The Mommy Makeover

The Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is any series of treatments designed to revitalize and renew your body affected by childbirth.

A mommy makeover is any mix of cosmetic surgery procedures that restore your before-pregnancy look, usually focusing on the abdominal areas and breasts. A common mommy makeover may include an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), a breast procedure such as a lift, augmentation or reduction and liposuction of the arms, legs or trunk. The term “mommy makeover” may be brand-new, but the procedures involved have a long, effective, and safe track record. With one of the very best plastic surgery teams in the country it does not surprise that Knoxville Cosmetic Surgeon has carried out some of the best mommy makeover procedures in the Knoxville area and beyond.

When to think about a Mommy Makeover

  • If your pregnancy has negatively impacted the shape and size of your breasts
  • If you’re distressed about your stretch marks and drooping belly
  • If pockets of fat on your waist, abdominal area, thighs or arms do not improve with exercise and diet

Factors to consider


  • Restores a flat abdomen and more youthful breasts
  • Both your clothes and your swimsuit/bikini will fit better
  • Helps you regain a more youthful body appearance


  • If you get breast augmentation, the implants require monitoring and possibly even replacement.
  • Weight gain following these surgical treatments might compromise the prior surgery outcome.
  • Pregnancy following these surgical treatments may jeopardize results.

When considering a mommy makeover, these are the top three pros and cons to weigh. For getting a surgery that is specifically tailored to your individual needs, please consult with the cosmetic surgeon of your choice.

Are you a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

The purpose of a mommy makeover is to reverse the physical changes that occurred with regards to childbearing and aging. If childbirth has actually left you with the characteristics described below, and you are absolutely not satisfied with the way you look and feel right now, you may want to consider a mommy makeover:

  • You have uneven breasts, sagging breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, decreased breast volume, and extended areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).
  • Your bust has become so much bigger after giving birth that it’s no longer proportionate to the rest of your body which now triggers pain in the back.
  • You have loose, saggy skin and stretch marks on your abdomen and your waist has grown thick and undefined.
  • You had a C-section and areas of fat have developed, now hanging over your surgical scar.
  • You have excess fat in the location of your love handles as well as in the hips and thighs.
  • You display early signs of aging in your face and around the eyes.

If you realistic expectations, a positive attitude and good basic health, you are probably a great candidate for this procedure.

Detailed Procedural Info

How is a mommy makeover procedure carried out?

Mommy makeover is a descriptive term, not a treatment, so your primary step is to consult with your cosmetic surgeon and pick the right treatments for you to undergo. The following treatments, explained below, are common to mommy makeover procedures.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Exactly what it does

A sagging abdominal area arises from poor skin elasticity, fat, excess skin, and stretching of the inner girdle of connective tissue (fascia) and stomach muscles (rectus muscles), extending from the pubic bone to the ribs. This inner girdle, which holds the internal organs in place, is stretched during pregnancy or weight gain which causes the stomach to protrude. A tummy tuck eliminates fat and excess, loose skin and tightens the flaccid fascia, while removing excess skin and stretch marks in the lower abdominal area below the tummy button.

How it is done

  • Your surgeon will eliminate the majority of the skin and fat between belly button and pubic hair line in an elliptical or horizontal oval shape.
  • Then the fascia overlying the muscles of the abdomen is tightened and then fixed with sutures.
  • The skin around the navel is repositioned with the navel being brought out through a tiny incision and then sutured in its normal position.
  • The incision, which generally goes from hip to hip, is closed with sutures. This will leave a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line. The visibility and length of the scar differs from person to person.

Liposuction (lipoplasty)

Exactly what it does

An abdominoplasty might slim down your waist, however not your hips. Liposuction can greatly enhance the shape of hips or flanks, so the cosmetic surgeon performing your mommy makeover will most likely recommend liposuction on the thighs and hips at the same time as the abdominoplasty. Liposuction can also be done effectively in the thighs, knees, upper arms, chest and neck.

How it is done

  • During the surgical treatment, a sterile liquid will be injected in alongside a local anesthetic to deal with pain and epinephrine to minimize bleeding.
  • After you receive the anesthesia, your surgeon will make very little incisions near the areas where fat will be removed.
  • A cannula will be inserted through the incision to create tunnels through the fat. Then suction forces the fat into the cannula and out via a high-vacuum hose.
  • After fat elimination, a compression garment and dressings will be applied.

Breast lift (mastopexy)

What it does

A breast lift or mastopexy treats drooping and unequal breasts, decreased bust volume, drooping nipples, and extended areolas, reestablishing more youthful appearance and lift to your breasts. Ladies who want bigger, smaller sized, or more rounded breasts may want to consider a breast augmentation or breast reduction together with the breast lift.

