A mommy makeover is a procedure that combines several aesthetic procedures designed to improve the areas of a woman’s body that have been altered by pregnancy and child birth. These areas typically include the breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs- but just as every woman is affected differently by the experience of pregnancy, the procedure is optimized and individualized for each patient by Dr. Soto according to her needs and goals. Every year board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto consults with hundreds of women to restore their body to a state that they love. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery in Orlando, we understand that every women’s body is different and therefore, we are thrilled to be able to produce a customized mommy makeover that suits their cosmetic needs. Most often this procedure includes a breast lift with or without augmentation, tummy tuck, non-invasive or minimally invasive vulvar rejuvenation procedures, laser skin rejuvenation, and liposuction surgery. The goal is to restore your body to an appearance and function as close as possible to the attractive and feminine appearance of your pre-pregnancy ideal.
The surgical techniques used during a mommy makeover vary based on the condition of each of the body parts you may wish to improve. For the breasts, common issues include sagging and loose skin with deflation and a loss of breast volume. Some women will have breasts that remain enlarged but droop. Procedures that may be considered include breast reduction, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. For many, a combination of these techniques creates a youthful, beautiful post-pregnancy breast appearance. The most common example is a breast augmentation with a lift. For the lower body and torso, it is normal to see loose skin, surface irregularities such as stretch marks, and persistent pockets of fat. These are normally addressed through abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or lower body lift, with or without liposuction. Many of our mommies have found that the right combination of non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures like Bodytite, Embrace, Genevive, Ultherapy, Forever Young, HALO, or Forevery Body can be the perfect "finishing touch" to their Mommy Makeover procedure.
Mommy Makeover Reviews
"Planning the Mommy Makeover - Orlando, FL - Hey all! I'm currently considering a tummy tuck with a bit of lipo on the flanks and breast lift; potentially scheduling it for June 2011 in Orlando, Florida. So, here's the start of my story ... I'm 35, mother of two fantastic little ones (4 & 18months), I'm 5'2 and currently weigh 138. 138 is a bit heavy for me. Back in the college days I looked fabulous at 105, but it's been more than a decade since I have seen that weight! After my first, I lost the baby weight by 9months by dieting and jogging. I weighed about 130. My little guy is 18 months now and I haven't been as successful with the weight loss this time. For background, I am active ... walking and jogging often and I eat well, but not perfect. Both babies were big (almost 9 pounds each), but I think my youngest ruined my belly! I carried him like a bullet! Honestly, I have been unhappy with the shape/size of my hips since I can remember ...even when I should have been thrilled. So, I am getting the "guts" to do this thing and get a little lipo on the hips! My stomach muscles are separated and my sweet little guy did a number on my skin below the belly button, hence the need for a TT. The TT scares me the most .... I hope I am making the right decision here. The breast story ...I work full time (medical sales), but spent some quality time with the breast pump, and was able to breastfeed both babies for about 5 months each. I'm thrilled I was able to breast feed, but I am certainly not thrilled with the look of the milkers now! The breasts are racing south, hence my choice to pursue a lift. I am usually a size C, but expanded to something off the charts while breast feeding. Now the big question is lift with or without implants? My goal is natural shape and higher, not bigger. I have interviewed several doctors around the Orlando area (Fiala in Altamonte, Clark in WInter Park and Soto in Dr. Phillips). Fiala was great, but wanted to divide the surgery into two different procedures. Knowing myself, I wouldn't go back for round two. Plus, I couldn't take time off from work twice. His outcomes look great in photos. Clark suggested lipo and no TT, which sounds nice, but probably won't totally fix the tummy. Soto is who I think I will ultimately choose. His TT results look awesome and I feel the most confident in his work/outcomes/procedure. So, I think I am really going to do this! I have a second consultation on April 19 and I plan to bring the hubby. Hubby and mom are both supportive, but I suspect that the hubby is a bit clueless on what all of this entails. Mom had a face lift at 38 show she knows and is willing to babysit kiddos and nurse me too! Here goes ... "- A. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2011
