Mommy Makeover 2010

2 months post abdominoplasty. 2 kids later From flab to fab! I couldn’t be happier! Thank you Dr Pousti!

Double Board Certified Plastic SurgeonPregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding can have a variety of negative effects on a woman’s body, affecting them both physically and emotionally. Oftentimes it isn’t possible to restore one’s body back to one’s pre-pregnancy body through just diet and exercise alone. Luckily, for the moms of the world who desire a firmer, tighter body, even post-childbirth, Dr. Pousti can perform a Mommy Makeover.

The Mommy Makeover procedure is actually a combination of several different procedures that, when used together, produce amazing results. Since every woman has different needs, each Mommy Makeover can vary in procedures, thus tailoring each surgery to the patient’s restorative needs. Some of the procedures that can be combined in a mommy makeover are Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, and Reduction. 

6-Weeks Post-Op Mommy Makeover - Prime Plastic Surgery Patient

A former patient demonstrates the results of her mommy makeover. 

The Procedure


Markings are always performed prior to surgery

An extended tummy tuck involves removal of excess skin from the back and flanks

Muscle laxity present after weight loss/pregnancy

Muscles are brought together creating a more desirable waistline

A stage 3 breast lift and implants are used to achieve desired breast size and fullness

Immediately After Mommy Makeover

Markings & Measurements Performed Prior to Mommy Makeover Surgery

Markings & Measurements Performed Prior to Mommy Makeover Surgery

Dr. Pousti demonstrates the pre-surgery process of placing markings and taking measurements. 

Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery Procedure

Content warning: Surgical procedure shown in detail. 

Mommy Makeover with Breast Augmentation, Lifting, Tummy Tuck Liposuction & Hernia Repair

Patient's mommy makeover journey, from pre-surgery to post-op.
Content warning: Surgery shown in detail. 

Since the mommy makeover is comprised of multiple procedures, and every mommy makeover is different for each patient’s needs, the actual surgeries and surgery lengths vary. Normally, the Mommy Makeover surgery is performed in either one or two surgeries, with each individual surgery ranging in from 3 to 6 hours. In regards to the breast augmentation portion of a mommy makeover the are a variety of factors that affect the procedure. Placement of the implant is usually centered on the nipple-areola. Often, placement above or below the muscle is decided on an individual basis. Likewise, the incisions used to place the implant vary with patient preference and anatomy. All this and more will be discussed during your personal and confidential mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Pousti.

What To Expect After Surgery

Dr. Pousti recommends having an after surgery care giver for at least 24 hours.

Expectations after surgery also vary depending on the procedures performed. Closely monitor how you feel post-op, especially immediately following surgery. Some varying degrees of pain are to be expected, however, if experiencing any kind of tightness or shortness of breath, pains deep in your chest or an irregular heart beat contact Dr. Pousti immediately. To avoid any complications, it is extremely important that you strictly follow Dr. Pousti’s post-surgical instructions and be careful!

Preparing Before a Mommy Makeover Surgery

Patient testimonial: What comes before surgery.

Trusting and Following Your Surgeons Instructions

Patient testimonial: Importance of following doctor's instructions. 

The Importance of a Post Op Nurse After Mommy Makeover Surgery

Patient testimonial: The role of a post op nurse. 

How Can I Sleep Comfortably After Mommy Makeover Surgery

Patient testimonial: Steps to take to improve sleep after surgery.

Dealing With The Emotional Rollercoaster After Mommy Makeover Surgery

Patient testimonial: What to expect during recovery, from the physical to the emotional. 

Returning to Work and Exercise After Mommy Makeover Surgery

Patient testimonial: Anticipating a slow recovery. 

