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Mommy Makeover At a Glance

  • Potential Benefits: This customized combination of procedures can rejuvenate numerous areas of the body by reducing excess fat pockets, lifting and tightening sagging skin, and enhancing contours for a more youthful and vibrant look.
  • Popular Mommy Makeover Treatment Options: Breast enhancement, tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and facial rejuvenation are just a few of the many options that can be selected for a Mommy Makeover.
  • Procedure: Depending on the number of treatments involved and a patient’s unique needs, a Mommy Makeover can be performed in a single operation or over a staged series of operations. In some cases, an overnight hospital stay may be recommended.
  • Recovery: Recovery is largely dependent on which procedures (and how many) are included in the personalized Mommy Makeover treatment plan, as well as whether the procedure is performed all at once or over a series of appointments. Since Mommy Makeovers typically involve at least two treatments that require major surgery, patients will need to plan for a period of rest and recovery at home before resuming normal daily routines.
  • Surgeon: Dr. James Boynton is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been honored with numerous professional recognitions and awards throughout his career. Mommy Makeovers are a strong focus of Dr. Boynton’s practice, and he is extensively skilled and experienced with the treatments available for selection in these procedures.
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What Are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

The key “principle” of most Mommy Makeovers is to simultaneously rejuvenate the breasts and abdominal region, though the procedure will ultimately be specifically tailored to address your unique needs. Whether you would like to enhance the appearance of your breasts, minimize signs of age and fatigue that appear along the face, or recontour your body and restore your pre-pregnancy figure, a Mommy Makeover can offer effective options. Benefits of a Mommy Makeover include:

  • Eliminating extra skin in the breasts that may be causing a sagging appearance
  • Increasing the amount and variety of tops and swimsuits that fit properly
  • Lessening the need to wear heavier bras that are often required to support drooping breasts
  • Tightening the abdominal muscles and smoothing out the skin in the midsection for a flatter, more fit-looking stomach region
  • Repairing and returning rectus musculature (six-pack muscles) to a proper position for improved core muscle functionality during ab workouts, certain fitness exercises, and various daily movements
  • Feeling comfortable wearing two-piece bathing suits again
  • Reducing areas of excess fat that have accumulated in specific body areas (which some studies suggest can also be a good health benefit)
  • Diminishing signs of age, stress, and fatigue in the face for a more youthful, refreshed appearance
  • Improving one’s confidence, self-image, and overall self-esteem

Dr. Boynton will be happy to meet with you for an initial consultation to talk with you about all aspects of available treatment options in a Mommy Makeover. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have, and Dr. Boynton can craft a custom-designed Mommy Makeover treatment plan based on your ultimate goals. Together, you and Dr. Boynton will come up with the best options that can meet your needs.

Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Women who are in good health—without certain existing medical conditions—and who are currently at or near the average healthy weight for their body type can often be ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover. It is recommended to wait until family plans are complete before undergoing this combination of cosmetic procedures to ensure the longevity of surgical results. Good candidates are also mentally prepared with realistic expectations agreed upon with their qualified, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Additionally, candidates need to understand and be prepared for the recovery time after surgery. It is also necessary to fully adhere to pre- and post-operative instructions designed to enable proper healing and a successful outcome.

What Are Some of the Common Physical Changes Caused by Pregnancy?

In order for the body to adapt to the necessary requirements of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, it must go through certain physical fluctuations to stretch the muscles and skin. These changes typically lead to loose skin around the body and stretch marks (especially around the midsection and breast areas), lax or weakened abdominal muscles and connective tissues, sagging and/or “deflated” breasts, and accumulated fat pockets in the stomach, hips, thighs, and upper arms. Other related physical changes that may occur are overall weight gain, hyperpigmentation, facial volume loss, and effects from fatigue or hormonal changes. A Mommy Makeover is designed to help improve many of these effects for each individual based on their unique concerns and goals for treatment.

