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Mommy Makeover Preparation: Getting Your Body Ready

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

Mommy Makeover Preparation Getting Your Body Ready


As a new mother, it’s no secret that your body undergoes drastic changes. You may notice fat deposits accumulating in places like the stomach and hips, and even your breasts may lose firmness and start to sag. These changes often prove persistent and challenging to address through diet and exercise alone.

This is where a mommy makeover comes in. This customizable set of cosmetic procedures is specifically designed to target the physical changes brought on by pregnancy and childbirth, allowing mothers to regain their pre baby body.

From tummy tucks to breast lifts, a mommy makeover offers an effective solution for those looking to feel confident in their postpartum bodies and help them return to their before baby weight.

At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, CA, we can customize the perfect mommy makeover procedure for each patient to address their unique concerns and goals.

From consulting with you about your desired mommy makeover results to providing superior surgical care and postoperative support, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident and happy in your own skin once again.


What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a term used to refer to a combination of different types of plastic surgery procedures to restore and enhance a woman’s body after pregnancy. The mommy makeover procedure can vary slightly between patients, but they often include tummy tucks, breast surgery like breast lifts or augmentation, and liposuction.


What Is Included in a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover surgery combines plastic surgery procedures to restore the body after pregnancy and childbirth. The specific surgeries included in a mommy makeover can vary, but standard options include the following:


Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves placing implants in the breasts to increase their size. This procedure can be performed using either silicone or saline implants.


Breast Lift

A breast lift is a surgical procedure that involves lifting the breasts to make them appear firmer and fuller. This breast procedure is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.


Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This tummy tuck procedure can also repair abdominal muscles that have been stretched or torn.



Liposuction is a surgical procedure involving suctioning excess fat from specific body areas, such as the thighs, hips, or abdomen. This procedure can be performed using either traditional or laser-assisted techniques.

These procedures address the changes often occurring during pregnancy and childbirth, including breasts that may have lost volume or become saggy, stretched abdominal muscles, and excess fat deposits.

However, many women feel happier and more confident after undergoing a successful mommy makeover. Overall, a mommy makeover can help mothers feel like themselves again after experiencing the physical effects of motherhood.


Why Do Women Seek Mommy Makeovers?

Women may choose to get a mommy makeover for various reasons, including feeling their body has changed in ways they do not like after having children. These changes may cause discomfort or dissatisfaction with their appearance, leading them to seek a mommy makeover to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.

Additionally, the physical challenges of pregnancy and childbirth can result in functional changes such as weakened abdominal muscles or reduced breast elasticity. A mommy makeover can also correct these issues. Ultimately, getting a mommy makeover is a personal decision based on each individual’s desires and goals for their body post-childbirth.


Who is a Good Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

It is important to note that every woman’s body is unique and what one person may want or need from a mommy makeover may differ from another. Generally, good candidates for a mommy makeover are women who are done with childbearing, at a stable weight and have realistic expectations for their results.

Ultimately, it is best to speak with a doctor and have a medical evaluation to determine if a mommy makeover is right for you. Ultimately, what truly makes someone a good candidate for a mommy makeover is what they desire for themselves and what will help them feel confident in their own skin.


preparation for mommy makeover How Do You Prepare for a Mommy Makeover?

While a mommy makeover can yield excellent results, it’s essential to follow all pre-procedure instructions to ensure the best outcomes.

Preparation begins weeks before surgery and may include stopping food and drink consumption by a certain time before your appointment.

Make sure that you bring comfortable clothing and have someone like a family member, to drive you home afterward, and be sure to schedule time off from work weeks prior to surgery for recovery.

It’s also helpful to have a support person who can assist with childcare, household tasks, and meal preparation during the initial stages of recovery.

Your surgeon will want to know of any prescription medications you are currently taking, especially important are blood thinning medications, some herbal supplements, and any anti inflammatory drugs.

It is strongly recommended that you quit smoking and stay away from any nicotine products that you could encounter secondhand smoke from as they could negatively impact your outcome.

Following these guidelines can allow for a smoother and shorter recovery period, ultimately, leading to better results from your mommy makeover surgery.


How Do You Get Started?

Many women seek a mommy makeover after experiencing changes in their bodies due to pregnancy and childbirth. The first step in getting a mommy makeover is to schedule a consultation with us.

During this appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals, recovery period, and any concerns you may have about the procedure. We can also assess your overall health and determine the combination of surgeries most suitable for your desired outcome.


Questions and Answers

What is the mommy makeover recovery process like?

The recovery period will vary slightly for most patients.  We fully understand that many mothers will be anxious to get back to your motherly duties as soon as possible, but it is important to take your time and follow the personalized recovery plan that Dr. Galanis will lay out for you following surgery and the updates you receive in your follow up appointments.

How much weight should I lose before mommy makeover surgery?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) advises patients to be either at their goal weight or within 25 pounds of it. If you’re considering a mommy makeover surgery soon after pregnancy, it is recommended to shed most of your baby weight before the scheduled procedure day.

Can I get a Mommy Makeover after weight loss?

Patients who’ve lost substantial weight or undergone bariatric surgery often benefit from a mommy makeover after weight loss, addressing lax muscles and excess skin post-transformation.

How long does a full mommy makeover take?

Many women want to maximize their operating room time efficiently. In the case of a mommy makeover, procedures can be consolidated and completed within four to six hours.

It is important to remember that this is contingent on the specific combination of surgeries. It’s generally advised not to exceed six hours, a limit most surgeons adhere to.

Begin Your Transformation through an Initial Consultation with Us

After you’ve been through pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is entirely normal to want to make changes to your body. A post-pregnancy makeover can help improve the appearance of your stomach, breasts, and other features. However, every woman’s needs are unique and will be thoroughly discussed during a personalized consultation with us.

At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, we are dedicated to helping mothers feel confident about their bodies post-pregnancy through customized mommy makeovers. We serve women all throughout the Los Angeles area.

If you’re interested in learning more about what we offer and what procedures may be right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation.

We look forward to assisting you on your journey towards improved self-image and body confidence.




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