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Mommy Makeover Surgery FAQs

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It’s safe to say that in the last decade alone, women’s attitudes towards cosmetic surgery have changed drastically. In the year 2010 alone, nearly 90,000 breast lifts, 112,000 tummy tucks, and 296,000 breast augmentation procedures were done, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The interest in the Mommy Makeover surgery has also skyrocketed, with numerous women post pregnancy attempting to get their pre-child bearing bodies back.

The Mommy Makeover is the best way to achieve this goal if you need further help beyond a healthy diet and exercise, as many women experience loose skin and stubborn fat deposits after giving birth. It is also common for breasts to lose volume or sag, which is why so many choose this unique type of body contouring surgery to restore, enhance, and repair weakened abdominal muscles, eliminate excess skin and fat, and help reshape breasts.

So, while any mother would agree that slight bodily changes are a small price to pay for having wonderful kids, most would also agree that they would love to be able to do something about it. A mommy makeover surgery might consist of a combination of procedures such as:

Details of Procedure and Recovery

Depending on the operative plan tailored for your needs, the actual procedure can take between three to six hours to complete. Immediately after surgery, one might feel groggy and lethargic. In the following days after surgery, it might help to transition and recover at home with the help of a family caregiver. It is advised that someone stay with you for the first 48 hours after surgery particularly if you have children to take care of at home.

Typically, recovery can also vary depending on what is done, taking anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within a few weeks, though returning to exercise and all normal activities may take up to a full six weeks. Women are encouraged to take daily walks to keep active and to get plenty of rest in order to heal more quickly and comfortably.

Things to Consider

It is usually advised to wait on getting a Mommy Makeover surgery until all your child-bearing days are complete. Though the procedure will not prevent you from getting pregnant and having more children, most women choose to wait until after their final pregnancy to have a mommy makeover done because another pregnancy will likely undo the results of an initial procedure by stretching the skin and causing more changes in breast shape.

For those worried about scarring, it is important to note that there will likely be scarring in the areas where your cosmetic surgeon makes incisions. The location and size of your incisions depends on the procedures that have been done. However, if post-operative instructions on how to care for the incisions are carefully followed after surgery, most scars should heal nicely and continue to diminish in appearance over time.

Let Us Help

Caring and providing for your family is one of the most challenging jobs any woman has. You deserve to look and feel your best each and every day. If you are considering a restorative procedure after pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding, let Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc. be of service.

Dr. Gabriel Chiu is a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose utmost goal is to help his patients achieve their personal aesthetic goals in a caring and relaxing environment. Contact us to regain your poise and confidence and to get your body back today!




Why You Deserve a Mommy Makeover

Being a mom means putting the needs of your children and family first. But as much as you may love your children, you might not love the way your body looks after having your kids. A mommy makeover can be an ideal way to pamper yourself after having a baby.

Here’s a look at five reasons you should consider having a mommy makeover and what a mommy makeover can do for you.

Five Reasons You Deserve a Mommy Makeover

  1. You want youthful and perky breasts—pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave breasts looking flatter and more deflated than they were before you were pregnant. Some women may even experience sagging breasts after pregnancy.
  2. A mommy makeover can mean better-fitting clothes—after wearing maternity clothes for so long, you’ll be excited about wearing some of your favorite clothes again. Yet, sometimes pregnancy results in unwanted weight gain, which means that you may no longer fit into your favorite clothes.
  3. You want tighter abs—women who once worked hard at maintaining tight, toned abs can experience separation of the abdominal muscles following pregnancy, especially if they had to have a C-section. This can result in a looser and less-toned abdominal region.
  4. You want to experience a surge in confidence, youth, and sexuality—the emotional and physical demands of motherhood can leave you feeling insecure and less sexy.
  5. A mommy makeover is the reward you deserve—motherhood will always require emotional and physical sacrifices that you’ll have to make for your family. You deserve to give back to yourself in a way that can make you feel more like you again.


What Can a Mommy Makeover Do for You?

A mommy makeover is any combination of cosmetic procedures that restore your before-pregnancy body. The average mommy makeover might include a tummy tuck, a breast procedure (lift, augmentation, or reduction), and liposuction of the legs, arms, or trunk (hips and/or thighs).

Tummy tuck—removes loose, excess skin and fat, and tightens the abdominal muscles, which are stretched during pregnancy and can cause the stomach to protrude. A tummy tuck can also help remove stretch marks that are commonly attained during pregnancy.

