Mommy Makeover

The Mommy Makeover is designed to reverse the physical effects that pregnancy has on the body. Women can experience a change in the feel and shape of their breasts following pregnancy. The abdomen can become loose, having lost its attractive firmness and tone. New and experienced moms alike can achieve their ideal body with a Mommy Makeover. Dr. David E. Marcus combines his technical skills with an artistic approach to produce results completely customized according to the needs, goals, and body type of the patient.

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What Can a Mommy Makeover Correct?


Breast volume loss following pregnancy is one of the most difficult body changes to accept. While you may be able to restore other areas of your body through diet and exercise, breasts that lack size cannot be permanently corrected without surgery. Breasts that are too small for your frame can detract from your feminine curves. Implants can be used to restore lost breast volume and improve the overall shape of the breasts.


The swelling of the breasts during pregnancy often results in weak breast tissue, leading to moderate or severe sagging. Ptosis of the breasts can prematurely age your appearance, and many women feel that their breasts lack an attractive shape. Drooping breasts are often described as empty or deflated. Women with sagging breasts may have adequate volume, while others will need further enhancement to increase their size. A breast lift is used to support and reposition the breasts to create a more attractive breast shape and projection.


Pregnancy results in excess abdominal skin and muscle laxity for many women. In some cases, diet and exercise cannot reverse the effects of pregnancy on the abdomen because the tissue fibers become permanently stretched. Lax abdominal muscles can create a stomach pooch on an otherwise firm physique. Tummy tuck surgery re-establishes a toned and firm abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat deposits.


Women are prone to accumulate fat during pregnancy, which can be difficult to eliminate. While most fat stores around the abdomen, hips, and thighs, some women may find unwanted fat along their breasts, back, and arms. Excess fat accumulation can obscure the attractive contours you strive to achieve. Liposuction can eliminate fat, creating definition and attractive body contours.

Your Mommy Makeover Options

Dr. Marcus will evaluate your natural body type and discuss the best combination of procedures to help you meet your goals. Procedures are often performed in conjunction with each other to reduce your recovery periods. The decision to combine procedures is based on the amount of surgery necessary to achieve your desired results.

Breast Augmentation

  • Saline or silicone implants are used to increase the size of the breasts. Dr. Marcus will help you make an implant decision based on your aesthetic desires.
  • Incisions are created on or around the breasts to insert the implants.
  • Breast implants not only increase the size of the breasts but can also enhance cleavage and improve breast asymmetry.

Breast Lift

  • A breast lift improves the shape and projection of the breasts.
  • Depending on the severity of your breast sagging, an incision is created around the areola that may also extend down the breast and along the breast crease.
  • Excess tissue is removed to improve the size of your breasts.
  • Your breast tissue is positioned on the chest and held in place using a special suturing technique.

Tummy Tuck

  • A mini or traditional tummy tuck may be used depending on your abdominal condition.
  • An incision is created low in the bikini line. If necessary, a second incision may be made around the navel.
  • Excess skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles are stitched together.
  • A tummy tuck helps many women regain strength in their core.


  • Liposuction can be performed on a number of areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, breasts, and arms.
  • Incisions are discreetly placed in the treatment area.
  • A cannula is used to gently remove fat via suction.
  • Fat removal can improve definition and enhance your body’s natural contours.

After Your Mommy Makeover

After your Mommy Makeover, it is important to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions to ensure the safest and most efficient recovery possible. The total length of your recovery will vary depending on the type and number of procedures you undergo. In addition to the guidelines below, Dr. Marcus will give you specific aftercare instructions to follow.

Immediately After

You will wear a compression garment to aid in healing. Swelling and bruising will be present. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for at least the first night. Medication will be prescribed to control any pain or discomfort, which should subside in a day or two.

1 Week After

You can return to work as long as you are healing well. Avoid strenuous activities and exercise.

2 Weeks After

Continue to avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, pushing, and pulling. Sutures will dissolve and do not require removal.

3 Weeks After

You can resume most normal activities with your surgeon’s approval. Scarring is minimal and will be barely noticeable over time.

Mommy Makeover Patients

  • This 38 year old woman from Marin County sought consultation for a post pregnancy mommy makeover. An abdominoplasty was performed. Later, the breasts were enhanced with a simultaneous augmentation and lift.

  • This is a 39 year old mother of two from Healdsburg who presented to our Plastic Surgery practice for a Mommy makeover. In one outpatient surgical procedure, a breast reduction and abdominal liposuction was performed. As you can see from the markings, we also liposuctioned her flanks from the front to narrow her waist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Local anesthesia with sedation can be used for minor corrections. However, general anesthesia is used for most Mommy Makeover procedures.

The length of your procedure will vary depending on the extent of each procedure and the number of procedures performed.

The total cost of your Mommy Makeover will vary widely based on many factors, including the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility cost, prescribed medications, and number of procedures. The total cost of a Mommy Makeover can range from $12,000 to $16,500.

If you are considering a breast augmentation to restore volume but have pronounced sagging, you should combine the two procedures. Correcting breast sagging with a breast lift will help prolong the life and quality of your breast augmentation.

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