The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

What Exactly Is a Mommy Makeover?

You may have heard the term Mommy Makeover and wondered what it is: A pampering spa day for new mothers? A line of makeup for women with children? Actually, it isn’t just one thing at all. A Mommy Makeover, Bay Area plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Culbertson explains, is the term for a combination of cosmetic procedures and treatments designed to help women to get bodies that look more like they did before pregnancy.

Babies cause women’s bodies to undergo numerous physical changes—many of them visibly dramatic. The belly bulges, breasts swell in size, and weight gain causes features all over the body to become rounder and softer. After the baby is born, some women watch as their bodies go back to normal: sleek and slim once again, often with help from diet and exercise. Unfortunately, a good number of new moms find that they can restrict their eating habits, jog every day, and drink plenty of water, but see no change to a flabby belly or sagging breasts.

For these women, there is the Mommy Makeover. Dr. Culbertson explains the options to each patient interested in a cosmetic change, highlighting the most common Mommy Makeover elements: breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, labiaplasty, arm lift, and more.

Each element is carefully chosen to address a mother’s specific needs. Asymmetrical breasts and a sagging abdomen may call for a breast implant and an abdominoplasty. Nipples aiming at the ground and unwanted love handles would benefit from a lift and lipo.

The key to a successful Mommy Makeover is starting with a personalized consultation, at which Dr. Culbertson can learn about each patient’s ultimate cosmetic goals, assess the post-baby state of the body, and outline a recommended plan of action.

Learn more about what goes into a Mommy Makeover at The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Call the Healdsburg office at (707) 473-0220 or the San Francisco office at (415) 433-0303, or send a message online.