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How Long Does a Mommy Makeover Take?

After bringing children into the world, many women are happy with the life they’ve built but are left feeling insecure about their bodies after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A mommy makeover is an excellent surgery that helps women feel as happy and proud of their appearance as they are of the new addition to their family. 

How Long Does A Mommy Makeover Procedure Take?

The mommy makeover is a combination of procedures tailored to the individual patient. The length of a mommy makeover surgery varies from patient to patient and is subject to the surgeries they decide to have to achieve their goals. 

Usually, an entire mommy makeover surgery consisting of a tummy tuck and a breast lift with augmentation generally takes about 4-6 hours. Though this may sound like a long day followed by a long recovery, having multiple procedures in one surgery saves you time as it only requires one recovery. It also saves you money by combining surgery and anesthesia fees into one surgery. 

What Does A Mommy Makeover Involve?

Since the abdomen and breasts are the areas women see the most changes following pregnancy, the most common procedures they decide to include in their mommy makeover are tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast surgery, usually a breast lift

Body contouring procedures

The tummy tuck is widely chosen for mommy makeovers because it removes the excess skin and fat women have within their stomach region after having children by tightening the muscles that have been affected carrying a child. Since liposuction is the gold standard for removing excess fat and the tummy tuck focuses mainly on skin and muscles, a tummy tuck is best paired with liposuction when rejuvenating the midsection. 

Although the mini tummy tuck is desirable because it’s followed by a shorter recovery time and can take as little as 1-2 hours to do, it only addresses loose skin below the belly button, so it’s not of any help to women who have given birth or gone through menopause. 

We recommend including the full tummy tuck in your mommy makeover because even though it can take up to five hours, it addresses excess skin and fat above and below the belly below and tightens the underlying abdomen across the entire area for more complete results.

Liposuction is one of the most common procedures women decide to include in a mommy makeover because it removes stubborn fat in undesired areas. To make the most of your mommy makeover, we recommend including fat transfer, using your healthy fat to give you the widely desired “hourglass shape.” Though it adds some extra time to mommy makeovers, many women choose fat grafting to their breasts, buttocks, and hips for a more sculpted, “snatched” look. 

Breast procedures

Women can choose which breast surgery to include in their mommy makeover depending on their personal goals and doctor’s recommendations. Some women feel that they’ve lost volume from breastfeeding and opt for breast augmentation, while others think that childbearing and breastfeeding have stretched out their breasts and choose a breast lift. 

It’s common for women to decide to have both a breast lift and augmentation in their mommy makeover to address the “pancake” look of having stretched-out breasts with no volume, giving them perkiness. Others decide to have a breast reduction because they experience so much volume increase in their breasts after having children that it causes back, neck, and shoulder pain.

Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Liland specializes in fat transfer breast augmentation, which can be an excellent add-on to mommy makeovers as the fat removed during liposuction from stubborn areas like the flanks and lower stomach is transferred safely to the breasts for natural volume restoration.

The average length of procedures that may be part of a mommy makeover
Tummy tuck2-5 hours
Liposuction1-2 hours
Breast lift1-2 hours
Breast augmentation 1-2 hours
Labiaplasty1 hour
Brazilian butt lift3-4 hours (including liposuction)
Breast reduction3-5 hours
Breast lift with augmentation1-3 hours
Arm lift (Brachioplasty)1-2 hours
Thigh lift2-3 hours
Fat transfer breast augmentation3-4 hours (including liposuction)

Why Get A Mommy Makeover?

Most women consider mommy makeovers because they can address all their concerns in one surgery, and once they heal, the results are dramatic. If you have these procedures as individual surgeries, you will wait longer to see your dream results. Best safety practices recommend recovering completely from each surgery before undergoing the next.

Although most commonly chosen by women who want to regain their pre-baby bodies, a mommy makeover is not only for women who have had children. Some women seek mommy makeover procedures to rejuvenate their bodies after aging, menopause, and gravity leave them with loose skin and stubborn fat in areas they can’t target with proper diet and exercise.

Is There A Limit To What’s Involved In A Mommy Makeover?

As convenient as it is to have the ability to choose to have multiple body rejuvenating procedures all at once, some patients may have a limit. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a mommy makeover, it’s safe to undergo several procedures in one day. However, no two patients are the same, and what is perfectly safe for one woman’s body may be too much at once for another.

Depending on your body type, medical history, and goals, there may be limits, for example, on the amount of fat removed during liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck. Patient safety is essential. You should go into your procedure with realistic expectations.

You can choose from several of the surgeries listed above to have during your mommy makeover, but your doctor will let you know if it’s a better, safer option for you and your body to have all of them at once or to have some separately.

Is Mommy Makeover Right For Me?

If you’re considering a mommy makeover to lift, tighten, and contour your body after having children, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Liland specializes in mommy makeovers and will evaluate your medical history, discuss your concerns, examine the areas of your body you wish to have addressed, and advise on which procedures are best for you.