Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can all take a toll on a woman’s body. A mommy makeover uses a customized combination of breast enhancement and body contouring procedures to help moms regain their pre-pregnancy curves.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti specializes in body contouring and breast enhancement, making him one of the best choices for your mommy makeover surgery in the East Bay. Mommy makeovers have seen a steady rise in popularity in Walnut Creek and throughout California, thanks to their transformative effects and seemingly endless options for customization.
Mommy Makeover at a Glance
The Best Candidates
Your body’s reaction to motherhood can show itself in any number of ways, from persistent areas of fat and excess abdominal skin to sagging, deflated breasts. The best candidates for a mommy makeover have multiple appearance concerns that are typically due to the aftereffects of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood on the body.
Like your body and your experience with pregnancy, each woman’s reasons for having a mommy makeover are unique. Dr. Mariotti will work with you at your consultation to come up with a surgery plan that suits you. Every mommy makeover Dr. Mariotti performs is as unique as each woman’s body.
What to Expect
Common components of a mommy makeover include one or more body contouring and/or breast enhancement procedures:
- Tummy tuck to remove excess loose, stretched skin or separated abdominals common after pregnancy or weight loss.
- Breast lift to lift and shape sagging breasts and, if desired, resize the areola.
- Breast augmentation to replace or add fullness to undersized breasts. Breast implants can be a great option on their own or combined with a breast lift if both volume and sagging are concerns.
- Liposuction to fine-tune trouble spots, or further enhance the results of breast augmentation, tummy tuck and other procedures.
- Labiaplasty to renew stretched and enlarged labia.
You can discuss the combination that’s best for your mommy makeover during your consultation. Your surgery will take place at our surgery center, typically under a general anesthetic. Some women will be discharged after recovery from anesthesia; in other instances, we may recommend staying overnight at our surgery center.
Dr. Mariotti minimizes the amount of bandages and wraps whenever possible. If he can make the procedure look like a smaller surgery, it will likely feel like a smaller surgery. You will still experience a period of recovery, but Dr. Mariotti encourages you to get up and about early to shorten the downtime.
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After Your Mommy Makeover
Whenever possible, Dr. Mariotti will make any incisions for breast and body contouring procedures in locations easily hidden by undergarments or swimwear. Incisions will be red or pink initially but should fade over time.
After your mommy makeover, the combination of breast enhancement plus body contouring should leave your figure looking and feeling like your pre-baby days…or even a little bit better!
Take the first step toward your dream look and contact us online or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation.
Mommy Makeover FAQs
Absolutely. “Mommy makeover” is simply a name used to describe a combination of procedures that are popular with women who have had children. But there’s no medical reason to restrict this surgery to exclusively mothers. The combination of breast surgery plus body contouring is also popular with women who have lost a significant amount of weight or who simply want a comprehensive improvement to counteract the aging process.
Patient comfort and safety are Dr. Mariotti’s top priorities and he completely customizes each mommy makeover to ensure your experience is as safe as possible. Dr. Mariotti’s efficient surgical techniques allow for less time spent in the operating room and fewer risks during recovery.
There are several great reasons to combine procedures in a mommy makeover, including lower costs, the convenience of a single recovery period and the powerful emotional impact of a procedure that transforms multiple problem areas all at the same time.
Although it is perfectly safe for you to become pregnant after your mommy makeover, Dr. Mariotti typically recommends women wait until they’re done having children before scheduling the procedure. The changes the body goes through during pregnancy can significantly alter your mommy makeover results, potentially necessitating a revisionary procedure in the future.
Dr. Mariotti usually requires a wait of at least 6 to 9 months after childbirth before getting a mommy makeover, or a few months after finishing breastfeeding. Mommy makeover candidates should be hormonally stable and at a stable weight, which typically takes a bit of time after childbirth. On the other end of the spectrum, many women considering a mommy makeover have grown children and decide to get the procedure to rejuvenate themselves after many years
The cost of a mommy makeover can vary widely, since each one is customized to fit your unique needs and goals. You will choose which procedures you’d like to include, which will ultimately affect the cost.
Mommy makeover costs also vary based on location and the plastic surgeon’s experience. The best way to get an idea of how much you will spend on your mommy makeover is to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon during your in-person consultation.
Online research can be a good place to start when searching for a qualified mommy makeover plastic surgeon near you. Look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, mommy makeover before and after photos and online reviews from previous clients.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, schedule several consultations to help you choose the best fit for you.
Yes. Previous C-sections or hysterectomies should not keep you from getting a mommy makeover. However, you should disclose all previous surgeries you’ve had in the past to Dr. Mariotti prior to your appointment.
In some cases, including a tummy tuck with your mommy makeover can help to make previous scars less noticeable. If this is important to you, be sure to discuss this during your consultation.
Mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel or remember anything during your procedure. Afterwards, you can expect some discomfort and tenderness as your body heals.
Dr. Mariotti may prescribe you pain medication to help keep you as comfortable as possible during the healing process. Some people find that over-the-counter medication is sufficient to control pain during recovery.
Your recovery experience and length will depend on a number of factors, including the specific procedures you’ve included in your mommy makeover.
Generally speaking, you can expect to experience some bruising, swelling and tenderness in the first few days and weeks. Dr. Mariotti may require you wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and make you more comfortable.
Gradually, you can begin to introduce physical activity back into your routine. Most people are able to get back to their normal workout schedules within 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the specifics of their mommy makeovers.
Most people plan to take 2 to 3 weeks off work to recover from a mommy makeover. However, the recovery period can vary, depending on which procedures you’ve included in your mommy makeover and how physically demanding your occupation is.
Yes, scars are a tradeoff of any surgical procedure. Incision placement will depend on the exact procedures you’ve included. In most cases, Dr. Mariotti can carefully place all incisions so that they can be easily hidden beneath a bikini.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.