What's Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Is your body just not bouncing back after having babies and breastfeeding? It isn’t uncommon to experience dramatic changes to your body with pregnancy.

Even when you’re close to your pre-pregnancy weight and your babies have grown, physical changes can linger. Cardio, “toning,” and healthy eating can’t lift your boobs or get rid of a stubborn belly pooch. But, a mommy makeover can. At Prime Plastic Surgery, Dr. James J. Chou helps women in San Diego, California, restore their pre-pregnancy bodies and, as a result, their confidence.

Read on to learn how a mommy makeover can literally change your look and your life.

Do I need a mommy makeover?

The choice to have children shouldn’t leave your body looking ravaged. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding put a lot of stress on the body. As a result, you may end up with stretched skin, a drooping chest, a poochy belly, redistributed fat, and breasts that have either grown or shrunk in cup size.

If any of these complaints sound familiar, you should consider a mommy makeover. Before signing up, however, it’s best to be pretty sure your family is complete – future pregnancies will alter your body again and potentially affect the long-term effects of your surgery.

Women often choose to undergo a mommy makeover when their kids are still young, but anytime you feel ready is the right time.

What’s included in a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover isn’t one procedure – it’s a combination of procedures put together to help restore your body. Dr. Chao discusses your goals with you to determine which of the following is most appropriate:

Tummy tuck

Pregnancy stretches out the skin of your abdomen, so it just can’t bounce back after you give birth. Even if you achieve a normal weight, you may have folds of skin that prevent you from having a flat tummy.

During a tummy tuck, the doctor removes excess skin and tightens any that remains. He can also repair separated muscles, erase some stress marks, and remove stubborn fat deposits.


Pregnancy can redistribute how fat falls on your body. If you’ve lost your pregnancy weight, but have pockets of fat left in areas such as your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, liposuction can help. The procedure literally vacuums fat from underneath the skin using a minimally invasive approach that leaves you contoured. Dr. Chao performs Smartlipo™, a laser-assisted liposuction procedure that tightens skin as well as removes excess fat.

Breast lift

Breasts go through a lot of hormonal changes during pregnancy and as a result, they lose their perkiness. Breastfeeding only adds to the sag. With a breast lift, your breasts are raised back up on your chest wall so they have a youthful profile.

Breast augmentation

A breast lift raises sagging breasts, but doesn’t restore volume. Breast augmentation, however, increases the size and fullness of your breasts with implants. Many moms choose breast augmentation and breast lift for optimal results.

Breast reduction

Some women choose to reduce the size of breasts after pregnancy. They may have always had a large chest or found that their breasts never shrunk following childbirth. Regardless, breast reduction brings your chest to a manageable chest size so that your clothes fit well, you avoid back pain, and don’t feel self-conscious.

If you’re ready to revitalize your body and your confidence, contact Prime Plastic Surgery to learn about the wide variety of options provided by skilled surgeon, James J. Chou, MD, FACS. He customizes a mommy makeover to give you rewarding results that match your aesthetic goals.

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