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Mommy Makeover New York City


Mommy Makeover Introduction

At William Lao, MD on 5th Avenue in NYC, Mommy makeover is a group of surgical procedures that Dr. William Lao specializes in. The term “mommy makeover” describes the combined procedure that reverses the postpartum changes of breasts and abdomen in ladies after childbirth.

Double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. William Lao will take the time to listen to the issues you have with the appearance of your body as a result of your pregnancy. Dr. Lao can determine the best combination of procedures to provide you with your ideal results.

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover is a term coined by plastic surgeons in New York reflecting the desire of mothers to restore their body image after giving birth. The most common body changes after childbirth are in the abdomen and breasts. Because of pregnancy, the abdominal wall stretched out with the corresponding growth of the baby.

After childbirth, moms are left with lots of loose skin in combination with a weakened abdominal muscle wall that hangs over the pubic area and gives the ladies an aged look. No amount of dieting or exercise can properly correct this issue. The only way to restore the appearance of the abdomen is to surgically tighten the loosened abdominal muscles. The breasts undergo changes following the same mechanism, stretched by milk and deflated after breastfeeding. This can cause the breasts to lose their round and perky appearance and can lead to significant breast sagging. These changes are most prominent in ladies who had multiple pregnancies and in ladies who gave birth at an older age.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Mommy Makeover?

Even though most of our patients who get a Mommy Makeover are recent mothers, you don’t have to be a mommy to get one. The best candidates are women who are in good medical health, near their ideal body weight, have a positive outlook with realistic expectations, and feel like they are finished with childbearing. We also recommend that if you have recently had a child, you should wait at least six months before considering a Mommy Makeover.

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What are the Benefits of a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeover combines abdominoplasty with breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast lift/augmentation at the same time, targeting the abdomen and the breasts to restore pre-pregnancy body shape for the moms. Many patients who choose this procedure express the desire to wear prior slimmer clothes and bikinis for the beach again!

During your initial consultation, Dr. Lao will examine the areas of the body affected by your pregnancy and will ask you about your desired mommy-makeover results. He can use this information to determine which combination of procedures will provide you with your desired results and can then formulate a personalized surgical plan.

What’s the First Step?

If you are considering a Mommy Makeover in New York, we would first advise you to wait about 6 months following the birth of your child. During this time, you should try to get as close to the body type and weight you would like to achieve. By doing this, you are increasing the chance for the most positive results from your Mommy Makeover.

As you get closer to finishing your 6 months “waiting period”, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao so the two of you can discuss your aesthetic goals and come up with a surgical plan that best suits you.

What to Expect on the Day of a Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeover is essentially the combination of abdominoplasty with a breast procedure (augmentation, breast lift, and augmentation/breast lift). So the technique for each procedure applies to this surgery. This procedure, however, provides the combined benefit of each and restores the body shape as a whole. The decision to whether augment or lift the breast or both are based on an individual’s needs after discussion with the plastic surgeon.

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Time: 4-6 hours

General Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

7 to 10 days off work


6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Mommy Makeover Recovery

It is important to note that recovery from a mommy makeover can be a bit more difficult than recovery from individual procedures. However, having multiple procedures performed at once means that only one recovery period will be required, which is more convenient and manageable. Most people will need to take around seven to ten days off of work to properly recover. While most normal activities can be resumed at this time, heavy lifting and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for a minimum of six weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, New Beauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

How Much Does Mommy Makeover Cost in New York City?

The price of a Mommy Makeover in New York City can vary. As an experienced Mommy Makeover Manhattan surgeon, Dr. Lao will meet with you in his NYC office to discuss all options and pricing.


Is a Mommy Makeover painful?

No. Thanks to the use of anesthesia, a Mommy Makeover will not be painful. You may experience some mild pain or discomfort during your initial recovery, however, this is typically treatable with over-the-counter pain medication or an ice pack.

How many surgical appointments will I need?

Most Mommy Makeovers are done in a single surgical visit, you may choose to combine it with additional cosmetic procedures that may require additional surgical dates. The timeframe between the procedures will be decided by Dr. Lao during your consultation but could change based on your follow-up appointment.

How long until I see results?

There will be a period of recovery that is natural with any cosmetic procedure, but most patients begin to notice their results after about 3 months, with the best results showing after around a full year.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Lao’s experience ensures he’s can offer the best Mommy Makeover New York City has to offer. If you have been struggling with the appearance of your body after pregnancy, contact our office to schedule a consultation for your surgery. Dr. Lao will meet with you in our office and can provide you with the amazing professional care your body needs and go over the options for a Mommy Makeover in Manhattan.

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before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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