What Treatments Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?


As a mother, investing in yourself can sometimes make you feel selfish because the needs of others and your family, especially your children, always seem to come first. However, we want to let you know that an investment in yourself is an investment in your family. When you feel good about yourself, you will have more to give others. That’s why at LA Plastic Surgery in Bradenton, FL, we are proud to offer the mommy makeover.

This is a unique procedure because it allows you to pick and choose among different procedures and can be fully customized to meet your needs. Motherhood is all-consuming, and it’s easy to lose yourself amid diapers, naps, tantrums, and carpools. However, you aren’t just a mother; you’re a woman, and how you feel about your appearance matters. This procedure has helped so many women restore their confidence and feel like themselves again.

What Treatments Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Addressing the Breasts

After experiencing pregnancy and spending the good part of a year or longer of nursing, to say that your breasts can look a little bit different than they once did would be an understatement. Whether you want to address your breasts to correct how pregnancy and nursing have affected them, or you’ve always wanted to increase your breast volume and get good looking breasts, we can help.

One of the most common procedures that are added to a mommy makeover improves the appearance of the breasts. There are two different ways to address the breasts, and they can be combined or performed as stand-alone procedures.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure that increases the size of the breasts by adding volume with an implant. An implant improves the size, shape, and appearance of your breasts. The most common implant options are saline or silicone, and they come in different shapes and sizes. During your initial consultation with Dr. Lacerna, she will discuss your concerns and help you choose the right implants for your needs.

Breast Lift

A breast lift does not increase your breast size; instead, it addresses sagging skin and drooping breasts. Sagging and drooping often result from pregnancy and nursing as well as the aging process. This procedure removes excess skin and lifts the breasts higher on the chest wall for a lifted more proportional-looking appearance.

This procedure can be performed during your makeover as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with a breast augmentation to both lifts the breasts and increase their size. During your consultation, Dr. Lacerna will help determine if you would benefit from a breast lift, augmentation, or both.

Addressing the Abdomen and Midsection

The midsection is another primary area of concern that plagues women after having children. The abdominals and the midsection bear the brunt of everything that’s associated with pregnancy. The skin stretches and then doesn’t always bounce back. One pregnancy can affect your abdomen and midsection, leaving you with loose skin, yet multiple pregnancies can make matters even worse.

There are different procedures designed to correct loose abdominal skin and remove excess fat to restore your pre-pregnancy stomach and, in some cases, give you a stomach that’s better than the one you had before having kids.


An abdominoplasty is a technical term for a tummy tuck. There are two different options to consider when choosing this procedure: the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck. Dr. Lacerna will help you choose the one that is right for you. Different factors determine whether you should undergo a mini or a full tummy tuck, including your stomach’s overall condition, the amount of excess skin you have, and your ultimate goals.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is exactly how it sounds. It’s a mini version of a tummy tuck and focuses on the skin above and around the pubic bone. The main goal is to remove fat through liposuction and tighten the area. Those who make good candidates for this procedure have minimal to moderate skin laxity and minor muscle problems. Candidates for this procedure don’t need a full tummy tuck, just a minor version.


Full Tummy Tuck

The full tummy tuck addresses the entire midsection. It removes excess skin, addresses abdominal muscles, and tightens the remaining skin so that your stomach is flat and more toned. A full tummy tuck addresses the entire midsection and removes excess skin and fat to strengthen the abdominal muscles and recontour the entire midsection.

Addressing the Buttocks

The buttocks are another area of the body that can suffer after pregnancy. There aren’t many things you can do at home to improve your buttocks’ appearance aside from repetitive squats and glute exercises, but sometimes you need something more. That’s where the Brazilian butt lift comes in. This procedure can give you the kind of butt you may have never thought possible but always dreamed of.

The Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian butt lift really gives you two great results at once. You get a better-looking backside, plus you get to tone some other areas through a fat transfer. During this procedure, your surgeon will remove fat from a different area of your body, such as the abdomen, inner or outer thighs, hips, or back. Liposuction is performed to remove the fat, which is then cleaned and carefully examined for healthy cells.
Once prepared, the fat cells are put into an injectable form and are directly injected into your buttocks. Strategic injections are made to improve the size and shape of your buttocks. The benefit is that you get natural-looking results because the procedure doesn’t require an implant: it uses your body fat.


Addressing Excess Fat

Everyone has stubborn fat, but it’s not uncommon to have more than what is considered normal, especially after one or more pregnancies. Your body accumulates more fat during the pregnancy stage, and it also needs fat to create milk during the nursing stage. However, once you’re done having children and nursing, that fat doesn’t serve any purpose; it just gets in the way of you, your confidence, and your ultimate goals.

Liposuction is one of the fully customizable procedures that you can include in your mommy makeover to help permanently remove stubborn fat from wherever it has chosen to land on your body.


Liposuction is a versatile procedure because we can perform it almost anywhere on the body. Some of the most common areas of treatment include the hips, thighs, abdomen, arms, and even the breasts. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in your treatment area and then insert a thin tube called a cannula into that area. The fat will then be liquefied and suctioned out through the cannula. Once removed, it will be gone permanently.


Mommy Makeover FAQs

How Long Will My Results Last?

We understand that elective surgeries aren’t something to take lightly. We want to help you meet your goals which is why we can help you pick and choose the best procedures to add to your makeover so that you can achieve your dream body. When you undergo this makeover, your results will be long-lasting, and some are even intended to be permanent.

Maintaining Your Results

However, you are responsible for maintaining the results that have to do with your body composition. If you have chosen liposuction to help remove fat from your body or you have chosen a Brazilian butt lift to augment your buttocks, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise and eat a healthy diet so that you don’t gain weight. Weight gain can negatively affect your results.

You don’t need to begin a strenuous workout plan to maintain your results, but you do need to live a balanced lifestyle. Getting some type of exercise each day and eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods will go a long way. There are many ways to incorporate exercise into your day that won’t feel all-consuming. Walking, at-home workouts and nearby outdoor boot camps only take 30 minutes of your day and will help you look and feel better.

Touch-Up Treatments

If you add a breast augmentation or breast lift to your makeover, you can enjoy your results for an extended period of time, but typically breast augmentations require maintenance after ten or more years. Your breast lift will deliver results, but it won’t stop the aging process and can eventually lead to more sagging or drooping down the road. These are both conditions that you can address with other procedures and treatments as needed.


What Is the Recovery Like?

A mommy makeover does involve downtime and a recovery period. It is important that you focus on rest during your recovery. Even though, as a mother, you may feel as though you have a long to-do list, you need to rest. We recommend that you find someone who can help with childcare and household duties so that you can let your body rest and recover. The faster you recover, the sooner you can get back to normal life, and the sooner you can enjoy your results.
Our staff will provide you with a complete aftercare instruction list before your scheduled appointment so that you know exactly what to do and what not to do in helping your body recover. We will also provide you with a list of instructions on how to prepare your body for your procedure.


The Importance of Self Investment

For many women, the thought of scheduling a mommy makeover can make them feel both excited yet full of guilt. Once you have children, your time is more valuable than ever. As a mother, it can feel difficult to find time to take a shower, let alone schedule work out. However, self-investment is important, yet many women experience mom guilt at the thought of investing in themselves.

However, just the opposite is true. Investing in your appearance increases your confidence and makes you a more well-rounded individual. If your appearance is making you feel less than you are, making the necessary changes will not only affect your confidence but positively impact the way you interact with your spouse, your children, your co-workers, and your friends.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

If you’re ready to invest in yourself, improve your appearance, and increase your confidence, a mommy makeover near me may be just what you need. This procedure can deliver some life-changing results. Contact us today at LA Plastic Surgery in Bradenton, FL, to learn more about this procedure and how it can be customized to help you meet all of your aesthetic goals and achieve your dream body.