Mommy Make Over
Excellence in Mommy Makeover
Mommy Makeover Overview
Mommy makeover is a combination of breast and abdominal rejuvenation. The type of breast and abdominal procedure needed varies from person to person.
Aged appearance resulting from sagging skin and loss of ideal body shape or contour.
- Sagging skin
- Deflated breasts
- Enlarged areolas
- Too much volume in breasts
- Stubborn fat in abdomen and/or hips
- Lack of body contour/shape
- Stretch marks
- Frustration with how clothing fits/looks
Mommy Makeover Before/After Examples
Anesthesia: General only
Facility: Accredited outpatient surgical facility
Recovery: Back to work 2 weeks, longer if job is strenuous or requires physical activity.
Cost: The price of a mommy makeover varies depending on which procedures need to be done. There are many variables such as which tummy tuck is needed, whether liposuction will be required, which type of breast lift, and whether augmentation will be added. Mommy makeovers vary in cost from cost $17,000 to $25,500.
Cruise Plastic Surgery accepts the following forms of payment:
- All major credit cards
- Financing: Prosper Lending, Care Credit, Alphaeon Credit
Read about some of the benefits of financing your mommy makeover procedure.
Mommy Makeover Overview
Dr. Joseph T. Cruise, one of the top mommy makeover surgeons in Orange County, wants all women to be informed about the breast lift and tummy tuck options available to them. He and the staff at his Newport Beach plastic surgery practice have created these pages to give you the most comprehensive information you need if you’re considering mommy makeover surgery. Making an informed decision begins by finding the answers to your questions, and by reviewing before and after pictures of breast surgery and tummy tucks to see the results you can expect from Joseph T Cruise, MD and Cruise Plastic Surgery. Having children takes a toll on every mother's body. Although many of the changes that occur to a woman’s physique return to a pre-pregnancy state after the child is born, some of them don’t and this can leave a mother frustrated at losing the body of her youth. Joseph T Cruise, MD in Orange County, CA understands how emotional the physical results of bearing children can be – on one hand, your child is precious and worth every sacrifice, but on the other hand, you miss the body you used to have. Joseph T Cruise, MD has developed a solution: a customizable Mommy Makeover that allows you to combine the right breast rejuvenation and abdominoplasty or liposuction procedures to get back – or enhance – the body you used to have.
The Look You Have
The interactive diagram below was created by Joseph T Cruise, MD to help you identify what you don't like about your body right now. This provides both you and Joseph T Cruise, MD a clear visual of what is bothering you and will help him formulate a customized treatment plan to address your concerns.
Click the images below to select your concerns in each category. If you would like to submit the form for review, one of Joseph T Cruise, MD's patient care coordinators will review your selections and contact you to discuss further. You can also click TLIW in PDF format to print for your own use.
Tummy Tuck 360° View
Take a look at the graphics below and select the abdomen that is most similar to yours. To rotate images, place your mouse on any image and drag.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Standard Tummy Tuck
Extended Tummy Tuck
Circumferential Tummy Tuck
The Look You Have
Anatomy of the Abdomen
Understanding the anatomy of the abdomen will help you visualize what bothers you so you can accurately explain it to Joseph T Cruise, MD. With mommy makeovers, the front, side, and back of the body are evaluated to ensure the result looks good from a 360-degree view.
Upper abdomen - fullness, skin laxity?
Lower abdomen - fullness, skin laxity, stretch marks, existing c-section incision?
Belly button - position, shape needing improvement?
Flanks - fullness, skin laxity?
Pubis - fat mound present?
Anatomy of the Breasts
Above is the Cruise Breast Classification system created by Joseph T Cruise, MD to determine the type of breast procedure needed based on the position of the nipple in relation to the breast fold. The greater the breast sag, the more involved breast lift procedure needed. For women with no breast sag to moderate sag, a breast augmentation alone may be all that is needed.
During your consultation with Joseph T Cruise, MD, he will work with you to determine the best surgical plan to obtain your desired result. He will take into consideration the "Look You Have" and the "Look You Want." He addresses all mommy makeover patients individually with a customized approach to evaluating the breasts and body.
All mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited outpatient facility in Newport Beach which specializes in cosmetic procedures. Joseph T Cruise, MD only works with the top anesthesiologists and surgical centers. We do recommend an overnight stay at a recovery center, however, in most cases, it is not mandatory if you have a good support system at home.