How to Prepare for Mommy Makeover Surgery

Dr. Boynton is committed to patient safety—which includes making sure you are fully prepared for your Mommy Makeover. Depending on your medical history, he will usually work with you to get any necessary lab work, EKG, and/or various other tests completed prior to treatment to ensure your well-being during and after the procedure. In addition, Dr. Boynton routinely performs Mommy Makeovers in a fully accredited hospital (Houston Methodist West Hospital), which includes an overnight stay after surgery. Although this may not be a medical requirement, it can provide a break from little ones while further ensuring safety.

As far as what you can do on your own to prepare for your Mommy Makeover, the following tips can be very beneficial:

Be Sure to Have Your Prescriptions Filled Before Surgery

Prescriptions for discomfort following surgery can often be filled before the procedure. Taking this step prior to surgery will save time and energy that you likely won’t want to expend after treatment.

Be Sure to Have Your Home Ready for Your Recovery

It’s best to get as many errands completed and household items in place before surgery so your home is ready by the time you have had the procedure. Having enough food and other necessities already on hand can relieve you of the burden of having to acquire those things during recovery.

As noted below in our Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips section, it’s also important to ask a loved one—or possibly multiple loved ones—for assistance. You will need to spend at least the first few days following surgery resting and recuperating. Having someone help out with children, pets, errands, household chores, or even to just lend a compassionate ear can be vital. In Dr. Boynton’s experience, it is often ideal to have one person manage any kids and one person available to take care of you. Some patients even like to do a “staycation” and have grandparents or other friends/family members take the kids away so they can focus on their recovery. Once your treatment plan is developed, Dr. Boynton will provide you with additional information that can help you experience a smooth recovery from Mommy Makeover surgery.

What Procedures Can Be Included in a Mommy Makeover?

There is a full range of cosmetic enhancement procedures that can help you renew areas of the body commonly affected by pregnancy and years of raising children. These include:

What Does Recovery from a Mommy Makeover Involve?

Mommy Makeover procedures are typically performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility; therefore, most patients are able to return home for recovery following the treatment. In rare cases, our doctor may recommend staying overnight in a hospital or surgical facility depending on the patient’s age, body mass index, and/or medical history. In addition to one’s natural healing process, the downtime and overall recovery experience following a Mommy Makeover will depend on which procedures are selected and whether they are performed in combination or in separate stages. In general, the abdominal treatment—e.g. tummy tuck and/or liposuction—will determine how long recuperation will be, as recovery from breast enhancement and cosmetic injectables is typically shorter in comparison.

When liposuction is the only abdominal procedure employed, most patients can expect to return to office-based jobs and non-strenuous daily routines within a few days of their surgery. Contrarily, when abdominoplasty is performed, the majority of individuals require approximately two weeks of rest before safely resuming non-strenuous activities without risk of impeding proper healing and compromising their results. Regardless of which body contouring technique is conducted, Dr. Boynton also usually advises that patients avoid any heavy lifting (10 pounds or more), vigorous exercise, and strenuous physical activity—particularly anything that involves the abdomen—for at least four to six weeks.

Some degree of bruising, swelling, and/or tenderness in the treatment areas (abdomen, breasts, and/or face) may occur initially, though these symptoms should resolve over time. Most patients report that any discomfort they experienced was mild, and many say pain medication was not even necessary throughout the recovery process.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Tips

The following tips can aid recovery after a Mommy Makeover and enhance comfort during this important stage of the process:

How Noticeable Are the Scars from a Mommy Makeover?

The visibility of scarring from a Mommy Makeover is dependent on the treatment options selected as part of the procedure. While all surgical procedures result in some level of residual scarring, it is important to note that Dr. Boynton utilizes advanced techniques that can minimize the noticeability of scars. These techniques include the use of state-of-the-art scar creams and suturing methods, as well as creating incisions in areas that are as inconspicuous as possible.

The pages listed in the Mommy Makeover Procedures section above will have more information on scarring from particular treatments. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to contact us today with any questions you may have.

