Mommy Makeover

One of the most common procedures our surgeons perform is affectionately known as the “mommy makeover.” The goal of this surgery is to correct the many changes that can affect a woman’s body during pregnancy, after childbirth, or due to weight fluctuations. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, a mommy makeover uses a combination of procedures to significantly improve the body’s contours. That’s why many Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, women seek out our board-certified plastic surgeons for their mommy makeover surgery.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Cohen, Dr. Sigalove, or Dr. Olson to learn more about mommy makeovers. Our facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Tempe, Paradise Valley, and other communities in the Greater Phoenix area.

Plastic Surgery Post-Pregnancy

The breasts often droop or “deflate” after having children (especially after breast feeding) and the abdominal wall (the abdominal muscles and overlying skin and fat) can become permanently stretched out, causing a bulging belly and stretch marks. Finally, excess fat can accumulate on the love-handle area as well as the hips and thighs.

Several plastic surgeons in Phoenix market a “Mommy Makeover,” but it is important to understand that it is not one specific procedure – it is a combination of plastic surgery procedures done at the same time to correct the problems mentioned above. Which exact procedures are performed is based on the specific needs for each individual patient.

What Are the Most Common Procedures Used in Mommy Makeover Surgery?

Breast Enhancement Surgery

With regard to breast enhancement, some patients simply need breast augmentation to fill out breasts that appear “deflated,” while others may need implants in combination with a breast lift (mastopexy) of some kind. Other women actually need a breast reduction with a lift.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

In the abdominal area, most patients need body contouring procedures such as a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with tightening of the muscle layer as well as removal of the excess skin and fat. When our surgeons perform tummy tuck, we can perform a modified procedure, called a mini-abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck), if a woman’s problem area is limited to the region below the umbilicus (bellybutton). For information on a new medication that can lessen the pain after tummy tuck or mommy makeover procedures, please take a look at our blog post about EXPAREL®.


Many women benefit from liposuction of the hips, flanks (love-handle areas), or thighs in order to smooth out their contours and lengthen the appearance of the torso area.


Elongated, uneven, or misshapen labia due to pregnancy, childbirth, or even genetics, can cause self-consciousness and discomfort. Labiaplasty reshapes and resizes the labia and leaves a thin scar that is virtually unnoticeable.

Do You Have To Be a Mom To Get a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeovers are not just for moms. Many women are interested in rejuvenating their breasts and bodies with a single surgery and recovery period. These procedures are called “mommy makeovers” because they address the common effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body.

Can I Still Get Pregnant After a Mommy Makeover?

Although mommy makeover surgery will not affect your ability to get pregnant, we strongly advise that you finish having children before undergoing this procedure. This is the best way to maintain your beautiful new look, as the results could be undone by subsequent pregnancies.

Can I Combine Nonsurgical Procedures To Enhance My Overall Results?

Many women consider adding nonsurgical procedures for an overall head-to-toe makeover. Some of the most popular options include BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and laser treatments such as CoolPeel™ or laser hair removal.

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Cosmetic Surgery for Phoenix Moms

Although the “Mommy Makeover” is a significant surgery, the advantage of this procedure is a dramatic improvement of the post-pregnancy body (which usually cannot be corrected with exercise and diet alone) with only one trip to the operating room and a single recovery period. There are very few surgeries provide this level of immediate cosmetic improvement, and patients are usually thrilled that they can once again (or for the first time) feel comfortable wearing a bikini.

Receive a cosmetic consultation, or call (480) 423-1973 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Cohen, Dr. Steven Sigalove or Dr. Josh Olson. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about “Mommy Makeover” surgery. Dr. Cohen, Dr. Sigalove and Dr. Olson welcome patients from all over Arizona, as well as other states and countries. Our facility serves Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley.

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