About the Mommy Makeover
San Francisco, CA plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony regularly works with women who wish to have their pre-pregnancy figure back. While childbirth is an amazing and miraculous moment for many women, it can change the tightness and shape of certain body parts — and could leave one feeling a little frustrated. The most exciting news is that it's achievable to reclaim a tighter, slimmer figure with the assistance of the mommy makeover surgical procedure performed at our San Francisco practice. This body contouring treatment uses a combination of skin tightening and fat reduction methods to reshape the breasts, tummy, and lower body — virtually any body part affected by nursing, weight gain or loss, etc. can be repaired. Furthermore, nonsurgical remedies can be incorporated to smooth surface imperfections, such as skin problems or stretch marks, from the rapid stretching and fluctuation of the skin, tissue, and underlying muscles during pregnancy.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I would give 10 stars if I could. I have worked as a nurse in the aesthetics field for 15 years. I turned 60 in 2019 and decided to treat myself to a mini facelift and a minor nose tip revision. I was very, very lucky to be referred to Dr. James Anthony!! Although precise surgical expertise is important to me, Dr. Anthony had me at HELLO:) with his personality. He is kind, compassionate, excellent eye contact and listens to my concerns. My results are completely natural, even my friends, family, colleagues and even my own patients' say I look fresher but can't figure out what I have had done. Dr. Anthony suggested a couple of extra touches which made a huge difference to my neck bands. Thank you again for your highly experienced artistry! Yasmin at reception is always very pleasant and kind both in person and on the phone. Ann, Patient Coordinator, answers all my questions and listens to my needs. The OR staff is excellent! I had less than 1 week downtime over my Christmas holiday with minimal pain. Although, I now live in Los Angeles, I plan on returning to Dr. Anthony for an upper blepharoplasty procedure soon! Stay tuned for my before and after photos on Dr. James P. Anthony's Website."- C.C. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2020
"Dr. Anthony performed an upper and lower eyelid lift, nasolabial fold injections, neck thermage and abdominal liposuction for me (I figured as long as I was going to be under general anesthesia, I might as well get everything done at once). I am thrilled with the results. I was able to return to the office and start going out again within a week and a half of the surgery. Within two weeks, people started spontaneously telling me that I looked great -- so relaxed and well rested. It's been about five weeks since I had the procedures, and every day, I feel as if I look even better. Dr. Anthony strives to maintain a natural look -- no one would know I've had these procedures. In my initial consultation, he took his time explaining all of the options, potential risks, likely recovery time, and likely outcomes. After the consultation, he responded to my follow up questions by email, quickly and thoroughly. After the surgery, he checked in with me by phone and by email. His staff is excellent and also a great source of information about the procedures Dr. Anthony performs. I highly recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery."- C.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2020
"Dr. Anthony is a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon. His work is impeccable and results exceed expectations. I have seen Dr. Anthony for a number of procedures including breast lift and augmentation, liposuction, upper eyelid lift and neck lift. I've always been thrilled with my results and surprised at how quickly I heal with minimal discomfort and zero complications. The results are completely natural. Even people who have known me for 20 years have not noticed that I had my eyes done and a neck lift! The only comments people make are "you look great" or ask if I lost weight. Dr. Anthony is kind, patient and answers all questions and his staff is great - very helpful and friendly. I have 100% confidence in him."- C.H. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"I recently had eye lid surgery with Dr. Anthony who had been highly recommended by a friend. Dr. Anthony did not disappoint! I was concerned about looking fake or changing the shape of my eyes but Dr. Anthony listened to my concerns and my eyes turned out perfect. What I love about Dr. Anthony is that he made me look younger but natural, I have seen the same result with my friends who have had procedures with Dr. Anthony. My procedure was painless, short and easy. The staff was friendly and professional and addressed all of my concerns. Dr. Anthony has a great bedside manner, is an excellent surgeon and I will go back for more procedures as needed. A+"- E.M. / Yelp / Dec 03, 2019
Ideal candidates for body contouring and a mommy makeover are women who have undergone pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, and have tried to get a tighter figure through a consistent healthy lifestyle with little result. For many women, surgical intervention is recommended to get their pre-pregnancy figure. If you are past childbearing and are frustrated with the imperfections remaining on your body, such as lifeless, deflated breasts, wrinkled skin in the abdominal area, or undesirable areas of fat tissue in the hips, thighs, and buttocks, this procedure could help you. The overall goal of Dr. Anthony is to help you reclaim your pre-pregnancy body so you can get back to living life without additional concern about your body.