What Long-Term Mommy Makeover Results Can I Expect?

A Mommy Makeover is intended to produce long-lasting results that can create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance for many years to come. To help stabilize the outcome, patients are encouraged to live an active lifestyle with regular exercise and a healthy, nutritious diet. Weight fluctuations can reverse the long-term results of procedures by stretching and shrinking the skin and muscles, so it’s best to focus on an attainable weight and, as mentioned above, postpone surgery until you are confident your family is complete. The continuing results of a Mommy Makeover vary for each patient based on the procedures that are included in their treatment plan. Surgeries such as liposuction and breast augmentations are designed to have enduring results, whereas injectables and facial rejuvenation may need more regular upkeep. The natural aging process will eventually be a factor, but committing to a healthy lifestyle can often help to delay those effects.

Choosing a Mommy Makeover Surgeon

A Mommy Makeover is capable of significantly enhancing your appearance and boosting your confidence; however, the best results and the most effective care largely depend upon the skills, experience, and approach of the plastic surgeon chosen to perform the procedure. To maximize the potential for a safe and satisfactory Mommy Makeover, it is essential to thoroughly research your options during the selection process. The expertise and experience of your surgeon are crucial for achieving optimal results and minimizing the potential for complications. Here are some tips on how to choose the best Mommy Makeover surgeon for your needs:

Verify Credentials and Certification

Ensure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is a strong indication of a plastic surgeon who has gone the extra mile in terms of training and experience, as well as one who has shown a particular commitment to embracing the highest standards of care. Also, review the surgeon’s professional memberships, educational history, and other credentials to get an idea of the doctor’s background.

Assess Experience with Mommy Makeovers

Choose a surgeon who regularly performs Mommy Makeovers and stays updated on the latest techniques to maximize outcomes. You should feel free to ask the surgeon or the practice about their experience with Mommy Makeovers and to provide you with an average number of times they have successfully performed these procedures.

Take a Look at Patient Reviews and Before-and-After Photos

Online reviews of the plastic surgeon and before-and-after photo galleries offer a snapshot of other patients’ experiences at the practice and the results for which the doctor is capable of achieving.

Meet with the Plastic Surgeon for a Consultation

Once you have familiarized yourself with a surgeon’s credentials, reputation, and other aspects of his services, you can schedule an initial consultation to evaluate his approach to care and his communication style. During this meeting, you can get a sense of your comfort and confidence level while explaining your goals and going over your expectations. You should always feel that the surgeon is truly listening to you and addressing any questions and concerns you may have, as well as thoroughly detailing the options and the treatment process. 

Ultimately, procedures such as a Mommy Makeover are collaborative efforts between you and your surgeon. They are a partner in your care, and your encounters with them should make you feel confident that they genuinely have your best interests at heart based on your needs and goals. 

How Much Does the Mommy Makeover Procedure Cost?

At Boynton Plastic Surgery, the cost of a Mommy Makeover usually starts at approximately $20,000 and upwards; however, the total price will depend on a variety of factors, particularly the amount and type of cosmetic options included, as well as the specific body areas being targeted for rejuvenation. The Mommy Makeover procedure is custom-designed based on the specific treatments chosen by each individual; therefore, the total cost varies significantly from patient to patient. The overall price of a Mommy Makeover will include factors such as the facility fee, the surgeon’s fee, post-surgical garments that may be necessary during recovery, the number and type of cosmetic enhancement options that are part of the treatment plan, and other expenses. When your treatment plan is developed during the initial consultation with Dr. Boynton, a member of our staff will compile the costs of each aspect of your treatment and produce a total cost estimate. We can also answer any questions you may have about the convenient payment options available at our practice, and talk with you about plastic surgery financing arrangements that can help make the cost of treatment as budget-friendly as possible.

Schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation

For more information on our Mommy Makeover procedures, please contact Dr. James F. Boynton to schedule a consultation. Dr. Boynton will be happy to meet with you and answer all of your questions about procedures that can help you meet your goals.

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