Mommy Makeover Philadelphia

Actual Mommy Makeover Patient of Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery walking with her two children

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Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding present a unique set of problems for and changes to a woman’s figure: localized weight gain causes the skin, muscles, and supportive tissues of the abdomen to stretch to a degree that your body never fully recovers from after the child is born. The same is true with the breasts, as the rapid increase and then decrease in size stretches the tissues. If you’re a mother interested in restoring your pre-pregnancy body, it may be time to consider a mommy makeover.


What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic procedures that target the various areas affected by pregnancy and childbirth. At Claytor Noone Plastic Surgery on the Philadelphia Main Line, our mommy makeovers usually involve a tummy tuck, breast lift and/or breast augmentation, and liposuction with the goal of restoring a firm, strong abdomen and your pre-pregnancy shape. During your initial consultation with Dr. Brannon Claytor, you will discuss how to customize your surgical plan to help reach the desired outcomes for your body

During a mommy makeover procedure, a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) tightens the abdomen, often bringing muscles that have separated back to the center. Depending on your circumstances, a tummy tuck can target both the lower abdomen and the area just above the navel. A breast lift (or mastopexy) brings the breasts back up to a higher position on the chest, removing excess skin as necessary. Often breast augmentation with implants is included along with the lift to regain volume that was lost with breastfeeding. Liposuction is usually included as part of our mommy makeovers to remove stubborn pockets of fat that accumulated during pregnancy and seem virtually impossible to get rid of.

In addition to a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation and liposuction, a mommy makeover could also include:

Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

If you are in good health, but you find your  body has been impacted post-pregnancy in the following ways, then you may be a good mommy makeover candidate.

  • Your have unwanted fat or or lost skin elasticity around your belly
  • Your abdominal muscles have been weakened and you have diastasis recti
  • You are left with sagging or deflated breasts

Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal skin and muscle to such a degree that they simply can’t return to their former degree of tautness. The increase in breast size, coupled with the stress and volume loss due to breastfeeding, does the same thing to the skin of the breast and underlying support muscles. The weight gained during pregnancy can leave pockets of fat behind, even if you’ve lost the weight.

Dr. Claytor discusses Philadelphia mommy makeover options during a patient consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Claytor will discuss your options using before and after images of his previous mommy makeover patients.

What are the benefits of a mommy makeover?

Mommy makeover patients can experience many benefits both physically and mentally, including:

  • Multiple procedures in one: By combining multiple surgical procedures into a single surgical session, the patient has one consolidated recovery period, rather than three.
  • Address stretched abdominal muscles and contour your waist: Stretched and separated abdominal muscles are a common ailment after pregnancy called diastasis recti. The tummy tuck portion of a mommy makeover can repair the abdominal muscles and this alleviates any associated symptoms.
  • Lift and restore fullness to the breast: A breast lift and/or breast augmentation can lift and shape the breast, tighten the tissues and reposition the nipple.
  • Contour stubborn pockets of fat: Liposuction contributes to a reduction of the fat left behind after pregnancy that is often hard to lose even with traditional weight loss methods.
  • Improve self-image: While having children is obviously a life-changing experience, most women aren’t fully prepared for the changes that occur with their figure at the same time. This can make a woman feel discouraged that her younger figure seems to be gone for good: a flat stomach area now has a pooch, and breasts that were firm and high now sag and appear flattened. The value of reversing these changes is often an improvement in self-image and self-confidence, as well as greater energy to devote to the things that matter most.

Real patient mommy makeover reviews

Watch the video below to hear a 37-year-old mother of seven, including quadruplets, tell her mommy makeover story and how it helped give her life back along with glowing confidence.

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Video TranscriptI needed to do plastic surgery because of childbirth. Stuff had happened and had to be sewn back together, and it just so happened that while I was in there I thought some other enhancements would be great too. So I went in for purpose and came out, you know, for a little bit for pleasure. I think that it gave me my life back because when you have kids and that sort of thing happens you don’t feel like yourself and you can’t do the things that you really want to do physically. At least that was the case for me, so it gave me that my life. I could run around with my kids. I could stand up straight–all of the things that I was missing. I was proud of myself, and I was proud of what I accomplished. It’s a nice feeling, flying 2500 miles away from my family and everything, that I am truly comfortable with my body. It was overwhelming at first but to walk out there in a bathing suit in front of a whole bunch of people that I don’t know. It was absolutely liberating and it felt amazing to feel like I could have been in Baywatch. Doing something like this doing plastic surgery…I think it’s not just physical it is absolutely and completely mental. For me it did give me confidence and I love that. It’s not a cocky confidence it’s just that I feel good about myself.

