Motherhood is a magical and deeply rewarding experience. Yet, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding take a heavy toll on the body. Some women reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. Others deal with a range of changes that can make you feel like your body isn’t your own anymore. With a Mommy Makeover, you can reclaim your body and rebuild your aesthetic.
Dr. Gabbay's Mommy Makeover Before & Afters
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover combines specific cosmetic enhancements to restore a pre-pregnancy body. Or even enhance your appearance to a whole new level. Dr. Gabbay understands the demands placed on mothers. He takes all the necessary steps to maximize results and minimize recovery time, so you can enjoy your rejuvenated body as soon as possible.
Pregnancy can bring about all manner of changes in your body. And many of these changes remain even after you have given birth. Common changes include:
- Loose abdominal skin
- Breast contour changes
- New stubborn fat deposits
- Abnormal pigmentation
- Stretch marks
Frequently, exercise and diet alone are not enough to get back your pre-baby body. That is what a Mommy Makeover is for.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- GEORGE ELIOT
Build The Mommy Makeover That Is Right For Your Needs
Mommy makeovers are very customizable, depending on your goals. They generally include two or more of the following procedures:
During your consultation, we will create a unique Mommy Makeover treatment plan to make your aesthetic goals a reality. Taking back your pre-pregnancy body boosts your self-confidence and esteem. Get started today and schedule your initial complimentary consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Am I a Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
If you are ready to get your body back, you could be a Mommy Makeover candidate. A Mommy Makeover is a good option for women who:
- Are in good physical health
- Have realistic expectations
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do not intend to become pregnant again
- Do not smoke
- Have found that diet and exercise have not yielded effective weight post-pregnancy weight loss results
- Want to eliminate stretch marks and cellulite
- Have sagging, deflated breasts
Evaluating Your Candidacy For The Mommy Makeover
The first step is to call Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills and schedule a consultation. To ensure the best possible results, Dr. Gabbay will discuss a few preliminary items. The discussion includes your expectations, along with how a Mommy Makeover surgery will impact your health and lifestyle.
During your consultation, some of the topics discussed will include:
- Your medical history, including past conditions or surgeries
- An accurate account of any medications or supplements you are currently taking
- Use of tobacco or other drugs
- Motivations for having a Mommy Makeover
- Overall aesthetic goals
Dr. Gabbay will then conduct a medical analysis to see what procedures you could benefit from. If you are a healthy candidate for a Mommy Makeover, Dr. Gabbay will recommend a plan. Every step, Dr. Gabbay provides complete information about each aspect of your surgery. And always feel free to ask any questions!
Your Options In A Mommy Makeover
Most Mommy Makeovers involve a combination of the following procedures.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
During pregnancy, abdominal skin stretches and leaves loose folds in the stomach region. Weight loss after childbirth often does not resolve excess abdominal skin and stretched abdominal muscles. But, a tummy tuck surgery can!
Following pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts may appear smaller and deflated. To enhance the size or fullness of your post-pregnancy breasts, there is breast augmentation. Dr. Gabbay performs breast augmentation surgery using a saline or silicone implant*. We offer a full range of breast implants.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery can correct the condition of post-pregnancy breast ptosis (sagging). A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, which sometimes becomes stretched during pregnancy. Breast lifts do not increase the size of the breasts. But, you can combine it with an augmentation!
A mommy makeover in Beverly Hills often includes a breast reduction. This is excellent for women whose breast cause symptoms of:
- Poor posture
- Back pain
- General discomfort
A breast reduction removes excess skin, fat, and breast tissue. Dr. Gabbay will place the breasts in a more lifted and attractive position.
Liposuction is the process by which Dr. Gabbay removes excess fat through small incisions using surgical tubes. Liposuction removes those stubborn fat deposits that settle on the abdomen, thighs, arms, and back after pregnancy.
Other options that some women choose to include with their Mommy Makeover include:
- Buttock Lift: Butt augmentation surgery is an excellent option to enhance and augment flat buttocks. Offers improved shape to the buttock and hip region.
- Thigh Lift: Corrects loose skin folds around the thighs and buttocks after childbirth. Smooths and tones the skin, giving you a youthful appearance.
- Neck Lift: A neck lift can smooth the neck and define the jawline. Tightens the neck muscles and removes excess fat.
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Removes the excess fat and skin under the arms.
- Face Lift: Reduces wrinkles and creases while lifting facial contours to give a fresh, youthful look.
- Belly Button Surgery: Pregnancy can change the navel dramatically. This surgery reshapes the belly button or makes a new one if necessary. Often performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Mommy Makeover Procedure & Recovery
The Mommy Makeover surgery ranges in time from 3-6 hours. The time depends on your treatment plan and how many procedures you elect to undergo. Depending on how many procedures you had, you may be able to go home the same day.