Patient Testimonial:

Firstly I would like to state that I just had my mommy makeover last week 4/13/17. I’ll be talking about my time leading up to surgery, the day of surgery, and my recovery so far! Leading up to surgery, I could not have asked for a better experience from Dr. Pousti and his team! Any question, or concern I had was answered immediately. They are all really a dream team! Upon coming into a doctors office, I like to get a feel for the atmosphere. You can tell a lot about the doctor… from their staff. Literally his entire staff is incredibly kind, and so happy! I immediately felt at ease and comfortable. I knew that this was the doctor that I wanted to perform my surgery! You have to be cautious when choosing a doctor. This is something you cannot cut corners on, after all, it is your body and health we are talking about here! On the day of surgery I was super excited! I didn’t have one nervous bone in my body! The staff in the OR were all wonderful, the anesthesiologist was so sweet… and before I knew it the surgery was done and I was in recovery.

Recovery so far has been cake! The hardest part was the very first day. I was pretty nauseous due to all the anesthesia, and pain killers, and I had a difficult time getting comfortable. I didn’t have to hire a nurse… I am blessed and so lucky to have had my mom, aunt, husband, and dad help in my recovery. I believe that your quality of life and surrounding environment truly determines how well your recovery process will be. Doctor also does a house call!! How rare is that to find a doctor that takes the time to come to your house and make sure everything is going smoothly!? Him and his wife are the sweetest people! They genuinely care about their patients!

I ended up getting comfortable in a recliner and I’ve been sleeping in that since day 2! Next to my recliner I have a TV tray with water, meds, chapstick, and my barometer for deep breathing. I used a LOT of pillows to keep me comfortable through the night. Drinking water and electrolytes is essential to recovery. As for my kids… they stayed pretty busy and they knew not to try and climb on me cause “mommy has big owies”… you MUST take time to let your body heal. Take it easy, do NOT pick up the kids or babies, until the doctor says it’s okay! You don’t want to risk opening up and of your incisions and causing any infections!

Day by day I feel better and better! I’m still walking bent over with a walker to protect my incision. I just got back from my first post Op appointment and I couldn’t be happier! I got my pain pump and drains removed! I was pretty stressed about this part more than anything else! But Dr. Pousti is wonderful and the drains were out in no time! It’s literally 5 seconds of some stinging and it’s really not that bad. It’s like ripping off tape. I didn’t want the area numbed I just wanted the drains out! I promise it’s not bad without the numbing!

So ya! My journey so far with Dr. Pousti and his team… especially his nurse Vanessa… has been sooooo AMAZING! Like I said, I couldn’t be happier, or feel more blessed to have such an amazing team! Thank you so much Doctor!

Patient Testimonial:

My motivation for getting this surgery began long before I had my son. Growing up I had always struggled with my weight. In high school I was over 200lbs and was always so self conscious of my appearance. At the age of 16 I realized that my weight could cause me serious health issues that would affect me long term and I decided to make a change. I started with my diet and taking long walks. That turned into a lifestyle dedicated to my health and over a year and half I was able to loose 60lbs. Although I was happy and proud to have lost all the weight and be much healthier, I wasn’t happy with how I looked with my clothes off. My tummy had extra loose skin that no amount of exercise could help, so I just hid i with fitted undershirts or spanx to hold things in place. It was a constant reminder of my past and always affected my self esteem. A few years later at the age of 24 I became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Throughout my pregnancy I gained about 50lbs. After breast feeding and loosing most of the weight I gained through the pregnancy my insecurities about my body became even worse. I avoided any situations where I felt I could be exposed physically. I wouldn’t go to pool parties, the beach, or dating. The thought of exposing myself gave me anxiety and I would alienate myself because I how I felt. I realized that I couldn’t hide forever. Doing this surgery would improve my confidence and I turn would make not only my life better but my son would never know the insecurities that I’ve dealt with my whole life. Day before surgery: went in to Dr. Pousti’s office for my marking and to review goal pictures. Confirmed with at home nurse to be picked up from surgery and brought home.

