How to Know If a Mommy Makeover if the Right Procedure for You

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Pregnancy can often have a lasting effect on a woman’s body. Women struggle with stretched abdominal muscles, loose skin, and sagging breasts. Often women feel discouraged even with regular exercise and a healthy diet. A mommy makeover is a personalized set of cosmetic procedures done all at the same time. They are designed to address common issues women face after having children, and the significant perk is only one recovery period is needed. 


Dr. Nana Mizuguchi is a dual board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon in Louisville, KY. Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery specializes in the procedures that commonly make up a mommy makeover -- breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and liposuction, to name a few. After a thorough consultation to understand a patient’s aesthetic goals, Dr. Mizuguchi will devise a treatment plan to address every need and concern. Unsure if a mommy makeover is for you? Here is a look at what this combination of procedures can do in order to help you decide if a mommy makeover is the right option.


Why a mommy makeover is necessary

Hormonal changes in a woman’s body can bring on several changes, especially when it comes to pregnancy and after childbirth. The physical changes brought about from pregnancy and childbirth also vary for each mom and with each pregnancy. Fluid retention, cosmetic changes to the body, and fluctuating weight are all common during pregnancy. When women are done having children, and all efforts of getting their body back have been exhausted, then some turn to cosmetic help. A “mommy makeover” is essentially a combination of 2 or more cosmetic procedures done at the same to address issues that diet and exercise have been unable to fix. Louisville moms are a vital part of their family, so the added benefit of a mommy makeover is that it allows moms to have multiple procedures performed at the same time, but with only one recovery period. 


Mommy makeover target areas

A mommy makeover can restore a woman’s body and boost her self-confidence while transforming more than one area of the body. It is not a weight loss answer, but women who have maintained their ideal weight (or within 10 lbs.), are prime candidates. The body contouring procedures generally performed as part of a mommy makeover include:  

  • Liposuction to remove excess fat from stubborn spots 
  • A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles
  • Breast augmentation to restore volume to breasts that have been deflated by pregnancy. This procedure may include a breast lift to restore breasts back to their pre-pregnancy place.

Dr. Mizuguchi typically combines abdominoplasty with breast augmentation, yet each procedure is structured around what each mom needs on a case by case basis. 


Do you need a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover addresses unwanted changes due to pregnancy and helps to restore a mom’s appearance. This multi-treatment procedure can help a woman like the way she looks again. Even though each mom has her own personal needs or goals, most mommy makeovers include help with one or more of the following:

  • Restore volume and shape to targeted areas of the body
  • Correct sagging or asymmetrical breasts 
  • Repair large or stretched nipples or areolas
  • Eliminate sagging or stretched skin in the abdominal area
  • Repair separated or stretched abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Eliminate pockets of excessive unwanted fat


Most mommy makeovers include a tummy tuck with some form of liposuction to remove unwanted fat along with breast augmentation and a breast lift if necessary. Many moms are adding in nonsurgical cosmetic procedures at the same time to rejuvenate their facial appearance with the addition of injectables like BOTOX or dermal fillers. A mommy makeover can genuinely transform the way a mom looks all at once.


When is the right time for a mommy makeover?

Deciding to proceed with a mommy makeover requires careful thought and planning. Moms who are breastfeeding and considering breast augmentation should wait several months to allow breasts to return to average size once finished with breastfeeding. It’s also important to note that some nonsurgical treatments like injectables are not optional while breastfeeding. 

It is also highly recommended to be fully recovered from your last childbirth. A general rule is nine months to a year as a good barometer. More invasive procedures like a tummy tuck or breast lift are most affected by subsequent pregnancies so plastic surgeons recommend that Louisville, KY patients wait to move forward with a mommy makeover until you are done growing your family. The timing is critical to be able to enjoy the fantastic results for years to come.  


While timing is necessary, the factor of finding the right plastic surgeon in Louisville, KY for your mommy makeover should be a priority when you are ready. Since mommy makeovers generally involve a combination of procedures, you want a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mizuguchi, who has experience with the various procedures that make up a mommy makeover. Request to see before and after photos of actual patients so you can see results firsthand. 

Dr. Nana Mizuguchi is a dual board-certified plastic surgeon with additional training and surgical experience to give his patients incredible results. Moms in the Louisville area who need cosmetic help after they are completely finished having children can turn to the professional team at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery. Moms can tackle all the troublesome spots after having children in a day that is solely dedicated to you. If you are interested in a mommy makeover, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mizuguchi today. You can feel better than ever with his help.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.