Wish I Had Gotten This Sooner! 48 Year Old 3 Children

I had a tummy tuck and breast lift, known today as a “Mommy Makeover”. Dr. Claytor and his staff were absolutely fabulous! I feel great and have to say I never knew I could like my body again after having 3 children. My pre surgery tummy used to depress me and make me feel like I was pregnant even though my youngest is 17 years old. The only regret that I have is that I didn’t do the surgery sooner… I can’t thank Dr. Claytor and his staff enough for being so great.

-RealSelf Review

How do I prepare for a mommy makeover procedure?

You will need to prepare for a mommy makeover as you would with any surgical procedure. Dr. Claytor will discuss any medications you will need to stop before surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior and two weeks after your mommy makeover to facilitate healing. Also, you shouldn’t take aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.

You also need to think of your recovery and prepare your recovery space. You should fill any pain medication prescriptions prior to your surgery. Either enlist a spouse or someone else to help with childcare and household chores. Your tummy tuck, in particular, will prevent virtually all heavy-lifting for a few weeks, so you need to plan for that.

When will I see my results after a mommy makeover?

You will notice your results as soon as you awaken in your recovery room, but there will be swelling and bruising that will mask some of the changes initially. This will pass and you’ll keep seeing improvement. If you have had a breast augmentation with your lift, your implants will seem too high initially, but they will settle downward to where they should be. This can take a few weeks.

How long with my mommy makeover results last?

Your mommy makeover changes are long-lasting. If you follow an exercise regimen, keep an eye on what you eat, and try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will love the changes a mommy makeover provides forever.

Can a mommy makeover be combined with non-surgical procedures?

Non-surgical procedures can be combined with mommy makeover surgery. For instance, you could include CoolSculpting to enhance the results of an abdominoplasty or liposuction. You could address a double chin with Kybella. You could have a chemical peel to improve your facial skin after the stresses of pregnancy. Consider expanding the range of your mommy makeover with some non-surgical options, Dr. Claytor can discuss these with you during your consultation to help you create a plan to address all of your surgical goals.

What is the recovery after a mommy makeover surgery like?

Your mommy makeover recovery will depend upon which procedures you have had in your makeover. You will wear compression garments for around one month to minimize swelling and to help your body adapt to its new slimmer contour.

The first week is difficult due to the muscle repositioning and incision length involved with a tummy tuck, full recovery can take up to six months. Most mommy makeover patients can return to a light level of activity after one to two weeks of downtime. However, any strenuous exercise, particularly lifting, will have to wait at least six weeks.

A mommy makeover patient will have scars where incisions were placed during the procedure. Dr. Claytor can discuss the technique he would use for your unique set of procedures during a consultation. These techniques will influence where incisions, and therefore scars, will show.

How long should I wait after childbirth to get a mommy makeover?

Thinking you still may want additional children? You shouldn’t have a mommy makeover at this time. As you would assume, future pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding will undo the results of your mommy makeover. Instead, consider having the procedure performed once you no longer wish to have children.

This isn’t something to jump right into. Dr. Claytor recommends that a potential mommy makeover candidate should have finished breastfeeding for at least two to three months. This allows your breasts to return to their normal size and shape. Also, since liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not weight-loss procedures, you should be within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight. It also helps if you are exercising regularly, as this will make recovery easier and is a jump-start down the path toward a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your results for the long haul.

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Schedule your consultation for a mommy makeover in Philadelphia today

Interested in how you could benefit from a Philadelphia mommy makeover? Call (610) 527-4833 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor and board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brannon Claytor. During your consultation, Dr. Claytor will discuss your surgical goals and procedure options, plus the cost of a mommy makeover and financing options. Our plastic surgery practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas.

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Mommy makeover

I had a great experience with Dr. Claytor. I was very nervous going into my procedure and he made me feel so comfortable. Him and his office staff are amazing! They are very responsive and so nice. Also with my work schedule I was unable to come in during the week for my weekly visit so he accommodated me with coming in on Saturdays. The results of my surgery are fantatstic. I am very happy with the whole process. I highly recommend Dr. Claytor and his staff.

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