Tummy Tuck vs. Mommy Makeover: The Differences and Advantages of Each

By February 19, 2020blog

You’ve begun researching plastic surgery procedures and have come across terms like tummy tuck and mommy makeover. You know they’ll both improve your figure, but what’s the difference between the two? And which one is best? The short answer is – it depends. So today we will look at both types of procedures and go over the differences and advantages of a tummy tuck vs. a mommy makeover.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

As the name suggests, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to help flatten and reshape your abdomen. It’s a popular procedure for women who have had children or experienced significant weight loss and now have weakened stomach muscles, excess skin and fat – or both. This procedure removes the excess and restores your tummy area so that you can look and feel your best again.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover involves multiple procedures that target not only the stomach, but other areas as well such as the breasts, legs, and buttocks plus unwanted fat, stretch marks, or excess skin. The goal is to help women get their pre-baby bodies back. The procedures may include cosmetic surgery, non-surgical treatments, or even a mix of both.

Women’s bodies react differently to pregnancy, but one thing is certain, giving birth can leave lasting effects. Things like sagging breasts, loose skin, and stretched stomachs can wreak havoc on the way a woman feels about her body. And while diet and exercise can help in some areas, these things may not be enough to restore a women’s body to its pre-pregnancy shape.

A mommy makeover gives you the opportunity to feel like yourself again. Your clothes may fit better, and your confidence improves.

Each mommy makeover is customized to the needs and goals of the patient.  Some of the common surgical procedures associated with mommy makeovers include a tummy tuck, breast implants, butt lift, or liposuction. Additionally, mommy makeover patients may have non-surgical treatments such as injectables, body contouring and skin treatments.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tummy Tuck vs. Mommy Makeover?

Another difference in a mommy makeover vs a tummy tuck is the recovery time. For tummy tucks, it takes, on average, several weeks to a few months. Recovery times may vary depending on your age, health, type of tummy tuck, and your post-surgery care. But this is a general guideline.

For mommy makeovers, the recovery could be anywhere from 7 days to 2 months or longer. It varies not only on factors like age and health but also because not every mommy makeover includes the same procedures.

If a woman has a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, plus additional procedures and non-surgical treatments, then it may take several months to fully recover. However, if she only selects procedures that require minimal recovery time, then it won’t take as long to heal and return to normal life.

The Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and a Mommy Makeover

Aside from the fact that a tummy tuck is a single procedure and a mommy makeover involves multiple procedures, one of the main differences in the two has to do with the end goal of the patient.

For women who are primarily concerned with their abdomen area, a tummy tuck may be the best choice as it is focused on removing sagging skin and stubborn fat. Whereas mommy makeovers take a more comprehensive approach to reshaping a woman’s body after they are finished having children.

So which procedure is best for you?  It depends on the outcome that you desire. Either way, be sure to plan for your recovery. Ask family or friends to help you watch the kids, shop, prepare meals, and keep up with household chores so that you can rest and recover.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS