Mommy Makeover

If you’re like most moms, pregnancy and childbirth are high points of your life. But they can dramatically change the shape and look of your breasts and body, which explains the popularity of the mommy makeover. At our New Orleans, LA, practice in Metairie, a mommy makeover can help you reclaim your pre-baby body—or better! A mommy makeover at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa is customized to your specific body and goals.

On this page, you will find answers to all your mommy makeover questions, including how much the procedure costs, what it includes, and how long it takes to recover. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters and the rest of our team look forward to helping you rediscover your confidence.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

The mommy makeover is a body contouring surgery custom-tailored for you based on your unique areas of concern. Mommy makeovers typically include a combination of skin removal, muscle tightening, fat reduction, and breast enhancement methods to reshape both the upper body (arms and breasts) and lower body (tummy, hips, and buttocks). Virtually any body part affected by pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations can be addressed.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Mommy Makeover?

Ideal mommy makeover candidates include people who:

  • Have experienced pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or weight fluctuations
  • Aren’t seeing improvements with exercise and a healthy diet
  • Have breasts that are sagging and deflated
  • Have excess skin and/or weakened muscles in the abdominal area
  • Want to reduce stubborn fat deposits
  • Desire a slimmer, more toned overall shape with improved breasts

Dr. Walters’ overall goal is to help you reclaim your body so you can get back to living life without additional concerns about your appearance.

How Much Does a Mommy Makeover Cost in New Orleans?

Because each mommy makeover is so highly customized, it is difficult to quote the cost of a mommy makeover at our New Orleans practice without first seeing you for a consultation. Once you and Dr. Walters have assessed your concerns and designed a personalized treatment plan, we will provide you with a detailed pricing estimate.

What Does a Mommy Makeover Include?

The beauty of a mommy makeover is that it includes a unique combination of procedures selected specifically for you, so you enjoy all the results you want without creating any corrections you don’t need. Most mommy makeovers include 2 or more of the following procedures:

Breast Augmentation

The placement of either silicone or saline implants enhances the size and shape of the breasts.


Breast Lift

This procedure tightens breast skin and tissues to address sagging, a deflated look, and low or enlarged areolas.


Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck removes excess loose skin on the abdomen and repairs stretched or separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti).


Liposuction

Many people opt for liposuction to reduce stubborn fat deposits on the flanks, abdomen, back, upper arms, and thighs.


Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty corrects stretched or damaged vulvar tissues common after childbirth.

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Do I Need to Lose Weight Before a Mommy Makeover?

As long as you fall within the safe BMI range for elective surgery (ideally between 18.5 and 30), you do not need to be a certain weight to get a mommy makeover. However, you will enjoy the best and longest-lasting results if you wait until you are at a stable weight at or near your goal. Any major weight fluctuations after your surgery may compromise your results.


Can I Have Kids After a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover will not affect your ability to have children, but additional pregnancies after your surgery may stretch your abdomen and cause weight gain, undoing the results the surgery achieved. We recommend waiting until you are finished having children to move forward with your mommy makeover.

What To Expect During Your Mommy Makeover Consultation

Our goal is to empower you during the consultation process by providing all the tools you need to make informed decisions on your aesthetic journey. To that end, we take a two-step consultation approach:

  1. Your Phone Consultation: You will start with a phone consultation with our patient care coordinator to help you get the most out of your in-person mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Walters. Our coordinator will help you uncover questions to ask the doctor and provide more information on pricing, scheduling, recovery, and other treatments that may be right for you.
  2. Your In-Person Consultation: You will meet with both Dr. Walters and our patient care coordinator in our beautiful office space for your thorough in-person consult. Dr. Walters will evaluate your concerns in a private consultation room and have an in-depth discussion with you about your customized treatment plan and how each procedure will improve your appearance. The goal is for you to be well informed and one step closer to attaining your cosmetic goals. We want to help you feel and look amazing.
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“His expertise is UNMATCHED! His compassion and care for his patients? UNMATCHED. My stomach is the flattest it’s been in forever and I’m not even finished healing yet! I’d highly recommend anyone to him…If I should ever need anything involving plastics this is the only place I’m going. Thank you Dr. Walters for restoring my confidence and my body.”

