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 highly recommend Dr. James Anthony without reservation. I went to him about a year ago to address an aging neck because a physician friend of mine said he was the best. Though I had several consultations with other surgeons, none of them compared with his clear vision, his confident approach, his genuine warmth and his focused attention. Impressively, he didn't push any other procedures along with lifting the neck, saying repeatedly that he wouldn't recommend anything else be done to me (despite my not being young), whereas other surgeons pressed for additional work like face lifts or fat grafting -- things those close to me felt were unnecessary. Dr. Anthony is both a highly skilled surgeon and a life-long artist, so he understands how to preserve a natural look. He was brilliant throughout the entire process, and I and my family couldn't be more thrilled with both that process and the beautiful, natural result which has taken years off me. He is also an extremely responsive physician who provided multiple consults before surgery as questions arose, as well as regular check-ups for a year after surgery, and is un-hurried and attentive in exams. Recovery was much easier than I imagined, and his nursing staff (his surgical center adjoins his office) was wonderful -- he can send a skilled night nurse home with you. There were absolutely no complications, everything healed perfectly and much sooner than I thought, and there are no visible scars whatsoever, no puckering, no problems. This is a wonderful and highly skilled surgeon and a complete pleasure to interact with from beginning to end."- L.B. / Yelp / May 30, 2019
"Dr. James Anthony does amazing work and has amazing patient care. I am very nervous about having any kind of surgery and he made me feel so comfortable. He went above and beyond my expectations. He genuinely cares about his patients needs and the successful outcome of his work. I am also very appreciative of the kindness of his entire staff."- S.B. / Yelp / Dec 23, 2018
"I was referred by another plastic surgeon and it turned out to be the best referral. Dr. Anthony replaced my saline implants and made a small adjustment so my breasts are more symmetrical. The whole experience from the first consultation, to the pre-op, to the actual surgery, to post op was so easy and comfortable. It was a harmonious effort of professionals that took care of me throughout the process. Dr. Anthony and his staff were very responsive. Most importantly, I am very happy with the results and as a runner my downtime didn't take much. I was able to ease into running the 2nd week after surgery. Thank you so much, Dr. Anthony!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 02, 2019
"Excellent work with minimal, well-hidden scarring - Dr Anthony was a referral, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions at my first consultation. Dr Anthony's style is warm, and he considers each individual body and situation to make treatment recommendations. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Dr Anthony's skilled handiwork and his ability to minimize scarring is excellent. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. My results look natural and have have lasted well over the long term. Ann, Jasmine and Megan in Dr Anthony's team are attentive and responsive."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 19, 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.