Top 5 Most Common Mommy Makeover Procedures
“Mommy Makeover” refers to a collection of body contouring procedures that aim to reverse the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding on a woman’s body. Motherhood takes a massive toll on a woman’s body, leading to sagging or asymmetrical breasts, unwanted pockets of fat, weakened abdominal muscles, loosened labial tissues, etc.
Traditionally, all of these concerns would be addressed individually with different surgical procedures, leading to numerous procedures and significant downtime. However, “mommy makeover” combines all the necessary body contouring procedures in a single extended session to restore your pre-pregnancy body.
This article describes the 5 most common mommy makeover procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift, abdominoplasty, liposuction, and labiaplasty.
#1. Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is the most common mommy makeover procedure because it addresses the most common result of pregnancy — misshapen or asymmetric breasts. Breast augmentation is an incredibly personalized treatment consisting of various surgical options. However, the most common technique is breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants. You get to choose the ideal implant size to attain the desired cup size. The chosen implants are placed in your breast pockets through small incisions made under the breasts, around the areola, or in the armpits. The implant increases your cup size and ensures proportionality between both breasts.
- Purpose: Increase the breast size
- Target Areas: Breasts
#2. Breast Lift
Breast lift is yet another incredibly popular cosmetic procedure related to the breasts. Pregnancy and nursing often lead to breast ptosis, i.e., your breasts start sagging instead of standing upright on your chest. If your breasts are sagging, hanging, or pointing downwards, you might be the ideal candidate for a breast lift. During the breast lift procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions around the breast to lift it back into a youthful and firm position. The surgeon also removes the nipples and places them in the appropriate position, so they’re pointing straight ahead. Breast lifts restore your breasts’ perkiness.
- Purpose: Make the breast appear firm and upright
- Target Areas: Breasts
#3. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that tightens and contours the stomach. Depending on your specific goals and concerns, the surgeon might make a small 4” incision (mini tummy tuck) or a hip-to-hip incision (full tummy tuck). The goal is to remove unwanted pockets of fat, trim away excess skin tissues, and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. This gives you a firm, toned, and sculpted stomach without sagging skin tissues. The incision mark is carefully concealed under the bikini line. In some cases, the tummy tuck can also remove the c-section scars and stretch marks.
- Purpose: Tighten and strengthen the abdomen
- Target Areas: Abdomen
Liposuction is popular amongst mothers with unwanted pockets of fat around the body. Pregnancy redistributes the fat tissues in your body, often giving rise to areas of stubborn fat, such as the love handles, lower abdomen, saddlebags, etc. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure wherein the unwanted fat pockets are suctioned out of your body, making you look trimmer and more contoured. The surgeon makes a small incision around the treatment area to insert the cannula. When activated, the cannula loosens the fat tissues and suctions them away from your body. Liposuction helps you achieve a contoured silhouette.
- Purpose: Remove unwanted pockets of fat
- Target Areas: Arms, neck, back, tummy, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks
Labiaplasty is a procedure that decreases the size of the labia minora, i.e., the inner parts of the female genitalia, so it is aligned with the labia majora, i.e., the outer part of the female genitalia. Childbirth often makes the inner labia appear loose and saggy, protruding out and beyond the labia majora. While this doesn’t cause any functional problems, it can make some women feel self-conscious about their bodies. During the labiaplasty, the surgeon trims away the excess labial tissues to restore youthful contours and appearance, improving your overall self-esteem and sexual confidence.
- Purpose: Aesthetically improve the labia majora and minora
- Target Areas: Female genitalia
Talk to Dr. Wirth about your mommy makeover goals
Dr. Wirth is one of the most reputable board-certified plastic surgeons in the Newport Beach area. He has a keen aesthetic eye, as evidenced by the numerous women he's helped feel more comfortable and confident with their bodies.
He patiently listens to your specific goals, desires, and concerns to curate the ideal mommy makeover plan right for you. Please schedule an appointment at Wirth Plastic Surgery to discuss your mommy makeover options.