Part II Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tucks & Liposuction

Last time, I introduced how every mommy makeover should be different; unique to each mother’s own take on how to regain their old silhouette. This week we’ll talk about how a growing amount of new mothers are signing up for the “two-in-one” tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgery, inspired by celebrity moms who seem to bounce back into shape within a few weeks.

But sometimes the standard “two-in-one” is not always the right option when considering a mommy makeover. The first concern many moms voice after giving birth is their belly’s reluctance to recover.


In the past decade, the number of tummy tucks performed has increased by 85% and breast augmentation by 39%. With celebrity moms like Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry, who seemingly do it all while still maintaining a perfect figure, it’s no surprise that more women are thinking about body contouring procedures. Although most moms might desire some extra lift in the chest, the tummy is usually the first concern.


Tummy tucks are designed to help moms free themselves of the unwanted skin and tissue left over from pregnancy. This type of excess can leave you feeling less than your real self and, more than likely, it won’t go away with an excellent diet or a routine exercise plan. The tummy tuck procedure literally removes and “tucks” away the hanging skin and tissue around your mid-section, providing your body with a smoother shape.

But some moms may have a bigger issue at stake. They also might have diastasis recti—which is the separation of the abdominal muscles—leading to inefficient workouts and little possibility of a flat tummy. In these women, the only way to ever achieve a truly flat tummy is to get an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, which includes a repair of this diastasis. In these cases, the results don’t only include a taught, firm tummy, they also result in the core muscles working more efficiently because they’re no longer out of place.


Weight gain is always a factor in pregnancy, and although you will lose a good amount of what you gained after having your child – and all throughout breast-feeding – you may still be reminded of the few extra pounds every time you look down. Liposuction targets fat deposits that tummy tucks don’t. Helping to actually contour your shape, liposuction is typically used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to address love handles or muffin top areas that are out of proportion once a flat tummy has been achieved with the tummy tuck.


Regardless, either procedure can be great options when it comes to a mommy makeover. As a female plastic surgeon, I focus on treating the belly first so that you can begin looking and feeling the way you did before your baby belly. Following your tummy tuck and/or liposuction, the next area of focus is getting those girls looking perkier.

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