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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Combining multiple surgeries into one restorative plan, the mommy makeover targets the areas of the body that often need a little help after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This highly customized plan is tailored to each unique patient’s body for optimal results, and most commonly includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast procedure. Depending upon the specific procedures being planned and each person’s specific condition, a mommy makeover plan may include a single stage procedure, or may be broken into more than one procedure for safety and precision.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Improve?

  • Loose, flabby skin on the stomach
  • Abdominal protrusion
  • Separated or weak abdominal muscles
  • Persistent fat left over from pregnancy
  • Loss of breast shape and fullness
  • And much more, depending on your unique body
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Why Get a Mommy Makeover?

Although women can be warned about the many changes their body will undergo with pregnancy and breastfeeding, nothing can truly prepare you for what happens. The physical developments after becoming a mother take a real toll on the body, causing dramatic changes that can seriously damage a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. 

Breasts lose volume and sag. The stomach turns into a bulge that just won’t leave. Stretch marks abound. Fat becomes frustratingly stubborn. A mommy makeover is designed to achieve significant improvement to all of these areas, often in one procedure so that a patient only has to go through one surgery session and one recovery process. 

Mommy Makeover at Dr. G Plastic Surgery

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Kelli’s Story

“Dr. G. is one of those incredible, rare, above-and-beyond doctors that everyone wishes that they can find. For six years (since my first pregnancy), I had suffered with severe abdominal separation, a protruding umbilical hernia, loose skin, stretch marks, and breasts that were completely sagging and deflated from nursing two babies for almost 4.5 years total. I knew that I was in for a serious amount of work—that I was not going to take lightly—so I searched, asked for referrals, and read every review I could. Dr. G was one of four doctors that I interviewed. 

To say it was love from first meeting is an understatement. Dr. G truly met me as a person, not just a patient. He spent the time and energy to understand my history, sympathize with my feelings and struggles, and truly internalize what the outcomes of this surgery would mean for me. He spent an impressive amount of time explaining every procedure, the different lift/implant options, and deeply answering every question my husband and I sent his way. 

From the pre-surgery vitamins/supplements/drinks, to the incredible anesthesiology team, to the medications used during and post surgery, Dr. G went into detail with us about everything he would be able to do to make this procedure the best for my body, the outcome, and my recovery. 

My surgery could not have gone better.

The fact that Dr. G was so responsive to any concerns, made a house call the day after surgery to check on me, and saw us anytime we requested it truly went above and beyond the care of any doctor I know. They all quickly became like family on this journey of wellness and recovery with me—championing every healing stage, celebrating every milestone along the way, and supporting me through the weeks that followed.

To say I wanted to cry with joy the first time I saw my body is an understatement. Dr. G not only fixed the shell of a body that I had lived in for those years and felt so broken in, but he gave me the body I could have only dreamed about. My medical needs were all impeccably fixed with the abdominal repair and hernia, and also the aesthetic repairs blew my mind: to now have the gorgeous waist he had sculpted for me, the breasts he had lifted for me, and the perfect-sized implants that he so carefully listened and selected for me. 

I am now four months post-surgery and think of him and his team every day when I look in the mirror and live each day in this new body. The confidence and happiness that I now feel has permeated every aspect of my life, and I thank Dr. G for helping me to regain that. I can’t recommend him enough as a skilled doctor, a genuine person, or his entire caring, support staff to anyone looking to make any changes to their body. He is a one-of-a-kind doctor and a blessing to the plastic surgery profession!”


Testimonial Laurie's Mommy Makeover

Laurie is interviewed about her Mommy Makeover experience at Dr. G Plastic Surgery.

Procedure Details for a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The amount of time it will be determined by the specific procedures you have chosen, but on average, a mommy makeover takes six hours (or sometimes longer). During your consultation with Dr. G, he will go over which areas of your body you would like to improve, and he will take you step-by-step through the entire process, from prepping to surgery to recovery. Every patient will have a different combination of procedures for their mommy makeover. These procedures can include the following:

  • A tummy tuck
  • Liposuction (thighs, arms, love handles)
  • A breast procedure (augmentation, lift, or reduction)
  • Cosmetic injectables 
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Recovery

Mommy makeover patients should expect to need a couple of weeks to recover, and can expect to be back to normal light activities at approximately four weeks. It may take 2-3 months to get back to full strenuous exercise.

You will have soreness, discomfort, and tolerable pain the first week following surgery, and you will need someone to help you for a week or so, especially if you have young children.

Different surgeries will have different recovery periods, and during your consultation with Dr. G, he will let you know exactly what to expect with regard to the specific surgical procedures that are selected for you. He will fully educate you on everything you need to know in order to get the best mommy makeover results possible.

Best Mommy Makeover Candidates

If you’re in the San Diego and La Jolla area and you’re interested in a mommy makeover, you may be a great candidate. Those who make the best mommy makeover patients are those who:

  • Want to restore their body after undergoing pregnancy, breastfeeding, or excessive weight loss
  • Are finished having children
  • Are at or close to their goal body weight
  • Have fully recovered from childbirth
  • Have not nursed for 3-6 months
  • Are non-smokers in good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what a mommy makeover can do

Dr. G for the Best Mommy Makeover Surgery

Breast and body procedures are specialties of Dr. Joseph Grzeskiewicz (or “Dr. G” to his patients). He has been specializing in cosmetic rejuvenation from head to toe for over 20 years, changing lives and boosting self-confidence for thousands. He does his own pre-op, post-op, consults, and follow-ups, and practice manager/patient advocate Eva Tutic provides emotional support for the excitement, anxiety, doubts, and worries that often come along with undergoing cosmetic procedures. If you’re in the San Diego or La Jolla and you’re interested in the best mommy makeover surgeon in the area, book your consultation with us today.

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