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Mommy Makeover

As your weight fluctuates during pregnancy, your skin may stretch or sag, and stubborn pockets of fat may persist long after childbirth despite a healthy diet and fitness routine. Fortunately, there are cosmetic procedures that can safely help you get your pre-baby body back.

The term “mommy makeover” is often employed to describe a combination of body contouring procedures elected by mothers who wish to restore their bodies following childbirth. A mommy makeover aims to improve the appearance of several body areas.


A mommy makeover may not be right for everyone. You may be a potential candidate if you are healthy and meet the following criteria:

  • You are dissatisfied with your body following childbirth
  • You are not breastfeeding and are at least six months postpartum
  • You are not planning to have additional children

Additionally, candidates should be emotionally healthy and possess realistic cosmetic goals. During your consultation with Dr. Dan Shell, he will work with you to determine if and which mommy makeover procedures are the best fit for your cosmetic goals.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with mommy makeovers:

  • What happens during a mommy makeover?

    A mommy makeover typically involves multiple procedures. Because patient safety is the first and foremost concern with cosmetic surgery, Dr Shell prefers to perform body and breast procedures in stages (one surgery at a time). Dr. Shell offers several mommy makeover procedures:

    • Liposuction is capable of removing localized fat deposits from multiple areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.
    • Tummy Tuck surgery is designed to slim down the abdomen and reshape stretched muscles.
    • Breast lift surgery works to raise and firm sagging or drooping breasts.
    • Breast augmentation surgery creates larger, fuller breasts through the insertion of saline or silicone implants.


  • What can I expect during recovery?

    Following surgery, Dr. Shell will provide you will specific aftercare instructions. Your recovery process will depend on the extent of your cosmetic procedures. Mobility may be limited during the first few days of recovery. You will need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and encourage proper healing. The results will gradually become apparent as swelling subsides. Most women are able to return to work and other normal routines within two weeks.

  • Are the results of a mommy makeover permanent?

    The results of your mommy makeover will be long-lasting. In order to maintain your new shape, it is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan. Significant fluctuations in your weight have the potential to impact the long-term results of your mommy makeover.

  • Are there any risks associated with a mommy makeover?

    All surgeries carry some degree of risk and uncertainty. Dr. Shell will discuss these risks with you during your consultation. Some risks may include unfavorable scarring, bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, and unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for a mommy makeover?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Are you interested in learning more about mommy makeovers near Memphis? Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with an office in Northern Mississippi. Please email our North Mississippi Plastic Surgery office in Oxford, Mississippi or call 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation for a mommy makeover today.