The mommy makeover procedure is a body contouring surgery, tailored for each woman by plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony based on the areas of concern to be addressed. A variety of procedures can be paired together — the most popular treatments are liposuction of the flanks and lower back, as well as breast lift surgery, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery. The mommy makeover surgeries are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, lasting 3 – 7 hours depending on the complexity. Also, a day-long stay at the hospital might be necessary. It is common to also incorporate nonsurgical skin procedures, such as an injection or a laser treatment, to smooth facial wrinkles and diminish surface issues.
What to Expect
This cosmetic body contouring procedure is categorized as an invasive process and can surgically cover a large portion of the body. Once leaving the hospital, you will begin to recover at home with the post-operative instructions we supply. This phase is generally a gradual process. Moving around and walking straight will be difficult the first week or so, and a step-by-step, at-home healing protocol will be needed to help the incisions heal properly. Most patients find the healing process can last around six months. Even while the primary recovery could take months, the majority of women are able to return to a somewhat normal routine within several weeks. Exercise should be held off for around two months. In the end, the mommy makeover procedure can be an amazing journey for women, giving them their self-confidence once again.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a mommy makeover cost?
The cost of a mommy makeover can vary greatly depending on what you are including in your surgery. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will need to create your treatment plan before he can estimate your costs. A mommy makeover is an investment in reclaiming your body and confidence after pregnancy and childbirth, so it's important to focus on getting the results you want instead of the lowest cost. Our practice accepts many payment options and we can help you find low-interest medical financing so your mommy makeover is more affordable.
How do I decide what to include in my mommy makeover?
In you initial consultation with Dr. Anthony, he will listen to your needs and concerns before examining your body. After this, he can make recommendations on what should be a part of your mommy makeover. Most women include a breast surgery (augmentation and/or a lift) along with liposuction and a body lift.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
Pregnancy and childbirth can take a toll on the body, so many times nonsurgical treatments are not enough to get the results you want. During your consultation, Dr. Anthony can discuss both surgical and nonsurgical options. Based on your needs and goals, he will let you know if treatments like nonsurgical fat reduction (for example, CoolSculpting), laser vaginal rejuvenation (for example, ThermiVa), or nonsurgical skin tightening (for example, Ultherapy or Thermage) can be considered.
Will I have scars?
While a mommy makeover creates a beautiful new shape and figure for a woman, unfortunately, it does include some scarring. Dr. Anthony will make every effort possible to create clean incisions that are as small as possible. Any scars that result from this surgery will be able to be concealed with undergarments or swimsuits. As part of your recovery instructions, Dr. Anthony or a member of his team will go over scar care so your incisions heal properly.
What if I get pregnant again?
In a perfect world, women would wait to have a mommy makeover until after all pregnancies have been completed so the surgical results are not compromised. Generally, any body part that has been lifted or tightened would be at risk for stretching out if a subsequent pregnancy were to occur. If you get pregnant after a mommy makeover, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Reclaim Your Figure
If you want to stop feeling insecure about your current figure while trying your hardest to lose those remaining pounds, we welcome you to contact our office in San Francisco, CA to hear more about the body contouring options we offer. Drooping breasts, excess skin, and other surface irregularities can be corrected with this custom surgery. During the consultation process, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony will address your concerns and aesthetic goals and create a custom treatment plan to repair each area. Using the latest medical breakthroughs and surgical talent, it is achievable to regain the body you desire.