Mothers dedicate a great deal of themselves to their families. It starts with the pregnancy, where the mother’s body changes dramatically. Finally, there comes a time when mothers feel they’re able to address their own needs. After multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding, many women find it impossible for diet and exercise alone to restore their figures. Fortunately, mothers with permanently altered figures find that a Mommy Makeover in Los Angeles is an excellent solution. The Mommy Makeover is a term for the group of cosmetic procedures that many mothers seek following pregnancy.
We have a beautiful 42-year-old mother of two who came to us to reclaim her pre-pregnancy figure. She had what we like to call diet-resistant fat, which tends to accumulate around the midsection, the lower abdomen, the hips, the flanks, and the inner and outer thighs. You will also notice that her breasts appear droopy and less perky, which she isn't... Read More
This 29-year-old woman had a severe amount of sagging skin on her abdomen and in her breasts following her multiple pregnancies. At her age, she felt that her body looked too old and worn, not at all reflecting how old she really was. Wanting to do something about it, she researched plastic surgery in Los Angeles and found Dr. Stoker's Practice.When... Read More
This 35-year-old woman was a former model, but despite doing her best to maintain a slim figure, she could not alter the deflated look of her breasts and the excess, saggy skin on her abdomen that appeared after having children. Wanting to improve her body's appearance, she decided to pursue plastic surgery in Los Angeles, hoping to find a talented... Read More
Our beautiful patient, A 43-year old mom, had 4 kids. In the past, she had 2-types of C-sections that left her with significant scarring. She also had what you call Diastasis Recti, which is when the abdomen muscles get stretched out from pregnancy. In many cases, they retract, but in her case, they stayed stretched out, giving her the appearance... Read More
We have a beautiful patient who came to see me for multiple concerns. She went through a dramatic weight journey that left her with excess skin in the chest, torso, arms, and legs. She wanted an overall rejuvenation and what we like to call a #mommymakeover.
You will notice a drastic improvement in her overall body contour. We were able... Read More
There are multiple variations of the Mommy Makeover, of course, and I individualize the plan for each patient depending on their needs. Many women will not need or desire all of these procedures. Each patient determines what her personal Mommy Makeover will involve after we discuss her concerns and options in a thorough consultation.
Combined Surgical Procedures
A Mommy Makeover may be performed in one or more stages. Age, health, needs and desires are all considered carefully when I formulate a plan for each patient. The majority of my patients choose to do more than one procedure at a time. I’ve had a great deal of experience performing these combined surgeries over the past decade. I’ve also done extensive clinical research on combined surgery, and have shared my findings with my colleagues through journal articles, presentations, and courses at plastic surgery meetings.
The abdomen tends to experience the greatest change following pregnancy with stretch marks, loose skin and lower abdominal fat being the most common complaints. The abdominal muscles may also be stretched to the point that they remain separated in the midline, accentuating the patient’s lower abdominal bulge. To treat these problems, I perform a tummy tuck where I remove the excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles.
After having children, fat tends to redistribute to new areas on the body where it may be unwanted. This is frequently true even if women are successful at losing their baby weight. Most often, bulges of fat accumulate around the waist and on the thighs. On these areas, I frequently perform liposuction as part of a Mommy Makeover. My preferred technique is power-assisted liposuction, the safest and most effective way to remove fat from these areas.
Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.
The breasts go through dramatic changes with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Patient concerns about their breasts vary greatly, but the most common breast procedures I perform as part of a Mommy Makeover include:
Breast augmentation and lift
Childbirth can change the look and feel of the female genitalia, affecting how a woman perceives herself and her sexuality. Labiaplasty is a procedure that improves the labia minora or clitoral hood, removing excess tissue while preserving — and potentially enhancing — sensation. I use meticulous techniques to ensure a completely natural-looking result that helps you improve your confidence and sexual satisfaction.
Your Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline
While the precise timeline of your own recuperation will vary depending on the procedures you choose, the following are good guidelines to help you plan your Los Angeles Mommy Makeover.
The day of surgery: After your Mommy Makeover, you'll likely feel quite tired and sore for the remainder of the day. Be sure you have your prescriptions filled ahead of time, so you can head home immediately after your surgery and begin the healing process. Remember to rest on your back to allow your incisions to heal undisturbed. You may use cold compresses on your incisions, but do not apply ice directly to your skin. If you have surgical drains in place, a member of my staff will instruct you on how to care for them before you leave the clinic.
1 week after surgery: In most cases, I am able to remove the drains (if necessary) within a few days, and the sutures by the one week mark. By this time, you will be much more mobile and may even be able to discontinue your opioid pain medications. Depending on your occupation, you may be ready to go back to work. During your 1-week follow-up appointment, I evaluate your healing process, and we discuss whether you feel ready to get back to the office. Even though you can resume many of your usual activities by the 1-week mark, it's still important to avoid vigorous activities.
2 weeks after surgery: Nearly all my Mommy Makeover patients are back to work by the 2-week point. It's also safe to begin light activity, like an easy walk around the neighborhood. Once you've completely stopped using prescription pain medicine, you can begin driving, too. Depending on what procedures you had, you may need to wear a compression garment. This snug garment is concealed beneath your regular clothes and supports your body while it heals.
6 weeks after surgery: Back to the gym! With few exceptions, this is the point when most Mommy Makeover patients can completely resume their original activities. This includes vigorous, high-impact exercise and swimming. By now, swelling should be nearly—if not completely—resolved, and you'll be able to fully appreciate the results of your Mommy Makeover. If you had breast enhancement as part of your surgery, you can also begin wearing underwire bras at 6 weeks. We may schedule a follow-up with you at this point to gauge your satisfaction with your surgery and discuss any lingering concerns.
Our expertise extends beyond plastic surgery. We offer an extensive range of non-surgical treatments administered by our talented, experienced team of aesthetic providers under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker.
If you have a treatment in mind, review our complete offering of non-surgical services. If you need a little help deciding, narrow down your options with our interactive treatment planner.
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