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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Cosmetic Surgery | Facelift | Tummy Tuck | Palm Springs

Motherhood can be a beautiful, life-changing transformation, as you watch your precious infant grow  while showering him/ her with every ounce of affection. All beautiful things come at a cost, and this one sure does! Through childbirth, your body has transformed through a series of stages, leaving it in a state that your youth-self would have probably not be that proud of. Needless to say, you can enjoy your motherhood while getting back in shape, through a simple mommy makeover plastic surgery. Dr. Suzanne Quardt, an experienced plastic surgeon of Palm Springs, says that a growing number of moms are undergoing these makeover surgeries today as they don’t want motherhood to mark the end of their youthful days. Here are some common surgeries that women today undergo as part of their mommy makeover routine.

Breast augmentation

The breasts can reduce in volume or sag, post-pregnancy. Either way, breast augmentation can help in making the breasts appear fuller and firmer. During a breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, the cosmetic surgeon places implants(silicone or saline) in the breast area. This makes the breasts appear more voluminous. The surgery lasts for about one or two hours. Soreness and bruising are common occurrences post-surgery, you should be able to resume your regular activities within two weeks. Although its results are permanent, it may require replacement, a few years down the line.

Breast lift

If you’re dead against implants as they make you feel uncomfortable, you could probably look at getting a breast lift. This plastic surgery, helps in dealing with poorly shaped, droopy breasts. During the procedure, excess droopy skin is removed, while the breast tissues are lifted, along with the nipples/ areolae being repositioned or reduced. The surgery can take anywhere between one and half hours to three hours. The results are permanent, although gravity can have a mean way of showing them down with time. You can get back to your everyday routine within one or two weeks after surgery.

Tummy tuck

During a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon removes any excess skin in the abdominal area. He may move around the navel so it suits the surgically operated abdomen, along with firming up the walls to strengthen the abdominal muscles. The surgery could take two to five hours. The recovery takes time, although you will notice a dramatic difference in your tummy, one you get the surgery.


If diets and exercises are not making a difference to your fat issues, liposuction could be the key to look better. A liposuction involves draining out excess fat from the body. As inviting as that sounds, you don’t have to get all worked up, as the procedure isn’t all that gory. Advanced technology and equipments have enabled the use of laser and ultrasound to breakdown the fat during liposuction. The surgery can take anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours, based on how many areas you’re getting treated through the surgery. You may have to put on compression garments to reduce the swelling after surgery. While you may experience soreness in the days following surgery, you can start appreciating the results of the surgery within three months.

Mommy Makeover – Palm Desert | Palm Springs | Rancho Mirage

Dr. Suzanne Quardt, affectionately known as Dr. Q among her patients, is a board certified plastic surgeon. She provides advanced cosmetic surgery procedures of the breast, body and face to her patients in and around Palm Springs and Palm Desert. She has earned several recognitions during the course of her career as a cosmetic surgeon, and has been featured in a number of national publications such as the New Beauty Magazine and the Plastic Surgery Practice.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

One of the most comprehensive procedures that Dr. Q, as a plastic surgeon, provides to her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities is mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is essentially a combination of two or more cosmetic surgery procedures to help improve the overall physical appearance of a woman. As the name suggests, the procedure is performed primarily on mothers who are keen to regain their pre-pregnancy figure.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact a mom’s appearance in several ways. Some moms gain excess weight or develop fat deposits in several areas of the body such as thighs, buttocks, waist, and arms. In some cases the breasts may experience loss of volume or may become excessively heavy or may sag. Some women may also develop excess fat and loose skin on the face and neck. An experienced cosmetic surgeon may recommend a mommy makeover procedure for most effective outcome in such cases.

Components of a Mommy Makeover

A fantastic and sparkling aspect about a mommy makeover procedure is that it is an entirely customized plastic surgery package, designed to match with the specific needs and aesthetic goals of a particular patient. The surgeon will decide the treatment approach and the best combination of procedures in close consultation with the patient. Some of the typical procedures that Dr. Q provides to her patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles and nearby areas as a part of a mommy makeover include the following:

Breast lift: This procedure is performed to raise drooping breasts following breastfeeding. It may also include repositioning of nipples and areolas to a raised location. The breasts will appear firmer and more youthful with a breast lift procedure.

Breast reduction: Following childbirth, many moms develop heavier breasts that may be disproportionate to the rest of the body. It may not only compromise the aesthetic appearance, but may also cause pain, discomfort and restriction of movements. Breast reduction surgery is an effective way to reduce excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts and reshape them to a smaller size.

Tummy Tuck: Abdominal area usually bears the maximum brunt of a pregnancy, and excess fats and loose skin may occur around the waist. Abdominoplsty or tummy tuck surgery can effectively remove excess fat and skin to help a mom achieve a flatter and firmer tummy.

Liposuction: In some cases, the mother may develop excess pockets of fat in specific areas of the body such as hips, thighs, tummy, breasts, arms, or neck. These stubborn fat deposits may not go away with exercise or diet. In such cases, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend liposuction as a part of a mommy makeover procedure.

Labiaplasty: Following childbirth, some mothers may be dissatisfied with the shape and appearance of the labia and vaginal area. Vaginal rejuvenation and improving the shape of labia is possible through labiaplasty. This surgery may be included as a part of a mommy makeover.

Other Possible Facets of this Process

Sometimes a plastic surgeon may also include facelift and eyelid surgery procedures also along with a mommy makeover to reduce the facial signs of aging. Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers may also be used for facial rejuvenation.


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