You value the experience of motherhood: the excitement of pregnancy, bonding with your children, seeing your family grow. What you just might miss, though: your pre-baby body. You remember your slimmer stomach, thinner thighs, and contoured waistline all too well. If your goal is a more sculpted and youthful silhouette, our skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons can help you get there with a Mommy Makeover at our Shreveport, Louisiana, practice.
The physical demands of pregnancy take a toll on multiple areas of your body. Excess, wrinkled abdominal skin that hangs over your waist, a belly pooch caused by diastasis recti, and deflated, sagging breasts are the most common physical reminders of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women also find that they can’t get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in other areas of the body, such as the thighs, buttocks, and lower back. Patients also express concerns about vaginal looseness and the appearance of skin conditions related to the hormonal changes of being pregnant.
“Every insecurity I had was addressed with my surgery. Dr. Holly was so wonderful in walking me through everything and answering all my questions. I now have the stomach I always wanted, and my breasts no longer embarrass me!”
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What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?
Because our surgeons customize each Mommy Makeover procedure based on the conversations they have with patients during their consultations, the nature of the surgery differs. However, some specific procedures are essential elements of a Mommy Makeover.
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is the foundation of a Mommy Makeover. During the procedure, your surgeon tightens abdominal muscles that separate during pregnancy and remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and flanks. Some women may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck, which is limited to removing excess skin and fat from below the belly button. It requires a smaller incision than is made for a full tummy tuck and is an option you can discuss during the consultation.
Some Mommy Makeover patients want to enhance the shape of their buttocks as part of the operation. Our surgeons combine SAFELipo with another innovative technique developed by Dr. Wall Jr., Expansion Vibration Lipofilling (EVL), which effectively increases the amount of fat that can be successfully transferred to the buttocks. It also has an impeccable safety record and produces smooth results that appear toned and athletic.
One of the reasons Mommy Makeover patients travel from throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas to our practice is because of the body contouring expertise of our plastic surgeons. That includes using the SAFELipo technique developed by Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. SAFELipo not only removes excess fat from trouble spots but does so with virtually zero risk of contour deformities that can result after a traditional liposuction procedure. SAFELipo combined with a tummy tuck creates a shapelier, toned waistline.
Many of the women we see express a desire to regain the fuller breasts they had before having children. In some cases, breast implants alone can accomplish that goal. Usually, however, a breast lift is also needed to create the perkier appearance that patients also want. Inserting implants without a lift can actually make breasts sag even more.
Complementary procedures occasionally included as part of a Mommy Makeover operation include labiaplasty or nonsurgical treatments such as ThermiVa® for vaginal rejuvenation or BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers to minimize wrinkles.
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Combining 2 or more procedures in a single operation is attractive to patients because it can save both time and money. It also means you only have to plan for a single recovery, which is especially important to Mommy Makeover patients with young children.
Our surgeons have always made patient safety the priority and that includes women who are considering Mommy Makeover procedures. If they believe the procedures can’t be completed within a time frame that’s considered safe, they’ll discuss the option of scheduling separate operations.
What Is Recovery Like After a Mommy Makeover?
One of the benefits of a Mommy Makeover is that there is only a single recovery period. It’s important to have a reliable support system established before the surgery, including childcare if needed and someone who can help around the house. A tummy tuck requires the most recovery time, and you should plan to be away from work or performing your normal daily activities for at least 2 weeks. Our surgeons provide detailed post-op instructions that will minimize discomfort and enhance the healing process.
Get Started With a Consultation
Our plastic surgeons at The Wall Center for Plastic Surgery specialize in all body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation, and women travel from Lafayette and throughout Louisiana and outside the state to have their procedures performed here. You can request a consultation using the online form or call us at
(318) 795-0801 to schedule an appointment.
Mommy Makeover FAQ
How much weight does a Mommy Makeover take off?
It’s important to understand that a Mommy Makeover isn’t designed to help you lose weight. You should be at or near your goal weight when you undergo surgery. The procedure can slim your waist, abdomen, hips, back, and thighs, as well as enhance your breast and buttock contours. Although you may not see a dramatic difference on the scale, you will see it in the mirror and feel it in the way your clothes fit.
Is Mommy Makeover surgery worth it?
Most Mommy Makeover patients report that they are extremely happy with their results, many expressing that they wish they had done it sooner. According to RealSelf.com’s 2020 Most Worth It Ratings, 97% of patients said their Mommy Makeover was worth it.
Should I lose weight before a Mommy Makeover?
Surgeons usually want patients to be at a BMI of 30 or lower to undergo a Mommy Makeover. You can use our BMI calculator on this page to determine whether or not you need to lose weight to reduce your BMI.
What happens if I get pregnant after my Mommy Makeover?
If you get pregnant after a Mommy Makeover, the only additional risk is that you may reverse some of the benefits of your surgery. Your abdominal skin will stretch again, and your breasts will undergo the changes that come with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Will I be able to take care of myself after a Mommy Makeover, or will I need help?￼
You will need a friend or loved one to drive you home and, ideally, spend the night with you after your procedure. You will also need help around the house for at least the first day, and longer if you have children or pets that need care. You won’t be able to reach, lift, bend, or stoop for a week or two. Your priority should be resting and healing.
What do I need to prepare before my Mommy Makeover procedure?
We advise people to pick up their prescriptions and post-surgical garments, and stock up on nutritious, easy-to-prepare food. It’s also a good idea to set up your recovery area, whether that’s your bed or a comfy recliner. Be sure to have necessities such as remotes, phone chargers, and reading materials close at hand. If at all possible, arrange to have someone at home with you for at least the first few days.
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