Liposuction—can improve the contour of the flanks or hips, chest, thighs, neck, upper arms, and knees. During a mommy makeover, your doctor may recommend undergoing liposuction of the hips and thighs at the same time as a tummy tuck. We offer three different options when it comes to liposuction, which are power-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, and laser-assisted. Each addresses different problem areas, and can be discussed further with Dr. Chiu.

Breast lift—treats sagging and uneven breasts, decreased volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolas; returning a youthful shape and lift to your breasts.

During the procedure:

  • Your doctor will make incisions that will vary depending on the amount of excess skin, the position of your nipples, your preference, and your doctor’s suggestions
  • Your doctor will then reposition and reshape the breast tissue, removing any excess skin
  • The nipple and areola will be repositioned to a more youthful height
  • Your doctor will tighten the remaining skin while closing the incisions


Breast reduction—can help solve problems such as disproportionately large breasts, poor posture, rashes, breathing problems, skeletal deformities, and low self-esteem by removing fat and glandular tissue, and tightening skin to produce smaller, lighter breasts.

During the procedure:

  • Your doctor will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin through incisions made in the breasts
  • Your doctor will reposition the nipple and areola
  • Your doctor will reduce, lift, and reshape underlying breast tissue and then bring the incisions together to reshape a now smaller breast


Breast augmentation—increases and restores breast size using silicone or saline implants. Your implants can either be large and round or natural, depending on your preference. Large and round implants will give your breasts more fullness, whereas natural implants aim to imitate a more authentic aesthetic result.

Mommy Makeovers from Dr. Chiu

Before setting your heart on having a mommy makeover, you should consult with Dr. Chiu to make sure that it is the right cosmetic procedure for you. He will provide you with guidance on what procedures can be performed, as well as if you’re the right candidate for a full mommy makeover at this time.


When Should You Get a Mommy Makeover

When Should You Get a Mommy Makeover

While having a child and getting older can be one of the best parts of your life, it can also be difficult on your body and can decrease your self confidence in how you look. Many have recently looked to get a “mommy makeover,” a procedure that corrects certain areas of your body and that can make you feel young again. Knowing when to invest in the procedure can be hard, but there are several indications of when you should consider getting one.

Needing a tummy tuck

Bodies can be stretched and can lose their original shape after carrying a baby. Most plastic surgeons recommend that patients undergo a “tummy tuck,” or the removal of loose skin from the abdomen area. A tummy tuck can be a simple way to get your pre-baby body back and to feel good when you hit the beach in your swimsuit. It can also help to eliminate stretch marks. Liposuction might also be required in order to regain that trim figure you might have lost.

Consider a breast lift or a breast augmentation

Breasts are another area that tend to look less like they used to after having children. Breastfeeding and the stretching from that area growing can leave lasting marks and effects. Many doctors recommend that patients go ahead and look into having their breasts fixed. If you have disliked the breasts you might have had before, they can even be improved upon. An experienced plastic surgeon can take a look and give you an idea of how much it will cost to give you the breasts that you have always wanted.

Risks and side effects

All surgery tends to come with some risks, and your plastic surgeon should make sure to talk to you about some of the side effects you might face after going through the procedure. Choosing an experienced doctor is the first step in eliminating risks that might be associated with the kind of surgery you are planning on having. Some common effects include internal bruising, soreness, swelling and numbing, implant ruptures, and more.

You deserve to feel good about yourself

It is very common to have low self-esteem after having children and to feel like you are not as attractive as you once were. However, with the right doctor and the right procedure, you can again feel like yourself. Knowing whether or not you should consider a mommy makeover can be the first step to feeling good about how you look again.


A Mommy Makeover for Mother’s Day

A Mommy Makeover for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and many spouses and children are struggling to find the perfect gift to show their love and appreciation for the woman who puts their needs before hers and gives so much. Rather than getting her yet another set of lotions and perfumes, why not give Mom the gift of a Mommy Makeover this year?

Increasing numbers of women are undergoing the Mommy Makeover procedure to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. Pregnancy can have some unfavorable effects on a woman’s body, such as sagging or deflated breasts, a protruding abdomen, and excess fat deposits that are difficult to eliminate with just diet and exercise. A Mommy Makeover combines some or all of the following procedures into one surgery to give Mom her body and confidence back:

Tummy Tuck

For most women, the abdomen is the area of the body most affected by pregnancy and the most difficult area to improve even after a healthy weight is achieved. Stretched abdominal muscles, excess fat, and loose skin can all contribute to a bulging midsection. Tummy tuck surgery corrects all of these conditions by tightening the abdominal muscles, eliminating unwanted fat, and removing excess skin to produce a smooth and toned tummy.


Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body to remove stubborn fat deposits and sculpt the body to produce more attractive contours. This relatively quick procedure uses small incisions to suction out unwanted fat, and the results are long lasting. Dr. Chiu offers a variety of liposuction techniques to meet a wide range of patient needs.

Breast Augmentation

This extremely rewarding procedure improves the size and shape of the breasts using either saline or silicone implants. Silicone, cohesive gel, or “Gummy Bear” implants can be either round or anatomically shaped to suit the desired aesthetics of the patient. Incisions for breast augmentation can be made around the nipples (periareolar), along the breast crease (inframammary), or within the underarm (transaxillary). Dr. Chiu performs breast augmentation to achieve his patients’ desired breast volume and projection, especially for mothers who have experienced volume loss after pregnancy and breastfeeding. During your consultation, Dr. Chiu will discuss the pros and cons of each option and recommend the best techniques to achieve your desired results.

Breast Lift

For mothers who have sagging breasts with excess skin, breast lift surgery can restore perky, lifted breasts. Loose breast skin is removed, and the nipples can also be moved to a higher position on the breasts if necessary. A variety of incision techniques are available (crescent, donut, lollipop, or anchor) so that the procedure can be customized to correct each patient’s specific degree of sagging. Breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation to achieve fuller, more youthful breasts.

Give your mom the gift of confidence with a Mommy Makeover this Mother’s Day!

If you are interested in a Mommy Makeover for your loved one or yourself, please contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery by calling (888) 754-8955 or filling out our online contact form. During a consultation, our experienced, a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, can help determine which procedures will achieve a more youthful and attractive body.


Hot Mama Makeover

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Hot Mama Makeover

Thoughts from Concierge Carol:

Ok let’s admit it, we all love our children. Love, love, love our babies! We wouldn’t trade them for a million dollars. The only downside of the miracle of birth? The un-miraculas way a woman’s body can look afterward. Unless you are made of silly putty, putting your belly, boobs and behind through an intense growth cycle in nine months is bound to do some damage. Let’s not even discuss what happens to your bazooms after breastfeeding! Baboom! No boobs left. Maybe smaller, much lower ones. Carrying twins? Oh my!

Now there are some lucky women who escape the whole thing unscathed, but let’s face it, they are wearing wonderbras and spanxs underneath their outfits. I distinctly remember trying on a pair of maternity jeans, and checking out my butt to see of I ‘didn’t look pregnant’ from behind. To my horror my backside looked like a Jean clad bus.

Ahhhh, now what? After the dust settles and you are more or less able to get into your pre pregnancy clothes, its time for a consultation with Dr Chiu! He is the undisputed king of the Mommie Makeover! What does all that include? Make me over Dr Chiu!

First your magically deflated (and no longer elated) breasts get a well deserved lift and perhaps implant. Breastfeeding is tough on a girl, your bra size can change from an ‘A’ to.a ‘D’ then back to an ‘A’ again. Sometimes putting in an implant will help pick up the slack, however many times a breast lift is also needed. This is where the nipple is repositioned and the skin is tightened to bring your breasts to their pre pregnancy shape and look.

Next, your poor over-stretched tummy gets a tuck. What is a tummy tuck you ask? An incision is made along your bikini line which allows access to the muscles underneath. Dr Chiu has a special technique during surgery which tightens the muscles in your abdomen to bring back your middle to it’s former flatness (or maybe flatness it never dreamed of). He is able to create a ‘girdle’ by resewing the muscle tissue tighter. He can even move your belly button higher! Next any excess hanging skin is trimmed away so no more waving at the Neighbors while hoola hooping.

Finally a liposuction is preformed, which removes fat deposits that have gathered in unsightly lumps and bumps. A small thin tube is inserted which breaks up and suctions out the fat. Your fat cells do not grow back, so even if you gain weight it will redistribute differently. Of course diet and exercise are always recommended to keep your new trim shape. Oh lala! Who is that teenager. Wait a minute…

So Mommies, get out that bikini! Time to make everyone at the pool think you are the babysitter. Dr Chiu to the rescue!