Do You Need To Lose Weight Before a Mommy Makeover?


Side view full length of beautiful woman in black swimsuitAs all moms know, having a child is a profoundly rewarding experience, from feeling your baby kick for the first time to bonding during breastfeeding. It’s also an experience that comes with new challenges. And let’s be honest — there isn’t a mom out there who wouldn’t skip the sleepless nights, stretch marks, and stubborn new areas of pinchable fat if she could.

Fortunately, a mommy makeover allows you to undo unwanted physical changes that come with having kids. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John J. Corey has worked with countless women to restore their pre-pregnancy appearance through highly individualized treatment plans. One question he often hears is, “Do I need to lose weight before a mommy makeover?”

Can a Mommy Makeover Help Shed the Baby Weight?

You are likely a great candidate for a mommy makeover if you’re already close to your ideal weight (probably within 10%) but want a more toned and contoured body. If not, you might be asked to lose some weight first. As a general rule, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30 is required.

While you can expect a more defined shape after a mommy makeover, you shouldn’t expect major weight loss from the procedure. However, on average, Dr. Corey's patients do lose around 7-10 lb. after surgery.

What Can a Mommy Makeover Do?

While diet, exercise, and self-care can help new moms feel more like their old selves, common cosmetic procedures can reverse otherwise permanent changes that come with having children. It’s a helping hand when you can’t achieve your aesthetic goals through healthy habits alone. Because a mommy makeover often removes excess skin around the abdomen, it can also make your favorite pre-pregnancy HIIT class feel much more comfortable again!

A mommy makeover usually involves some combination of liposuction, breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a tummy tuck. It can:

  • Eliminate fat deposits in the legs, hips, and abdomen
  • Trim the waist
  • Re-shape a "sad" belly button
  • Remove loose skin and flatten the tummy
  • Restore volume, shape and symmetry to the breasts
  • Reveal a more shapely physique

Celebrate This New Chapter by Feeling Your Best

Being a new mom is one of the most exciting chapters in life, and you deserve to spend it feeling confident and happy.

While many plastic surgeons take a purely technical approach, Dr. Corey combines his technical knowledge with an artistic eye, celebrating each patient’s beauty and finding ways to enhance it. This balanced approach helps you look like the best you — not the best someone else. 

Find out how a mommy makeover can help you look and feel your best by calling Dr. Corey’s Scottsdale, Arizona practice Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at 408-767-7700 to book a consultation