Revive Your Pre-Pregnancy Confidence with Dr. Panossian in Pasadena

Becoming a mother is undeniably one of life's most fulfilling experiences. However, the physical toll it can take on a woman's body, particularly her breasts and overall physique, often comes as a surprise. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can lead to swelling and stretching of tissues and skin, followed by a deflationary effect postpartum. These lasting changes can significantly impact a woman's confidence and self-image. At Andre Panossian MD, we understand the emotional journey of motherhood and the toll it can take on your body. From concerns about excess skin and stubborn fat deposits to sagging breasts and weakened abdominal muscles, we empathize with the insecurities many mothers face. With Dr. Panossian's extensive expertise in reconstructive procedures and commitment to personalized care, you can trust in his ability to deliver exceptional results that renew your sense of self and empower you to embrace motherhood with renewed confidence.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a comprehensive cosmetic procedure designed to address the physical changes in a woman's body following pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It typically combines various surgical techniques to target common post-pregnancy concerns, such as sagging breasts, stretched abdominal muscles, excess abdominal skin, and stubborn pockets of fat. These procedures often include a breast lift or augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and sometimes a buttock lift or thigh lift. Sometimes, a mommy makeover can include weight loss treatment plans such as diet and exercise routines. By customizing the treatment plan to each patient's unique needs and desired outcomes, a mommy makeover aims to restore a woman's pre-pregnancy figure, enhance her body contours, and feel comfortable in her skin again.

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The Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

Entering motherhood is a transformative experience emotionally, spiritually, and physically. If you're struggling with how you feel in your body post-pregnancy, Dr. Panossian offers mommy makeover surgery in the Pasadena & Glendale, CA area. With this transformative cosmetic procedure tailored to address multiple post-pregnancy concerns, you can regain your confidence and restore your pre-pregnancy figure. Learn about the benefits of a mommy makeover below:

  • Comprehensive Transformation: Experience a comprehensive body transformation through combining surgical techniques, including breast enhancement, abdominal contouring, and fat removal, personalized to your specific needs.
  • Restored Breast Appearance: Achieve lifted, firmer, and more youthful-looking breasts through a breast lift or augmentation, enhancing your silhouette and self-confidence.
  • Flattened Abdominal Contours: Say goodbye to excess abdominal skin and stretched muscles with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), resulting in a flatter, tighter abdomen reminiscent of your pre-pregnancy days.
  • Elimination of Stubborn Fat: With liposuction, we can target stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise, sculpting and refining your body contours for a more streamlined appearance.
  • Enhanced Body Image: Enjoy a renewed sense of confidence and self-assurance as you reclaim your pre-pregnancy silhouette and embrace your postpartum journey with pride and positivity.
  • Reduced Downtime: This comprehensive approach offers minimized downtime compared to undergoing separate procedures, allowing for quicker recovery and return to daily activities.
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Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?

Ideal candidates for a mommy makeover in Pasadena & Glendale with Dr. Panossian are typically women who have completed their childbearing and breastfeeding journey and are bothered by the physical changes during pregnancy and childbirth. These changes often include sagging breasts, loss of breast volume, excess abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), and stubborn pockets of fat that persist despite diet and exercise. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are particularly good candidates for this procedure as they may have experienced even more dramatic physical changes to their bodies than those who only had one child. You should be in good overall health and not pregnant or nursing to undergo a mommy makeover.

If you struggle with these post-pregnancy concerns and desire to restore your pre-pregnancy figure, a mommy makeover may be the solution for you. Each individual is unique, and the procedure's suitability depends on factors such as overall health, medical history, and aesthetic goals. During a consultation with Dr. Panossian, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your concerns, a discussion of your goals, and personalized recommendations tailored to your needs and desires. A thorough preoperative evaluation is essential to determine each patient's most suitable combination of procedures. This consultation process will provide you with the information necessary to decide whether a mommy makeover is the right fit for you.

What to Expect: The Mommy Makeover Procedure

The mommy makeover procedure is a comprehensive surgical approach designed to simultaneously address multiple areas of concern, typically focusing on the breasts and abdomen. The mommy makeover is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure, with the duration varying based on the specific combination of procedures chosen, usually four to six hours. For the breasts, the degree of ptosis (sagging) dictates whether a lollipop-style incision (vertical breast lift) or an anchor-type incision (Wise pattern breast lift) is necessary. Breast augmentation may also be performed to restore lost volume. The most common approach for the abdomen involves a standard tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with or without liposuction. This procedure tightens weakened abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, restoring a more contoured appearance. A belt lipectomy (body lift) may be recommended when significant changes extend around the entire midsection. This procedure involves extending the tummy tuck scar around the entire lower body in a belt-like fashion. Staging the breast and body surgeries may sometimes be required if a body lift is recommended. Dr. Panossian's expertise ensures that each step is carefully executed with precision and attention to detail, resulting in natural-looking and transformative results tailored to the individual patient's needs and goals.

