The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Mommy Makeover

A Range of Pre-Baby-Body Focused Procedures in the Bay Area

There is no single universal procedure known as a "Mommy Makeover." Bay Area patients looking for more information about the strategy for reversing the many physical and cosmetic changes a woman experiences during and after childbirth should know that a Mommy Makeover is actually a combination of surgeries and treatments customized to each patient depending on her unique needs.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Culbertson will draw on his extensive knowledge of breast and body procedures to assess what each woman needs to get contours and proportions more consistent with a pre-baby body. Together with Dr. Culbertson, each unique Mommy Makeover patient will develop a custom-tailored plan, paying attention to whatever parts of her body need work.

Our professionals at The Jacobs Center can help to create a customized Mommy Makeover for Bay Area women looking to make a change to their breasts and body. Call the San Francisco office (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg office (707.473.0220).

A Mommy Makeover at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center can consist of one or more of a range of body-contouring procedures. A Mommy Makeover at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center can consist of one or more of a range of body-contouring procedures.
There is no mommy quite like you, which is why your Mommy Makeover at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center will be customized to your body and needs. Add or take away volume in your breasts, raise them as desired, remove excess fat, add fat cells in areas that can use a boost, get rid of excess skin, or tighten separated abdominal muscles! Dr. Eric Culbertson will help you pick the procedures that are right for you!

While the most obvious sign of pregnancy is a bulging "baby bump" on the belly, changes happen to far more than just the abdomen. The process may include a breast procedure (lift and/or augmentation), tummy tuck (standard or mini), and mild-to-moderate liposuction/liposculpting. A Mommy Makeover may even include a labiaplasty, thigh or arm lifts, body lifts, or even facial procedures. Remember, the overall goal of a Mommy Makeover is to achieve results through procedures that focus on your unique body, medical history, and circumstances.

Breast Augmentation

Pregnancy triggers the release of hormones that prompt the breasts to begin making milk to feed a newborn. Growing milk ducts and other changes cause the breasts to gain volume, which can increase even more after the baby arrives and begins nursing. After this phase of life is over, however, the breasts can shrink back down again—not necessarily to your original size or shape. Women may choose to include augmentation in a Mommy Makeover for any of a number of reasons, including bringing the breasts back up to a size comparable to where they were before pregnancy or to restore symmetry if one breast is now noticeably larger than the other. This surgery may involve the insertion of an implant in one or both breasts, fat transfer to make use of a patient's own fat cells for added volume, or even both to create the right amount of increase and a natural look.

Breast Lift

The changes described above can also cause skin on the breasts to stretch out to make room for more tissue and milk inside. Once the breasts begin to shrink again, the skin may not have the proper elasticity to go back to normal. This can cause sagging, transforming once-perky breasts into shapes the droop with nipples that point toward the floor. As part of a Mommy Makeover, a lift removes the excess skin allowing the breasts to hang instead of sitting higher on the chest. As with an augmentation, this surgery can be performed on both breasts or on just one as needed during a Mommy Makeover to make them appear more symmetrical.


Pregnancy is often accompanied by weight gain, but not all of the newly acquired fat goes away after the baby is born—even with diet and exercise. Stubborn pockets of large fat cells can become seemingly permanent additions to life as a mother. Surgical removal makes slimmer contours a reality. Dr. Culbertson can incorporate any of several lipo techniques into a Mommy Makeover to get rid of a belly bulge, a double chin, love handles, and more.

Dr. Eric Culbertson
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American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified surgeon for breast & body-focused procedures, Dr. Culbertson personally strives to achieve natural yet undeniable results that bolster one's self esteem and reinforce, rather than change, one's identity.

Tummy Tuck

Surgical fat removal may itself be part of a combination of procedures known technically as abdominoplasty. Designed specifically to create a flatter belly, a tummy tuck can include lipo in addition to excision of redundant skin, the creation of a new navel, and repairing lax abdominal muscles. Women who have experienced pregnancy are particularly susceptible to the problem of muscle separation, since a growing baby pushes the mother's tissues outward. What should be a tight wall holding firm in the abdomen can instead become a weak barrier that allows everything behind it to bulge outward. Fortunately, Dr. Culbertson can suture these muscles back together with this element of a Mommy Makeover, allowing them to be an effective barrier once again.


Vaginal birth can cause significant physical trauma, with changes that include alterations to the shape, size, and look of the labia. Women who find that their labia create more friction after childbirth, causing sex to feel painful, may want this surgical procedure as part of their Mommy Makeover. Large labia can also make exercise uncomfortable and may be visible in certain outfits, such as swimwear. Reducing their size can help minimize these effects.

Other Lifts

Total-body weight gain, followed by significant weight loss—such as can happen after a baby is born—means loose skin may appear anywhere on the body. Women dealing with sagging on the arms, butt, thighs, face, or elsewhere can discuss the problem with Dr. Culbertson, who will determine what can be done as part of a Mommy Makeover.


Not every part of a Mommy Makeover has to be surgical. CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive treatment that chills fat cells without the need for incisions. Results are gradual, with the volume in targeted areas reducing over a span of months following the treatment.

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Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?

The exact formula for each patient's Mommy Makeover is carefully determined to target individual problem areas, maximizing the results while minimizing the total recovery period. Combining procedures also allows for significant cost savings. Dr. Culbertson's patient's safety is his number one priority, so he believes the Mommy Makeover elements that can and should be combined to get the best results will differ from patient to patient.

Typically, two but sometimes as many as three Mommy Makeover procedures can be safely combined into one visit to deliver head-turning results with only one exposure to anesthesia, one healing period, and a reduced total cost. Dr. Culbertson will discuss in detail what is possible during your Mommy Makeover consultation and will explain what to expect during the surgery, recovery time, and the expected results.

Are There Treatments to Complement a Mommy Makeover?

Most of the elements of a Mommy Makeover have to do with changing body contours. Patients who are motivated to go beyond addressing the effects of pregnancy and childbirth may decide they want an overall more youthful look. Chemical peels and facelifts are ideal for rejuvenating the facial skin and giving women a fresher, brighter look. For wrinkles that form due to repetitive muscle movement, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the treatment of choice for its ability to relax the facial muscles that cause crow's feet and forehead and frown lines to appear.

Moving Forward

If you want to learn more about a Mommy Makeover, contact The Jacobs Center today for a consultation. Call us at our San Francisco office at 415.433.0303 or Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220.

* Patient Results May Vary

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