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How Visible Are The Scars from a Mommy Makeover?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Many new moms would like to improve their appearance after pregnancy and breastfeeding have taken their toll. Sagging breasts and stubborn fat deposits may be affecting your quality of life. At Morales Plastic Surgery, our mommy makeover surgery is specially designed to address these issues by combining a number of treatments into one simple procedure. But how visible are mommy makeover scars after surgery?

If you are concerned about the size or placement of incisions used in a mommy makeover, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can help. The incisions will depend on which procedures our office recommends. With his knowledge and expertise, Dr. Morales can explain how he reduces scarring with a personalized surgical plan in Houston, TX. Learn more by scheduling an online consultation today.

Why do I need a mommy makeover?

Most patients in Houston, TX find that the benefits of a mommy makeover greatly outweigh the possibility of any future scarring. This is because sagging abdominal skin or pockets of fat are far more visible than surgical scars. A mommy makeover takes advantage of multiple cosmetic procedures to treat all of these issues at once. Treatments may include breast augmentation or lift, tummy tuck surgery, or liposuction. Some benefits include:

  • Lifting or enhancing the breasts to achieve a fuller silhouette

  • Eliminating loose or excess skin that can cause a sagging appearance

  • Tightening the abdominal muscles in the midsection for a flatter-looking stomach

  • Reducing areas of fat that have accumulated in the abdomen, hips, or thighs

Which procedures should I get?

Knowing which mommy makeover procedures to get begins with a virtual consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery. This is the best time to discuss your cosmetic goals and concerns, including any questions you have about mommy makeover scars. We may also ask about current health issues that could affect your surgery or outcome. Dr. Morales can explain how each operation is performed and will see which treatments work for you. For example, if breast augmentation is part of the mommy makeover, we can discuss different breast implant sizes and types.

What happens during a mommy makeover?

Although the details of a mommy makeover procedure vary, most are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The length of surgery is based on the procedures, but most last from 3 – 5 hours. To complete a tummy tuck, Dr. Morales makes a horizontal incision to remove loose skin and fatty tissue while tightening the abdominal muscles. Liposuction may be employed to produce a slimmer contour. Scars after tummy tuck surgery will lie just above the pubic area in between the hips.

Breast augmentation surgery can replace lost volume and reshape the breasts for a fuller appearance. Dr. Morales may suggest saline or silicone breast implants to create this look. During a breast lift, our team can gently raise the tissue to a higher position on the chest. Incisions are generally made at the base of the breast or in the underarm area. Before being released home, Dr. Morales can give you information about breast augmentation scar healing.

What about mommy makeover recovery?

Based on the procedures included in your mommy makeover, recovery could last between 4 – 6 weeks. Any side effects, like swelling and bruising, should dissipate in the first couple of weeks. Morales Plastic Surgery can prescribe the appropriate medications needed to ensure a comfortable mommy makeover recovery. Our staff can give you instructions about scars after tummy tuck surgery as well as breast augmentation scar healing.

To protect the incision sites and minimize the appearance of mommy makeover scars, avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. Patients may want to arrange for someone to take care of them during this time. Help from a loved one allows you to concentrate on healing and following your post-operative guidelines. The full results of your surgery may not be noticeable until the body heals completely. You will also notice the scars gradually fade away.

As with any surgery, some scarring does occur during mommy makeover recovery. Dr. Morales is always careful to make incisions in places that are as inconspicuous as possible. This means that scars are usually hidden by underwear or bathing suits. Our staff can offer suggestions for cleaning and keeping the surgical sites dry, so any scars will heal flat and evenly on the skin. We can also recommend some topical creams to speed the healing process.

Learn more about mommy makeover scars

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales believes every woman should have the opportunity to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. We can help you achieve this through mommy makeover surgery. At Morales Plastic Surgery, we make every effort to create clean incisions and minimize scarring whenever we can. To learn more about scars after tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation, we encourage you to schedule a virtual consultation at our facility in Houston, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.