5 Things to Understand About Mommy Makeover

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The mommy makeover is a popular cosmetic procedure performed on women who have experienced pregnancy-related changes in their body. Pregnancy can cause a variety of permanent body changes that most often affect the breast and abdominal region. For example, the breasts may become deflated and droopy. The abdominal area skin may become overstretched and the abdominal muscles may become separated or weakened. The mommy makeover procedure involves surgery of the breasts and tummy at the same time to address cosmetic issues in these two areas. If you’re considering a mommy makeover, then it’s important to know what to expect. Here are five things key things we want you to understand as you schedule your mommy makeover consultation with Drs. Mahabir and Kurtovic.


The first step before any elective cosmetic surgery is to prepare well in advance of your surgery. After you consult with your plastic surgeon, they will give you detailed information about what your procedure entails. You will also have an additional pre-operative visit outlining all the details you need to know such as nutrition and supplements before surgery, taking your medications, activity restrictions, recovery in the early phase after surgery, and additional questions you may have.


A mommy makeover is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 4-5 hours depending the type of procedures performed. You will need help around the house for the first few weeks. You will be walking right away after surgery, but are going to have restrictions on exercise for 6-8 weeks. There will be swelling and this will improve after a few months. Most patients return to work after 3 weeks.


It’s important to understand that a mommy makeover involves surgery which can permanently restore the body after pregnancy changes occur. To maintin your surgical results long term, we recommend patients reach and maintain their goal weight prior to surgery and have finished with family planning. Weght gain after surgery and additional pregnancy after a mommy makeover are factors which will poorly affect your surgical results.

Side effects

A mommy makeover is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia; therefore, you might experience some side effects of anesthesia such as nausea and headache after your surgery. Other common side effects include swelling, bruising, and tenderness in your surgical areas. You can avoid complications by sticking to all health guidelines set by your plastic surgeon and limiting your activity level accordingly.


The mommy makeover is a safe procedure when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in a fully accredited outpatient surgical facility. The best way to mitigate the risks is by selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mahabir or Dr. Kurtovic. Your surgeon will typically have you undergo medical clearance by your primary care doctor to ensure you are healthy for the procedure. In addition, you should follow the post surgery instructions provided for your by your surgeon to ensure a safe and healthy recovery after surgery.

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Tucson Plastic Surgery in Tucson, AZ, specializes in mommy makeover surgery to help patients restore their bodies after pregnancy. To schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.


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