What is a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy makeovers offer a combination of restorative, rejuvenating procedures for women. The joys of motherhood are boundless and wonderful, but the changes in a post-pregnancy body usually are not. Some women bounce right back to their pre-pregnancy body, while others look into the mirror and sigh.

Mommy makeovers are custom-designed procedures to help you get your body back after children. The most common areas of concern are the abdomen that has changed after pregnancy, and breasts have lost volume, shape, and symmetry. Another area of concern is new fat deposits that arrive in more intimate areas.

Mommy makeovers can include:

Why Do Women Request Makeovers?

Mommy makeovers help return you to a more youthful shape and address the undesired effects of pregnancy.

All women, who go through pregnancy, experience changes in their body. These can be subtle at first and become quite dramatic over time. Post-pregnancy bodies are known to resist the best intentions, best nutrition, and most rigorous workout programs.

These include:

  • Changes in facial skin (pigment and color)
  • Stretched and/or separated abdominal muscles
  • Unattractive skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Droopy and/or deflated breasts
  • Changes in the thighs, pelvic or hip
  • Vaginal or genital areas
  • Excess fat deposits on many body areas
  • Less exciting sex life
  • And a general feeling of just looking older

Pregnancy affects multiple areas of the body, which is why a combination of procedures is often needed to restore what has been lost so you can get your body back.


  • Helps return your body to the same condition you had before you became pregnant
  • Can rejuvenate multiple body areas at once
  • Restore the shape, contour, balance, and function
  • Help you enjoy the wardrobe you once loved
  • Provide renewed confidence in your workout program
  • Enhanced self-esteem and confidence

For years, Dr. Rudderman has been using the right combination of procedures, proper timing, expertise, artistic skills, and a safe personalized plan to help guide women through the transformation of their body so they look better and feel healthier.


Do you have one or more of the following concerns?

  • Unpleasing changes in facial and body skin
  • The abdomen is out of shape and resists even rigorous diet and exercise
  • Breasts have become droopy and/or deflated
  • Shape and weight has changed in the pelvis, hip, thigh areas
  • Sex life is affected due to a stretched vagina and genital area changes
  • Your body is just out of shape, is without balance, and harbors fat deposits

If you answered yes to one or more of these you could be an ideal candidate for Dr. Rudderman’s personalized Mommy Makeover.

Before committing to a Mommy Makeover it is important to: be at a stable weight, not planning to have more children (or at least not for 9-12 months), and you should be finished with breastfeeding. These factors improve the results of Mommy Makeovers.

Future pregnancy, weight gain, lack of exercise and normal aging will impact the long-term results of any Mommy Makeover procedure. But, if you do have a Mommy Makeover and then become pregnant, your improved health and weight helps you look and feel better after your pregnancy!

Good Candidates are committed and motivated to a good diet and workout program. You should also, be in otherwise good health and capable of realistic expectations.


Dr. Rudderman believes the consultation is critical for you and him. From the consultation evolves a sense of trust, respect, mutual understanding, and a personalized treatment plan.

The consultation for Mommy Makeovers is very comprehensive and includes the following:

  1. The different time frames and motivations women have when exploring Mommy Makeover options.
  2. The multiple body areas involved and the procedure options to address each one.
  3. Your individual concerns, goals, current health, family history, lifestyle, anatomy, skin condition, weight and body contour and much more.
  4. A thorough physical/anatomical exam to define/target areas of concern.
  5. A mutual understanding of your concerns, goals and realistic expectations.
  6. Creation of a treatment plan that specifically addresses your needs and body type.

These treatments are not an emergency, and plenty of time will be allowed to have a full conversation to consider options. Additional visits can be provided until you feel confident that you are making the best decision for yourself in health, safety, and outcome.

Contact us at 678.566.7200 to meet with Dr. Rudderman in our Alpharetta or Midtown Atlanta offices.

Written and reviewed by:

This article was written by Dr. Randy Rudderman, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1994). He practices medicine at his offices in Alpharetta and Atlanta.
Learn more about Dr. Rudderman, his medical training, and credentials.

Mommy Makeover Recovery & Results

  • You will wake up with a dressing and binder over the treated area.
  • Mild swelling and some discomfort are normal and to be expected. This resolves on its own and often requires pain medication for several days then only acetaminophen.
  • Swelling depends on the areas treated.
  • Sutures are removed in 1 week. Some sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.
  • Most patients who have surgery can return to work in two weeks.
  • You will need help at home if you have children for at least a week and should be prepared for this before surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.
  • Dr. Rudderman will tell you when you can start to exercise again.
Measurable results are typically visible immediately, but be patient, healing and stabilizing takes time. It can take months for the “new you” to be clearly seen.

Mommy Makeover Surgery FAQ’s

Will I need someone to take care of me after my Mommy Makeover surgery?

You will need someone to drive you to your surgery, stay there and then drive you home and stay with you overnight to several days depending on the operation performed.

After Mommy Makeover Surgery when can I safely pick up my child, put him/her into the crib, help them into the car seat & get back into a daily routine?

The answer to these questions will vary based upon what you have done. Dr. Rudderman will give you time frames during your personal consultation.

Will I have a board certified anesthesiologist for my surgery?

Yes. All cases are supervised a Board Certified medical doctor who has specialized in anesthesiology

Will insurance pay for Mommy Makeover surgery and/or procedures?

Some Mommy Makeover procedures are considered to be cosmetic while others are medically necessary. Cosmetic procedures generally are not covered by insurance. There may be exceptions so you should check directly with your provider for this answer.

Is financing available for a Mommy Makeover ?

Yes. Financing is available today for all cosmetic procedures. Please check in our business office for information about it.

Does Dr. Rudderman perform the entire Mommy Makeover surgery?

Yes, he performs all of his patient’s surgeries from the first incision to the final closure. Many, if not most, surgeons today use others to assist. Dr. Rudderman believes that you are expecting uncompromised safety and skill.
He understands you have placed your trust and confidence in him…not someone else.

Is Mommy Makeover surgery done in an accredited facility?

All of our surgeries are performed in a fully accredited surgery facility using state of the art technologies and a world class staff with all the comfort and safety factors as a hospital surgery suite.

Will there be any pain with Mommy Makeover Surgery?

All surgeries involve some discomfort. Dr. Rudderman is highly skilled and uses advanced techniques and refined instruments that minimize discomfort during his surgical procedures.

How long before I can work out after Mommy Makeover surgery?

You will need to avoid all rigorous, strenuous activities for a few weeks until healing is complete and Dr. Rudderman tells you it’s ok.

How long before I can return to work after my Mommy Makeover surgery?

These procedures are highly personalized and a time frame will be discussed once surgery options are selected. He can give you a time frame during your consultation.

  • Dr. Rudderman and his staff made the experience easy and comfortable. They were realistic communicating surgery expectations, expected pain levels and down time from work. Nurses were informative and friendly and wait times minimal. I also liked the fact that Dr. Rudderman does all his own work and doesn't let other less experienced people do parts of the surgery the way other doctors may. I'm only one week out of the surgery, but I am very satisfied with the results so far.

    Susan Parker | Atlanta, GA


Dr. Rudderman’s unique, integrated approach to plastic surgery employs only safe, effective, predictable surgical techniques that are driven by uncompromising respect for the natural condition of the human form. He understands that the body changes with time – as do desires. His primary goal is to deliver the best possible plastic surgery … specifically matched to each patient…in a safe environment with ultimate respect for every single individual…their concerns and goals. LEARN MORE »

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