Portland Plastic Surgery Group
1200 Northwest Naito Parkway #310
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 292-9200
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
In Portland, Oregon, moms considering a Mommy Makeover often tell our surgeons that they never considered plastic surgery until seeing the toll that having children took on their bodies. But those physical changes — sagging abdominal skin, lost breast volume, and pockets of fat — can’t be reversed by exercising more or eating healthier.
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures that address the specific concerns of women who have had children — or who have seen their bodies change with age or significant weight changes. Combining procedures can be both convenient and cost‐effective for patients with multiple aesthetic concerns.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Portland Plastic Surgery customize each Mommy Makeover procedure based on the needs patients describe during their consultations. When you meet with one of our surgeons, you’ll have the opportunity to explain your aesthetic goals and ask whatever questions you may have about the procedure itself, your options, and the recovery. All 3 of our plastic surgeons are highly qualified and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Your Mommy Makeover
After the consultation, your surgeon creates a surgical plan, which typically includes cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring procedures. The specifics vary from patient to patient, but these are the procedures most commonly included as part of a Mommy Makeover:
Tummy Tuck: Pregnancy stretches the abdominal skin and muscle. For many women — especially after multiple pregnancies — the lax skin never “snaps back” and remains loose and saggy. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may be separated and protruding. A tummy tuck involves making a horizontal incision just below the bikini line and removing the excess skin. Your surgeon also repositions the belly button and sculpts it so the results are aesthetically pleasing. Separated abdominal muscles may also be tightened, if needed, as part of the tummy tuck.
For women who have excess fat in the lower abdomen and relatively elastic skin — and who don’t need to have their abdominal muscles repaired — a mini tummy tuck may be possible. This is a less invasive procedure that you can discuss with your surgeon during the consultation.
Liposuction: Even women who spend hours at the gym can have stubborn pockets of fat in certain trouble spots. Our surgeons often combine liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to help ensure the results appear even and smooth. They may use either power‐assisted liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction, depending on the area or areas being treated.
Breast Augmentation: One of the primary concerns women express to our surgeons is the lack of breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast implants can restore the volume in a way that looks and feels natural. Implants such as the Mentor MemoryGel® are filled with cohesive silicone gel that most patients find more aesthetically pleasing than saline‐filled implants. Our surgeons can help you decide on the size and type of implant, and you can even preview your possible results with our VECTRA® 3‐D imaging system.
Breast Lift: Breast implants can restore lost volume, but many women actually need a breast lift to improve the shape and position of their breasts after having children. If your breasts display any degree of sagging, breast augmentation alone may cause them to sag even more. If you’re happy with the size of your breasts, a breast lift alone can create the results you want by making your breasts appear more youthful and perky. During a breast lift, your surgeon removes excess skin, reshapes the tissue, and lifts the breast so that the nipple is more elevated.
Breast Reduction: Some women’s breasts remain excessively large after childbirth. This can create not only unwanted attention, but also physical pain. A breast reduction procedure removes excess breast tissue and skin, for breasts that are more proportional to your body.
*Dr. Zegzula and Dr. O'Brien are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons
The recovery after a Mommy Makeover varies from patient to patient, depending on the procedures performed and your natural healing process. One of the benefits of combining procedures in a single operation is only having to plan for a single recovery. This can be especially helpful if you have to arrange for child care during the postoperative period.
Our surgeons provide detailed instructions that should be closely followed to help reduce the risk of complications and enhance the healing process.
Whether you’re a mom with young children still at home, or you’ve postponed getting surgery until your kids became adults, a Mommy Makeover can create results that help you look like the best version of yourself. Request a consultation using the online form to meet with one of our plastic surgeons, or call our office at (503) 292-9200 to schedule an appointment.Back to Top