Your recovery period also depends on your treatment plan. Most patients who receive Mommy Makeovers typically return to normal daily activities after two to four weeks. If you have many procedures, this might take a bit longer.
In most cases, Dr. Gabbay advises patients to wait four weeks to resume strenuous activity, including heavy exercise and sexual activity. Giving your body time to fully heal is essential for the best results.
After the Surgery
You should arrange for household help following the surgery. Enlist a friend or family member to drive you home on the day of the procedure. In most cases, Mommy Makeover patients wear a support garment for several weeks after surgery. This will optimize your post-makeover figure. Bruising and swelling are normal, although this will fade within a few weeks to one month.
Following your Mommy Makeover, you will have some degree of discomfort. But this can be managed with proper medication. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, we are always here for you.
To have optimal results, be sure to follow Dr. Gabbay’s instructions completely. Immediate results are often obscured by swelling or discoloration. But typically, within 1-2 weeks, you will be able to appreciate the new you! While some results will be visible sooner than others, your body will continue to heal and improve. As the swelling subsides, it will continue to reveal a shapely body that you can maintain by living a healthy lifestyle for years to come.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
The first step to reclaiming your pre-baby body is to schedule your consultation. We work closely with each patient to develop the best plan for you and your goals. Dr. Gabbay and his staff are by your side every step of the way, for a professional and comfortable experience. Call us today to learn more and get started on your Mommy Makeover path!
If you have any questions, our skilled team at Gabbay Plastic Surgery has decades of experience to help you make your decision. Call today at (310) 205-9500 to schedule a consultation and find out if a Beverly Hills mommy makeover may be right for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Childbirth is hard on a woman, weakening the stomach muscles, deflating the breasts, creating stubborn fat deposits, causing cellulite, and stretch marks. A Mommy Makeover will correct whatever problems you have with your body, now that you are finished having children.
A Mommy Makeover procedure is designed for women who are finished having children, as a tummy tuck involves surgical tightening of the abdominal wall and removal of abdominal skin. Following a tummy tuck, these structures no longer have the same stretching capacity to accommodate a growing fetus; although breast surgery and liposuction can be performed even if you plan to get pregnant again.
As with all surgical procedures, there is the risk of complications and some that may occur with your Mommy Makeover include*:
- Incision scarring
- Contour abnormalities
- Capsular contraction
- Deflation of implants
- Blood clots
There are many incision variations available but in general, the breast incisions will be located along a lower portion of the edge of the areola (pigmented nipple) area if only an augmentation is performed. If you are having a breast lift, a lollipop type incision encircling the edge of the areola (pigmented nipple) area and also a straight line incision from the bottom edge of the nipple, down to the where the breast tissue meets the chest wall is involved. Part of this vertical incision will be hidden in the fold under the breast. For a breast reduction, the incision may be a lollipop technique, or with larger reductions, a lollipop incision with the additional curved anchor incision hidden under the breast fold will be used. A tummy tuck incision runs across the lower abdominal area (located within the pubic hairline) and liposuction scars are small and usually located in areas hidden by clothing.
Although the incisions from a Mommy Makeover do leave scars, at first they will be reddish in color and they progressively fade to pink, blending in with the natural pigmentation of your skin*. In most cases, the scars are fine lines, however, if they heal too wide, this can be corrected at a later time*. The breast lift and reduction scars may be partly concealed under the breast itself, depending on the procedure performed, and a breast augmentation scar is concealed along the pigmented border of the areola*. The scar from a tummy tuck is long (from hip bone to hip bone), however, it is low on the abdomen (falling within the pubic hairline) and can be concealed underneath underwear and a swimsuit. Liposuction scars are very small and they typically become invisible with time*.
Most of your pre-surgery preparation will involve planning the help you will need for your recovery. You will also be required to do lab tests, and it is advised that you have any prescriptions filled before your surgery. You will be provided with specific instructions; and reading and understanding the guidelines will aid in your overall experience, as well as your recovery process.
Due to the tummy tuck, and the fact that you had multiple procedures performed in one operation, the recovery period from a Mommy Makeover is significant, and can be fairly uncomfortable the first few days. Pain medication will effectively control your discomfort so that you can move about and sleep as needed, and you should be up and walking (slowly) the day after surgery to prevent blood clots*. By the end of the first week, you should be moving more comfortably, although, you will not be able to drive a car for two weeks*. All of the sutures and drains will be removed within 1-2 two weeks and most people return to work after 2-3 weeks with light activity and duties*. Full recovery from a Mommy Makeover procedure, for most patients, is approximately six weeks depending on individual healing capabilities*.
While there are many physical advantages that occur after a Mommy Makeover, one of the biggest benefits is the fact that it increases self-image and confidence*. For many women, the Mommy Makeover allows a woman to look as good on the outside, as she feels on the inside*.