expect swelling, bruising, tenderness, and soreness to some extent after their procedure(s). These effects should subside as your body continues to heal, but pain medications and ice packs can help manage discomfort in the meantime. We recommend arranging for child supervision and assistance with household chores in advance so you can focus solely on recovering after your Mommy Makeover.

Depending on the nature of your job, most patients can return to work within two to three weeks. Exercise and rigorous activity should be avoided for at least four to six weeks or according to personalized aftercare instructions given by Dr. Schooler. Your Mommy Makeover may be performed all at once, or throughout multiple stages depending on the treatment options chosen by you and Dr. Schooler. The best timeline for you will be determined during one of your consultations.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips

During the recovery period, it’s essential to get plenty of rest and closely follow Dr. Schooler’s post-operative aftercare instructions. Each person has a unique rate of healing, but there are a few tips that can facilitate a smoother recovery period:

How Long Do Mommy Makeover Results Last?

The final results of your Mommy Makeover should remain stable as long as you do not experience significant weight fluctuations. Unfortunately, factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight gain after cosmetic surgery can stretch your skin and body contours, potentially altering the outcome of your enhancement. For this reason, our team recommends living an active lifestyle consisting of regular exercise and a healthy diet to maximize the longevity of your Mommy Makeover results. No surgical procedure can stop the natural aging process, but a Mommy Makeover can help you regain your pre-baby body and attain younger-looking breast and body contours.

How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost?

The cost of a Mommy Makeover depends on factors unique to each individual, such as the types of procedures chosen, the surgical techniques utilized, and the extent of one’s cosmetic concerns. Since the details of a Mommy Makeover are so personalized to each patient’s needs, Dr. Schooler cannot provide a personalized quote until your concerns are evaluated in a consultation. Our office also accepts plastic surgery financing from CareCredit® and ALPHAEON™ Credit for qualified patients who would like to pay for their procedure in more manageable installments. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any additional questions about the cost of a Mommy Makeover.

Mommy Makeover procedures can be performed at once, or over the course of multiple appointments with Dr. Schooler. In addition to the procedures listed above, our plastic surgeon can also help renew your skin with BOTOX® Cosmetic and other skin rejuvenation treatments to give you a full body and skin makeover. Contact us with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation for a Mommy Makeover at the Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery Center.