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A mommy makeover in Austin, TX, is a series of cosmetic procedures designed to help a woman regain her pre-pregnancy appearance. This customizable procedure typically includes breast enhancement and a tummy tuck. Other procedures, like liposuction and Botox injections, may also be added to address the specific needs of the individual patient.

Dr. Sanjay Sharma performs mommy makeovers at his Austin clinic, providing a way for women to eliminate the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body and helping them achieve a fresh, more youthful body profile to match their busy lifestyles.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Do?

A mommy makeover can address a variety of concerns, including:

  • Changes to the breasts as a result of pregnancy and nursing
  • Loose, baggy skin around the midsection
  • Isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • The appearance of stretch marks, particularly on the abdomen

Who Is It For? Ideal Mommy Makeover Candidates

Mommy makeover surgery could be a good choice if you are in good health, are a non-smoker and have finished having children. Ideally, you should wait to have surgery until your body has had plenty of time to heal from childbirth and you are no longer breastfeeding. Results are best for those who have maintained a stable weight for at least six months.

Is a Mommy Makeover Just for Women?

Despite the name, mommy makeover surgery isn’t only for mothers. Anyone — including men — who wishes to substantially improve their body contours and reverse the effects of aging or weight changes can benefit from this type of procedure.

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What Are My Mommy Makeover Options?

The beauty of a mommy makeover is that it is tailored to your exact needs. The procedures you choose will depend on how pregnancy has affected your body, your health goals and aesthetic preferences and what will help you to look and feel your best. Here are a few popular procedure options you may discuss during your consultation with Dr. Sharma.

Breast Augmentation

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s common for women to feel like their breasts aren’t what they used to be. They may look smaller and droopier, with an appearance that’s often described as “deflated.” Breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants can be the perfect way to correct post-pregnancy volume and shape loss.

Dr. Sharma will draw on his expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon to guide you through the steps of selecting the right implants for your figure and your lifestyle. The choices you’ll make together include the type, size, shape and profile of the implants, as well as the incision technique and the placement of the implant pocket.

Breast Lift

Stretched, sagging skin is a common complaint after pregnancy, especially for mothers who breastfed. A breast lift elevates and firms the breasts by eliminating excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue to reshape the breast contour. It can also address areolas that have stretched and enlarged.

A breast lift or breast augmentation on its own can be beneficial, but a combined technique is the preferred option for many moms. This approach delivers transformative results by restoring volume through implants while also removing loose skin and lifting the breasts to a more youthful position.

Breast Reduction

Bigger isn’t better for all moms. Some women’s breasts grow significantly during pregnancy and don’t shrink back to a comfortable size postpartum. Breasts that are too large can be a source of emotional pain and social anxiety, as well as a cause of skin irritation and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain.

Breast reduction offers both aesthetic improvement and relief from physical discomfort. This surgery is life-altering for many women — so much so that breast reduction has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any plastic surgery procedure.


Many mothers are stuck with stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to budge despite the best efforts to remove them with diet or exercise. Liposuction targets unwanted, resistant fat in precise areas. The surgical procedure is an effective and minimally invasive solution with a long track record of success, safety and satisfaction.

Nearly any area of the body can be treated with liposuction. Some of the most popular areas for moms are the abdomen and waist, hips, inner thighs, outer thighs (“saddlebags”), flanks (“love handles”), upper back (“bra bulge”) and under the buttocks (“banana roll”).

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” is one of the most rewarding procedures for moms. In addition to removing stubborn fat, a tummy tuck removes loose skin and stretch marks in the lower abdomen, and it can tighten the abdominal muscles that often become stretched or separated (a condition known as diastasis recti) with pregnancy.

Tummy tucks can be performed using different techniques depending on the patient’s needs. A full abdominoplasty transforms both the upper and the lower abdomen and delivers the most dramatic before and after. A mini tummy tuck is less invasive and focuses on the lower abdomen only.

Is Mommy Makeover Surgery Safe?

Mommy makeover procedures are performed every day in the United States, but any surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or reconstructive, involves some degree of risk. It’s natural to have concerns about whether it is safe to combine procedures and be under anesthesia for an extended period. We encourage every patient to understand their personal risks and make informed decisions about elective surgery.

Mommy makeover risks are largely the same as the risks associated with each individual procedure included in the surgery. An extensive discussion of potential complications will take place as part of your consultation and pre-op planning process. Risks are lowest for healthy individuals who follow their pre-op and post-op instructions closely. If you do have a complication after surgery, rest assured that Dr. Sharma and his team are experienced and compassionate medical professionals who will do all they can to assist you.

Choosing Plastic Surgery Austin for Your Safe Mommy Makeover

At Plastic Surgery Austin, we are committed to helping our patients meet their goals, but nothing is more important than safety. Dr. Sharma is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon. Outside of his private practice, which is now nearly two decades old, he has published numerous articles on plastic surgery and has been invited to present research at meetings around the country. He is among the leading plastic surgeons in Austin and the Central Texas area, with a stellar reputation for beautiful results and high standards of patient safety.

