Am I A Good Candidate For A Mommy Makeover?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Having children can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a woman’s life, though it can certainly take a toll on her body. While some women seem to “bounce back” to their pre-baby shape after giving birth, most mothers are left with at least a few stubborn side effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and/or breastfeeding. At SSK Plastic Surgery, Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi helps women look and feel more like themselves once again with fully customizable mommy makeover surgery. In this blog, you’ll get a better idea of who is considered a candidate for mommy makeover surgery and what life-changing results these patients may achieve.

What is included in full mommy makeover surgery?

Each mommy makeover is completely customized to meet the needs, anatomy, and goals of the patient as an individual. In most cases, mommy makeover surgery is performed specifically to reverse the adverse cosmetic side effects of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, aging, and/or weight loss. With this in mind, many mommy makeover surgeries include some combination of the following body contouring treatments and procedures:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Butt lift
  • Butt augmentation
  • Fat transfer
  • Vaginal rejuvenation (labiaplasty)

Who qualifies for a mommy makeover?

Despite its name, mommy makeover surgery can be appropriate and beneficial for women who have never had children, though it is certainly popular among those who have. Generally speaking, mommy makeover candidates should be:

  • In good health
  • Nonsmokers
  • At or near their goal weight
  • At a stable weight for at least 6 – 12 months
  • Committed to maintaining a healthy weight after surgery
  • Done having children

Can you have more children after a mommy makeover?

Absolutely. Getting pregnant after mommy makeover surgery is possible and safe for both mother and baby. However, most patients are strongly encouraged to defer their mommy makeover until after they are certain they are done having children. This is primarily to ensure the longest-lasting results possible. Due to the body contouring nature of mommy makeover surgery – which often includes fat transfer, skin excision, liposuction, and more – gaining weight or becoming pregnant after a mommy makeover can severely compromise the patient’s initial aesthetic outcome and lead to the need for a repeat procedure.

Will my weight disqualify me from mommy makeover surgery?

Being at or near your goal weight for at least 6 – 12 months prior to surgery is essential for achieving and maintaining your ideal mommy makeover results. When determining if you qualify for surgery, however, Dr. Kelishadi will take more than just your weight into account. Oftentimes, the BMI – which is a ratio comparing your weight and height – is a more accurate indicator of your overall health and eligibility for surgery.

During your initial consultation for a mommy makeover in Newport Beach, Dr. Kelishadi will conduct a thorough evaluation and assessment to determine if you may be ready for surgery. When a mommy makeover is performed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon on a good candidate at the appropriate time in her life, the results can be remarkably beautiful, natural-looking, and long-lasting.

Missing your pre-baby body? Consider a mommy makeover in Orange County, CA

Everyone’s body goes through changes in life, but we all deserve to love ourselves each step of the way. If you are ready to restore a slimmer, more youthful look after having children or losing weight, we can help. For more information on if you may be a candidate for mommy makeover surgery, call SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with nationally renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.