Summary: Having children and watching them grow is one of the most satisfying things about family life, but the process of pregnancy and childbirth can leave behind noticeable physical changes that affect different areas of your body.

So what procedures are included in a mommy makeover? The procedures that make up your mommy makeover are completely customized to the needs of the post-pregnancy body. While your plastic surgeon will work with you to come up with the best plan, there are three main components that are commonly included to address the specific effects childbirth can have on your body.

Breast Enhancement

Becoming pregnant—and later, a nursing mother, if you choose to breastfeed—can lead to significant changes in the size, shape and placement of your breasts. Because of this, most mommy makeovers include some type of breast enhancement.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, can restore fallen or droopy breasts to a perkier profile, while breast implants can add a boost in volume. These procedures can also be combined for a look that’s curvier as well as more youthful. Other women may opt for a breast reduction to restore a more proportionate look.

When choosing any type of breast enhancement as part of your mommy makeover, you should have already weaned your child. This helps your plastic surgeon more accurately plan the most effective procedure or combination of procedures for your needs.

Tummy Tuck

A mommy makeover combines cosmetic surgery procedures that target the areas of your body most affected by pregnancy.

It’s no secret that pregnancy puts a lot of strain on your mid-section. When asking what procedures are included in a mommy makeover, a tummy tuck is the most common answer. A tummy tuck repairs separated abdominal muscles and removes loose skin for a firmer, slimmer waistline.

Separated abdominals, or diastasis recti, is a condition that results in a paunchy midriff and is caused by weakened connections between abdominal muscles. Diastasis recti often accompanies pregnancy. Repairing diastasis recti is one a few ways a tummy tuck goes beyond the cosmetic and could even improve your health.

Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat cells living just below your skin, targeting those stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of exercise seems to be able to remove. Liposuction is often included in mommy makeover, either in combination with your tummy tuck or to address problem spots elsewhere that aren’t related to lax muscles or excess skin.

Today there are non-surgical body contouring options that may deliver results equivalent to liposuction but without any downtime, some of which can even improve the appearance of cellulite.

The Best Mommy Makeover Combination

Planning your mommy makeover is the first important steps in seeing your ideal results. Your plastic surgeon can help you decide whether combining procedures in a single appointment or staging procedures and treatments could work best for you.

Deciding on the right timing is an important part of seeing the best results from all the procedures that are included in a mommy makeover, too. Many women choose to wait until after they’ve completed their families before moving forward with cosmetic surgery. Some mommy makeover procedures, such as the tummy tuck, may not have as long-lasting results if you plan on having more children.

Your plastic surgeon can offer the best suite of procedures and recommended timeframe to ensure you achieve not only the best-looking, but also the healthiest results for your body.