Being a Mom is one of the most satisfying things in the world and it takes a lot of effort. Children are the most amazing examples of you as a person and often get all of your attention. Sometimes we forget that we still need to pay a little attention to ourselves so that we can be there for everyone that we love. That’s where a mommy makeover comes in!
After having children your body changes dramatically. Your tummy skin may be loose and sag or droop. You may have stretch marks. Your abdominal wall may be stretched out keeping you from exercising or functioning normally. Your breast may have grown and then shrunk or become droopy. You may have even experienced changes in more private areas. These are all areas that can be treated easily with a tummy tuck or liposuction, a breast lift or implants, or a variety of vaginal rejuvenation techniques.
What Makes a Mommy Makeover?
Mommy Makeovers combine different procedures together so you can get your body back all at once. Your recovery is combined into one and your results come together into a stunning transformation. Traditional mommy makeovers combine a tummy tuck with a breast lift, but with more advanced techniques and technology, we can customize results for your body and minimize recovery. Here are a few things that can be combined to create your own Mommy makeover transformation:
Tummy Tuck – This is the traditional procedure for a mommy makeover. It will take away the excess lower tummy skin that is loose and may have stretch marks. It can give you a flatter & smoother tummy. It also tightens up your abdominal muscles that can become separated after multiple pregnancies. This helps get your shape back and returns your abdominal muscles to more normal functional positions.
Liposuction – If you have a little bit of a pouch in your tummy area and you don’t have so much loose skin then Liposuction may be the right thing for you. It’s an easy procedure with only about a 1 day recovery and can get you back to your pre-baby figure really quickly.
Nonsurgical options for Mommy makeover are also a great idea if you were able to get some results on your own but have some trouble areas or you just simply don’t want surgery. New advances have made non-invasive procedures amazingly effective with no downtime!
SculpSure™ is the latest advancement in laser technology that helps remove up to 24% of the fat in the areas treated. There is absolutely no downtime and it takes only about 25 minutes. You can start to see results in about 6 weeks but most will see the best results in about 12 weeks. You can come in, have the procedure on the same day, and in less than 30 minutes you can be back to work, the mall, or just having fun with absolutely no downtime, soreness, or swelling. Our Practice was one of the first in New Jersey to offer SculpSure so we have some of the best experience.
ThermiSMOOTH™ is another tremendously effective way to lose the fat and tighten skin in areas that have been tough to get rid of. It is a 20 minute procedure that is performed once a week for 4 weeks. The great part about ThermiSMOOTH™ is that we can apply it to larger areas of fatty collections and see some great slimming affects in just a few weeks!
Breast Lift or Mastopexy procedures will help lift up a deflated or sagging breast. It can re-center the nipple or reduce the size if they became too large after pregnancy. Dr. Patel’s Modern Lifting techniques are far better than those of yesterday. They can produce better results that will make your breast look more perky and natural. Recovery is a breeze and you can see results in just a few weeks while knowing that they will last because of the technique and skill Dr. Patel uses.
Breast Augmentation may be the right thing for you if you lost a lot of volume in your breasts or if you thought they may have been small for you to begin with. The process is easy and extremely safe. Dr. Patel recommends Silicone Implants to get the most natural look and feel. Dr. Patel specializes in natural looking breast augmentation results so you can feel confident without everyone knowing – unless of course you want to tell them!
More Personal Enhancements – Vaginal rejuvenation
Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation is more common than ever. A labiaplasty can address any unevenness or enlargement of the labia. It helps to give a smoother and neater appearance both in and out of clothing so that you can be confident at all times. It is a quick procedure that more people are adding onto their Mommy makeover wish list
ThermiVA™ is an amazing advancement in non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. In just three quick 30 minute treatments you can increase lubrication, thicken and tighten tissues, improve minor leakage and feel great with your partner. The ThermiVA™ wand applies radiofrequency heat that feels like a gentle warm massage. There is no recovery whatsoever and most women start to notice changes after the first or second treatment. Everyone is very excited to add this easy and quick procedure to their mommy makeover transformation because it’s so simple, quick, and effective.
Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
If you have undergone drastic changes in your appearance because of pregnancy, childbirth or nursing and would like to reverse some of those changes, then you will likely be a good candidate for Mommy Makeover surgery. There are very few restrictions on who can undergo this surgery; generally, if you are healthy enough to have surgery performed safely, Mommy Makeovers are a green light.
(Here’s a little secret: you don’t have to be a mom — any drastic weight fluctuation can produce similar effects on your body, and a Mommy Makeover can still help correct them.)
However, knowing that, there are some general factors you should meet before undergoing surgery:
Good General Health. To be a good candidate, you have to be healthy enough that there are no unnecessary surgical risks present. Make sure to give us your entire medical history so we can ensure surgery is safe for you. We will work together to assess your risk levels and find ways to ensure your surgery is both effective and safe.
Ideal Body Weight. Weight fluctuation is the primary cause of many of the effects that pregnancy presents. If you are not at your ideal weight, you risk developing new symptoms after your surgery is complete. This will dampen your results and could result in follow-up surgery, so we always recommend hitting your ideal weight before having surgery performed. This means also being sure that you are done having children since additional pregnancies will revert your results.
Realistic Expectations. Having a positive attitude about your treatment and realistic expectations are as important as any other factor. You should never have this or any procedure performed for someone else’s happiness — you should only be doing this if it is something you want personally. Additionally, if you come into the procedure with unrealistic expectations, then you are setting yourself up to be disappointed regardless of how successful the treatment was.
How Should I Prepare for Mommy Makeover?
