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All About Mommy Makeover

Introduction to Mommy Makeover


The Mommy Makeover combines breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction for a complete body makeover to reverse the ravages of pregnancy.  If you or your friend are considering a Mommy Makeover or if you are only interested in more information about the procedure, please call us at (714) 500-0050 for a consultation with Dr. Luu Doan.  You can also email us by clicking here to schedule a consultation or to get answers to any of your questions regarding the procedure.


Pregnancy and nursing can take a dramatic toll on a woman’s body.  The breasts engorge and the skin expands with development of stretch marks.  When nursing is halted, the breast tissue shrinks but the skin often does not shrink to the same degree thereby causing the breasts to sag.  The skin also loses its tone and elasticity from the stretch marks.  Often times, the breast tissue shrinks and the breast becomes smaller than what the woman had before pregnancy. 


Pregnancy has equally dramatic effects on the abdomen.  The skin expands greatly and develops stretch marks but usually does not contract to the pre-pregnancy level.  Weight gain during pregnancy often lingers after pregnancy and shows up as fat deposits in the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, and the flanks.  The abdominal muscles are stretched excessively and lose their tone, causing the abdomen to protrude. 


The Mommy Makeover is a complete body makeover.  In one operation, the breast, abdomen, and additional areas can be treated at the same time to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy form…. and sometimes even better.  The Mommy Makeover involves placement of breast implants to restore breast volume, breast lift to rejuvenate the breast shape, and tummy tuck with liposuction of the love handles to achieve optimal abdominal contouring.  Liposuction may also be added to treat excess fat collections in the back, hips, and thighs.


The Mommy Makeover Surgery


The Mommy Makeover surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center.  The length of surgery is approximately three to five hours depending on how many areas are treated.  The mommy makeover procedure may include any combination of the following procedures:

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  • Breast Augmentation

  • Breast Lift

  • Tummy Tuck with liposuction of the love handles

  • Liposuction of the back, arms, and thighs


The patient is monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure. The patient will need to stay in the recovery room with a nurse for about two hours before going home.  A detailed description of the breast augmentation procedure, breast lift, and tummy tuck can be found by clicking on the procedure links listed above. 


Only a thorough and candid discussion between you and Dr. Doan can determine the best options for you.  Doctor Doan will discuss with you in detail every step of the procedure and he will review with you the possible complications of the operation. 


The Recovery From Mommy Makeover Surgery


You will likely feel achy pain and a pressure feeling over your chest for several days after the surgery.  Most of the discomfort will be felt in the abdomen.  You should be up and about the next day to prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the legs.  You will be prescribed medication to control the pain, nausea, and possible muscle spasms.  You will also be prescribed antibiotic pills to prevent infection.  You will need to wear a soft surgical bra and an abdominal girdle for six weeks.  Doctor Doan will instruct you on breast massage and will outline the activity limitations.  The abdominal drainage tubes need to be removed at 7 to 10 days.  The sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.  Most women will be able to return to work in 2 weeks and will be able to return to their normal exercise routine by 6 weeks. Complete healing with resolution of the swelling and descent of the breast implants to a more natural position takes 2 to 3 months.  The breast and abdominal scars require 12 to 18 months to fade, flatten, and soften.  Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.


Complications of Mommy Makeover Surgery


If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of the Mommy Makeover surgery are very low. However, since it is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as this.  A complete list of complications for breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction can be found in the Procedures Menu.


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