What’s in a Mommy Makeover?

While childbearing can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a woman’s life, it’s hard to feel good about the havoc pregnancy can wreak on the body. While the media is full of stories about celebrity moms getting their bodies back through diet and exercise, for most women, it isn’t that easy. The weight gain and sagging skin that pregnancy causes can often be immune to even the most intense workout regimens.

That’s where mommy makeovers come in. No single procedure makes up a mommy makeover for every patient – rather, it’s a group of procedures often used together to help to restore mothers’ pre-pregnancy bodies.

The infographic below breaks down the most common procedures involved in a mommy makeover at Beleza Plastic Surgery.

Alone, these procedures are some of the most common plastic surgeries in the country. Together, they’ve helped many mothers in the Pittsburgh area regain the bodies they had before they gave birth.

The process for each is simple.

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, targets sagging skin and fat in the abdomen. There are two main components to the procedure. First, extra fat and skin is removed. Then, the abdominal wall is actually tightened by the surgeon to create a flatter, more toned stomach. Since pregnancy can cause these muscles to loosen, as well as cause skin to stretch, the tummy tuck is hugely popular for new moms.


Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the country for a simple reason: it works. The idea behind lipo is simple: the surgeon removes fat directly, sculpting and contouring the body to create a more attractive shape. While liposuction is most commonly used on the stomach, it can be employed to reduce pockets of fat on the arms, legs and anywhere else on the body.

Breast Lifts, Augmentation & Reduction

Especially after breastfeeding, a new child can wreak havoc on a mother’s breasts. Plastic surgery provides a variety of different options depending on the type of damage.

For breasts that have begun to sag, a breast lift might be the best option. Lifting the breasts restores perkiness and combats sagging without making significant changes to volume. Augmentation or reduction can also be used to re-shape the breasts.

Diet and exercise should be a woman’s primary tool when trying to restore her body after pregnancy, and the results from these procedures likely won’t last unless paired with a healthy lifestyle. That said, sometimes diet and exercise can only do so much. And that’s why so many many mothers turn to Dr. Wooten to get their bodies back.

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