Day of surgery: arrived at the surgery center bright and early. Met the nurses and anesthesiologist that would be taking care of me. Reviewed all of the info and got ready for Doc to arrive. Once Dr. pousti arrived we retouched the markings and reviewed more goal photos. Then we were off to the OR. I was put to sleep quickly and comfortably and only remember waking up in recovery. All of my concerns were well taken care off the staff made me very comfortable. Once I was ready to go home the nurse scheduled to pick me up and stay with me for the next 24 hours brought me home got me in bed and got me on my medication routine. She helped me to the bathroom and with my deep breathing and leg exercises. She educated my roommate on how to take care of me and left written notes and her phone number of any questions arose.

Day 2: the major discomfort were my breast. It wasn’t pain just pressure which made it difficult for me to inhale deeply. It took some time to adjust but by the end of the evening the discomfort and pressure in my chest was mostly gone.

Day 3: feeling good. Pain is still under control and able to eat small amount of semi solid food. Walked around The house a bit and even went outside to get some sunlight to help my mood. It helped and I am feeling good.

Day 4: pain is under control and I feel good! I was expecting unbearable pain and complete helplessness but I am doing really well. I’ve been taking my meds on schedule and pain hasn’t been an issue. So far I am happy with this decision and look forward to healing and seeing the new me.

If I had to choose a few words to describe Dr. Pousti (and I wasn’t allowed to say amazing, since everyone does) I would say he’s warm and inviting, intuitive, and professional. All of my experiences with Dr. P and his staff were friendly, inviting, and pleasant. Not once did I feel uncomfortable or judged. I felt like we were all working on my goals not like I was just another patient. Dr. P even came by my home after surgery with his wife to check on me and bought beautiful flowers! Who does that?!?! Dr. Pousti is amazing and truly cares about the people that he takes care of his patients.

Patient Testimonial:

Dr. Pousti and staff,

I’m celebrating my one year breast augmentation/lift and my 8 week PO tummy tuck. After 5 kids my body wasn’t what it used to be, i had my first child when I was 17, and my 5th at 30. After my last baby i did everything i could to get my body back, but no matter how much i exercised and watched my diet I couldn’t improve my breasts or get rid of my pouch! after several consultations over the years with various PS in the OC area I had almost given up on my dream of a mommy makeover – until E found you! My BA and lift surpassed all my expectations and i couldn’t be happier! After such a positive experience with you and your staff I decided to complete my makeover and I am very pleased with my tummy tuck, I still can’t get over how flat my tummy is and I know the end result will be amazing! Working in the medical field I know the importance of a good office staff, and I want you to know that your staff is first class! I love each one of them! Dr.Pousti you are an amazing, gifted surgeon, you always make time for me and make me feel like I’m your only patient! I want to thank you so much for taking such good care of me this past year and for making my dreams come true!

Patient Testimonial:

Dr. Pousti,

I have attached my thank you letter and also want to give you a personal thank you.

I’m not even sure there are words to describe how I feel. I wake up in the morning and for the first time in a long time I’m so happy with what I see and I owe that to you. I’m happy in my own skin and this wouldn’t be if it weren’t for you. You cared about my feelings and concerns and never looked at me like I was nuts (I was a little nuts) lol

Please continue to change lives it’s a different world with you in it.

Thank you with all my heart and God Bless

On August 7th 2012 Dr. Pousti performed on me a mommy makeover. It truly is the BEST decision I have ever made. I had been considering this procedure since my first son 19 years ago and all I have to say is why did I wait so long??

I decided to have a consultation with Dr. Pousti in May and I knew then that this is what I was going to do. I explained to him exactly what I wanted and had no idea I was going to have such great results. I decided to have a lift only, being that I’m some what on the modest side and really just wanted some skin correction. Dr. Pousti also gave me some lipo around my hips and of course my beautiful tummy tuck. I’m so thrilled with my new body

Prime Plastic Surgery consists of the top board-certified surgeons in the country providing the highest caliber of patient care. We offer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help patients achieve truly life-changing results. Our surgeons are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

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