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A ‘mommy makeover’ is the term given to a combination of common surgical procedures that are used to help women regain their pre-pregnancy figure. Mommy makeovers have become very popular with women of all ages who want to get their confidence back after giving birth.

Surgeries in a mommy makeover

  • Tummy tuck
    The skin around the stomach is put under a lot of stress during pregnancy since it’s stretchedbeyond its usual capacity. This can result in sagging skin and unsightly stretch marks. A tummy tuck helps to tackle this problem and restore a flat and smooth look to the abdomen.In a tummy tuck procedure the skin around the abdomen is pulled down to the pubic line in order to remove any loose skin.


  • Breast enhancement
    Another area of the body that’s often affected during pregnancy is the breasts. The strain of carrying around all that extra weight can very easily cause your breasts to sag and lose their natural shape. Fortunately this can be easily rectified as part of a mommy makeover – either in the form of a breast lift or breast enhancement. A breast lift will help to restore the shape to your breasts while maintaining their natural size. Many women will opt for breast enhancement as part of a mommy makeover, so that can not only get the shape back but also extra size too.


  • Liposuction
    Liposuction is an extremely common form of cosmetic surgery and is used to remove stubborn pockets of fat from areas of the body, including the hips, stomach, arms, buttocks and knees.Pregnancy can often leave you with pockets of fat that are difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise alone. This is why liposuction is very often a part of a mommy makeover.


Who is a suitable candidate for a mommy makeover?

In order to be suitable for a mommy makeover you should meet the following criteria –
You should be close to your ideal weight
A mommy makeover is not an alternative to weight loss. Instead it enables those who have gotten back to their pre-pregnancy weight to get rid of an unwanted loose skin or stubborn pockets of fat.

  • You should wait at least 6 months until after pregnancy
    This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly it gives you plenty of time to stop breast-feeding so you’re able to get breast surgery as part of your mommy makeover. Secondly it gives you enough time to lose any excess weight you gained during pregnancy.
  • You should be certain you don’t plan to have anymore kids
    Breast surgery can affect your ability to breast feed and it can be dangerous to put so much strain on your body following major surgery so you should be certain you don’t want any more kids before you commit to a mommy makeover.

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam

Dr. Gregory T. Lynam is Richmond's only board-certified plastic and maxillofacial surgeon. He has helped numerous people within the community tumor surgeries, breast reconstructions, and facial trauma surgeries.

Dr. Lynam was voted one of Richmond's "Top Docs" in plastic surgery and one of Richmond's "Best Plastic Surgeons to take you back 20 years" by Richmond Magazine in 2010. Additionally, he is known as an expert plastic surgeon on RealSelf and was honored as one of the Top 100 Doctors on RealSelf in 2013.

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