You may be asked to perform some preliminary testing like labwork or a medical evaluation just to make sure that you are in good enough health to have surgery performed. While you will always be asked to quit smoking as quickly as possible, you should definitely refrain from smoking cigarettes and other simialr products for at least three weeks from the day of your procedure and during your recovery. Residual nicotine and other tobacco products can have harmful effects on your safety and results.
In some instances, we might ask you adjust certain medication that cause you to bleed more than usual. This includes things like aspirin as well as certain herbal supplements. If a prescribed medication of yours will interfere with your surgery, we will work together with your primary physician to find a temporary adjustment that will fit your needs. Very rarely will you be prescribed a new medication, but it is possible in some scenarios. We will work as a team to determine the best route forward during your consultation at our office conveniently located near Trenton, Freehold and even Tom’s River.
We recommend to many of our patients that they make a recovery station for themselves the night before their surgery. You will need lots of rest in the early days of recovery, so preparing a station with all the necessities (medications, food, snacks, electronics, chargers, books, magazines, games and other must-haves) will help reduce the amount of effort you exert in the early stages of your recovery. It will also keep you intentional about getting up and getting your blood flowing once in a while since you won’t need to do so to grab items periodically.
What Should I Expect from a Mommy Makeover Procedure?
Because a Mommy Makeover procedure is unique for every patient, it is difficult to say what you should expect. But there are some constants we can explain regardless of what specific procedures you combine in your Mommy Makeover.
The first is that the procedure will always require some form of anesthesia. Anesthesia ensures you are as comfortable and safe as possible while undergoing surgery. General anesthesia or IV sedation are both available, and we will let you know what we recommend for your specific combination. It also helps with some of the immediate pain or discomfort you might experience directly after surgery.
Incisions will likely be made in whatever area you are hoping to address. While there is a lot of variety, you should know that Dr. Patel takes great care to create scars that are as minimal and discreet as possible. They are often hidden within natural folds on the body, and they become less and less noticeable as they fade with time.
What Should I Expect During Mommy Makeover Recovery?
Once your surgery is complete, you will be bandaged and dressed appropriately in gauze and even elastic bandages. In some cases, a support bra or compression garments will also be applied to help reduce swelling. You may even notice a drainage tube coming from your surgical sites — these also help drastically reduce swelling and keep discomfort to a minimum.
Dr. Patel will give you a list of post-operative instructions to follow in the days, weeks and months after you recovery. Over-the-counter medication is often sufficient to deal with pain and discomfort, but prescription medication is available through Dr. Patel when needed. You should avoid any heavy lifting or activities until cleared by Dr. Patel, and you should read thoroughly through your post-op packet to keep an eye out for problematic developments or infection.
You will have numerous follow-up appointments with Dr. Patel to ensure your results are coming along properly. Feel free to ask Dr. Patel any questions you have throughout the entire process.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Mommy Makeover?
Your Mommy Makeover results are permanent as long as you maintain and active and healthy lifestyle, avoid weight fluctuation and do not become pregnant. Natural aging will have its effects on your body, which may require follow-up treatment if you still wish to maintain the same body aesthetic. But keep in mind that your appearance will always be better than it would if you had never had a Mommy Makeover procedure performed.
How Much Does Mommy Makeover Cost in New Jersey?
It is impossible to know exactly what your Mommy Makeover will cost without undergoing your consultation at our office. This is because your set of procedures will be unique to your specific needs. You can always check out this page to see the costs of each individual procedure, but keep in mind this will change drastically since you only need to pay for things like the surgical facility and anesthesia fees once.
After your consultation with our office in Freehold, we will give you an exact quote so you know what you are getting into as you go through the decision-making process. For some reference, most Mommy Makeovers start at around $12,000, but here is a list of some of the most popular treatments included in a Mommy Makeover and what they cost:
Breast Augmentation — $6,000 – $8,000
Breast Lift — $5,000 – $9,000
Liposuction — $3,500 – $4,500
Tummy Tuck — $6,000 -$8,500
Labiaplasty — $6,000 – $8,500
Brazilian Butt Lift — $6,000 – $10,000
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?
A Mommy Makeover can include a long list of aesthetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, SculpSure, ThermiSmooth, breast lift, breast augmentation, labiaplasty, ThermiVA and Brazilian Butt Lift. This is only a partial list — treatments can be added on an as-needed basis for each patient.
Does a Mommy Makeover Include BBL?
Yes, some Mommy Makeovers include Brazilian Butt Lift surgery if the patient decides they would like to improve the appearance of their backside.
Does Insurance Cover Mommy Makeover?
No, general insurance does not typically cover the elements of Mommy Makeover, but we do have payment options available for those who would like to use them.
Does Medicaid Cover Mommy Makeover?
No, Medicaid specifically does not typically cover the different surgeries in a Mommy Makeover since there is no medical necessity.
How Long Does Mommy Makeover Take?
A Mommy Makeover usually takes about four or five hours for the surgeon to complete, but this varies greatly based on exactly what procedure you are having performed and the amount of correction needed. Some patients can be done in as little as an hour to two, while others might be looking at extended times like six or seven hours.
Do I Need to Lose Weight Before a Mommy Makeover?
While not always necessary, we always recommend that our patients are at their goal weight before having a Mommy Makeover performed. If you have the surgery done and then lose weight, you risk developing more of the symptoms you hoped to remove. Our goal is to help you achieve your aesthetic desire in the long run, so we are happy to wait for you to hit your optimal weight before pulling the trigger on the treatment.
Ready to Learn More?
If you want to learn more about how a Mommy Makeover can transform your appearance and your confidence, give our office a call at (732) 354-3792 or fill out this form to have a member of our staff reach out to you at a better time. We are looking forward to helping you throughout this entire aesthetic process!
“You’ve dedicated your life to your children but you shouldn’t forget that you need a little attention too. If you’re at your best then you can give your best and you definitely deserve it!”