When Is the Ideal Time to Have a Mommy Makeover?

A lot of factors go into deciding when is the right time for a surgical procedure, especially one as comprehensive as a mommy makeover. Some of these factors will be unique to you and your lifestyle, but there are two that all women considering a mommy makeover should keep in mind.

Are you happy with your current weight, and do you feel confident you can maintain it?

Although many people ask how much weight a mommy makeover takes off, neither tummy tuck surgery nor liposuction is a weight loss procedure. Although they can be exciting final steps of a weight loss journey, they cannot remove a significant amount of fat. These procedures achieve the best results when you’re close to your target weight and looking for a way to address stubborn fat cells, loose skin and/or weakened muscles that can’t be addressed with diet and exercise. Maintaining a stable weight after your mommy makeover will ensure you can enjoy your results for years to come.

Are you finished having children?

Mommy makeover surgery will not prevent you from getting pregnant or giving birth if you want to. However, pregnancy can stretch the tissues out again, and they may need to be corrected with another surgery. Many patients also have questions about their ability to breastfeed after a breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. These surgeries usually do not impact breastfeeding, but it is possible, and it’s important to weigh the risks against the rewards. We often suggest our Austin patients complete their families before contemplating a mommy makeover.

How to Prepare for Mommy Makeover Surgery

1. Your Mommy Makeover Consultation

  • First, you will meet with Dr. Sharma for an initial consultation to share your concerns and discuss your lifestyle. He will listen to your goals and explain the options for a mommy makeover that best suit your needs.
  • Together, you will create a customized surgical plan.
  • Dr. Sharma will also discuss the following preparation steps, what to expect on the day of your procedure and what your recovery might be like.

2. Preoperative Testing and Medical Clearance

  • Dr. Sharma may require preoperative testing, including blood tests, to ensure you are in good health before the surgery.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you may need to get medical clearance from your primary care physician or a specialist.

3. Medications and Supplements

  • Inform Dr. Sharma about any medications, vitamins or supplements you are taking.
  • You may be asked to stop certain medications, such as blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements that can interfere with the surgery or healing process.
  • You may also be required to start or adjust medications based on your plastic surgeon’s recommendations.

4. Smoking and Alcohol

  • If you smoke, you will be advised to quit at least four weeks before surgery, as smoking can significantly affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol consumption for at least two weeks before surgery, as it can interfere with anesthesia and recovery.

5. Nutrition and Hydration

  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet leading up to your surgery, ensuring you are getting the necessary nutrients to support your body’s healing process.
  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

6. Childcare and Home Support

  • Arrange for someone to help care for your children, particularly younger ones, during the first few weeks of recovery. You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities during this time.
  • Make sure you have a support system in place to help with daily tasks, such as meal preparation, housekeeping and errands, as you recover.

7. Prepare Your Home

  • Set up a comfortable recovery area with easy access to essential items, such as medications, water, snacks and entertainment.
  • Stock up on supplies, including pillows for elevation, ice packs to reduce swelling and loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and take off.

8. Transportation and Post-operative Care

  • Arrange for a responsible friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself home.
  • Ensure someone will be available to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery to help with post-operative care and monitor your recovery.

By following these specific instructions and adhering to your surgeon’s guidelines, you will be well-prepared for your mommy makeover surgery, increasing the chances of a successful procedure and smooth recovery.

How Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Work? The Procedure Process

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?

A mommy makeover is often done under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in a nearby hospital. The treatment steps and recommendations vary because each mommy makeover is unique to the patient and her goals.

Where Are the Incisions Made?

Incisions also vary based on the specific procedures included. Whether it is a tummy tuck, liposuction or a breast procedure, Dr. Sharma will use the latest surgical techniques to minimize scarring and will do his best to place incisions in areas where scars will not be visible after surgery.

How Long Does Mommy Makeover Surgery Take?

Generally, a Mommy Makeover takes anywhere from three to six hours to complete. However, the duration of your mommy makeover will depend on the combination of procedures being performed, the complexity of those procedures and the extent of your needs.

What to Expect During Mommy Makeover Recovery

How Long Does Mommy Makeover Recovery Take?

Recovery from a mommy makeover may be more extensive than recovery from an individual plastic surgery procedure. However, recovering from all procedures at once ends up being a much shorter recovery time compared to having the procedures performed separately and recovering from each one individually.

Full recovery from a mommy makeover usually takes up to six weeks, with most patients returning to regular activities within four to six weeks. Despite the extended recovery period, most patients find a distinct advantage to having multiple procedures at one time and a single recovery process for all of them.

Remember that every patient’s recovery process is unique, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s personalized post-operative care instructions. Attend all follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery is progressing as expected and to address any concerns or questions you may have.

Will I Have Drains While I Recover From My Mommy Makeover?

