How To Prepare For Your Mommy Makeover In NYC

Mommy makeover procedures have quickly become a leading treatment option for mothers looking for a total body transformation. If you’ve decided to get a mommy makeover yourself or you’re considering it, we’ve put together this guide on how to prepare for the procedure. Let’s get started…

What Is A Mommy Makeover In NYC?

A mommy makeover is a collection of treatments and procedures that we give to moms of all ages. Our trained and experienced staff includes doctors that specialize in female plastic surgery, ensuring that your results are both visually acceptable and natural-looking.

Naturally, before scheduling any treatments, your plastic surgeon will listen to you and ascertain your worries and aspirations. If you want to conceive again, your surgeon may advise you to postpone your mommy makeover until later, since many improvements will almost certainly be lost. During your appointment, we will assist you in determining the optimal time and mix of treatments to accomplish your objectives.

What You Should Know Before Scheduling A Consultation For A Mommy Makeover

If you’ve been considering a mommy makeover in NYC, you must satisfy all of the following conditions in addition to waiting six months after giving birth.

You must be in generally excellent health. Because mommy makeovers include many invasive surgical procedures, it’s critical that you’re in excellent health prior to undergoing one. You must stop smoking at least three weeks before surgery and get a clean bill of health from your physician. Even common problems that occur after pregnancy, such as type 2 diabetes, may make surgery dangerous, so keeping track of any conditions you have is crucial. Similarly, you should discuss with your doctor how any drugs you are taking may impair your ability to undergo surgery.

You must maintain a healthy weight. A mommy makeover is not a “weight loss” operation. While some fat will be removed during your mommy makeover, you must have dropped the majority of your pregnancy weight before scheduling a session. This is required for proper skin resection. Before surgery, we suggest that you be no more than 25 pounds over your original weight.

You’ll need to plan ahead of time. A mommy makeover is more expensive than many other cosmetic operations since it entails a number of different treatments. A mommy makeover will cost you anywhere between $10,000 and $25,000 on average.

You should, in theory, be done having children. While this isn’t absolutely essential, it’s a good idea to put off getting a full mommy makeover until you’ve finished having children. This is because each pregnancy following your mommy makeover will stretch the skin of your abdomen and breasts again, perhaps even ripping your abdominal muscles, thereby reversing the outcomes of your surgery. You may, of course, have further revision operations, but this adds to the cost and hassle as you will need to go through recovery multiple times.

What Are The Procedures Involved In A Mommy Makeover?

To maximize your time, you may like to combine our popular mommy makeover cosmetic treatments, which in result would only need just one recuperation period. You may combine the following procedures:


This procedure affords you the opportunity to reclaim your pre-pregnancy form by tightening strained abdominal muscles, contouring the waist, and eliminating extra skin and fat.


These types of procedures may include a breast lift and augmentation to rejuvenate and restore the shape and volume of your breasts that were lost during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Facial operations, such as eyelid lifts and facelifts, may help you regain your young look.


This surgery reduces the appearance of persistent fat pockets in particular places such as the abdomen, hips, and even under the chin.

We recognize that gifting yourself with a mother makeover is a significant step. We want you to be completely satisfied with the outcome. You deserve to look as beautiful as the experience of motherhood was.

Candidates For A Mommy Makeover In New York City

If, despite a healthy diet and exercise regimen after your pregnancy, you are unsatisfied with the look of your breasts and belly, you may be an excellent candidate for a mommy makeover. If you want to get pregnant in the future, Dr. Gartner advises deferring your mommy makeover until after you have had children.

Another important factor to a mommy makeover is that you must have reasonable surgical expectations. Additionally, you should be close to your optimum weight and maintain a constant weight after your procedure. You should also be physically fit and refrain from smoking for optimal results. It’s important to remember that your mommy makeover is a serious surgery and not a kind of weight loss.

How Long Is The Procedure?

Your mommy makeover will be performed at our outpatient surgical clinic. The procedure lasts between 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the precise treatments done and the severity of the surgery. Your procedures will be conducted under general anesthesia, which is very safe and ensures your comfort during your mommy makeover.

Dr. Gartner will consult with you prior to your procedure to ensure that you’re aware of all of the details. Additionally, he will leave several markings on your breasts, abdomen, and flanks to mark the target areas. As we’ve said, you can typically expect to be at our facility for 4 to 6 hours depending on how long the consultation takes, how long the surgery process takes and post-surgery.

How Are The Procedures Performed?


Dr. Gartner often employs one of three incision locations for implants. The infra-mammary incision which is placed under the breast, the periareolar incision which is positioned at the boundary between the breast skin and the pigmented skin of the nipple-areolar complex, and the axillary incision which is located within the armpit. Incisions are concealed as much as possible between the natural folds of the breasts or armpits, or around the areola. Dr. Gartner will always ensure that the results look as natural as possible for you.


