What You Need to Know About the Mommy Makeover

The comprehensive and personalized “Mommy Makeover” is one of the specialty procedures here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery. This combination of cosmetic services has become increasingly popular because it allows plastic surgeons to address multiple areas in one single surgery. Pregnancy and childbirth can change the body, leaving many mothers unable to return to their pre-pregnancy body even with healthy diets and exercise routines. In this blog, we’re taking time to share everything you need to know about this mommy makeover to help answer questions and provide clarity about this sought-after procedure. 

There is Preparation Involved

To ensure you are a candidate for the mommy makeover, Dr. O’Neill and Dr. Swartz will review your medical history, current condition, and other factors during an initial consultation. During this time, you will have an opportunity to discuss expectations, ask questions, and talk through any risks that may be involved with the specific procedures you’ve chosen. While some procedures may be a good fit for you, there may be other procedures or combinations of procedures that are not safe or effective, depending on your unique condition. Our expert plastic surgeons will be sure to give you all of the facts you need to decide whether or not you’d like to move forward with surgery.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

There is no standard procedure when it comes to the mommy makeover. In the same way that each patient is unique, other factors related to childbirth need to be considered when deciding on this procedure. Each mommy makeover needs to be customized to fit your anatomy and lifestyle. No matter your unique concerns regarding your post-baby body, we will help promote the best possible outcome by selecting the appropriate procedures that will address your specific problem areas.

There is a Focus on Breasts and Abdomen

While mommy makeovers are tailored to your unique needs, they typically include some version of breast surgery and a tummy tuck because those are the two areas most likely impacted by pregnancy and childbirth. Possible breast surgeries include breast augmentation to add fullness, breast reduction to improve proportion or a breast lift to address sagging. While you may choose to include procedures that enhance other areas of the body, such as liposuction, the purpose of the mommy makeover is to address problems that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Tummy Tucks are Common

While liposuction is an effective way to remove fat, tummy tucks are common in this procedure because they can address other issues unrelated to fat. It is common to have loose muscles or sagging skin following pregnancy and childbirth, so a tummy tuck is the best option to correct these issues by removing excess skin and tightening abdominal muscles for a tighter, flatter stomach.

You Will Need Time to Recover

Because multiple procedures are performed at the same time, there is downtime associated with the mommy makeover. You should expect one to two weeks of full-time rest but should also avoid bending or lifting for three to six weeks. The best outcomes of the mommy makeover are when patients make the proper preparations, including having meals prepared ahead of time, a support system, and ample time to rest. If you still have little ones running around, you will need to make extra preparations for full-time childcare.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. O’Neill and Dr. Swartz perform the mommy makeover surgery in his clinic conveniently located in Charleston, South Carolina, on Daniel Island. You can learn more about your options and discuss any questions you may have by scheduling a consultation. Reach out to one of our team members online or by calling 843-881-2130.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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