“The Mommy Makeover” Get Back Your Pre-Baby Body!
Dr. Kevin Tehrani, a board certified plastic surgeon with a flourishing practice in the New York City area, has done enough Mommy Makeovers—thousands, in fact—to understand what makes the procedure so popular.
“On the surface, it’s pretty simple—these moms want to get back their pre-pregnancy body,” he explains. “But, in my experience, the desire for change goes beyond just the physical—it is an opportunity for these women to feel like themselves again.”
Dr. Tehrani tells the story of a recent patient. “She came to the consultation crying,” he says. “As we talked, she revealed that she felt undesirable and emotionally drained. There was no doubt that she adored her children—and loved being a mom—but the pregnancy and subsequent mothering had long-lasting issues.”
Like most other Mommy Makeover patients, she wasn’t pleased with her physical appearance. There was the typical stretching of the abdominal skin, sagging breasts, and excess fat in the hip and buttock areas. But, she was also experiencing a lack of confidence and even a bit of sadness.
“In my experience, the desire for change goes beyond just the physical—it is an opportunity for these women to feel like themselves again.”
When this patient learned about the Mommy Makeover, her mood immediately brightened. “It was like a ray of light began to shine inside her,” he explains.
In almost all cases, a Mommy Makeover involves a tummy tuck and breast surgery. A tummy tuck involves removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. Breast surgery is a bit more varied. The more common procedures include:
- Breast Augmentation—After pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts lose their shape, firmness, and fullness. Breast Augmentation recreates the volume and shape that moms had before pregnancy.
- Breast Lift—As its name implies, a breast lift raises and reshapes sagging breasts.
In recent years, the Mommy Makeover has broadened to include liposuction, which improves the body’s contour by removing fat deposits that lie between the skin and muscle. The most affected body areas are the hips, thighs, and abdomen.
As for the Mommy Makeover’s growing popularity, Dr. Tehrani believes it’s more than just the desire for improved physical features and self-confidence. “Medical advances have played a huge role in helping women move from wanting the surgery to having the surgery,” Dr. Tehrani explains.
He says tummy tucks and breast lifts are safer than ever and the recovery times are shorter (typically just one to two weeks). Additionally, there is now slow-release pain medicine (Dr. Tehrani prefers EXPAREL) that reduces the need for opioids as the patient transitions between invasive surgery and full recovery. Progressive tension sutures are another advance that eliminates painful and annoying surgical drains.
Even with these advancements, though, Dr. Tehrani says it is critical for patients to consider the qualifications of the doctor they select to perform the procedure. “This may be the most-important decision for anyone considering plastic surgery,” Dr. Tehrani says. “Patients should only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon, preferably one with expertise in the procedure they’re considering.”
This is vital because only board-certified surgeons have gone through the rigorous task of proving their expertise. Dr. Tehrani is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Tehrani also recommends looking at the doctor’s—no pun intended—body of work. “Before-and-after photos are really helpful. A qualified surgeon with decades of experience should be able to show hundreds of examples,” he clarifies.
With superior medical knowledge, extensive training, and an artist’s touch, the best plastic surgeons help moms get back their pre-baby bodies and their self-confidence.