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While celebrity moms may appear to seamlessly bounce back after giving birth, this is not the case for most women.

In fact, a majority of mothers are unable to successfully regain their pre-baby bodies with diet and exercise alone, and many decide to seek assistance from a board-certified plastic surgeon.

A tummy tuck and a mommy makeover are two of the key ways that plastic surgery can eliminate loose skin, excess fat, and repair muscles post-pregnancy. So, which one is right for you?

If you are considering either of these options, continue reading to learn the difference between a mommy makeover and a tummy tuck.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical treatment designed to reshape the abdomen following pregnancy or significant weight loss. Performed under general anesthesia, the procedure tightens loose skin, removes excess skin, eliminates stubborn fat, and repairs underlying abdominal muscles.

Surgical approach and incision placement can vary depending on abdominoplasty technique. While a traditional tummy tuck involves one incision from hip to hip and another around the belly button, a mini tummy tuck requires a single, smaller incision at the upper area of the hair-baring region.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a combination of plastic surgery procedures that can help a woman regain her pre-baby physique.

This technique typically targets skin laxity, sagging, excess skin, localized fat pockets, volume loss, and stretch marks on the breasts, trunk, buttocks, and lower extremities.

Treatment is customized to each patient’s needs and goals, and may include a breast lift, breast reduction, breast implant surgery, butt lift/augmentation, tummy tuck, and/or liposuction.

What’s the Difference Between a Mommy Makeover and a Tummy Tuck?

The difference between a mommy makeover and a tummy tuck has a lot to do with each treatment’s indications and restorative capabilities.

A tummy tuck is ideal for a woman whose concerns are localized to the abdomen, including sagging skin, excess skin, lax or separated muscles, and stubborn fat.

On the other hand, a mommy makeover offers more comprehensive body contouring and rejuvenation. It is well-suited for women who are done having children and wish to repair multiple areas of their body following pregnancy.

Learn More About Mommy Makeover and Tummy Tuck

If you are considering a mommy makeover or a tummy tuck, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Navin Singh.