Learn about breast rejuvenation procedures
Learn about abdominoplasty rejuvenation procedures
Surgical & Recovery Timeline
Joseph T Cruise, MD has found that when patients have access to pictures they better understand the healing process and what to expect. This allows patients to assess whether the effects they are experiencing after their mommy makeover are typical, and they can quickly discuss any concerns with a staff member at Cruise Plastic Surgery.
Recovery Timeline - The breast lift and tummy tuck timelines below demonstrate what to expect at each stage of the healing process.
When considering a mommy makeover, it can be very helpful to hear from others who have already had the procedure. Real Self, the number one online resource for learning about elective cosmetic procedures, is a great resource. You can even talk to others to get answers to your questions, receive emotional support, as well as get tips and advice.
Below are some common questions asked by prospective mommy makeover patients. To see a full list, visit our Mommy Makeover FAQ page .
What types of Tummy Tucks are there?
Mini, standard, extended, and circumferential.
Do I need Liposuction?
Whether or not you need liposuction in conjunction with your tummy tuck is determined by how much excess fat is present in relation to excess skin. The vast majority of women do require some liposuction to adequately sculpt the body. Liposuction is frequently performed on the abdomen and flanks (hips).
What type of Breast Lift do I need?
The type of breast life you need is determined on the relation of your nipple to the breast fold and amount of breast sag.
Could Breast Augmentation alone be enough?
Yes. If you have little to no breast sag, breast augmentation alone may be all that is needed. If there is some breast sag present, the answer will be determined based on the size of breasts you want after surgery.
How long is the Tummy Tuck incision?
Dr. Cruise uses extreme surgical precision along with advanced techniques to ensure his patients have a tummy tuck incision that is low enough to be concealed even in low cut jeans and bikini bottoms.
When can I go back to work?
This will depend on two major factors: 1) Do you want to completely hide the fact you had facelift surgery? 2) Does your job require strenuous activity? If you dont want anyone at work to know you had work done, we recommend taking up to four weeks off.nnIf your job requires strenuous activity, you may need to take 4-6 weeks off unless your job will let you come back with modified work duties until you are fully cleared for physical activity.
What are the risks and complications?
Because mommy makeovers are major surgical procedures, the risks and complications can include bleeding, infection, unsightly scarring,
When can I work out after a Mommy Makeover?
This will vary from patient to patient depending on the type of mommy makeover and how well recovery is going.
Am I being vein?
Absolutely not. Pregnancy, childbirth, and weight fluctuation create changes to your body that are out of your control. It is not vain to want to get back to the way you used to be.
Will diet & exercise get my body back?
Whether or not diet and exercise will get your body back to the way you want largely depends on the degree of skin laxity you have in your breasts and abdomen. It is difficult to improve skin sag without surgical intervention.
Should I spend money on myself?
The answer to this difficult question requires you to evaluate your life as a whole. The way you feel plays a large role in how you interact with your spouse and children. If you feel good about yourself your entire outlook on life improves.
Should I have my breasts done if I plan on getting pregnant in the future?
Breast procedures can be done at any time. Future pregnancies do not hurt the result significantly.
Do you lose weight after a mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover is not considered a weight loss procedure. It is typically the combination of a breast procedure and abdominoplasty with or without liposuction. Patients can typically expect to notice a more slender body shape as a result of the abdominoplasty, which may result in clothing fitting better.
What is included in the mommy makeover?
A mommy makeover most frequently consists of a breast lift with or without an implant and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with or without liposuction. The addition of a Brazilian butt lift (fat transfer to the buttocks) has become quite popular as well.
What is all included in a Mommy Makeover?
The most common procedures included in a mommy makeover are a breast procedure such as a breast lift and/or breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. It has become more common to add a Brazilian butt lift when liposuction is part of the surgery.
What does a mommy makeover cost?
The cost of a mommy makeover ranges from area to area and surgeon to surgeon. On average, with a reputable doctor in southern California, one can expect to pay anywhere from $16,000 to $25,000.
Are Mommy Makeovers dangerous?
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks and the possibility for complications to arise. It is important to be in good health before having surgery and to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Cruise. Smoking, alcohol, and certain medications can increase the possibility of complications.
Can a tummy tuck be considered medically necessary?
While it is uncommon for a tummy tuck to be considered medically necessary, there are some instances when insurance coverage may be available, such as when the procedure is post-gastric bypass surgery. Check with your insurance company to determine if your plan offers coverage.