Between your hip bones, Dr. Gartner will create a lengthy horizontal incision. This incision is concealed behind the bikini line. The incision may be done in the same spot and extended to the sides in patients who have already had a C-section. The abdominal wall’s skin and fat are raised. Sutures are inserted into the fascia of the abdominal wall muscles to draw them together, resulting in a hard, taut belly. Your abdominal skin and fat are gently drawn down over the incision line and excess is eliminated.

While the umbilicus remains in its original location on the abdominal wall, the skin around it has shifted. This necessitates Dr. Gartner creating a new position. On the skin, the umbilicus is marked and a hole is cut. The umbilicus is sutured into place after being dragged through the skin. Dissolvable sutures are used to seal the incisions.

Drains are avoided wherever feasible by “quilting” sutures from the abdominal wall to the abdominal subcutaneous tissue. Drains may be implanted for a brief duration of four days in individuals with a higher body mass index. Drains are often implanted to avoid fluid accumulation, which may put strain on wounds and re-draped skin. A drain is a transparent plastic tube that is inserted into the body via a minor incision and leads to a little oval-shaped bulb.


Dr. Gartner starts the liposuction treatment by creating a tiny incision in the desired place (less than 1 cm). To give anesthesia while reducing blood loss, a fluid comprising a local anesthetic, salt water, and epinephrine is injected. Dr. Gartner will next remove the fat and fluids necessary to shape the region using a cannula. Liposuction is a procedure that permanently eliminates extra fat. While it does eliminate the unwanted fat deposits, it’s important to remember that this is not a weight loss procedure.

Immediate Results Post-Mommy Makeover

You will be wearing surgical binders and/or garments when you awaken after your mommy makeover. Drains and dressings may be placed around your abdomen and over your wounds. You will be monitored in a quiet recovery area until you are no longer in discomfort and can eat meals. If drains have been installed, the nurses in the recovery area will show how to empty and record the output from them.

To be released, you must have a responsible adult available to accompany you home and spend the first night after surgery with you. When you arrive home, take a two- or three-hour nap in order to let your body rest and heal properly. The majority of the medicine used during surgery will wear off during your slumber, and you should have minor postoperative nausea. Numerous patients report experiencing little or no discomfort. However, pain perception varies significantly depending on individual tolerance and the operations conducted.

Breast procedures– It will be difficult to raise your arms over your head immediately after breast surgery, and you will want help with personal tasks. Breast bruising, edema, and discomfort are also possible. Applying cold packs to your breasts might help minimize swelling.

Tummy tuck– The majority of individuals have just minimal pain after tummy tuck surgery. They report that their abdomens feel tight, as if they’ve done a lot of sit-ups. Typically, pain will subside within 48 hours.

Liposuction– Although post-liposuction experiences vary significantly, the majority of patients report experiencing far less discomfort than expected. Dr. Gartner will offer you pain medication to maintain your comfort. Wearing the compression garment will aid in the quick reduction of swelling.

Dr. Gartner will also provide you with special post-operative instructions depending on your surgical treatment plan. He will provide you with a prescription for pain medication and information on how to care for your incisions to ensure the best recovery possible from your surgery.

Recovery After A Mommy Makeover In NYC

You will return to our New York City office three to four days after surgery. We will monitor your progress and remove your drains at this session. Dr. Gartner will advise you on the appropriate duration of use for the compression garments.

If needed, Dr. Gartner will supply silicone scar cream to patients to apply on their scars for the first four to six weeks after surgery. Additionally, vitamin E oil may help keep scars smooth and flat. Incisions will diminish with time but may not remove altogether. Keeping an open mind during the recovery phase is highly important as these surgical procedures are very complex and do take some time to heal. But not to worry, once you’re all healed and the recovery period is over you can then start to enjoy your new body!

Exercise Before And After A Mommy Makeover

It’s understandable that some people do have a steady workout regimen that they don’t necessarily want to stop. That being said, Dr. Gartner will advise you on the appropriate time frame for resuming physical exercise after your procedure. Walking is often allowed the day after surgery, but intense activities and heavy lifting are restricted for two weeks. Swelling will occur during the first two to three months after surgery. Typically, three to six months following surgery, the ultimate benefits of a mommy makeover are visible. Scars will continue to fade and soften over time as your skin naturally ages.

If you’ve been wanting to return to your exercise regimen make sure to ask your surgeon if you’re all clear to go before undergoing any stress to the body.

Why Choose Dr. Gartner For Your Mommy Makeover In NYC?

Dr. Gartner and his team in NYC, use only the cutting-edge and industry leading treatments and procedures that will effectively provide you with the results that you’re looking for. To get started on your mommy makeover contact our clinic and one of our experts will set you up with your very own consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gartner. We look forward to making your dream results come to life!

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