Mommy Makeover

Along with the many joys of motherhood come some physical changes that many women would like to reverse. Fortunately, that’s possible thanks to a specialized combination surgery that Dr. Thomas Mustoe and Dr. Sammy Sinno perform called a mommy makeover. They can safely combine a tummy tuck, breast surgery, and other treatments at their Chicago plastic surgery practice to address all the areas affected by pregnancy at once, helping their patients regain their pre-pregnancy figures and their confidence. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno are considered among the leading authorities on body contouring surgery and have performed thousands of abdominoplasties and cosmetic breast surgeries.

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in Chicago to perform a mommy makeover, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno. Or you can call our office at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

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Mommy Makeover for a Comprehensive Rejuvenation

A mommy makeover usually combines some form of breast enhancement surgery and a tummy tuck, in addition to liposuction to help sculpt the waist and hips. Some come in for a mommy makeover soon after they are finished having children, while others wait many years before deciding to pursue plastic surgery. What they have in common are physical changes associated with childbearing and aging. A customized mommy makeover can address any combination of the following:

  • Sagging or uneven breasts with decreased volume, drooping nipples, or stretched areolas
  • Enlarged breasts that aren’t proportional to your body’s size and that cause neck and back pain
  • Loose skin and stretch marks on your abdomen
  • Excess fat in the abdominal area, including “love handles,” and in the hips and thighs that doesn’t respond to exercise

Patients should be in good overall health before undergoing any surgical procedure and have realistic expectations about the results. The best candidates for surgery also are at a stable weight and are done breastfeeding. Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno may also advise mothers who would like to have more children to wait to have surgery, because pregnancy can affect cosmetic results.

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Why Choose Dr. Mustoe & Dr. Sinno

Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have developed several innovations that contribute to a better rhinoplasty procedure and result, characterized by:

  • Predictable, natural-looking outcomes
  • Use of local anesthesia with sedation
  • Shortened, more comfortable recovery
  • Minimal bruising
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Your Mommy Makeover Procedure

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno are highly regarded for their expertise in abdominoplasty and breast surgery. What’s unique about a mommy makeover is that they perform these procedures during a single operation. The patient benefits by saving the cost of surgery-related fees and having only a single recovery period.

Patients also benefit emotionally by addressing all the areas they would like to at once, so they experience a true transformation. Each woman’s procedure is different, and our surgeons guide each in selecting the components of the operation that will best suit her cosmetic goals. Read on to learn about some of the most common choices. The entire procedure is performed in 4 to 5 hours, and often in less time. Combined with the anesthetic techniques that emphasize a quick, painless wakeup period, this qualifies the procedure to be done as an outpatient.

Breast Lift

One of the most frequent mommy makeover components is breast lift surgery to restore a more youthful position to breasts that have sagged after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno achieve excellent results using a technique that essentially moves sagging breast tissue into a higher position and uses some of the pectoral muscle to help support it, if necessary.

Breast Augmentation

Breastfeeding and pregnancy can cause significant changes to the volume of a woman’s breasts. A woman who wants to restore her breasts to their pre-pregnancy size, or enlarge them, can get breast augmentation with implants as part of her mommy makeover in Chicago. More choices of breast implants are available than ever before to provide just the results a patient desires.

Combination Breast Lift & Augmentation

Many mothers are concerned about both lost volume and sagging tissue, for which our surgeons recommend a combined lift-augmentation. When there is minimal breast tissue above the nipple, Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno may recommend inserting a small implant to help restore a youthful appearance without significantly increasing the breast size. Or, women can choose larger implants for more volume.

Breast Reduction

During pregnancy, breasts usually swell to a fuller size and shape before shrinking somewhat. For some women, they remain larger. While this may be a welcome change for certain individuals, others find the larger breasts cumbersome and painful to support. Breast reduction surgery, often combined with a breast lift, can restore a patient’s upper body to aesthetically pleasing proportions and relieve discomfort.

Tummy Tuck

Almost every mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck, because abdominal skin and muscles are stretched during pregnancy and often need to be tightened to achieve a smooth contour. A tummy tuck repairs lax abdominal muscles in addition to removing stretched and sagging skin and excess fat. Dr. Mustoe’s and Dr. Sinno’s advanced techniques yield beautiful results for patients who desire the flatter, toned stomach they had before having children.


In Dr. Mustoe’s or Dr. Sinno’s skilled hands, liposuction as part of a mommy makeover gives patients a sleeker, more contoured figure. They remove excess fat from the waist and hips to help women target those common “trouble spots” after children.

Advanced Mommy Makeover Techniques

Because safety is our surgeons’ top priority, they limit surgery to no more than 5 hours. Combining breast surgery and a tummy tuck with some liposuction commonly takes about 3 to 4 hours, although each operation varies. Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno recommend patients who also want extensive liposuction to the thighs, for example, to have that done during a separate operation.

This is part of a careful and conservative approach to planning and executing a mommy makeover that our surgeons take from each patient’s first consultation. Although combining procedures can be a safe and satisfying method, it requires an extra level of care, which their vast training and experience afford. They advise patients not to take on too many concerns at once in order to optimize their safety, their comfort during recovery, and the quality of their results. They are honest and direct with their recommendations, approaching each patient with sensitivity and compassion.

In addition to their deliberate approach, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno also rely on a number of advanced technical skills for mommy makeover surgery. These include Dr. Mustoe’s vast research in scar and wound healing and use of fat grafting to enhance the contours of a breast surgery. The precise techniques that they use in each surgery, such as incision choice, vary depending on the components being combined, but in every case each surgeon brings a wealth of technical understanding and a practiced hand to the procedure.

Improved Recovery & Results

Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use surgical techniques designed to minimize trauma during the operation, which helps enhance a patient’s comfort during recovery. One of the advantages of a mommy makeover is having to recover from only one operation. Still, undergoing multiple procedures at once requires patients to take adequate time to rest and recuperate. Following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions will help you heal quickly and without complications. Expect to take about 2 weeks off from work and limit your activities to walking or light exercises after the incisions are fully healed, after about 4 to 6 weeks.

Within a few weeks, you’ll be able to start enjoying the comprehensive effect of your procedure. Our surgeons’ mommy makeover patients are among their most satisfied, because they undergo such a complete transformation. Many mothers are able to get back in touch with feelings of confident femininity that have long gone by the wayside thanks to the rejuvenating effects of this procedure.