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Pregnancy, with its countless benefits, can take its toll on a woman’s body, stretching muscle and skin while producing unwanted fat deposits. Though proper diet and exercise can help restore the body somewhat, it often isn’t enough. A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures performed to restore a woman’s body after pregnancy. Seattle cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, offers this advanced and customized surgery and works with patients to devise a tailored surgical plan to meet their aesthetic objectives. This plan may include a combination of a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, thigh lift and other procedures.
Mommy Makeover Reviews
"I am a single mother in her early 30's. Giving birth to two wonderful children was beautiful and life changing. Unfortunately, it also changed my body in ways that I could not repair on my own. No amount of time in the gym could get rid of the extra skin and stretch marks on my stomach or my sagging breasts. I have always had a lot of confidence, but became very unhappy with my post pregnancy body. My husband found the "Mommy Makeover" procedures and encouraged me to do something for myself that I could feel good about. I chose Dr. Jonov because of his expertise, candor, and from recommendations from past clients. The tummy tuck and breast lift that I received are fairly invasive procedures and not to be taken lightly. My goal was not to improve on what God gave me, but to get my body back. I am currently only six weeks post surgery and am extremely happy with my results. For the first time in six years, I will be comfortable wearing a bikini again this coming summer. I feel good about myself when I look in the mirror and have confidence about my body when I am out in public. It is a wonderful feeling! Thank you, Dr. Jonov."- J.E. / Google / Nov 02, 2014
"Surgery Review - Lynnwood, WA - This will be a bit of a long read but I hope it's enough information to help someone looking for a surgeon. All surgeries are intense but something about plastic surgery, in knowing we are choosing to do something to ourselves that is not (always) medically necessary, that is invasive and expensive is frankly pretty scary and having the right surgeon makes a world of difference.A little over two years ago I seriously began considering a "Mommy Make-Over" and made an appointment with a doctor in MLT. I googled plastic surgeons near me and called the first one I saw and when I met him I liked him. The office manager was also very nice, looking back I think I may have actually liked her a little more than the doctor himself, I left their office happy, sure I'd end up going with them. I had a TON of questions and ended up with two follow-ups, the second with a new doctor. She was VERY nice and had I met her first I may have stayed with that office but having a stranger walk into the room left me feeling like I'd been passed on to someone else - like the fact that I'd had more questions was annoying and I wasn't worth the initial doctor's time any more. Flash forward a year later and I googled plastic surgeons near me again and this time came across Dr. Jonov. The office was able to schedule my consultation pretty quickly and the first visit was very comfortable considering how uncomfortable this type of visit can be! The thing I liked the most was that Dr. Jonov was able to "draw" on my pictures (using his computer) which gave me a visual of his intent, of what the surgery could/would do for me. This may sound like a small thing but when you're researching, trying to decide what you'll look like it's hard when you don't see a "before" that looks like you.I did not schedule surgery that day, I needed to be sure I was "worth" the amount of money I was going to spend, but he had answered all of my questions and in a manner I appreciated, straightforward and direct. I did leave with injections though, nothing was overdone and he left some of the life on my face. Meaning I'm 47 years old and 47 year olds have wrinkles -- I didn't want them gone just softened which he did wonderfully. About 6(ish) months later I did end up going back for a second injection under my eye area ( I do not remember the name!) to plump the hollows a little bit more, Dr. Jonov explained my options, the differences in the amount of fillers he could use and what each would do. I admired and appreciated the fact that when I asked him about a couple alternatives to the procedures I'd initially asked about as well as a possible second injection/filler around my mouth he straight out said he would not do either simply because it would not benefit ME. He could have very easily pulled in more money by giving me additional fillers I did not need and perhaps even the other procedures but that was not what was important to him.I left the office that day with my surgery scheduled - breast lift, tummy tuck with abdominal muscle repair and flank lipo. Everyone in his office has been beyond amazing as well - Belinda and Nicole, Laura and Jessica - small things from walking into the office and them knowing my name without my needing to identify myself to offering me something to drink and asking how I am to the 'bigger' things such as answering my many (MANY) questions pre and post surgery. Pre surgery: During my pre-op visit Laura answered my many pre-op questions with kindness and patience, she went into detail my post-op care, making sure I understood everything. From that visit, she's responded to every email I've sent without making me feel like I'm being a pain by asking "too many" questions. Everyone in the office has treated me to the same kindness and patience and believe me, I've asked a LOT of questions!! The anesthesiologist calling the night before was a very pleasant surprise (I don't remember her name!) and yet another warm and inviting person.Surgery: The day of surgery, the small talk while being marked up by Dr. Jonov still makes me smile. Is there anything more uncomfortable than standing naked in front of a man and having your body marked up with everything to be removed? Not much but