How it is done

  • You will receive either a general anesthetic or a mix of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
  • Your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions which depend upon various factors, including the amount of excess skin, the position of your nipples, your preference, and your surgeon’s recommendations.
  • After having made the incisions, the cosmetic surgeon reshapes and repositions the bust tissue and surgically removes excess skin.
  • Then nipple and areola are rearranged to a more youthful and appealing height. (Note that nipples and areolas normally stay attached to underlying mounds of tissue, which normally allows for the ability to breastfeed and the preservation of sensation.) If necessary, the size of the areola can be reduced by excising skin around its perimeter.
  • The surgeon will then tighten the remaining skin while closing the cuts. The stitches are layered deep within the bust tissue to support the newly-shaped breasts and might utilize skin adhesives and/or surgical tape to help support and close the skin.

Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty)

What it does

During pregnancy, your breasts typically swell to a fuller size and shape. In some ladies, the bust stays bigger. This can be a welcome transformation unless your bust ends up being disproportionately big and causes discomfort, poor posture, breathing problems, skeletal defects, rashes or lowered self-esteem. Breast reduction resolves these problems by getting rid of fat and glandular tissue and tightening skin to produce lighter, smaller sized breasts.

How it is done

  • Your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions on your breasts and surgically remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. (In certain cases, excess fat might be removed through liposuction in conjunction with excision. If the bust size is largely caused by fat and not excess skin, liposuction alone might be utilized.).
  • Depending on what your surgeon recommends, you may have intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
  • After deciding which incision option would best suit your needs, your cosmetic surgeon will make the incision, reposition the nipple (which remains connected to its original nerve and blood supply), and minimize the areola by excising skin around its perimeter, if need be.
  • Then (s)he will reduce, shape, and lift the underlying breast tissue and then bring the incisions together to reshape the now smaller sized breast. The stitches are layered within the bust tissue to produce and support the newly-shaped busts, after which the skin is closed with sutures, surgical tape, and/or skin adhesives.
  • Your breasts will be wrapped in specific gauze. You might also be required to use a surgical bra.

Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty)

What it does

Breast augmentation restores or increases breast size utilizing silicone gel implants, saline implants, or fat grafting.

How it is done

  • In breast augmentation utilizing implants, your plastic surgeon makes an incision, lifts the breast tissue, forms a pocket in the chest/breast location, and inserts a saline or silicone gel implant.
  • The implant is placed in a pocket underneath the pectoral muscle, which is located in between the bust tissue and chest wall, or underneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle.
  • You will be wrapped in a gauze bandage or a surgical compression bra. Drain tubes might be utilized for a short period of time to drain the surgical site.

Breast lift plus breast augmentation

If you want your breasts both to be larger and less droopy, or if you want to maintain roundness, protrusion and firmness of the breast mound and your drooping is extreme, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend a breast lift combined with a breast augmentation as part of your mommy makeover.

What are my alternatives?

You have lots of choices, starting with your choice of treatments.

  • If you choose breast augmentation, you will select either silicone or saline breast implants, or, perhaps, fat grafting. Depending upon the size and shape you desire, your surgeon will provide you with recommendations and suggestions.
  • If you undergo liposuction, your cosmetic surgeon will discuss the many new technologies available and associated with it.
  • In any of the mommy makeover surgical treatments, your preferences will be a determining factor for the incision placement(s).

What will my mommy makeover scars and incisions be like?

Every effort will be made in making these as small and as unnoticeable as possible. Cosmetic surgeons are very adroit at hiding them.

Abdominoplasty: The incision extends from hip to hip right above the pubic hair line. This will leave a scar that perfectly aligns with the natural crease within the bikini line. Its length and appearance differs from person to person.

Liposuction: Because incisions for liposuction are very small, the scars are likewise small. Your cosmetic surgeon will try to position them in concealed areas.

Breast lift: There are different types of breast lifts, each with various scarring patterns. Your surgeon can conceal some incision lines in natural bust contours, yet others will show on the surface of your breasts. Although incision lines are long-term, they will fade in most cases and significantly improve as time goes on.

Breast reduction: There are at least 4 different cut patterns. Your pattern will depend upon the size of your breasts, just how much they sag, and where your nipple-areola complex is located on the bust.

Breast augmentation: Your incision can be made in one of four places:.

  1. inframammary, underneath the bust.
  2. periareolar, around the lower skirt of the areola.
  3. transumbilical, in the tummy button (just for saline implants).
  4. transaxillary, close to the armpit, where the arm meets the chest area.