What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures meant to restore a woman’s before-pregnancy physique. It can be hard for a woman to feel confident after giving birth, these procedures are helpful to regain that confidence. A mommy makeover usually focuses primarily on the breasts and abdomen but can also address other areas of the body. The procedures are chosen based on your personal needs and concerns, by consulting with your doctor, you will set up a treatment and procedure plan for you.

Before & After

What Are the Procedures?

Since the mommy makeover wants to help you be at your most confidence, there are many procedures to choose from for your concerns. This combination of procedures may include a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or liposuction.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical method of removing the excess skin and fat cells from the abdominal area. There are multiple kinds of abdominoplasty such as full, mini, and extended. These help to address different areas on the abdomen as well as the amount of excess skin and fat on the abdomen. This does involve some recovery time due to the nature of procedure and the reconstruction of the abdominal area. It’ll leave you with a firmer, smoother, and flatter looking abdomen.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty or breast implants, is a type of surgical method that helps to increase or decrease breast size. This is done by using silicone implants, saline implants, or fat transfer. This is a very helpful procedure to restore symmetry in your breasts. Especially after having a child and breast feeding it is very easy for your breasts to become very asymmetrical by losing some shape. This procedure will you gain back the confidence in your breasts and help you to fit better into your bras and clothes.

Breast Lift

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that helps to address sagging and uneven breasts, decreased volume in the breasts, and drooping nipples. This procedure is done by removing skin and making small incisions around the breast to help recreate your breast to a more youthful shape and look. Often times this procedure is paired with breast augmentation, to get a breast lift and augmentation.

Breast Reduction

Getting breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is helpful to remove the discomfort associated with large breasts. During pregnancy, a woman’s breasts can grow a lot, making the woman feel uncomfortable and experience new back pain due to the larger breasts. This is done by the surgeon removing excess breast, fat, and skin tissue and then reshaping the breast. A breast reduction is often paired with a breast lift, to help reshape your breasts after the reduction. This is a rather quick procedure that can help you feel back to your normal self after giving birth.


One of the most common fat removal procedures is liposuction, also known as lipoplasty. Liposuction is a procedure that helps to remove excess fat cells from specific areas on the body. Unlike tummy tuck, liposuction can focus on more places than just the abdomen. It is traditionally done by making small incisions on the area of concern, then using a small tool to suction small fat deposits out but there are some noninvasive liposuction procedures as well.  This is beneficial for moms who have gained excess fat in more areas on the body then just the abdomen.

Types of Area’s are:

  • Back Liposuction
  • Neck Liposuction
  • Thigh Liposuction
  • Abdomen Liposuction
  • Arm Liposuction

Liposuction will help to remove the excess fat cells leaving your skin to contour to your natural form.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Part of preparing for a mommy makeover is looking at the costs, risks, before and after, but also if you are a good candidate. If you have experienced one or multiple pregnancies and are now unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, abdomen, arms, or thighs, a mommy makeover may be able to help. Not only can these procedures improve the way clothing fits, it can also boost self-confidence! Some good candidates are people who:

  • Are in good health
  • Near goal weight
  • Finished having children
  • Waited 6 months post-childbirth

If you are having confidence issues after giving birth, then getting a mommy makeover can help you with that. It is important not only for you, but your family, that you feel as amazing as you are.

What to Expect

Because a mommy makeover is a highly individualized process, the procedure will be different for each patient. Those who undergo any combination of breast procedures can expect to experience symmetrical, proportionate, perky breasts, while those who undergo body sculpting procedures such as a tummy tuck of liposuction can look forward to a slimmer, more youthful looking silhouette.

Recovery Time

The recovery time for the mommy makeover can vary depending on which procedure(s) you undergo. With any of these, it is going to take a little bit for you to go back to full daily activities. It will take a few weeks for you to be able to resume full movement but can take up to a year to see full results from your procedures as they are healing. There will be some normal post-surgery after care as well as experiencing some bruising and swelling. It is important to consult with your doctor about your concerns and your recovery options.

Mommy Makeover Results

Depending on the combination of procedures that you choose to undergo, Dr. Howland will convey how much downtime you should expect. Drains may be placed to collect any excess fluid during recovery. Compression garments may also be required, to control swelling. Discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Because procedures are performed together rather than staged, patients only have to experience on recovery period.

Patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper areas who are interested in taking the first step towards a more youthful body silhouette can contact our office today to learn more about a mommy makeover!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Mommy Makeovers dangerous?

Mommy makeovers are considered safe for appropriate candidates. Like all surgeries, there are some risks, but these can generally be avoided by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and carefully following their advice before and after your mommy makeover.

How long does it take to recover from a mommy makeover?

Recovery time varies after a mommy makeover, especially depending on the procedures you have included. A majority of mommy makeover patients take about two weeks away from work or other routines to recover.

Can a tummy tuck be considered medically necessary?

A tummy tuck may be considered medically necessary if the procedure is chosen to repair diastasis recti or a hernia or to relieve back pain due to heavy loose skin in the abdominal area.

How many plastic surgeries can be done at once?

On average, patients who combine procedures choose to have two or three done at once. During a consultation for your mommy makeover, Dr. Howland will advise how many surgeries can be safely performed in one setting.

Do you lose weight after a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover may result in some weight loss because of removing excess skin or fat, but weight loss is not the primary goal of the surgery.

How much did you pay for your mommy makeover?

The average cost for a mommy makeover ranges between $5,000 and $20,000. The final cost can vary significantly depending on the procedures you choose.

How do you prepare for a mommy makeover?

Before your mommy makeover, you should have any necessary lab or medical evaluations completed, take medications as instructed, and avoid smoking, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory drugs.

How much fat can be removed during liposuction?

During a single liposuction procedure, it is considered safe to remove up to 5 liters, or about 11 pounds, of fat.

What does a mommy makeover cost?

The cost of a mommy makeover can range between $5,000 and $20,000. This varies based on the specific procedures you choose for your mommy makeover.

What is all included in a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover can include any combination of liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck.

What is included in the mommy makeover?

For a mommy makeover, you can choose to include any of the following procedures: tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction. During a consultation, Dr. Howland will help you choose the best options for you.