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What is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a cosmetic surgery procedure that typically combines various treatments to address post-pregnancy body changes, such as breast and abdominal rejuvenation, often performed in a single surgery.

What is the cost of a mommy makeover? 

A Mommy Makeover, combining a tummy tuck with breast procedures, starts at $17,000. The ultimate cost varies based on individual considerations. Your precise price will be determined during your consultation.

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What procedures are involved in a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is not a cookie-cutter breast and abdomen procedure. To us, it is a set of body-contouring procedures that help you achieve the look you envision, along with the functionality of your body. This usually involves breast surgery and tummy tuck & it may also include liposuction or lifts of other parts of the body. 

There are different ways to perform the procedures, and we choose the technique to fit your body and your goals. To achieve this, we spend extra time establishing your goals and expectations for your mommy makeover in San Antonio, so you are ecstatic about your results. We will not recommend procedures that you don’t need or are unsafe.

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Why should you choose the surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery?

At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience in the academic setting, tertiary hospital care, and performing some of the most complex procedures in the field. Dr. Scott J. Farber has garnered a reputation for being among the most talented, highly trained plastic surgeons in San Antonio; and the nation. She specializes in breast and body aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. She enjoys incorporating the latest techniques to achieve outcomes that her patients sincerely love. 

We believe the relationship between patient and surgeon is at the core of every successful procedure. That's why we take the time to get to know each of our patients and understand their unique goals. Whether you're looking for a minor refinement or a complete transformation, we'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

How many surgeries will I need in a mommy makeover?

Many patients want to do multiple procedures in one surgery to consolidate recovery time. Surgeries that involve more than one procedure are done with two board-certified plastic surgeons – a rare benefit.

We do this to help reduce the operative time and improve safety. Through this approach, we are able to do more procedures in one surgery safely and not require overnight stays or extended care.

During your mommy makeover in San Antonio, we pay attention to all aspects of easing your recovery. This includes not using drains on most body contouring surgeries (much more comfortable!) and using nerve blocks and medications administered before and after surgery to help with pain and nausea. 

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Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover in San Antonio?

Good candidates for this procedure are:

  • At their ideal body weight and have been stable at that weight.
  • You should no longer be breastfeeding because it will change the size and shape of the breasts.
  • You should also be generally healthy and a non-smoker.
  • No longer planning any additional pregnancies.
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How is a mommy makeover performed?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical center or a hospital. 

  • Abdominoplasty: the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is begun by making an incision on the lower part of your abdomen and around your belly button. The area between the abdominal muscles is then sutured together. The extra skin of the belly is removed, and the belly button is placed higher on the abdomen.
  • Breast Augmentation: If you are receiving breast augmentation surgery, it will be performed by placing an implant through an incision under the breast. If a lift or reduction is needed, a vertical or anchor incision is used to reshape the breast tissue and skin.

All the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures that are slowly broken down by the body. This means that no sutures will need to be removed later. You may or may not have drains after your procedure. You will be placed in a supportive bra and abdominal compression garment. You will be measured for these garments prior to your surgery.

What is the recovery like from a mommy makeover? 

Immediate Recovery: Patients typically wake up in a recovery room with bandages and compression garments after surgery. 

Pain & Discomfort: Expect to feel pain, swelling, and discomfort in the initial days following surgery. Most surgeons will prescribe pain medication to help manage this.

Mobility: Movement might be limited for the first few days. Taking short walks within the home is often recommended to promote blood circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Activity Restrictions: Patients should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and certain movements to ensure the surgical sites heal properly. This might mean no lifting of heavy objects or even small children for a set period.

Healing & Bruising: Bruising and swelling are normal and can take several weeks to subside. The full results of the makeover might not be visible until swelling has fully gone down, which can take a few months.

Follow-up Appointments: Regular check-ins with the surgeon will be necessary to monitor healing, remove stitches or drainage tubes, and address any concerns.

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What are the limitations, risks, and complications of a mommy makeover?

The risks of the procedure are the same as those associated with breast surgeries and abdominoplasties. These include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Pain
  • Bleeding, 
  • Infection 
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Numbness or changes in sensation to the skin or nipple
  • Scars
  • Looseness of the skin
  • Contour or shape irregularities
  • Asymmetry

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

If an implant is used in a mommy makeover, there is a risk of: 

  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Scarring around the implant
  • Poor position of the implant

During your consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history and anatomy and discuss any risks and limitations of the procedure. We have a close-knit team at the office, and we will take the time to make sure all your questions about the surgery and everything pertaining to it are answered to your comfort level.

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Your Private Consultation at Hill Country Plastic Surgery: A Brief Overview

During your consultation:

  • We'll discuss your concerns and goals.
    We'll present tailored treatment options based on your needs.
  • Your medical, surgical, and family history will be reviewed, emphasizing accuracy as it can affect surgery outcomes.
  • If you have prior breast imaging, ensure it's sent to our office beforehand.
  • A physical exam will be conducted, and necessary measurements will be taken for surgical planning.
  • Pre-operative photos might be captured during this consultation or at a subsequent visit.

After your consultation:

  • Access your notes and specific surgery information via the patient portal. If not activated, our staff can assist.
  • For any post-consultation questions, contact our office or use the patient portal.
  • Some may need medical clearance or additional tests before surgery.
  • If you decide to proceed with surgery and have all clearances, schedule a pre-operative appointment at (210) 658-3555.

Mommy Makeover FAQs

Where will my surgery take place?

Will I stay overnight after my procedure?

How do I know which surgery is right for me?

Will insurance cover my mommy makeover?

When can I return to normal activities?

Where will my surgery take place?

The procedure may take place at an accredited ambulatory surgical center, or at a hospital on an outpatient basis. The choice of location is based on many factors including your safety and quality of care.

Will I stay overnight after my procedure?

After a mommy makeover, most patients can go home the same day. If we are doing an excision of a large amount of skin or additional procedures, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital or surgical center.

How do I know which surgery is right for me?

When you consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon, they will go over all your options and provide you with their professional recommendations. In general, a mommy makeover is a good option if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are at your ideal weight
  • You have completed breastfeeding
  • You do not plan on any additional pregnancies
  • You have been at a stable weight for at least six months.
  • Additionally, it is important that you be nicotine free prior to surgery, as nicotine can cause severe complications such as death of the abdominal skin and wound dehiscence (breaking apart).

Additionally:

  • If you have any bleeding or clotting problems, it is important that you tell us so we can work with your hematologist to determine if this is a safe operation for you.
  • If you have significant medical problems, we will work with your physicians to determine if you can safely undergo surgery.

Will insurance cover my mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

When can I return to normal activities?

You can generally return to normal activities after 6 weeks. If you had an abdominal plication (muscle tightening) performed, you may want to limit your abdominal core workouts until 3 months after your surgery. When resuming activities, it is recommended that you start slow and wear an abdominal binder. Then you can slowly increase your activity level.

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