Posted October 19, 2023 in Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is the most comprehensive procedure offered by plastic surgeons that targets the ideal treatment areas for moms and non-moms alike: the breasts, thighs, abdomen, and more!
While this procedure, or combination of procedures, offers transformational results, many patients are worried about one thing—the price. Below, we will detail what exactly goes into a Mommy Makeover, explain how to determine your cost estimate, and reveal how to make the most of your procedure by combining surgeries.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
The term Mommy Makeover refers to a surgery that is usually a combination of procedures that targets areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and aging. For most women, this means the breasts, the abdomen, and the thighs, but the specific procedures you choose will be unique to you and your body.
The rule of the Mommy Makeover is customization: patients decide which parts of their bodies they’d like to enhance, and their surgeon creates a custom surgical plan for that. A brief description of popular procedures is as follows:
Breast Augmentation: Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can cause a woman’s breasts to lose volume. A breast augmentation restores that lost volume for a shapely, renewed profile.
Breast Lift: This is usually the main component of the Mommy Makeover. As the breasts lose volume and skin elasticity, they sag or lose their structure. Additionally, the fluctuations in size due to breastfeeding can cause the breasts to appear deflated or distorted. A breast lift elevates, repositions, and reshapes the breasts to a perkier, more youthful position.
Breast Reduction: For women with large, pendulous breasts, a breast reduction can help enhance comfort and mobility. It also provides a more uniform, manageable shape. Through the aging process, large breasts weigh on the skin, causing it to stretch and sag. A breast reduction removes excess skin for a more shapely, perky appearance.
Tummy Tuck: Abdominoplasty is another gold standard procedure that characterizes many Mommy Makeovers. This procedure removes excess sagging skin and surgically tightens separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) for a smooth, taut midsection.
Liposuction: Liposuction can be applied nearly anywhere on the body that harbors excess pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Many women pair this with their tummy tucks or smooth and contour the thighs, hips, and backside.
Brachioplasty: Also called an arm lift, brachioplasty targets the upper arms, removing excess skin and pockets of fat to reveal smooth, toned arms.
How to Determine the Cost of Your Dallas Mommy Makeover
As you peruse plastic surgery websites, you may have noticed that specific prices are missing. This is because plastic surgery is such a nuanced service, it is nearly impossible to provide a flat cost. Multiple factors determine the overall price of a procedure, which are often unique to the surgeon.
What Makes Up the Price of Your Plastic Surgery Procedure
Surgical Fees: This refers to the price of the procedure itself. This price reflects several factors, including the average price in a geographic area, the surgeon’s level of experience, and the expertise necessary to perform the procedure. When you look up the average cost of a specific procedure, like breast augmentation, the average number seen will likely be referencing the surgical fee.
Anesthesia Fees: This will be added to the surgical fee and will depend on the type of anesthesia used (general or local) and the length of the procedure (how long anesthesia will be needed).
Facility Fees: Facility fees are hard to determine since these vary depending on various factors. These can cover additional costs of using a separate surgical facility if your surgeon does not have one on site, the cost of nursing and rehabilitation staff, other medications, and extra medical necessities like a post-surgical garment.
The Benefits of Combining Procedures
While they do incorporate multiple procedures, Mommy Makeovers are often combined into simply one or two operations. If this is possible, you won’t be paying multiple fees more than once. For example:
Suppose you choose breast lift surgery, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. In that case, you will be paying the surgical fees for each, but you may only be paying for one set of anesthesia fees and one set of facility fees if your surgeon finds it safe to perform all three procedures at once.
Combining procedures allows patients to save some money on those one-time fees rather than setting aside time and money to have three discrete operations spread out over a year.
On top of that, combining procedures means you only have one recovery period; this can be crucial when trying to schedule time to undergo the procedures you’ve been dying to have!
One last note: it is not guaranteed that a surgeon will agree to combine all the multiple procedures a patient desires into one operation. This is only done when it is safe to do so—always discuss your plans with your surgeon to understand your options and get expert advice.
Interested in Mommy Makeovers in Dallas, TX?
Dr. David Morales is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience in the field. If you would like to know what the best options are available for your Mommy Makeover, call us today at (214) 827-8407 or fill out our online contact form.