Mommy Makeover

When you have children, it’s a life-changing occasion. You can’t imagine your life without the love, laughter and joy having babies have brought you, but you can imagine living without the toll pregnancy and childbirth has taken on your body. Having children often results in permanent physical changes such as stretch marks, sagging breasts and stubborn fat.

If you can’t seem to reclaim your pre-baby body despite your best efforts, Dr. Franziska Huettner of Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC can help you recover youthful breasts and a flatter stomach with a mommy makeover.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is not one standardized procedure. It’s a combination of procedures designed to help restore your confidence by lifting, shaping and toning areas affected by having children. Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding all result in permanent changes that often can’t be addressed by diet and exercise, making difficult to reclaim your body on your own. Your breasts may lose volume and sag, you abdominal muscles may weaken and separate, you may have loose skin, and your vagina may stretch or tear. To top it off, hormonal changes can make your body store stubborn fat in unwanted places. All of these changes can negatively impact your self-esteem and overwhelm you both emotionally and physically. Because every woman responds to and experiences pregnancy differently, each mommy makeover is a highly-customized experience. Your mommy makeover may include a variety of procedures and treatments, but those that are commonly performed include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
  • Liposuction
  • Labiaplasty
  • Breast lift (Mastopexy)
  • Vaginal rejuvenation (Vaginoplasty)
  • Breast reduction

Every woman’s body is different; just one of these procedures may help you reach your aesthetic goals, or you may need a combination of two or more. At your consultation with Dr. Franziska Huettner, she will take the time to listen to your needs and concerns during a thorough evaluation to recommend which procedures would benefit you the most. At Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, you will receive highly personalized care to ensure a surgical plan tailored just for you.

What Can I Expect With a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is designed to consolidate individual surgical procedures and recovery periods. Regardless of the combination of procedures you receive, you will only need to spend one day in surgery. Becoming familiar with the different aspects of a mommy makeover will help you feel more prepared for your consultation with Dr. Huettner and help you decide which procedures will help you reach your goals.

  • Breast Augmentation
    After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for breasts to lose volume and become flattened or droopy in appearance. Breast augmentation with either breast implants or a fat transfer can help restore sagging breasts and provide definition, volume and feminine curves. This procedure can be combined with a breast lift for additional support and contour.
  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
    Although implants can provide some lift and shape to the breast, a breast lift may be more appropriate for women that experience significant sagging and loose skin. A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the surrounding tissue for more support and improved contours. This can be performed with a breast augmentation to restore a firmer, more youthful-looking bust.
  • Breast Reduction
    Some women experience an unwanted increase in breast size after pregnancy that causes sagging, neck or back pain and other issues. A breast reduction can help alleviate the symptoms associated with large breasts by making them smaller, firmer and lighter. This procedure may be combined with a mastopexy to improve the overall appearance of your breasts.
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
    After pregnancy, many women have excess skin and unwanted fat that settles around the stomach that is difficult to address with diet and exercise alone. Giving birth also causes the abdominal muscles to loosen and separate, which may impact the appearance of your stomach. If you had a cesarean section, the scar may have left behind loose, hanging skin often called a C-section shelf or pouch. A tummy tuck can address these concerns by retightening the stomach muscles, removing excess skin and reshaping the abdominals for a leaner, toned appearance. This may be combined with liposuction for optimal results, known as lipoabdominoplasty.
  • Liposuction
    It can be difficult for many women to lose weight after pregnancy, especially in stubborn areas such as the abdomen. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that siphons unwanted fat from the body with a thin tube called a cannula for a slimmer, contoured physique.
  • Labiaplasty
    Childbirth can have a drastic effect on a woman’s vulva, which stretches and tears during the process. This can result in loose labial skin that can cause pain and embarrassment. A labiaplasty removes this excess skin to create a more pleasing vulva and increased comfort.
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation
    The muscles of the vaginal wall also stretch to accommodate a newborn. Many women complain that their vagina feels looser, wider and drier after pregnancy. While these changes are normal, they may have a negative effect on intimacy and cause discomfort. Vaginal rejuvenation techniques can lessen or eliminate these symptoms by restoring your vaginal health. Vaginoplasty tightens the inner tissues and muscles of the vagina to improve functionality, helping you feel more confident and comfortable during sex.

The goal of these procedures is to address concerns specific to women after pregnancy. Some women also request other procedures with their mommy makeovers such as dermal fillers or a facelift to restore their natural beauty and reverse the signs of aging. During your consultation, Dr. Huettner will thoroughly evaluate your situation and explain the available treatments to help you decide how a mommy makeover can enhance your appearance and help you reclaim your pre-baby body.

Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?

If you’re struggling to lose weight or are concerned about the appearance of your breasts, abdomen or other areas after giving birth, you may be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. If you’re thinking about this procedure, one of the primary considerations regarding a mommy makeover is timing. Its recommended that you wait until you’ve finished having children, are no longer breastfeeding and that you have the available time for a proper recovery.

The natural changes our bodies undergo during pregnancy can negatively impact or reverse your mommy makeover results. Most doctors recommend you wait at least six months after your last pregnancy, but each woman is different and Dr. Huettner can help you determine when the time is right for your mommy makeover.

Recovery and Results

Your mommy makeover procedure will be performed with care and precision by double-board certified surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner at her world-class Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC facility in New York. Your recovery timeline will vary depending on the number and combination of procedures you receive, but you should plan for a period of four to six weeks. Initially, you will be required to avoid strenuous activity and may be required to wear compression garments or a support bra to reduce swelling while your incisions heal.

It might be a good idea to enlist help from family or friends to assist you with child care, daily responsibilities and other activities. Dr. Huettner will provide you with detailed information and aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth, comfortable recovery and will be available by phone at any time should you have any questions or concerns.If any complications arise, they will be addressed immediately. Dr. Huettner gives her patients the undivided attention they deserve with a direct line of communication and fully customized recovery plan.

We are here to help

A lot of things change after motherhood — your body doesn’t have to be one of them. If you’re ready to find out more about how a mommy makeover can help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy body, contact or call double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC in New York at 212-495-9200.