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There’s no denying that being a mother is a rewarding, life-changing experience. There’s also no denying that motherhood takes its toll on a mom’s bodies. Weight fluctuations, breast changes, and stretch marks are a common part of every mother’s experience during pregnancy, nursing, and through their child’s toddler years and beyond. That’s why the “mommy makeover” has become a much-sought-after procedure.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of breast surgery, liposuction, and tummy tuck procedures designed to rejuvenate a women’s body after she is done having children. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about the mommy makeover out there. As experts in plastic surgery, we wanted to give you the straight facts and debunk these myths once and for all.

Myth #1: It’s All or Nothing

Perhaps one of the biggest myths about mommy makeovers is that the three core procedures—breast surgery, liposuction, tummy tuck—must all be performed. Not true! You can choose any combination of those three procedures you want. Not interested in breast surgery? Then there’s no need to get it. Or, if you want the breast procedure first and get a liposuction and tummy tuck later on, that’s fine too. The great thing about a mommy makeover is that it can be specifically tailored to meet your individual needs and desires.

Myth #2: You Should Expect a Painful Recovery Process

The process of recovering from any medical procedure can be challenging, but there’s no reason you should expect the recovery from a mommy makeover to be especially painful or debilitating. In fact, one of the benefits of having all three procedures at once is that you’ll heal and be back to normal routines in about 4 to 6 weeks. And of course, your surgeon will talk to you about what to expect as you recover and ways you can significantly minimize pain and discomfort.

Myth #3: You’ll Have Extensive Scarring

A talented, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Fodero is skilled in modern surgical techniques that are designed to minimize and conceal scars. Breast incisions, for example, are typically hidden on the underside of the breast, while tummy tuck incisions usually fall very low on the abdomen. Liposuction scars start out small and typically disappear completely over time. Your surgeon will make sure that the only thing people will notice after your surgery is your slimmer and more youthful appearance.

Myth #4: Only Surgical Procedures Can Be Included in a Mommy Makeover

While the three main components of a mommy makeover are surgical procedures, there are other options as well. For example, you can use SculpSure Body Contouring, which is a non-surgical way to reduce abdominal fat and love handles. In addition, there are a range of non-invasive skincare services as well as injectable treatments that can reduce wrinkles and restore a youthful glow to your facial features. Use these non-invasive treatments in addition to surgery or as an alternative to surgery—it’s up to you.

Myth #5: A Mommy Makeover Replaces a Healthy Lifestyle

If you’re eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise, then we applaud you. Definitely keep it up. Getting a mommy makeover isn’t a license to cancel the gym membership or skip fruits and vegetables, so let’s debunk that myth right now. In fact, you’ll heal faster and maintain the results of your makeover more easily if you stick to healthy foods before and after the procedure.

Myth #6: Only Mommies Allowed

It’s definitely time this myth got debunked. Although many of the patients who seek out mommy makeovers are typically mothers, the truth is that you don’t need to have children to have a mommy makeover. Aging, weight fluctuations, stress, and hormone changes can affect women’s bodies, whether they’ve given birth or not. Women who haven’t been pregnant may find they benefit just as much from a mommy makeover as those who have.


Northeastern Plastic Surgery understands your desire for a beautiful, youthful looking body and facial appearance. We use the latest plastic surgery techniques to perform a variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Fodero and the staff are very friendly, helpful, and available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.

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