"43 And Ready for a New Me! - Orlando, FL - I'm a forty year old wife and mother of one thirteen year old son who after one abdominal surgey at nineteen, cesarean section at thirty one, hysterectomy at forty is more than ready for a better body! I have an appointment Monday to see Dr. Soto here in Orlando for a mommy makeover and am very excited to get the process started. We moved here from Jacksonville two weeks ago and I have had three consults there already and I'm ready to take it to the next level. I will use this forum as my diary to share my journey with others as well as gain insight and support for myself. I will talk with everyone next week! "- B. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2014
"Better Than I Anticipated. Orlando, FL - It's been 3 years since my mommy makeover, which consisted of a tummy tuck and breast lift. I could not be happier with my results immediately after surgery and now, 3 years later. I feel confident in a bikini, jeans look much better and overall the surgery improved my confidence. I have gained and lost a few pounds over the 3 years and at one point I had abs! Thank you Dr. Soto!"- D. / RealSelf / Nov 08, 2014
"Delighted With Outcome - Lake Butler, FL - I am so happy that I made the choice to get the Mommy Makeover 4 years ago. After losing my weight I still was not happy with what I saw looking back at me in the mirror. After two children my body was different. I feel more sexy and pretty and have had no issues at all. My breasts look very natural, and no one knows they are implants. The only thing I would do differently is make them a little higher up initially. They do drop after a couple of years. I love everything though! "- F. / RealSelf / Apr 22, 2015
"38yrs Old 4 Kids 5'7 & 162lbs -Orlando, FL - I had my mommy makeover procedure done with Dr . Armando Soto he was amazing his staff was amazing and I love my results it been 9 days so far I look forward to my body healing more and my drains coming out. The first week was hard alot of pain I haven't moved my bowels yet I have my 2 week appointment this Tuesday can't wait to see the Doc."- N. / RealSelf / Apr 05, 2014
A mommy makeover typically involves a significant area of the body. It is considered an invasive surgery and in many cases will require an overnight stay in Dr. Soto's nationally accredited surgery center, supervised by an experienced recovery nurse and a nurse's aide. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and will take between 3 and 5 hours to complete. Walking upright is difficult in the first several weeks, and you will need the assistance of a loved one over this early period. You will see the lovely benefits of your mommy makeover within 2 weeks of surgery, but depending on what was addressed during surgery, it could take between 2 and 3 months to see your final results. With that being said, most patients can go back to a normal routine in an average of 3 weeks; however, exercise is discouraged until at least 6-8 weeks after surgery.
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How Safe Is it?
The safety of any surgical procedure will depend on several variables, including the patient's state of health and any pre-existing medical problems, the nature of the intervention, and the length of the operation. Anytime a combination surgery takes place, the overall risks increase. For this reason, it is extremely important that patients find an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Soto, that has the training and skill to perform multiple procedures in one setting. Maximal mitigation of risks may require preoperative testing and a visit to your medical doctor for clearance, and will always depend on the careful following of all instructions by the patient, as well as all family and friends assisting in postoperative care. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, and with careful compliance by the patient and their family, the risks are greatly reduced and complications are rare.
Babies After Surgery?
It is recommended that all pregnancies are completed before a patient decides to have a mommy makeover. Pregnancy may compromise the results of the surgery, because additional skin stretching and weight gain is inevitable. Patients who are uncertain if they will have additional children should consult with Dr. Soto to discuss the best approach to take. Any surprise pregnancies after the mommy makeover may require a touch-up surgery to restore the patient's results.
What About Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks may be minimized when the excess skin is removed. The tightening of the skin and underlying tissues will also help in making the marks less visible. Remaining stretch marks can also be minimized after surgery with skin rejuvenation treatments such as BBL, laser, or micro-needling techniques.
Will I Have Scars?
While a mommy makeover creates a beautiful new shape and figure for a woman, unfortunately, it does include some scarring, depending on the details of your mommy makeover. Dr. Soto makes every effort possible to create the cleanest of incisions, and takes great care in minimizing scarring as much as possible. Those patients who are careful to follow all instructions for care most often find the scars to be very acceptable and certainly worth the trade-off of their new body.