Who is a candidate for Mommy Makeover in San Francisco / San Jose / San Mateo?

The best candidates for mommy makeover are women who are unhappy with stretched, distorted breasts, bulging stomachs, unsightly stretch marks and weight gain in the hips following child bearing. Although exercise and dieting following pregnancy are strongly recommended and may lead to weight loss, often the only treatment to restore stretched skin and enhance the appearance of the body is surgical intervention. However, a mommy makeover is not recommended immediately following child bearing or for women who plan to have more children and are breastfeeding. 

How is a mommy makeover performed?

Mommy makeover is a highly customized combination of plastic surgery procedures, specifically designed to treat each woman’s individual trouble areas following pregnancy. A mommy makeover may include a number of plastic surgery procedures that may be performed simultaneously or over time. Most San Francisco / San Jose mommy makeover patients require breast lift with or without implants, liposuction or tummy tuck surgery.

Details of the most common procedures:

Breast Lift

After pregnancy and nursing, the breasts may droop, losing their natural firmness and perkiness, while the nipples can end up facing downwards or sagging below the breast crease. These changes can be amply addressed through a breast lift, which when combined with breast augmentation, recontours the whole profile for a more youthful, rejuvenated aesthetic that moms adore. If a breast lift is performed alone, incisions are made either around the areola, along the inframammary fold, or in an anchor shape from the areola running down and across the breast crease.

Breast Augmentation

One of the most noticeable changes after childbirth is the deflation of the breasts. This unfortunate loss of breast tissue volume makes clothes and swimwear fit poorly, and may lower self-confidence when assessing one’s silhouette in the mirror. Breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants is a brilliant way to plump and enhance the bust, correct breast asymmetry, and restore the pre-pregnancy figure.

Our team will discuss the pros and cons of each implant type, size and texture, incision points, and implant placement technique during your confidential consultation, helping you to make an informed decision that best meets your goals.


This is one of the safest and most often performed cosmetic procedures designed to streamline the torso, creating more elegant curves and doing away with unsightly fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Lipo can be performed on the arms, buttocks, hips, thighs, stomach or back. Our team excels at a variety of cutting edge techniques, including tumescent liposuction, VASER lipo using ultrasonic waves, and SmartLipo, using advanced laser technology.


A tummy tuck can not only trim away excess fat and skin from the belly, it can also tighten weakened six-pack muscles that have separated during childbirth. Although abdominoplasty is not typically suggested as a weight loss technique per se, it can address that infamous irritating pooch that never responds to countless crunches or sit-ups. During surgery, an incision is made from hip to hip, which allows the scar to be hidden within the bikini line.

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Because most mommy makeover treatments involve a series of complex surgical procedures, the recovery period may last anywhere from four to six weeks. During this time, patients are to follow strict recuperation regiments provided by our team. Follow-up visits are generally schedules five to seven days following a mommy makeover, allowing our experienced medical team to closely monitor each patient’s healing process and/or address any side effects or concerns.

Other Options

In order to achieve a full body makeover, a number of San Francisco / San Jose mommy makeover patients also undergo facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Liu and his team have helped many patients improve the appearance of facial wrinkles utilizing a wide range of advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including Botox, Juvederm and Radiesse injections, as well as laser skin resurfacing techniques.


Juvederm is a versatile, gel-based filler that relies on the power of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring organic compound, to beautifully volumize and replenish fatigued, wrinkled skin. Juvederm is perfect for plumping and hydrating the mid-face and cheeks, and can also be employed to maximize deflated lip contours.


The active ingredient in Radiesse is calcium hydroxylapatite, a compound that not only invigorates and refreshes the skin, but actually helps to regrow lost collagen, the protein responsible for the skin’s suppleness and resilience. Radiesse helps moms to regain a youthful, pre-childbirth glow so they can look and feel their very best.


Pregnancy can take a toll on the skin, depleting vital contours and leaving the face in dire need of renewal. BOTOX is one of the world’s safest and most performed non-surgical treatments for fine lines, wrinkles, folds, furrows and creases. It works by reducing activity in the muscles responsible for our most common facial expressions, thus pressing the pause button on frown lines, smile lines and crow’s feet. BOTOX treatment is virtually painless and usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

A Word About Financing...

Mommy makeover can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Jasmine would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:

Mommy makeover treatment is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. We would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.

Board-certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joel Liu and his team bring the highest standards of integrity and medical excellence to helping clients enhance the natural beauty of their body, breast, face and skin. Our surgical expertise, aesthetic sensibility and sound judgment have earned us an international reputation for providing patients with fresh, natural-looking results. To find out if you are eligible for a mommy makeover, please contact our experienced team.

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RNR Mommy Makeover aftercare in the Bay Area

Our cutting-edge RNR aftercare regimen helps to accelerate healing, reduce reliance on opiates and pain narcotics, and eliminate the need for surgical dressings, bras, and drains. Patients enjoy unrestricted movement and enhanced comfort as a result, resuming their normal, busy schedules faster and with less stress.

RNR Mommy Makeover aftercare in the Bay Area

Our cutting-edge RNR aftercare regimen helps to accelerate healing, reduce reliance on opiates and pain narcotics, and eliminate the need for surgical dressings, bras, and drains. Patients enjoy unrestricted movement and enhanced comfort as a result, resuming their normal, busy schedules faster and with less stress.

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