Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover Northern Virginia

What is a mommy makeover?

After pregnancy, you might adjust your diet and exercise, but find that you still can’t reach a place where you are satisfied with your body. While a healthy diet and exercise can help you lose the baby weight and regain your fitness, there’s not much they can do for sagging breasts, loose skin, and stretched abdominal muscles.

A mommy makeover can help you restore—or even improve upon—the more toned, youthful figure you remember from before you became a mom. Our mommy makeover options at Hess Plastic Surgery are personalized to your needs.


Procedure Overview


Quick Facts About Mommy Makeover Surgery

Benefit Restores more youthful breasts and firmer abdomen after childbearing
Duration of Surgery 2 to 5 hours
Type of Surgery Inpatient or outpatient, depending on circumstances
Anesthesia Usually general or local
Possible Side Effects Swelling, soreness, numbness, bruising and tiredness
Risks Blood clots, infection, bleeding under skin flap, poor healing or scarring
Resume Normal Activity 2 to 4 Weeks
Resume Exercise 4 to 6 Weeks
Related Procedures Tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, lipoabdominoplasty
Price Range $12,000 to $20,000

How much does a mommy makeover cost in Northern Virginia?

At Hess Plastic Surgery in Fairfax, VA, mommy makeover surgery costs generally range from $12,000 to $20,000. It isn’t simple to list a specific price, because each patient will have different needs and choose different procedure combinations to achieve her goals.

During your consultation with Dr. Hess, we will provide a detailed, individualized price quote including surgeon’s fees, operating room costs, anesthesia, breast implants, and any other associated costs. We like to be up-front about prices at our practice so you can make a confident decision about surgery. We also offer flexible cosmetic surgery financing options for your convenience.

Is a mommy makeover worth it?

Our patients often share these concerns about their appearance, but more importantly about their self-confidence.

A mommy makeover can help you feel comfortable and beautiful in your body. Lifting and restoring breast fullness can help you feel more attractive and feminine. Tightening the tummy and removing loose skin can help you feel more comfortable and confident during exercise, in turn making it a little easier to get in shape and stay in shape. Restoring more slender, toned proportions can help you feel more like yourself.

Our mommy makeover patients say they now feel freer to focus on the things that are really important to them: their partner, their job, and of course their kids!

What does a mommy makeover consist of?

Dr. Hess personalizes surgery to each patient’s needs and goals. Most patients include three key procedures: breast augmentation with lift, tummy tuck, and body contouring with liposuction.

Breast Augmentation & Lift

Through breast augmentation and a breast lift, the volume and position of your breasts can be restored or even enhanced beyond pre-pregnancy status. Saline or silicone implants can add volume and help fill out loose skin, while the breast lift will improve the position of the nipple and the overall profile of the breast.

If you don’t want larger breasts, only firmer, more youthful breasts, Dr. Hess can perform a breast lift alone (or even a breast reduction) to help you achieve a beautiful result with your own natural tissue.

Tummy Tuck

If you cannot seem to get a flatter tummy after pregnancy despite a disciplined diet and exercise, you are not alone.  Stretching of the midsection during pregnancy can weaken the abdominal muscles, causing the belly to protrude. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin from your stomach, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, and even reshapes the belly button for an attractive finishing touch. In some cases, a less extensive “mini-tummy tuck” is appropriate, helping to smooth and flatten the lower belly with a shorter recovery.

Body Contouring (Liposuction)

Using liposuction, Dr. Hess can help remove those stubborn fat deposits that appear seemingly out of nowhere on the tummy, hips, or thighs after pregnancy, as well as sculpt a more attractive shape and proportion to an area. Liposuction can be safely performed at the same time as a tummy tuck without additional scarring.

How long is the mommy makeover recovery time?

Recovery time is naturally one of the top concerns of our mommy makeover patients. While you will have to plan for several weeks away from work, as well as full-time childcare during your initial healing period, one major benefit of combining procedures into a mommy makeover is that you only have to do this once. While every patient is different, in general you can expect the following regarding timelines (based on mommy makeover that includes breast lift/augmentation and a tummy tuck):

  • You’ll need full-time childcare help for 2 to 3 weeks
  • Back to a desk job in 1 to 2 weeks
  • No heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks (including lifting small children)
  • Gradual return to exercise in 64 to 8 weeks
  • Most swelling is gone within 3 months
  • Results are final in 6 to 12 months

Is it safe to combine three surgeries?

It depends on the procedures that are being performed—as well as the plastic surgeon performing them. Dr. Hess has decades of experiencing performing mommy makeovers, and studies show that complication rates do not increase when combining body contouring procedures.  In the majority of cases combining procedures can actually reduce risks, as there is only one operation, one time under anesthesia, and one recovery period. Performing breast and body surgery together can also achieve the most harmonious result.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hess today

There are several plastic surgeons that can offer you these procedures around Fairfax County and the DC area. What’s most important is that you find the right plastic surgeon for your needs, someone you can trust to listen and help you achieve your desired outcome.

If you want honest answers about the mommy makeover, a safe experience, and great results, we invite you to contact us at Hess Plastic Surgery in Fairfax, VA to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hess to discuss your concerns and help you decide whether a mommy makeover is right for you.

Call 703.752.6608 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hess.
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