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Treatments Included in the Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeovers are tailored to address each patient's unique post-pregnancy concerns, encompassing surgical and non-surgical treatments. The most common procedures included in a mommy makeover are:


Liposuction offers immediate results and targets stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure effectively removes excess fat from various body areas and is often combined with fat transfer for enhanced contouring.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Pregnancy can lead to significant changes in the abdomen, including stretched skin and weakened abdominal muscles that resist traditional diet and exercise efforts. A tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles, resulting in a firmer, more sculpted midsection.

Breast Augmentation

Augmentation mammoplasty is commonly included in mommy makeovers to enhance breast size and shape. This procedure can restore volume lost during pregnancy and breastfeeding, providing a more youthful and lifted appearance to the breasts.

Breast Reduction

Pregnancy-related breast enlargement can cause discomfort and self-consciousness for some women. Breast reduction surgery alleviates these symptoms by reducing the size of overly large breasts, improving comfort, and restoring balance to the body's proportions.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

This procedure addresses sagging or drooping breasts by lifting them to a more youthful position on the chest.

Thigh Lift

Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can lead to excess skin and fat deposits in the thighs. A thigh lift removes this excess tissue and tightens the skin for smoother, more toned thighs.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Loose, sagging skin in the upper arms, often called "bat wings," can be addressed with an arm lift to achieve firmer, more contoured arms.

Injectable Treatments

Non-surgical options such as Botox and dermal fillers may be included to address fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss in the face, providing overall facial rejuvenation.

Mommy Makeover Recovery

Recovery from a mommy makeover surgery typically requires one or two days in an aftercare facility. Long-acting local anesthesia, combined with general anesthesia, helps manage pain in the postoperative period. It's advisable to have assistance from a friend or relative during the initial week at home. Initially, dressings consist of gauze and either an elastic bandage or compression stocking, with external stitches or drains removed during the first visit. A specialized compression garment is then worn around the clock for 4 to 6 weeks. 

During recovery, bruising and swelling may persist for one to two weeks, with limited activities recommended during this time, including light walking, reading, and watching television. Driving and heavy lifting should be avoided, adhering strictly to Dr. Panossian's postoperative instructions. After two weeks, gradual increases in activity, including extended walking, are permitted, but strenuous exercise or weight lifting should be avoided for six weeks. Some temporary diminished sensation around the lower abdomen and breasts near the incisions may occur, improving over the following weeks as swelling subsides.

In rare cases, decreased sensation may be permanent. Recovery times vary depending on the extent of the procedures performed during the mommy makeover. Still, most patients can anticipate needing about two to four weeks off from work and daily activities. As the weeks go on, swelling will gradually subside, and patients will begin to see the initial results of their mommy makeover. Full recovery and final results may take several months as residual swelling resolves, incisions heal, and tissues settle into new contours. Dr. Panossian will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor progress, address concerns, and ensure optimal healing and satisfaction with the outcome.

Why Choose Dr. Panossian?

Choosing Dr. Panossian for your mommy makeover means trusting a surgeon with unparalleled expertise and a compassionate approach to patient care. Dr. Panossian's extensive experience in reconstructive surgery, including his role as lead surgeon in Haiti's first-ever conjoined twin separation, exemplifies his mastery of complex procedures in restoring form and function with a keen eye for aesthetics. If you're struggling with insecurities related to post-pregnancy changes in your body, a mommy makeover with Dr. Panossian can offer physical rejuvenation and a renewed sense of confidence and self-assurance. If you're in Glendale, Pasadena, or the greater Los Angeles area, schedule your consultation with Dr. Panossian today.

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Mommy Makeover FAQs

What are the risks of a mommy makeover procedure?

How soon after childbirth can I get a mommy makeover procedure?

Should I get a mommy makeover if I am considering having more children?

How long does it take to see the results of my mommy makeover?

What are the risks of a mommy makeover procedure?

A mommy makeover procedure, while offering transformative results, does carry certain risks inherent to any surgical procedure. These risks include sensitivity or reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and the potential for hematoma formation or scarring. However, Dr. Panossian employs meticulous techniques to minimize these risks and enhance scar appearance, ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Additionally, slight asymmetry and rare occurrences such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) may occur, but Dr. Panossian's expertise and specialized techniques help mitigate these risks. During your consultation, Dr. Panossian will thoroughly discuss these risks and address any concerns to ensure a safe and successful procedure.

How soon after childbirth can I get a mommy makeover procedure?

We recommend reaching a stable weight before undergoing a mommy makeover procedure to optimize results. Losing excess weight beforehand can reduce the amount of extra skin to address and contribute to better outcomes. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight post-surgery will help preserve the longevity of your results.

Should I get a mommy makeover if I am considering having more children?

The decision to undergo a mommy makeover may depend on various factors, including the timing of future pregnancies and the areas of the body you wish to modify. While a mommy makeover can address post-pregnancy changes, future pregnancies may impact the final results. If you plan to have children in the near future, postpone the procedure until after you have completed your family to maximize the longevity of your results.

How long does it take to see the results of my mommy makeover?

Results from a mommy makeover procedure can be noticeable immediately after surgery, but optimal results typically develop over time as swelling subsides and incisions heal. Most patients can see their final results within approximately six months following surgery.

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