During pregnancy, your body undergoes many physical changes. Sometimes it is impossible to return to your pre-pregnancy body, even with diet and exercise. Physical side effects of pregnancy, like stretched out skin, separated abdominal muscles, and obstinate fat pockets can’t be corrected without surgery. With a mommy makeover at Gary Takowsky, MD, you can look and feel like your pre-pregnancy self again.

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover can be any assortment of cosmetic treatments used to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy physique. A mommy makeover is more of a treatment plan than one isolated procedure. For a mommy makeover, Dr. Takowsky will map out procedures tailored to your unique body composition. Most mommy makeovers involve a tummy tuck, breast lift, liposuction, and arm and thigh lifts.

Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, can lift your sagging or asymmetrical breasts, as well as treat stretched areolas, dropping nipples, and decreased breast size. You can also consider breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery along with your breast lift, if you wish to change your breast size. During a breast lift surgery, Dr. Takowsky will make your breasts perkier by reshaping the breast tissue and surgically removing excess skin.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is probably one of the most common procedures for a mommy makeover. During pregnancy, your uterus can put a lot of force on your abdominal muscles and can even cause them to disconnect, which creates a bulge in your midline. The only way to fix the separation of your abdominal muscles is through surgery. Tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin around your stomach, while also tightening your abdominal muscles with sutures. uring, and after your procedure.

Arm & Thigh Lifts

Oftentimes, pregnancy can lead to weight gain over your entire body. Hormone fluctuations, unhealthy cravings, and increased appetites can cause you to put weight on your arms and thighs. Arm and thigh lifts remove excess skin and fat to make your upper arms and thighs more toned, firm, and younger-looking. In mommy makeovers, thigh lifts are more common than arm lifts.


Liposuction is typically used in abdominoplasty, arm lift, and thigh lift surgeries. However, liposuction is also a good addition to remove isolated pockets of fat on the ankles, hips, face, buttocks, chest, neck, and knees. During a liposuction procedure, a small incision is made, then a small tube is inserted under the skin to suction out areas of fat.

Why Choose a Mommy Makeover?

There are many reasons why you might decide to choose a mommy makeover. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can negatively impact the size and shape of your breasts, leaving them deflated and saggy. Due to the rapid expansion of your abdomen during pregnancy, it is also likely that you are left with a sagging belly and stretch marks. Not to mention, the nutritional and hormonal changes of pregnancy can leave you with fatty areas around your waist, abdomen, arms, and thighs.

Mommy makeovers are an easy and low-risk way to overcome these negative physical changes of pregnancy. A mommy makeover can help you look like your younger, firmer self. Not to mention, you will feel more comfortable in clothes and swimwear. You do not have to live feeling self-conscious about the negative physical changes of giving birth. When considering a mommy makeover, make sure you talk to Dr. Takowsky about all of your body goals, so he can help you find the best treatment plans suited to your needs.

Are You a Candidate For a Mommy Makeover?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Takowsky will determine if you are a good candidate for a mommy makeover, as well as offer suggestions on which procedures will benefit you the most. A good candidate for mommy makeover procedures:

  • Has good physical and mental health
  • Is not drastically overweight
  • Has sagging breasts, nipples, stretched areolas, or decreased breast volume
  • Does not smoke
  • Does not have any diseases or illness that could prevent healing
  • Has drooping fat around c-section scars
  • Does not plan on having anymore pregnancies

It is also important that you have practical expectations of your procedures. Some of the surgeries involved in mommy makeovers, like the tummy tuck and thigh lift, can leave visible scars. Talk to Dr. Takowsky about any of your concerns, especially if you are worried about scarring. Mommy makeovers are not exclusive to mothers. Sometimes patients that have gained then lost a lot of weight can benefit from mommy makeover procedures.

Recovery Timeline for a Mommy Makeover

The recovery time of your mommy makeover will depend on which procedures you need. Dr. Takowsky will discuss the specifics of your recovery at your initial consultation.

Immediately after surgery, you can expect to have bandages and compression garments in the surgical sites. You will also need someone to drive you to and from surgery, since you will need anesthesia. For the first couple of weeks after surgery, you can expect to have some swelling and discomfort, while the incisions heal. Full recovery for most mommy makeovers takes about six weeks. You will also need to have a follow-up appointment after about five days to assess the healing of the procedures.

The benefit of having multiple procedures done at the same time is that it does not make the recovery take longer. For instance, recovery from a breast augmentation is about one week, while a tummy tuck is about two weeks. When you have both of the procedures done at the same time, the recovery will only be about two weeks. Make sure that you follow all of the postsurgical instructions, and eat a healthy and balanced diet to promote healing.

Choose Gary Takowsky, MD For Your Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a big decision, so it is a good idea to choose an experienced and trustworthy plastic surgeon. A good way to assess a surgeon’s competence is by looking at their education, training, and certificates, as well as looking at before-and-after photos of their mommy makeover procedures.

Usually, you can tell if you the plastic surgeon is right for you during your consultation. Ready to take the next step in getting your pre-baby body back? Schedule a consultation for a mommy makeover with Dr. Gary Takowsky in Beverly Hills today at 323-676-0222.