it was only momentary and that small talk helped put me at ease.I don't remember a lot after that other than walking into the surgery area, saying hello to the anesthesiologist, laying down and then waking up. But I remember kindness, caring and concern. My recovery/healing was easy - with the exception of if I pulled on the drain or coughed (that hurt!) I did not feel pain throughout my recovery, not like I'd read/seen others had experienced. Getting in and out of my binder was uncomfortable and if I wasn't careful it "hurt" but was not painful. At each post-op visit Jessica and Laura have been supportive and very encouraging. I love the fact that Jessica picked up on the fact that I can be inpatient and has been very straightforward in keeping me grounded, reminding me "you're only at xx weeks". I've had a ton of questions, concerns and things that have scared me so her support in general has been great!!At my 5 week check-up I'd teased Dr. Jonov about something he'd said, telling him that I hadn't posted my review yet and that it could still go either way -- he laughed at that, another thing I appreciated about him, his sense of humor, I already knew I was going to give a good review of course, that was never in question, not for me but it was fun to tease him just the same.I am now just shy of 8 weeks, my scars are healing beautifully, the ones on my breasts have faded quite a bit more than I would have expected at this point and the one on my stomach is low and straight. This may sound like a "what'd you expect" comment but I've seen many, MANY, videos and pictures with scars that are almost a U or zig-zag in shape so Dr. Jonov's skill is again GREATLY appreciated. Read reviews yes, of course, but take everything you read with a grain of salt, mine included, I did -- After my first meeting with Dr. Jonov I did some research on him and while most of the reviews I read were positive there were a few not-so-much-so. The "negative" comments I read seemed to have more to do with personality differences. I appreciate Dr. Jonov's sense of humor, the straight shooter way he'd answer my questions. I never doubted that he was there for me simply because he'd stop and turn back to me if I had one more question even when he already had one foot out the door. I chose Dr. Jonov for that reason as much as anything else. I can say without a doubt that I am 100% happy with my choice and have recommended Dr. Jonov to more than one person."- J. / RealSelf / Oct 17, 2016
The mommy makeover procedure is uniquely tailored to each patient depending on what body part they want to improve. In most cases, the breasts and tummy are addressed together (though not always). The conditions addressed during surgery and the surgical technique used will vary.
- Conditions caused by pregnancy: Loss of volume and/or breast tissue, sagging and/or drooping, excess skin (ptosis), breasts that have become too large
- Surgeries to consider: Breast augmentation with implants, breast lift, breast augmentation with a lift, breast reduction surgery
- Conditions caused by pregnancy: Excess fat and/or persistent bulge in the abdomen, sagging and loose skin, stretch marks and other unsightly skin irregularities
- Surgeries to consider: Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction of the abdomen
- Conditions caused by pregnancy: Sagging skin and excess fat in the buttocks, hips and thighs
- Surgeries to consider: Lower body lift including liposuction and skin tightening of the buttocks, hips and thighs
All mommy makeovers are performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Depending on how many techniques are combined, the surgery could last multiple hours. It is common for patients to have a short hospital stay with this surgery. Most women will require a full month to recover, but many will be able to return to work within 2 weeks. The results will reveal themselves in multiple stages as the breast implants settle into their natural placement and the incisions begin to heal. It generally takes a full year for all of the changes to make their final appearance.
Mommy makeover procedures will vary in cost depending how many surgeries were combined and how many surgery sessions are needed. At a minimum, if a breast lift with augmentation is performed along with a tummy tuck, the cost could range from $8,500-$17,000. According to RealSelf.com, after reviewing more than 1,300 women, the average cost for a mommy makeover is around $12,825.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,500 - $25,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mommy Makeover FAQ's@headingTag>
Is it Safe?@headingTag>
There are always risks to consider when contemplating surgery. When procedures are combined, those risks can increase. Therefore, it is important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in performing multiple procedures in one setting. Ultimately, a combination procedure can have numerous benefits, including only having to undergo surgery once — which means only one recovery and one fee.
What if I get Pregnant?@headingTag>
In a perfect world, women would wait to have a mommy makeover until after all pregnancies have been completed so the surgical results are not compromised. Generally, any body part that has been lifted or tightened would be at risk for stretching out if a subsequent pregnancy were to occur.
What About Stretch Marks?@headingTag>
If stretch marks exist on an area of the body (i.e. breast, tummy, etc.) that is going to be lifted and tightened, they may be removed when the excess skin is trimmed away. For any stretch marks left behind, as well as any other skin irregularities that may exist, there are skin-rejuvenating techniques that can help fade and remove these imperfections.
Will I Have Scars?@headingTag>
Scarring will occur with almost any cosmetic procedure. However, every effort is made to place and close the incisions carefully so that scarring is minimized. Scarring eventually fades into faint lines and can be concealed by undergarments and bathing suits. Most patients feel that the physical results following a mommy makeover far outweigh the scarring left behind.