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Jules Walters, M.D.

Dr. Walters draws from his exceptional training, experience, and skill to create beautiful, natural-looking results. His credentials, integrity, and patient-centered approach, make him one of the most highly rated plastic surgeons in the New Orleans, LA, area. 

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How To Prepare for a Mommy Makeover

Follow these tips to prepare your body, space, and mind for your transformation:

  • Enlist childcare help: You will not be able to lift anything over 15 pounds, including your children and pets, for the first few weeks.
  • Quit nicotine and alcohol: Avoiding these substances for several weeks before and after your surgery will optimize your body’s ability to heal and lower your risk of complications.
  • Set up your sleeping space: You will need to sleep in a reclined position for the first couple of weeks. Make sure you have a recliner or plenty of pillows on hand.
  • Eat a healthy diet and stay active: Giving your body plenty of nutrients and encouraging healthy circulation will make bouncing back after surgery that much easier.

How Is a Mommy Makeover Performed?

Mommy makeovers typically take 3 to 6 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Dr. Walters performs the surgery while you are comfortably asleep under general anesthesia, most often at the AAAHC-accredited Houma Outpatient Surgery Center. Specific procedure steps vary depending on the procedures included, but Dr. Walters always prioritizes creating natural-looking results with the most inconspicuous scarring possible. Most mommy makeovers Dr. Walters performs are outpatient procedures, meaning you can go home the same day after your surgery is complete.


How Long Is Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Most people return to a somewhat normal routine within several weeks, typically returning to desk work after 2 to 3 weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 months, although you can begin taking easy walks as soon as you feel up to it.

Mommy makeovers typically affect large areas of the body, so recovering from this surgery is a gradual process. Moving around and walking upright will be difficult the first week or so as it will take your body time to adjust to your tighter new abdominal skin and muscles. We will provide you with a post-surgical compression garment to minimize swelling and encourage smooth contours.

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Post-Op Experience

Our care for you continues long after you leave the office. Your recovery experience includes:

  • 24/7 Follow-Up Care: Dr. Walters will call to check on you after surgery. You will also have his personal cell phone number to reach him at any time.
  • Lymphatic Massage: We will refer you to a local massage therapist for a manual lymphatic drainage protocol starting 1 to 3 days after surgery.
  • Post-Op Garments: We will send you home with any post-surgical garments you need.
  • Scar Therapy: We offer scar gel, scar sheeting, and laser treatments to reduce visible scarring.
  • Accommodations & Transportation: We work with certified nurses in the area to provide transportation and overnight care services, if needed.
  • Guidance & Support: Your helpful patient care coordinator and surgical nurse will educate and advise you each step of the way.
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Are Mommy Makeovers Safe?

Mommy makeovers are widely considered generally safe; however, any surgical procedure carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, poor healing, and changes in skin sensation. These complications are exceedingly rare, especially when working with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing the procedure. Our team prioritizes your safety above all else and will work closely with you before, during, and after surgery to make sure you are safe, healthy, and happy.


What Will My Mommy Makeover Scars Look Like?

Your scars will vary depending on the procedures you include. Dr. Walters takes great care to disguise incisions along natural creases or place them in easily covered areas, such as low on the pelvis. Over time, scars typically fade into thin, light lines. We offer multiple therapies to encourage this, including scar gel, scar sheeting, and laser treatments.


What Are the Benefits of Combining Plastic Surgery Procedures in a Mommy Makeover?

While it is possible to have each procedure done on its own, there are many advantages to combining them into a single surgery. In addition to the more comprehensive and customized results you’ll achieve, you will also save money by paying only a single set of facility and anesthesia fees, as well as saving time by only undergoing a single recovery period.

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If you would like to discuss your mommy makeover options with Dr. Walters, please request a consultation online or call (504) 517-6200. the MODERN, we welcome people from Mandeville, Covington, Southern Louisiana, and beyond.

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