Drains are small tubes placed in the surgical sites to help remove excess fluid and reduce the risk of complications. They may be required after certain procedures, such as a tummy tuck or extensive liposuction. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your drains, including cleaning, emptying and measuring fluid output. Drains are typically removed within one to two weeks based on your healing progress and your surgeon’s recommendations.

Will I Need to Wear a Compression Garment?

Compression garments are essential during the mommy makeover recovery process, as they help reduce swelling, provide support to the treated areas and improve overall comfort. They should be worn continuously for the first few weeks. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific guidance on how long to wear them.

Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline

First 1 to 2 Weeks:

  • Swelling, bruising and discomfort are common side effects, which can be managed with rest and prescribed pain medication.
  • Most patients require at least two weeks off work and should avoid strenuous activities.
  • Light walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation and prevent blood clots.
  • You will need to care for your drains if you have them and wear your compression garment during this time.

Weeks 3 to 4:

  • Swelling and bruising will gradually subside.
  • You may resume light daily activities and non-strenuous work, as approved by your surgeon.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, intense exercise and any activities that may strain the surgical sites.
  • Continue wearing your compression garments as instructed.

Weeks 5 to 8:

  • Most patients can gradually return to a moderate exercise routine.
  • Continue to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities until your surgeon gives the all-clear.
  • Compression garments may still be required depending on your healing progress.

Months 2 to 6:

  • Swelling should continue to diminish, and final results will become more apparent.
  • Scars will begin to fade but may take up to a year or more to reach their final appearance.

What Results to Expect From a Mommy Makeover

When Will I See My Mommy Makeover Results?

The outcome of your mommy makeover may not be evident for several weeks due to bruising, swelling and the compression garments worn over the surgical area. Results will begin to appear within two months after the surgery and gradually improve over time. Depending on which procedures you selected, you may see a flatter abdomen, fuller and perkier breasts, smoother curves around your waist and hips, and a more proportionate balance throughout your figure.

How Long Do the Results of Mommy Makeover Surgery Last?

A mommy makeover is generally considered a permanent cosmetic procedure as long as a stable weight is maintained after surgery. As with any procedure, aging may gradually affect your results over time, but you can preserve your Mommy Makeover results for as long as possible by following a healthy lifestyle. Weight fluctuations or pregnancy can significantly alter your results and may necessitate additional treatments to restore your desired contours.

What Is the Average Price of a Mommy Makeover in the US?

The average cost of a mommy makeover in the US can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s experience, geographic location and the specific combination of procedures performed. A major benefit of undergoing a mommy makeover is that combining procedures reduces the number of times you’ll need to pay anesthesia fees, operating room costs and other related fees. Because of this, the cost of a mommy makeover is significantly less than if you were to undergo each plastic surgery procedure separately.

It is always best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for the most accurate pricing information. When discussing the cost of a mommy makeover with your surgeon, be sure to inquire about all associated expenses to get a comprehensive understanding of the total cost.

Reclaim Your Pre-Pregnancy Figure With an Austin Mommy Makeover

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. Unfortunately, the toll they take on your body can also be unforgettable. No matter how often you eat clean meals and sweat it out at the gym, you may never fully reverse the changes to your breasts and midsection. As a mother, you spend so much time caring for others — you deserve to show yourself the same kindness and attention.

A mommy makeover is a dramatic way to restore the form and function of your body. Dr. Sharma fuses skill and artistry in all procedures to produce a balanced and aesthetically pleasing look that enhances each patient’s unique features. To learn more about this customizable treatment, contact Plastic Surgery Austin at 512-838-3658.

What about for dads? Is there anything that can be done to help his body? Yes: Daddy Do-Overs!

Mothers aren’t the only ones who deserve to treat themselves after becoming parents. Although men don’t go through the same physical transformation that women do during and after pregnancy, their lifestyle does change. Diet and exercise habits often fall by the wayside, and sleep schedules are disrupted. These transitions, coupled with weight fluctuations and the natural effects of aging, can create the so-called “dad bod.”

A growing number of men are showing interest in “daddy do-over” surgery to rejuvenate their appearance and give their confidence a boost. Like a mommy makeover, a daddy do-over consists of a personalized combination of procedures that are performed in a single surgery. Some of the most popular options for men are liposuction, tummy tuck, facial rejuvenation and gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction).

Liposuction and tummy tuck tend to offer the greatest “wow factor,” especially for men who desire to ditch their dad bod. It is typical for our patients to go down one pant size or more immediately after the procedure. At the follow up, we’ve heard, “Hey, Dr. Sharma! I can fit into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for years!” and “See what I’m wearing? I haven’t worn this since my college days.”

In addition to removing the excess skin and fat, many of our patients request body contouring to enhance their results, giving a “six-pack” appearance to their abdomen. Dr. Sharma has extensive experience in body contouring, loves receiving this type of request and can help most patients achieve these aesthetic goals.

Men who undergo daddy do-over surgery report feeling better about their appearance, more confident at work, more energetic and youthful, and more inclined to make positive choices that support their long-term health goals.


Contact our office to schedule a private consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Sanjay K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S.