All You Need to Know About Mommy Makeover Surgery After Weight Loss

By: James Nachbar, MD, FACS


Over the last decade or so, mommy makeover surgery has exploded in popularity, offering women the opportunity to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies after having children. Another common application for mommy makeover surgery is reversing the consequences of extreme weight loss. At Scottsdale Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Nachbar is a pioneer of the mommy makeover, having coined the term “Post-Baby Tune-Up®” long before “mommy makeover” was used. Below, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about mommy makeover surgery after weight loss, including what’s included in the procedure, how long recovery may take, and what results may be possible for you.

What’s included in a mommy makeover after extreme weight loss?

Mommy makeover surgery is a fully customizable body contouring procedure that can be used to target specific concerns and problem areas the patient would like to address. For after weight loss patients specifically, the mommy makeover typically includes some form of breast enhancement and skin removal to counteract the loose, hanging skin and deflated breasts that are often present following a great deal of weight loss. Some of the treatments and procedures commonly included in a post-weight loss mommy makeover are:

What to expect after mommy makeover surgery

Many post-weight loss body contouring procedures are performed in multiple stages, but Dr. Nachbar aims to complete the patient’s transformation as efficiently as possible. In some cases, patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital or surgical facility. To aid in the recovery process and minimize the need for narcotics, Dr. Nachbar utilizes the non-opioid anesthetic EXPAREL®, which allows patients to be up and about as soon as 24 hours post-surgery and offers up to 4 – 5 days of reliable pain relief.

Dr. Nachbar is also proud to use the no-drain tummy tuck technique, which allows for a much more comfortable and convenient recovery process. Depending on the specific procedures performed, patients can expect to take about 2 – 3 weeks off of work for recovery, though strenuous physical exercise and other activities may be off-limits for several months. Post-surgical swelling largely resolves after about six weeks, though residual swelling can remain for up to 3 – 6 months.

Will I have scars after a post-weight loss mommy makeover?

To remove loose, hanging skin after weight loss, procedures like the tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, and others require an incision, which ultimately results in a scar – though Dr. Nachbar uses great care and precision to disguise his incisions within the existing lines of the body as fully as possible. Even with visible scarring, the majority of patients consider their newly slim and firm physique a vast improvement over their post-weight loss figure – and by maintaining a stable weight, their new shape can last for decades to come.

Cross the finish line in your weight loss transformation with a mommy makeover in Scottsdale, AZ

After all the hard work you’ve put in to lose weight, you deserve to love your new body. If loose skin, stretch marks, and stubborn lingering fat are holding you back from reaching your ultimate goals, you may be a candidate for mommy makeover surgery. Find out more about how mommy makeover after weight loss may be the final step in your transformation by calling Scottsdale Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation with top Scottsdale, AZ double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Nachbar today.

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