A woman’s hormones can bring on a variety of changes to her body during pregnancy. Fluctuating weight, fluid retention, and cosmetic issues with certain body parts are common threads for many women who have been pregnant. The hormonal and physical changes are uniquely different for each mom with every pregnancy. No matter what changes pregnancy brings about, moms can turn to a mommy makeover procedure for help. A mommy makeover is the combination of popular plastic surgery procedures to address certain issues moms face after pregnancy. A mommy makeover features a customized plan that is developed by a qualified plastic surgeon to give each individual mom what she needs to get her pre-baby body back.

Founder of Rao Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao is a leading mommy makeover expert in Tucson, AZ. Voted one of the top plastic surgeons in the Tucson area, Dr. Rao offers a comfortable environment to listen to what moms need to feel more confident about how they look now that their childbearing days are over. There are certain popular target areas that most moms struggle with after having children that are addressed by a mommy makeover. Here is some information on what procedures typically make up a mommy makeover and how Dr. Rao can help

The benefit of a mommy makeover

Becoming a mom is a wonderful experience but fluctuating hormones, the impact of the pregnancy itself, and the added stress on the body of carrying a baby for nine months can be taxing on a woman’s body. Other factors such as the gain and loss of baby-related weight and even your age can all impact how a mom’s body reacts during and after pregnancy. When diet and exercise just aren’t effective months (or even years) after you are done having children, a mommy makeover might be the next step. A mommy makeover can be tailored to meet the different needs of each mom and what pregnancy and childbirth have done to her body. Another great benefit of the mommy makeover procedure for women in Tucson, AZ is that more than one target area can be cosmetically transformed at the same time

Common areas for a mommy makeover

Dr. Rao has the expertise and knowledge to determine what cosmetic procedures will give moms that slimmer, smoother physique that pregnancy took away. Stubborn excess fat after pregnancy can settle in certain places that a mom never had an issue with before having children. A mommy makeover can restore a mom’s body so she can feel good about herself again. The body contouring methods provided by a mommy makeover uses a combination of skin tightening and fat reduction procedures to address the stomach and breasts, as well as other areas affected by pregnancy.

Let’s take a closer look at the most common areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, weight gain/loss and the procedures involved as part of a mommy makeover:

Stomach area

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a common area for obvious reasons. Pregnancy and carrying a baby for nine months can stretch out the underlying abdominal muscles and stomach skin. A traditional tummy tuck can tighten both so that a mom looks fit and has a more toned appearance to her stomach area. In some cases, it can even eliminate stretch marks depending on their location. A tummy tuck is a customized procedure to accommodate for what each mom specifically needs in her midsection. If a little help is only necessary, then a mom can have a mini tummy tuck which is less invasive and has a smaller incision. If help on a larger scale is needed then an extended tummy tuck can be performed. Moms even struggling with deflated, loose skin on their upper torso after pregnancy might want to consider a reverse tummy tuck procedure as part of their mommy makeover. Many tummy tuck procedures also incorporate the use of liposuction to remove stubborn excess fat and contour the abdominal area.


Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures as part of a mommy makeover. The breasts can lose volume, shape, and size after each pregnancy so breast augmentation is key towards helping to improve the overall appearance of a mom’s breasts. In some cases, a mom may also need a breast lift before implants are placed so excess skin can be removed and the natural breast is lifted to an optimal location. Pregnancy can even give some moms bigger breasts that do not go away, so some moms opt for a breast lift and breast reduction to give them perkier, smaller breasts. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Rao can help a mom determine what type of breast procedure will yield the best results for her mommy makeover, so her breasts look and feel better after having children.

Other problem areas

In some cases, after a mom is done being pregnant, certain areas of the body are permanently altered. Even if a mom has maintained a healthy lifestyle or exercises regularly, it can be frustrating if certain areas are still resistant to change. Liposuction is often used during a mommy makeover to reshape or further contour a mom’s body. It can remove excess fat in trouble spots like the lower back (“love handles”), hips, thighs, stomach, and other areas. The issue of excess fat in certain places is a common problem for most moms. Liposuction can be a great addition to a mommy makeover to further reshape and enhance the way a mom looks.

Facial rejuvenation help

With all the great noninvasive treatment options to help moms in Tucson, AZ look and feel more refreshed, more moms are choosing to add injectables such as BOTOX or dermal fillers as well as customized facial treatments to their mommy makeover list. Pregnancy can leave a mom’s skin looking tired and dull. Facials with Dr. Rao can brighten a mom’s complexion giving her a fresh, new, rejuvenated look. Noninvasive facial injectables of dermal fillers or BOTOX can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles giving a mom a more youthful awake appearance. Consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon will provide you with a number of effective nonsurgical treatments that can be easily added onto a mommy makeover to tackle a number of issues.

A mommy makeover can help moms in Tucson, AZ feel rejuvenated and more confident after they are finished having children. A mom who is wanting to improve the way she looks after all other efforts have been exhausted can turn to a mommy makeover to feel better about herself. If you are considering a mommy makeover to return your body back to its pre-baby days, then we encourage you to call and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic Surgery in Tucson. Let Dr. Rao help you get yourself back and feel better than ever!


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